The Diversity Business Council of the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the CommUnity Celebration keynote speaker will be Betty Nguyen, the weekend anchor of CNN Newsroom.
A Charismatic, gifted speaker, Betty Nguyen will speak on â€œDiversity: Donâ€™t Hide From it, Celebrate it!â€ Diversity is all around us â€“ in our schools, in our offices, and in our communities. Often, what sets us apart is what makes us great. By pooling together our diverse backgrounds and experiences, we increase our knowledge and find new solutions to the problems we all faceâ€¦ as humans. Noted diversity speaker Betty Nguyen shares stories of how diversity has enriched the media and our lives.
The CommUnity Celebration is designed to celebrate our differences. Audiences throughout the years have left the event uplifted and encouraged by the experience. Corporate tables are available as well as individual tickets and reservations can be made online through the Chamberâ€™s Store.
Nguyen anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Since joining the network in April 2004, she has provided in-depth reports on Anderson Cooper 360Â° and other CNN programs.
Nguyen’s work with CNN has taken her around the globe. In 2007, she traveled to Africa to cover the presidential elections in Sierra Leone, the political and economic crises in Zimbabwe, and apartheid-era prosecutions in South Africa. In September 2005, Nguyen reported from the Houston Astrodome, where thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims were seeking shelter from the devastation. That same month, she went on assignment in Vietnam to cover the deadly flooding caused by annual monsoons.
Most recently, she reported on Pope Benedict XVI’s historic trip to the United States. She provided live coverage as the pope celebrated Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, performed a blessing at Ground Zero and concluded his trip with a Mass at Yankee Stadium.
Nguyen has anchored during several breaking news events, including the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, the death of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 and the London bombing attacks in July 2005. She also anchored portions of CNN’s coverage of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, the Iraqi elections in January 2005 and the June 2004 handover of sovereignty to Iraq. Additionally, she contributed to the network’s comprehensive coverage of Florida hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne.
Before joining CNN, Nguyen was an anchor at KTVT in Dallas. While at the CBS affiliate, she covered numerous breaking news events including the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York. In 2003, she won a regional Emmy award for “Outstanding Noon Newscast,” was named a Great Women of Texas Honoree, and won the Legacy of Women Award.
Nguyen began her career as a morning anchor and reporter at KWTX in Waco, Texas. During her tenure with the CBS affiliate, she received an Associated Press Award for breaking news coverage. She also served as a freelance correspondent for E! Entertainment Television during the 2003 California gubernatorial election.
In 2007, the Smithsonian Institute recognized Nguyen as the first Vietnamese-American to anchor a national television news broadcast in the United States. She was featured in the “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” exhibit. Nguyen is also the co-founder of Help the Hungry, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to poverty-stricken families.
While conducting several humanitarian aid trips to her birth country of Vietnam, she provided extensive coverage of the destructive flooding along the Mekong Delta. Her philanthropic work earned her a spot in the Philanthropy in Texas Hall of Fame.
Nguyen graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. In 2008, she received the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award.
CommUnity Celebration will be at the Lakeland Center:
March 19, 2009,Â 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Doors open at 11:00 AM
Cost is $500 for Corporate Tables, $300 for 1/2 Corporate tables, or $25 for individual seats.
Sign up now to attend!
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