bảo.thiên.ngô has a dream that someday his future daughter will be married at a Vietnamese community center built along the beautiful coastline of California, headquarters of the Lantern Moon Festival Society, where her eyes glimmer under the glow of a thousand lantern sculptures made by the hopes and dreams of her generation.
In pursuit of that dream, bảo operates under the title of inspiration & change engineer, helping communities move towards an equitably enjoyed multicultural society by designing the needed social infrastructure that would support a sustainable, broadly accessible community center. His multidisciplinary approach to community organizing finds him working in the areas of graphic/web design, front end development, marketing, research & writing, event planning, organizational development, and social entrepreneurship.
Currently, he is the Board Secretary & Co-Founder of the CayDa Foundation, an organization devoted to finding innovative ways for the Vietnamese American community to fulfill its aspirations.
bảo, along with Tam Phan, formerly ran Vietlicious, an online Vietnamese American apparel store. He served as the Secretary of the Berryessa Business Association, a local business association in San Jose. He was formerly the Co-Executive Director of the Children Moon Festival of Northern California. He was a founding member of UVSA Northern California, a coalition of Vietnamese Student Associations, and served as its Arts Commissioner Chair (2008–2010). He served as Webmaster-Historian (2002–2003) of UCLA Vietnamese Student Union. He was the co-editor of the film Things I’ll Never Say (2005) and co-producer of La Petite Salon (2009).
Motivated by the need to free himself from the office cubicle, bảo enjoys studying leadership theory and organizational studies, lifestyle design, and web technology. He also takes interest in arts & crafts, festivals, and Vietnamese history.
- Personal values: innovation, awareness, trust
- How others see me: knowledgeable, intelligent, brilliant, innovative; helpful, caring, conversable, honest; passionate, dedicated; enduring, calm
“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
—Paulo Coelho, Brazilian lyricist and novelist
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
—John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States
“Design that moves others comes from issues that move you.”
—Jennifer Morla, American graphic designer and artist
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
—Morrie Schwartz, American educator and author of Tuesdays With Morrie (1997)
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
—Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist, pioneer in near-death studies, and author of On Death and Dying (1969)
“Those who sketch timidly achieve nothing at all. Only clear-cut illustration makes any impact. Do you imagine the Peter of Armiens managed to drum up the First Crusade simply by mentioning to a friend, perhaps whilst picking strawberries, that Christ’s grave had fallen into neglect and that one ought to provide a fence around it?”
—Theodor Fontane, German novelist and poet
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
—Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist
- CayDa Foundation: Board Secretary & Co-Founder
- Berryessa Business Association: Board Secretary (2011–2012)
- Children Moon Festival of Northern California: Executive Director
- UVSA Northern California: Executive Committee Member - Administration; Arts Commissioner Chair
- uNAVSA Conference 2008: Information Technology Committee Member
- uNAVSA Conference 2007: Programming Committee Member
- Silicon Valley Graphic Design Meetup Group: Assistant Organizer
- Ý Thức Vietnamese American Student Journal: Founder & Editor-in-Chief
- uNAVSA Conference 2006: Logistics Director
- VASCON2: National Representative
- Lên Đường International Youth Network: Fourth Biennial Conference Delegate
- UCLA Vietnamese Student Union: Web Historian 2002–2003
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member