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Emily H. Nguyen2013 Rising Alumni

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Whether in the field of human resources or as a community volunteer, Emily H. Nguyen has shown a passion for helping others. She has served children, families, students, and the homeless through her efforts with the Jeremiah Program, Tubman Family Alliance, Project Homeless Connect, and Minneapolis Step-Up.


Human Resources Talent Coordinator

CEHD Degree

B.S., Family Social Science

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

My older siblings. They are always finding ways to improve their careers. It motivates and encourages me to do the same.

What gets you excited about work?

Working in HR, I encounter something new every day. I enjoy this about my job and the challenges it brings.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to sell ice cream, because then I could eat ice cream everyday. I also wanted to be a nurse or a doctor, because I wanted to help people.

What is a good book you would recommend to others?

See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge at Work by Lois Frankel

Outside of your job, how do you grow professionally?

I like to volunteer. This allows me to meet others and grow my network.

What was the impact and benefit of your experience in CEHD?

My experience at CEHD was great. It started my involvement with nonprofits and volunteer opportunities. I always wanted to study a field that would be able help people. Majoring in Family Social Science did just that. I really enjoyed taking Cynthia Meyer's courses and learning counseling skills helped improve my communication, listening, and coaching abilities.