3rd VA NGO Conference – September 2007

September 28-30, 2007, San Diego, California

The 3rd VA NGO Conference, with theme “the strength of many, the heart of One” – will place emphasis on providing Capacity Building Workshops for members, and at the same time presenting insightful speakers who will discuss Vietnam’s development trends and the impacts of humanitarian work in Vietnam. At this conference, VA NGO Network will also present the State of the Network updates and our Strategic Plan as an outcome of the Network Benefit Matrix surveyed at the 2nd VA NGO Conference in 2005.

We are pleased to introduce our distinguished guest speakers and would like to thank them for giving their time and accepting this opportunity to share their knowledge and wisdom on a wide range of topics.


Professor Vo Tong Xuan, President, An Giang University (Viet Nam)
Topic: Impacts of VA Humanitarian Work on Education and Development in Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Huu Phuoc, Author (Huntington Beach, California)
Topic: Relieve Stress Through Laughing & Psychological Aspects of NGOs

Jay H. Shidler, Founder and Managing Partner, The Shidler Group (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Topic: Viet Nam Higher Education and A Vision for The Development of The Pacific Rim.

Dr James Munter, President, Board of Directors of Children of Peace International (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Topic: How to Keep the Network Intact and Its Members Motivated

Workshop and Capacity Building in Vietnam – The Whys and Hows, the Ins and Outs
Fundraising – Principles and Ideas
Tools for Financial Efficiency
Safeguarding our Children
So You Want to Do a Medical Mission
RoNG: The Roles of the Next Vietnamese American Generation in NGO Leadership
Nursing Education in Vietnam: How it is Now, and Where It is Going
Collaboration Site: Assessments & Development Plan


Friday September 28, 2007

3:00-6:00pm – Registration and Display Set Up

5:30-10pm – Opening Night Reception Dinner, Welcoming message and Introductions Networking

Saturday September 29, 2007
7:30 am – Noon
Opening remark by Conference Chairperson
Keynote speaker: Dr Vo Tong Xuan
Multi-track Sessions

Guest Speaker: Dr. Nguyen Huu Phuoc
Free time

1:45 – 5:15pm
Multi-Track Sessions
Plenary Session: State of the Network

6:00 – 10:00pm
Dinner & Video presentations
Keynote Speaker: Jay H. Shidler
Experience sharing with our guests
Show your talents time

Sunday September 30, 2007
7:30 – 11:30am
Where is the network going from here?
Keynote Speaker: Dr James Munter