Camp 2001

4th Youth Leadership Development Camp


Location: Camp Young Judaea, Wimberley, Texas, USA
DateMay 25 - 28, 2001
Camp MasterTường Vũ Nguyễn, Austin, TX
Number of Camper254

Keynote Speaker

Duy-Loan Le, Texas Instruments Fellow, Top 20 Houston Women in Technology of year 2000

Duy-Loan T. Le came to America in 1975 with no father and a family of 9, mostly women and children. In 1976, she received her first recognition in the US as 'Citizen of the Month' from Kiwanis International Club. She graduated from Alief Hastings High School at 16 as Valedictorian of her class of 335 students in 1979. In 1982, Duy-Loan received her BSEE from University of Texas with High Honor and subsequently obtained her MBA from University of Houston while working full time.

In 1981, Houston Chronicle featured her as 'Scholastic Wonder', the University of Texas named her 'Scholarship Winner Out Of The Ordinary', and Duy-Loan received commendation from The Office of The Ambassador of The Royal Netherlands for her scholastic achievement and her humanitarian effort in fund raising to aid the Vietnamese refugees.

She started as a memory design engineer in 1982 at the age of 19 with Texas Instruments (TI), a world wide company on the list of Fortune 100 and a leader in Digital Signal Processor and Analog. She was promoted to design manager in 1989 and program manager in 1994. As a program manger in TI's Memory organizaiton, Duy-Loan managed world wide project teams and was responsible for bringing up TI memory devices, a multi-billion-product line, with joint venture partners on 3 continents for the 'first' time in TI's history. She is currently managing development projects for wireless communication (WBCDMA for 3G Base Station) using leading edge technology.

Duy-Loan's technical contributions at Texas Instruments were recognized with her election as a Member of Technical Staff in 1990, Senior Member of Techncal Staff in 1993, the first woman at TI to be elected Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in 1997 and the first woman and one of the youngest TIer to get elected TI-Fellow in 1999 (Business VP equivalence) Duy-Loan holds 19 patents and 9 pending applications. In addition, she developed a 6 month technical training program which was fanned out to 7 plant sites in 5 different countries and has published 3 papers. She has been featured in IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SPECTRUM, Asian Enterprise trade journals, Working Mother and numerous local international newspapers and received Commendation from Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. Duy-Loan received Top 20 Houston Women in Technology Award for Year 2000 from the Association of Women in Computings and she was accepted into Leadership Texas. Duy-Loan will be inducted into Women In Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame in June 2001. She will also be honored in a book titled 'The Pride of Vietnamese' (people who make Vietnam proud) to be published in multiple languages. Duy-Loan is a registered Professional Engineer (PE).

Duy-Loan's contributions to TI on the people front is no less impressive. She chaired TI Houston Women Initiative and helped initiate several programs supporting career advancement for minorities such as 'Nurturing Minority To The Technical Ladder', 'Succession Planning for Female Fellows', Professional Lecture Series, DSP Bootcamp for Managers/Supervisors and TI Houston Vietnamese Initiative. She serves as a key member to TI Houston Diversity Leadership Team and is a mentor for many TIers and well as non-TIers. TI honored her contributions at the annual 2000 Diversity Forum 'Fast Forward: Taking Diversity To The Next Level', profiling her for technical and people leadership: "Duy-Loan is truly a woman of vision who inspires those she works for and those she works with toward achieving excellence .... Her integrity and work ethic are unmatched".

Duy-Loan's service to the community includes participation in various projects sponsored by United Way. She was recognized for her involvement for many years in Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas. She participates in numerous charity and fund raising projects for colleges, orphanages, and charity foundations. Duy-Loan serves on the Board of two non-profit organizations that promote education and support social economic development projects in the third world. She is an invited speaker nationwide.

Duy-Loan Le is married to her husband Tuan N. Dao for 18+ years. She has two boys, Dan Quy-Le Dao aged 7 and Don Quy-Le Dao aged 4. She travels quite a bit in her business and has lived extended periods of time overseas. She enjoys deap sea fishing, reading, movie, classical music, painting, and playing poker. Duy-Loan also holds a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and has won several metals and trophies in the State of Texas.

Council Member Van Thai Tran, City of Garden Grove, California

Attorney Van Thai Tran was elected to serve on the City Council in November, 2000. He is the second Vietnamese- American to be elected to public office in Orange County, and Garden Grove's first.

Van received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California in Irvine, and both a Masters degree in Public Administration, and a doctorate degree in law from Hamline University in Minnesota.

In the 1990s, Van founded the Vietnamese- American Voters Coalition, a non profit organization that promotes voter education and awareness. Van also served as a liaison between Westminster police and angry protesters during the 1999 demonstrations in Little Saigon. In his 15 years of activism and community service, Van has received many awards for his civic and political achievements.

Other Community Service achievements include serving as a Garden Grove Planning Commissioner; serving as Vice Chairman of the Orange County Boy Scouts, El Capitan District; and serving as a member of the fundraising committee for the Garden Grove Community Foundation. Van is a member of the Asian-Pacific Congressional Advisory Board of U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, and he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Regional Center of Orange County (formerly Developmental Disability Center). He is also a member of the Garden Grove Rotary Club.

Van has his own private law practice. He is also currently a contributing freelance editorial columnist for the Orange County Register and the English section of the Vietnamese newspaper, Nguoi Viet.

Van enjoys reading, playing tennis, and has a collection of Mont Blanc pens.

Guest Performer
Nguyet Anh, community activist from Washington DC, renown singer in the Vietnamese-American community in US