Camp 2010

13th Youth Leadership Development Camp
WALK THE TALK
"Purpose, Passion, Performance"

Location: Huntsville, Texas, USA
Date: May 28 -31, 2010
Camp Master: Boon Trần, Texas,
Logo Contest Winner:    
Annie Nguyen
Essay Contest Winner:   
Long Do
                                                        Quang Nguyen
                                                        Trung Vo
Scholarship Winners: 
   
Du Le (CSL Properties Scholarship)
                                                        Michelle Tran (Dr. Rick Ngo Scholarship)
                                                        Marilyn Tran (Greatland Investment Scholarship)
                                                        Stephanie Nguyen (Le Hoang Nguyen Scholarship)
                                                        Thanh Nguyen (Le Hoang Nguyen Scholarship)
                                                        Tuan Nguyen (Nicolas LePham Scholarship
                                                        Jenny Le (Vera Tran Scholarship)
                                                        Tuyen Pham (Vera Tran Scholarship)
Vera Tran Award:

Keynote Speaker

Donna Fujimoto Cole

President and CEO, Cole Chemical & Distributing, Inc. (HoustonTX)


 Donna Fujimoto Cole founded Cole Chemical over 30 years ago at the age of 27, divorced with a four-year old daughter with $5,000 from savings.  2008, the company's sales are in excess of $70 million providing product and service chain management of chemicals, fuel, synthetic lubricants and resins to a wide range of customers and industries.  Top customers include: ConocoPhillips, Chrysler Corporations, Excelon, Lockheed Martin, Procter & Gamble, International Paper and Toyota.  Cole was the first chemical distributor to obtain ISO quality certification in 1992.  Cole Chemical is ranked #47 in the top 100 chemical distributors in the United States by CPI Purchasing Magazine and has been one of the Houston's top 10 woman-owned businesses for many years.  Houston Woman on the Move in 1986.

 

She has served on many boards and received quality and business recognition by her customers and the community over the last 30 years and some include Board of Trustee of the Amos Tuck School of Business and the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, Board member for: Houston Chemical Association, Association of Chemical Industry of Texas, Asia Society of Texas, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Japan American Society, Girl Scouts, Advisory Board Member of the Holocaust Museum. President and Co-Chair of the Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Executive Business Alumni.

 

She currently serves on the Houston Parks Board, Center For Asian Pacific American Women, Advisory board of the Women’s Home and the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council.

 

She also served on President George bush President's Export Council in 1991.  Ms. Cole attended Pan American University and The Amos Tuck School of Business Minority Business Executive Program and graduated from Manpower Business Training Institute of Technology.

 

Community service includes: Building a Pipeline for the Sciences, The All Earth Ecobot Challenge, Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, and Building a Leadership Pipeline for Asian Women professionals. Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow in 1996, Center for Houston’s Future class of 2005, Japanese American Leadership Delegate in 2006, Asian Leadership Delegation to Israel in 2007, American Leadership Forum Class of XXV.

 

Ms. Cole tries to find time for family, golf, growing herbs and leisure travel.


Guest of Honor


"Joseph" Cao Quang Anh

Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District Representative


Anh "Joseph" Cao was born on March 13, 1967 in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. His father, an officer with the South Vietnamese Army, was imprisoned by the Communists.

At the age of eight, Cao escaped to America with two of his siblings. He learned English, thrived in school, and earned a physics degree from Baylor University before he began studying for the priesthood.

Cao first arrived in New Orleans in 1992. He left to earn a Master's degree in philosophy from New York's Fordham University, returning to Loyola University to teach philosophy and ethics. As he prepared for priesthood, his faith was strong.

However, his confidence in government's ability to care for those in need weakened by the day. Before long, Cao ended his quest for priesthood in a personal crusade for social justice.

In WashingtonDC, he became an advocate for refugees, future Americans who embody a "can-do" spirit and strong work ethic. In pursuit of justice for all, he attained a law degree from Loyola Law School. He became the in-house legal counsel for Boat People S.O.S, Inc., an organization helping poor Vietnamese and other minorities. 

In 2002, he was chosen by Archbishop Alfred Hughes to become a member of the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressing women's rights in the Catholic Church, social justice, child abuse, and the Catholic response to Hurricane Katrina.

Cao lost both his home and law office to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. With his wife and two daughters, he moved temporarily to Westwego and began rebuilding. 

Like so many others, Cao battled insurance companies and government bureaucracy to restore his home and business. He helped residents of New Orleans East stop plans for a landfill that would have devastated their community and co-led the fight to get electricity and telecommunications restored for returning residents.

In 2007, Governor Jindal appointed  Cao to help ensure fair voting as a member of the Board of Elections for Orleans Parish. He was also elected to lead the Louisiana Republican Party both on the parish and state levels. Cao was elected as a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention in MinneapolisMN.

On December 6, 2008, Cao was elected as Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District Representative making him the first Vietnamese-American elected to United States Congress where he serves on the Committees on Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Oversight and Government Reform. 

He currently resides in New OrleansLA with his wife, Kate, and 2 daughters, Sophia and Betsy. 

Committees and Subcommittees

Homeland Security, Deputy Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response
Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management 
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and District of Columbia.