ENG,  Women & Career

NGUYEN XUAN MAI and the passionate social mission of AN ENTHUSIASTIC ENTREPRENEUR

Hello, it’s a pleasure to chat with you. Could you share a bit about yourself and your family?

I am truly delighted and happy to r eceive the interview invitation from the Global Women’s Magazine and share with you as we approach the new year. I was born in Binh Dai District, Ben Tre Province in 1977. In 1980, my parents moved to My Tho City, Tien Giang Province, to start a new life. My father was a government official, formerly the Deputy Chief Judge of Tiền Giang Province. He passed away over a year ago. My mother used to be in trade. Currently, she is 86 years old and living in My Tho City. I have five siblings, all of whom have their own families and stable lives.

Could you share a bit about your own family?

I am married to a Korean husband, and our family resides and works in Hanoi, the capital city. Our family runs a company specializing in electrical system construction for projects and trades in Dongwha Korean industrial wood flooring. We have three children, all studying in Hanoi. Our eldest son, born in 2003, is a third-year student majoring in Logistics at Hòa Bình University. Our second son, born in 2004, is a second-year student in Electronics at Hanoi University of Science and Technology. Our youngest daughter, born in 2006, is in the 12th grade at Marie Curie School.

It’s known that you are currently running a successful Korean barbecue restaurant in Hanoi. Is the restaurant doing well?

I cannot claim success yet for our Korean BBQ restaurant, as it is relatively new and faces many challenges. However, we continue to strive and put in more effort to provide better dishes, satisfy customers, and ensure an increasingly better service quality.

Before venturing into the restaurant business, what other industries did you work in, and how successful were you?

Previously, I worked in the field of electrical system construction, traded agricultural products in Bến Tre Province, distributed Dongwha Korean industrial wood flooring, and engaged in real estate leasing.

In addition to your business endeavors, it’s known that you actively participate in associations and engage in social work and event organizing. Recently, you organized the “Gratitude for the Coconut Homeland – Aspiration for a Bright Future” program with some fellow residents from Bến Tre. Has the program received positive feedback?

I also want to share a bit about myself with you. I have always enjoyed participating in youth activities since my university days. At 18, I became the Youth Union Secretary of my class, later the class president in university, the head of the apartment management board, the head of the parent committee, the head of the hometown communication board for Binh Dai District in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vice President of the Ben Tre Entrepreneurs Club in Ho Chi Minh City, the Deputy Head of the “Support to School” Club for students in difficult circumstances in Ben Tre and Tien Giang provinces, and a member of the Ben Tre-Vietnam Friendship Association. Engaging in these community activities for over 10 years has brought many positive experiences. I have developed strong social relationships and  love from those around me, connecting with many older brothers and sisters who are leaders of various businesses. Through social work, I have learned and strived harder in both life and business.

You were praised for becoming more beautiful over time. Do you agree that when succeeding in your career and finding happiness in your family, women tend to have gratitude for life and consequently share good things with the community? Inner beauty reflects on physical appearance. Do you agree?

Thank you for your question. I think it’s better for others to comment on me rather than me answering. I always balance my business, family, and social activities to avoid negative impacts and save time. I take the time to take care of myself and my family, sharing and helping those in need. I often listen to lectures and go to temples for spiritual peace and to guide my life towards goodness.

How do you manage to be a successful businesswoman, actively participate in associations and social work, and still be a caring mother and devoted wife?

I believe everyone has their own qualities and innate abilities, and as we grow older, everything that comes to us involves effort and overcoming life’s challenges. Balancing work and life, from home to society, is what makes sustainability possible. I am fortunate to have a loving and responsible husband, well-behaved and studious children.

I heard that you organize charity events and establish clubs for women. Could you tell us more about that?

Thank you. I founded the “Women Drivers Caravan Bonding in Love” to provide a platform for women to connect and learn from each other. As for organizing numerous charity programs, I always want to share love with those less fortunate, and when friends share the same idea, we collaborate to make it happen.

Thank you for taking the time for this conversation. I wish you, your family, and the entire company a year full of joy, happiness, safety, and prosperity in the coming year.

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