WORLD LANGUAGES AND CAREERS DAY 2018
DATE: Apr 24, 2018
Time: 8:30 am- 12:30 pm
Place: CSUF QUAD
The National Resource Center for Asian Languages (NRCAL) proudly presents the 2nd Annual World Languages and Careers Day at CSUF to provide middle school and high school students the opportunity to learn about the benefits of learning a second language and acquiring culturally competency by interacting with representatives from various industries such as health, entertainment, education, technology, manufacturing, transportation, business, etc. The event will be FREE to all students.
STUDENTS WILL MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS INDUSTRIES TO DISCUSS:
opportunities to apply knowledge of a second language or culture in their profession
personal experiences and benefits of knowing another language and/or culture – economic, employment, global relations, leadership development, etc…
highlight the skill sets that employers value and that students should acquire to be successful in a diverse workforce
Kim Bernice Nguyen
Kim Bernice Nguyen was elected to the Garden Grove City Council on November 8, 2016. She is the first Garden Grove City Council Member of Hispanic descent. Her proposed district map was unanimously approved by the City Council to be used for the City’s first district elections in 2016.
Council Member Nguyen has called Garden Grove home since the age of ten. She attended Clinton-Mendenhall Elementary, Doig Intermediate, and Santiago High School. In 2013, she graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in politics and a minor in legal studies. She is the first in her family to graduate high school and receive a college degree.
She currently works as a medical policy specialist and trainer at Care 1st Health Plan. Prior to that, she was an intern and a volunteer for then Senator Lou Correa.
Currently, she holds membership with the Garden Grove Elks Lodge.
Linh Nguyen is the co-owner of Advance Beauty College with campuses in both Garden Grove and Laguna Hills. The accredited institution leads the nation with the largest manicuring program and has graduated 45,000 students in the last 31 years. She holds a vocational credential, BA and MBA from CSUF and is giving back to her alma mater by serving as a Board of Director for Center for Leadership and as a Committee Member for Concert Under the Stars.
Although born and raised in the US, she is proud to be bilingual in both Vietnamese and English and conversational in Spanish. She is able to use her knowledge of the languages and cultures in the company's mission to inspire, educate and give back. Linh has been instrumental as an educator, creating lessons plans and heading marketing efforts that are in line with different cultures and their values.
It gives her pride to be part of an organization that helps change lives by giving students of all backgrounds a pathway to a viable career. The company's recognition over the years include CSUF Commitment to Education Award, OCBJ Family Owned Business Award and California Small Business of the Year Honoree. Linh has been the recipient of Women Making a Difference Award and Asian American Business Woman Association Award.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, exercising and attending concerts.
Elizabeth Yang has been practicing law since 2007 and specializes in Intellectual Property, including Patent, Copyright and Trademark Prosecution and Litigation; Business Law, including corporate, entity formation, contract drafting, contract disputes, litigation; Family Law, including divorce, child custody, alimony, and asset division; and Traffic Citations. She is the current Founder and Owner of the Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang, which has offices in Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Irvine & Taipei. She is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Elizabeth was admitted to the United States Patent & Trademark Office in 2007. At the age of 19, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley in two and half years. She earned her JD/MBA from University of La Verne. Elizabeth’s IP practice is primarily focused on Intellectual Property litigation at the Federal District and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her practice also includes complex business litigation, patent prosecution and trademark prosecution. Prior to starting the Law & Mediation Offices of Elizabeth Yang, Elizabeth gained extensive experience at various large international intellectual property law firms where her practice primarily focused on a variety of technologies, including electronics, hardware, software, variable data printers, fingerprinting sensors, data packet processing, network security systems, microprocessors, and automated telephonic systems along IP Litigation. She is also experienced in drafting patent validity opinion letters, request for reexaminations, intellectual property licensing agreements and trademark consent agreements. Elizabeth went through her own 4-year divorce, a blessing in disguise, because she ended up learning about all the in’s and out’s of the California Family Law system, personally dealing with issues involving child custody, child support, alimony, asset division, pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements. Being a mother of two young children, she understands and can relate to clients who are also undergoing emotional divorces. She has represented Family Law clients both efficiently and compassionately at various stages of litigation and trial. Elizabeth also earned her Mediation Certification in 2015 with the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and has assisted many combative litigants in resolving their issues through mediation and alternate dispute resolution. Elizabeth also started a chain of children’s indoor playgrounds called Magical Playground, now with locations in Pasadena, West Covina and Whittier. It offers a safe, clean and fun place for parents and caregivers to bring their kids to enjoy hands-on play time as well as providing a venue to host birthday parties. Prior to practicing law, Elizabeth worked for Raytheon Company as an electrical engineers designing radar systems for the B2 Bomber. She has also interned at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, working as a team member on the main control unit of the Mars Exploration Rover.
Elizabeth is a recipient of the "Top 100 Civil Lawyers" award and the "Top 40 Lawyers Under 40" award by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017 and 2018, Elizabeth was recognized by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" ranking her in the top 2.5% of lawyers in California and also presented with the Lawyers of Distinction award, recognizing her as the top 10% of lawyers in the United States. Elizabeth also published her a top-selling book “The Big Secret” in 2017 alongside Jack Canfield, author of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. Elizabeth resides in Los Angeles with her husband Phil and her two children, Liliana (age 8) and Alexander (age 7). She enjoys playing poker, salsa dancing, traveling, and being a foodie in her spare time. She has been a member of the City Club of Los Angeles for 7+ years, is the immediate past Chair of the Young Executives Committee (YEX) and currently sits on the Board of Governors.