Spotlight: Mai Anh Dang

Mai Anh Dang
Mai Anh Dang

YSEALI members are making a difference. In the coming weeks, we will feature young leaders across the ASEAN region who have participated in YSEALI programs and show how joining this community has helped them grow professionally and personally.

Mai Anh Dang, 22
Vietnam
Foreign Trade University
Freelance writer

Mai Anh Dang may not be a businesswoman, but she sure is glad she chose international business for her bachelor’s degree. The professional writer says that it instilled in her “a mindset to assess the world around us” and that “the knowledge and the logical, analytical thinking in business benefit me in arranging my ideas.”

As it turns out, Mai Anh Dang has become an entrepreneur of sorts. She has combined her passions for the environment, writing and illustrating to produce several books about protecting the Earth. “I love when I can share and people can find their image in my stories. That is how I see my community improving little by little, and that is why I want to do it day by day,” she says.

YSEALI is helping Mai Anh Dang develop her entrepreneurial skills further. She says it has “enhance[d] my confidence and the [width] of my network.” Through YSEALI, Mai Anh Dang has won a grant to provide youth activists in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with English training.

Mai Anh Dang’s tips for success:

  • Work with the people, companies and organizations you respect.
  • Downsize any ambitious ideas and keep it simple but inspiring.
  • Know that if you are not chosen, you belong to another choice.