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Pham, Kien

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Kien Pham

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Oral History Project: 
John W. Gardner Legacy Oral History Project
Mancini, Nancy
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Kien Pham, the president and co-founder of the Vietnam Foundation and vice chairman of the VietnamNet Media Group, reflects on the impact John W. Gardner and the community of White House Fellows have had on his life. Pham recalls immigrating to Colorado from Vietnam in 1977, his path to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and his selection as a White House Fellow in the class of 1985-1986. He provides examples of meaningful connections with other White House Fellows, including his work at Tenneco with Michael Walsh and Dana Mead. He concludes by describing Gardner’s wisdom and sharing memories from a White House Fellows trip to Vietnam.

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