Changing Faces Program Women’s Leadership: A Success Story

On August 1, 2009 the LIN Center for Community Development was launched in Vietnam as a new resource for non-profit groups, individuals and corporate philanthropists based in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

Since 2007, Dana R.H. Doan joined up with a group of friends who wanted to find a way to strengthen their community and improve the quality of life in Ho Chi Minh City. In that same year, Dana participated in the East-West Center’s Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Program, where she participated in dialogues on leadership and issues specific to women in leadership around the region. It was during that program that Dana drafted the business plan for what is now called the LIN Center for Community Development.

Dana serves as a strategic advisor and Honorary Board Member to LIN. In the US, Latin America and Vietnam, she has accumulated over ten years work experience in addressing economic development issues and the impact of globalization. Dana was directly involved in the licensing process to achieve the LIN Center’s goals of promoting philanthropy and corporate social responsibility while simultaneously strengthening grassroots not-for-profit organizations in Vietnam. The vision of the LIN Center is to make a difference by promoting equal opportunities for all members of Vietnamese society.