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Award Winning Author, Spiritual Entrepreneur & International Speaker

Pauline Nguyen has survived all odds to become one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman.

The owner of the world’s most awarded Vietnamese restaurant, Red Lantern in Sydney, Pauline Nguyen’s commercial process was officially recognised in 2012 when she won the Australian Telstra Business Award for Medium Business.

An accomplished author, Pauline won Newcomer Writer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Award in 2008. Her memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern, was critically acclaimed around the world and appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Pauline’s first foray in stage theatre, The Serpents Table was voted favourite show by audiences, critics and organisers alike at the 2013 Sydney Festival.

Pauline Nguyen’s determination to succeed can be traced back to her childhood. Before she was five years old, Pauline and her family escaped Vietnam in 1977 via boat and were forced to spend a year in a Thai refugee camp, before eventually settling in Cabramatta in Sydney’s outer west.

Her father, a harsh disciplinarian, not only regularly beat his children, but forced them to work from as young as four years old. There was no respite at school either, with Pauline and equally famous brother Luke, expected to top the class in every subject.

Pauline has spoken at multiple writers’ festivals around the world, she has appeared on television and radio, and has been written about in various reputable publications.

Pauline has a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike gained from her unique life experiences. Her book Grace Under Fire – The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur, shares crucial skills of responding positively and resourcefully under pressure – so they can become even more kick-arse in business and in life.

A powerful keynote speaker, Pauline is also a disruptor, questioning existing paradigms and throwing them out the door. She believes that too many people are sleepwalking and need to wake up and participate in life now. With power, grit and determination, Pauline hands entrepreneurs, executives and business owners the tools to be daring, successful and truly fulfilled – to live life deliberately and not by default.

Pauline’s inspiring keynote ‘The Red Lantern story – From Extreme Adversity to Success’ will wake you up. Pauline talks on the controversial subject of spiritual entrepreneurship and the invaluable skill of mindfulness, presence and meditation – an ancient art still so powerful today which helps to reduce stress, overwhelm, fear and anxiety. This is where magic happens.

Pauline Nguyen talks about:

  • The Red Lantern story – From Extreme Adversity to Success
  • From extreme adversity to success
  • Small to Medium Business
  • Leadership, customer service, company culture and service standards
  • Grace Under Fire: Self Mastery and Mindset
  • How to take control of your thoughts and emotions to stay cool under pressure and show up as your best self
  • Thought Leader and Commentator in the Space of Spiritual Entrepreneurship
  • Finding inner peace and happiness amongst the chaos and confusion
  • Thought Leader and Commentator in Resilience and Courage
  • My personal story of overcoming adversity and eventually finding success and fulfilment in business and in life
  • Work Life Balance is Bullshit
  • Busting the myth about the unattainable

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Pauline Nguyen

Award Winning Author, Spiritual Entrepreneur & International Speaker

Quick Contact

Pauline Nguyen

Award Winning Author, Spiritual Entrepreneur & International Speaker

Pauline Nguyen has survived all odds to become one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs, a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman.

The owner of the world’s most awarded Vietnamese restaurant, Red Lantern in Sydney, Pauline Nguyen’s commercial process was officially recognised in 2012 when she won the Australian Telstra Business Award for Medium Business.

An accomplished author, Pauline won Newcomer Writer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Award in 2008. Her memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern, was critically acclaimed around the world and appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Pauline’s first foray in stage theatre, The Serpents Table was voted favourite show by audiences, critics and organisers alike at the 2013 Sydney Festival.

Pauline Nguyen’s determination to succeed can be traced back to her childhood. Before she was five years old, Pauline and her family escaped Vietnam in 1977 via boat and were forced to spend a year in a Thai refugee camp, before eventually settling in Cabramatta in Sydney’s outer west.

Her father, a harsh disciplinarian, not only regularly beat his children, but forced them to work from as young as four years old. There was no respite at school either, with Pauline and equally famous brother Luke, expected to top the class in every subject.

Pauline has spoken at multiple writers’ festivals around the world, she has appeared on television and radio, and has been written about in various reputable publications.

Pauline has a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike gained from her unique life experiences. Her book Grace Under Fire – The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur, shares crucial skills of responding positively and resourcefully under pressure – so they can become even more kick-arse in business and in life.

A powerful keynote speaker, Pauline is also a disruptor, questioning existing paradigms and throwing them out the door. She believes that too many people are sleepwalking and need to wake up and participate in life now. With power, grit and determination, Pauline hands entrepreneurs, executives and business owners the tools to be daring, successful and truly fulfilled – to live life deliberately and not by default.

Pauline’s inspiring keynote ‘The Red Lantern story – From Extreme Adversity to Success’ will wake you up. Pauline talks on the controversial subject of spiritual entrepreneurship and the invaluable skill of mindfulness, presence and meditation – an ancient art still so powerful today which helps to reduce stress, overwhelm, fear and anxiety. This is where magic happens.

Pauline Nguyen talks about:

  • The Red Lantern story – From Extreme Adversity to Success
  • From extreme adversity to success
  • Small to Medium Business
  • Leadership, customer service, company culture and service standards
  • Grace Under Fire: Self Mastery and Mindset
  • How to take control of your thoughts and emotions to stay cool under pressure and show up as your best self
  • Thought Leader and Commentator in the Space of Spiritual Entrepreneurship
  • Finding inner peace and happiness amongst the chaos and confusion
  • Thought Leader and Commentator in Resilience and Courage
  • My personal story of overcoming adversity and eventually finding success and fulfilment in business and in life
  • Work Life Balance is Bullshit
  • Busting the myth about the unattainable

Client testimonials

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