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“Debbie Nghiem” Chair Coordinator                        (VIETNAM)

Debbie Nghiem is known for her avant garde and fusion of styles in her design.

Debbie Nghiem was born in Saigon,Vietnam and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan before making San Jose, California her permanent home. She studied Business Finance with an interest in real estate and demographics at San Jose State University. Prior to design and fashion, she has worked as a worldwide purchasing/logistic planner, marketing,contract negotiations,  and manufacturing in several high tech companies including JDSU, Schlumberger/LTX, Network PCB and received several awards. In 2008-2009, she involved in business fashion as an exclusive account representative in Vietnam for Sourcing Magic. This experience helped her to learn more about the fashion industry and to pursue her career.

In December 2010, she received an award as ‘The Best Designer in the Bay Area” from Be That Kid Productions.  Also, in 2010, she joined San Jose Fashion Week& Uomo Vogue Apparel Group as VP Director and Buyer, Easter Asia for Men’s Wear, Women’s Wear, Accessories, Textiles, in Vietnam, China, and South Korea.  She has been a designer for many international celebrities, beauty pageants and models. Her designs had been featuring on many international magazines, international television channels.  She also got feature in many fashion shows  for the movies and music videos from Bollywood and premier movies-Passport for Love, Fool for Love, Dust of Life,  and events for  Fashion Show with Celebrities, BET Entertainment,106 Park & UGMX, Be Rio Fashion, Friends of Hue Foundation, FYMO-Fashion Your Mind Organization, Melange Production, Tet Festival, GXBA Runway of the World,Ronnie Sample McDaniel&Xstudio, U.S Women Expo for Ready to Model Magazine, American Red Cross with San Jose Fashion Week, Chance Network Seattle San Francisco , AMDEF (Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Fashion) in Seattle,  Winter Wonderland in Dallas, Black History, Supper Chic,Legacy Through Living, World Journal, Tiecon Entrepreneur, Ao Dai Festival, Women Expo, Parti Program,  Silicon Valley Awards, Ed Hardy Fashion Show at SF City Hall, Winter Wonderland,  Miss Brazil-USA, Miss Queens of America, Hoa Hau SF, Models Search for Asian Artists USA, Fashion Community Week in SF, Fashion Boston Week hosted by Fashion Boston En Vogue, etc.

Her designs had been wearing by most famous Hollywood and international celebrities such as-Vanessa William, Patrice Fisher, Mariah Parks and Princess Tianna from Walt Disney, top famous 12 girl-band from China, Popstar from German-Anh Thu Doan, Miss Brazil USA-SF, Miss Philippine USA and Earth, Miss  Global  produced by Kimloi Production, and many Vietnamese and Chinese  beauty pageants and models..

In October 2011, Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Award has selected her  for Women and Service.

In March 2015 -Global Women Power  has selected her an award as an internationally recognized designer featured in Fashion Week and shows around the globe.

In September 2015, she received another award from  few prestige organizations – NFL Alumni, Multi Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame and The City of Redwood City, Domini Hokskins Black History Museum for honoring women moving forward.

In October 2015, Debbie received a Lifetime Achievement in style and philanthropy Designer of Year from 10 Best Dresses Awards hosting by Leonard Simpson to benefit Moyer Foundation. One of the best couture shows in the U.S. Mr. Leonard is a creator of Fashion Forward, an internationally known fashion production company with more than two decades of experience producing high-style fashion shows, television segments and Broadway-style shows nationwide.

Currently, she works for Clark Financial Partner as a senior purchasing manager/marketing manager where she is handling export and import products for U.S and Asia. She also is  a founder of GG Connections where she produces and coordinates many fashion events, beauty pageants and modeling search and  services  through out United States and as the same time showcase her own designs.

She also was a co-founder of Oakland Fashion Week, the first fashion week ever happened in Oakland in 2015.  She also was a global team leader for the San Francisco Film Festival, where she invited many celebrities, films producers, from Vietnam and Hollywood to the film festival in 2015.  She has been coordinating many premier movies to the Bay Area and SF.

Debbie’s passion also devoted in charity works &loves promoting young generation, talented artists. She  has helping the less fortunate, and creating opportunities to bring together the Vietnamese people through social and professional events to promote a supportive network of associates, friends, and resources.  She  raised  hundred thousand dollars for  non profit for disaster reliefs, scholarship programs, children at the shelter here in the U.S and Vietnam. She has been a key contributor in charity organizations such as Vietnamese American Professionals Alliance (VAPA), Aid to Children without Parents (ACWP), Asian Pacific in San Francisco, Mid Autumn Festival (MAF), VNhelp, Vietnamese Silicon Valley Network and now it calls Vietnamese Strategic Venture Network(VSVN), Friends of Hue, C & Y Club.

From 2003-2007 she created a non-profit organization call United Vietnamese Americans(UVA). Since she was a founder and Vice President of United Vietnamese Americans, then later she became the President of this organization.   She has formed strong relationships with many organizations in the Bay Area. UVA helped out with many activities such as raising money for disaster relieves and forming a scholarship program.

More about UVA-(United Vietnamese Americans)

UVA has given out a total of $50K in 3 years for high school and college students in both California and Vietnam. With the support and unity of the community, UVA was able to raise $150K in SEVEN DAYS to help the stranded people in Houston during the Katrina disaster.