I met Cuong Dang few months ago at the St. Louis Mosaic Project’s Ambassador meeting. If you are not familiar with the St. Louis Mosaic Project, it is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and is a 22-member committee launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report outlining St. Louis as lagging in immigrant growth as well as highlighting the economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population.

It was during my first official encounter after I heard about Cuong from Betsy Cohen (Executive Director) and Vin Ko (Program Manager) that he is running a tech startup called Enliven in downtown St. Louis. Cuong is a great example of leading a blended life, a very blur line between work and life balance just as many other Millennials.

As we started talking about digital marketing, user experience design, entrepreneurship, diversity, and many stories about our home country (Vietnam) that I quickly realized that we share one thing in common: we make life and work more enjoyable by treating people as our life-long friends.

I also learn from Cuong that giving back to the community is a very rewarding exercise. All of us often focus too much on growing ourselves personally and professionally but forget that a growing and healthy community around us will make our lives much better. Cuong is giving back to the community by volunteering himself with organizations such as CEO Club Vietnam, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Mosaic Project and others to foster the regional economic growth as well as innovation.

Recently, the St. Louis Mosaic Project had an interview with Cuong and captured more aspects about his passion and involvement with St. Louis, entrepreneurship, and the community. I hope you’d enjoy the read and get to know more about him.

Read Cuong Dang’s story about entrepreneurship and community building by St. Louis Mosaic Project.

“I’m passionately curious” – a few short words about herself that Khanh Vu borrowed from Albert Einstein. Khanh landed in the U.S almost 3 years ago (in 2012) to pursue a master’s degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications at Webster University and to fulfill her 5-year goals of learning new things, making new friends, and living in a new culture. Khanh grew up in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and was at Dentsu, an advertising agency, as an Account Executive prior to joining Enliven. Khanh is currently responsible for digital and social media marketing at Enliven. In addition, she’s sharing her time at St. Louis Mosaic Project as the Immigration Development Assistant to help promote the vision of the project. At work, Khanh is a believer in creativity and details. Outside of work, she is an outdoors enthusiast who loves hiking, kayaking, and road trips.