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The Spiritual Entrepreneur


Pauline Nguyen is a best-selling author and award-winning businesswoman - and her achievements are all the more impressive for her having escaped Vietnam on a boat and survived a Thai refugee camp. She has overcome these adverse beginnings to transform her approach to success by re-engineering her beliefs, questioning the status quo, and hacking cultural norms to become one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Current Work:

As the owner of Red Lantern the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world, in 2012 Pauline won the Australian Telstra Business Award for Medium Business. However, that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Pauline’s achievements; her memoir, Secrets of the Red Lantern, has been critically acclaimed around the world and appeared in numerous bestseller lists. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, and in 2008 won Newcomer Writer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Pauline has achieved outstanding success as an entrepreneur, author, businesswoman and acclaimed speaker with the unique ability to connect with her audience in a profound way, empowering them to change their story for a better future.
Pauline is an original ‘Rare Bird’ - one of Australia’s top 50 influential female entrepreneurs - and is included in Blackwell and Hobday’s global recognition of 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World.

She has a high-performing Western business background combined with an Eastern slant of spirituality - and her unique philosophy is taught with warmth and humour, telling her own story of what can be achieved through key alignment of thoughts and intentions.

Talking Points

The Red Lantern Story

- From extreme adversity to success

The Way of The Spiritual Entrepreneur

- How to master your emotions to stay cool under pressure and always show up as the next best version of
- Finding inner peace amongst the chaos and confusion.
- The 7 secrets to becoming fearless, stress free and unshakeable in business and in life.

Calm Courage, Resounding Resilience, Tacit Grit

As a thought leader, Pauline’s unique life experiences have given her a distinctive insight into the minds of individuals and businesses alike, allowing her to pass on the invaluable skills of self-mastery, courage, resilience and grit. As Pauline says, ‘If we can learn the tools of self-mastery, we can better practice the art of influence over others.”
When Pauline talks of commitment driving outcomes, people listen.
Key takeaways:
• Navigating through change and disruption.
• Developing personal and organisational Courage, Resilience and Grit
• How to maximize joy and enhance personal performance in Business Leadership and Life Leadership

Mastering Influence in Business and Life

Named as one of ‘Australia’s Top 50 Influential Female Entrepreneurs’, and one of the hand-selected ’200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World’, Pauline understands how to use the Weapons of Influence in business and in life. Her day-to-day professional life was in orbit around her life principles, and not the other way around.
This self-actualisation has carried her to prosperity while running the awarded restaurant Red Lantern, (the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world) and authoring bestseller, Secrets of the Red Lantern, (Winner Debut Writer of the Year).
I am amazed at Pauline's personality and message to the world. She is an extraordinary communicator both written and verbal. Her message and keynote presentations move you. She is both professional and larger than life. She inspires anyone fortunate enough to hear her speak. Thanks Pauline for your message to the world. The Speakers Institute

I would rate Pauline Nguyen as one of the best speakers I've had the pleasure of listening to and working with. Her passionate delivery about her early family life coming to Australia and subsequent business success was truly inspiring and thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance

Law Firm

Pauline was fantastic! She appealed to all delegates in our very diverse audience. There were moments in her presentation where you literally could have heard a pin drop!

Construction Industry Association

I had the pleasure of experiencing Pauline Nguyen speak at a recent international summit for women entrepreneurs in Bogota Colombia. Pauline was magnetic, vulnerable, relatable and impactful. She beautifully shared her personal experiences and growth to deliver key concepts of self mastery, spiritual entrepreneurship and sustained business success. Her intentional and heartfelt narrative was truly inspiring! I felt a profound connection to her story. I believe Pauline is a bold visionary on the frontline of a new, more evolved way of living and winning… from the heart!

Self Discovery Trainer

Over many years I have attended many conferences, keynotes, workshops and trainings around the world. Pauline is no ordinary inspirational speaker, business and life coach, entrepreneur, woman. She walks the talk and will take you with on that invaluable journey. Pauline’s story and the way she presents it highly personal, powerful, deep and inspiring on many different levels, making you sense the challenges and the pain, courage and drive, professionalism and dedication. She takes you on a personal journey to self-realisation, self-reinvention, entrepreneurship, fulfilment, happiness, success and spirituality (not in a religious sense), where the destination is inner peace and the joy is the GPS.

Life By Design

Within 3 seconds of Pauline opening her mouth, I realise something special is about to happen. Pauline manages to create a connection with every person in the room and draw them into her presence. It’s palpable. Pauline shares wisdom, wisdom of the universe intertwined with practical applications and business-mindedness. For one hour she had us 100% in her zone. Like it was a dinner for two, eye-to-eye, over a glass of wine. I left that lunch with an elevated soul, and the utmost respect for this incredible woman. I can’t wait to devour her book ‘The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur.’

Tiny Hunter Branding Agency

I had no idea what to expect, however from the opening introduction, I was utterly enthralled. Pauline’s story of inspiration and honesty was one of, if not the most impressive presentations I have ever seen. Pauline’s impeccable delivery with lessons from both a personal and business perspective were on-point and whole-heartedly engaging. A story of honesty, overcoming adversity, self-efficacy and self-awareness with astute life observations was interesting, relevant and touched me on a personal level. Pauline has communication and articulation skills that kept the entire audience engaged and wanting to hear more. I will always remember this event. Well done Pauline. Well done.

Crestone Wealth Management

If you missed restauranteur Pauline Nguyen’s keynote at October Business Month 2019, you missed what I declare as the best OBM presentation I have been to... ever. Beautifully delivered, packed with genuine business insights and wrapped in a highly personal, inspiring story.


Pauline has the great ability to deeply touch her audience. Pauline’s stories come from her heart, her wisdom is her truth and her energy is ecstatic. Being in her presence gave me great insights and an elevated spirit. The way Pauline combines the material with the spiritual, making it all one makes so much sense. I’ve now had a chance to also finish your book and I have so much enjoyed it! There are so many great and valuable lessons in there - too many to name! Thank you so much for expanding my thinking Pauline!

Founder Twinlife Marketing

I have heard so many amazing stories throughout my career in the event industry but Pauline’s is up there as one of the most inspiring and powerfully delivered ones I have ever had the grace to hear. I absolutely loved her talk, her energy, her beautiful spirit and her brave soul. The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur should be on the school high school curriculum.

Doltone House
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