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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.

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’s latest book The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur - The 7 Secrets to Becoming Fearless, Stress Free and Unshakable in Business and in Life also won Best Entrepreneurship and Small Business Book Award in the year of its release. The potency of this book continues to change the lives of many.

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

Through the mastery of her storytelling, Pauline will take you on a delicious and tumultuous journey of how and why Red Lantern, after 21 years in business, still holds the mantle of ‘The Most Awarded Vietnamese Restaurant in the World’ in what is a truly challenging, fickle and competitive industry. Find out what it takes to sustain a business for more than two decades with Calm Courage, Resonating Resilience and Tacit Grit to do what needs to be done for yourself and your people.

The Way of The Spiritual Entrepreneur

The 7 Secrets to Becoming Fearless, Stress-Free and Unshakable in Business and in Life.

It’s time to disrupt the disruption. For the life of the modern conscious leader, the highly competitive business environment can be a battlefield. Having worked with, coached and facilitated entrepreneurs, startups, small
businesses, corporate executives and leaders from all walks of life, Pauline has seen many incredibly gifted, driven, passionate and purposeful leaders fraying at the edges diseased and dis-eased. Sure, they may boast that they have a lot of money in the bank but they are spiritually bankrupt and are struggling to find joy, purpose, satisfaction, happiness and harmony. At an organizational level, they are burned out, stressed out and frazzled.

In this riveting keynote, Pauline speaks to The Way of Spiritual Entrepreneur and why ‘The Way’ ultimately presents a radically new and meaningful paradigm that enhances and enriches everyone who embraces it. Especially if the goal is to build and sustain vibrant, creative and profitable organizations with engaged, energised, inspired and
productive teams over the long run.

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).

The Warchest of a Modern Leader

How to be a smarter, faster, happier and more grounded human in the era of total disruption.
For the life of a modern entrepreneur, the highly competitive business environment is a battlefield. And as a
resolute, strong and prepared as you are as a warrior, without an adequate war chest, you don‘t stand a chance against your competition.
Pauline explains the necessity in our day and age to utilise The War Chest of a Modern Leader in an entrepreneurial battle. The War Chest of a Modern Leader is full of powerfully practical and sustainable ways we can not only improve as leaders but also win the entrepreneurial battle against our adversaries.

In this presentation, audiences will learn:
- How to take radical personal responsibility for your own personal and professional development
- How to remain calm and intelligent in the face of adversity
- How to lead with vulnerability, compassion, and competence - with Power and not Force
- How rest is a weapon and how to utilise it effectively
- The importance of a wise counsel to a warrior
- Why the best offence is a good defence
- Who should be in your phalanx

It's Time to Disrupt the Disruption - Leading the New Paradigm of Work

The commencement of this decade has proved one certainty - there is no certainty. The pandemic showed itself to be a black swan - an unseeable anomaly that has changed the way we conduct ourselves as a society, as people and as businesses. But, as Charles Darwin famously noted, “It is not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change.”
The business disruption the world over was rife: upending industries, creating tailwinds and forcing entrepreneurs to rapidly adapt to the new normal. Pauline explains the ways your business can pivot and adapt to business disruption, starting with the most important foundation in your business - you.
As a working CEO herself, Pauline has been right there in the trenches for two decades. Since 2020, she has
pivoted multiple businesses to not only survive during the uncertainty of the global pandemic but to thrive. As
Pauline says, “Business development cannot happen without business disruption first”.

In this presentation, audiences will learn:
- How to deal with the crisis and use it as an opportunity
- How to master the process, not the outcome
- People don’t have business problems, they have personal problems that are reflected in their business
- How to navigate the seemingly un-navigable future
- Actionable strategies and takeaway for the new business paradigm

The Four Pivotal Components of Evolving Leadership

Diversity & Inclusion, Vulnerable Leadership, Self Mastery, Self Leadership
In a broad and dynamic keynote, in this powerful experience, Pauline explains four of the most pivotal components of becoming a successful leader. This isn’t your regular business coaching speech - dive into deep, controversial and complex topics, distilled eloquently for execution today.

Pauline explains the importance of self-mastery, required before mastering anything else in life. Drawing on
learnings from running the world’s most awarded Vietnamese restaurant, Red Lantern, she imparts why true leaders hold others accountable whilst being ‘compassionately assertive’. Those who want to be part of the new future of leaders must walk the walk, not just talk the talk.

From her experience coming to Australia as a refugee and eventually garnering accolades including being one of Australia’s Top 50 Influential Female Entrepreneurs, and worldwide recognition as one of 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You View the World, Pauline explains why the greatest leaders of our time lead with diversity and inclusion not as just social responsibilities, but as powerful weapons for business. Find out why The Huffington Post described Pauline as “the most grounded spiritual entrepreneur on the planet”.

In this presentation, audiences will learn:
- Diversity and Inclusion - How embracing multiple perspectives leads to more powerfully effective problem-solving skills
- Vulnerable Leadership - How to lead with power and not force
- Self Mastery - How to manage your energy and your emotions to become the most calm, and composed
- Self Leadership - What do Leaders Do? They go first. How to scientifically increase your intuition and
awareness to intelligently lead your team with competence, courage and charisma

Secrets of the Red Lantern - An Intimate Dinner and Conversation with Pauline at Red Lantern

Pauline Nguyen's highly acclaimed restaurant The Red Lantern offers progressive business leaders a vast swathe of practical takeaways and invaluable networking. Pauline sheds light on new concepts and shares insights from operating the most awarded Vietnamese restaurant in the world.

The Secrets of the Red Lantern is a collaborative event where high achievers come together, break bread and tell tales. But this isn’t your regular networking event - Pauline masterfully facilitates and coaches along the way. Each session is crafted by Pauline to bespoke fit your team's needs.

Audiences will:
- Enjoy insights and inspirations from Pauline’s award-winning book, The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur and find out how they can implement them in their everyday life.
- Revel in joyful, juicy and sumptuous stories paired with The Red Lantern's delightful highly regarded menu.
- See why CEOs, entrepreneurs, coaches and everyone in-between rave about the life-changing insights,
actionable takeaways and skills accumulated in a single powerful meeting at Pauline Nguyen’s Secrets of the
Red Lantern.
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

Pauline captured the attention and hearts of everybody in the room as she told her story of her life - one of the best professional speakers I have seen.


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 was electric. She controlled the room. I was captivated from the very start.


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

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 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

Pauline Nguyen is an energising breath of fresh air. She took us on a journey, made us laugh, cry and inspired us to improve ourselves. Pauline connected with us, touched us all and left us changed forever.

Women in Digital Programs Lead, DELL
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