Van is the founder of worksmart, a progressive leadership and team development consultancy that utilizes creativity, play, and experiential learning to evolve mindset, skill sets, and behaviors in the workplace. She also serves as a fractional learning officer for high growth companies seeking to enhance employee development. Her work is built on the foundation that we are all creative, good ideas can come from any level of an organization, and by cultivating creative thinking in the workplace, everyone has a chance to have their voice heard. Van studied Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned her MBA from Pepperdine University. With over 20 years of corporate and start-up experience, Van actively works to rewrite the way we apply creativity in the workplace, inviting clients to think with their hands and use creative tools to disrupt traditional training methods. Her clients include gamechangers such as Google, LinkedIn, and Pandora.
Her TEDx Talk titled, ‘What if? The Life Changing Power of Curiosity’. highlights the incredible story of how one woman empowered 20 Vietnamese refugee women, including her mom, to trailblaze the now $8.3 billion manicure industry in the United States. Van specializes in empowering women in the workplace to be confident and competent in acknowledging their accomplishments and managing conflicts through her programs ‘Create the Energy to Lead’ and ‘How to Say What You Really Mean’.