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“People don’t have business problems; they have personal problems that reflect in their business. If we can learn the tools of self-mastery, we can better practice the art of influence with others.”

Pauline Nguyen

Be Inspired By One of the World’s Leading Motivational Speakers

As a leading international motivational and inspirational speaker, Pauline has the skills to connect with her audience in a profound way – she helps awaken and focus people to the new paradigm of Conscious Leadership – changing their own story for a better future.

Pauline Nguyen is a best-selling author, award-winning businesswoman and international inspirational keynote speaker – 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 and professional leadership keynote speakers.


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. Her latest book The Way of the Spiritual Entrepreneur won Best Entrepreneurship and Small Business Book in the year of its release.


Pauline has achieved outstanding success as an entrepreneur, author, businesswoman and acclaimed motivational speaker, with the unique ability to connect with her audience in a profound way, empowering them to build a better future. Pauline speaks and teaches from direct experience with a unique, dramatic cadence that literally has the audience hanging on every word.

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 the practice of Self Leadership and Self Mastery.

Learn From One of the World’s Most Inspiring Speakers

There is no keynote leadership speaker in Australia today quite like Pauline Nguyen. This entrepreneur is one of the country’s leading motivational and inspirational speakers and is considered as one of the world’s greatest disruptors, innovators and thought leaders.

She is dynamite on the stage, sharing her journey of entrepreneurial success despite all odds. Arriving in Australia as a Vietnamese refugee, Pauline overcame childhood abuse and extreme adversity to rise to renown as a business leader, coach, spiritual teacher and shaman. Combining the latest in neuroscience with spirituality, her keynotes are a distillation of decades of work with CEO’s, corporates and entrepreneurs, guiding them to transformation through the game changing new paradigm of Conscious Leadership.

Conscious Leadership offers the antidote to fear. The fear that leaves a toxic residue that won’t be as easily tolerated in an increasingly complex business environment.

A multi award winning best-selling author as well as the co-founder of the world’s most awarded Vietnamese Restaurant, Red Lantern; Pauline’s keynotes have her audience on the edge of their seats, blazing with new possibilities and ignited with their own potential to design the life of their dreams and marry material success with deep fulfilment. 

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Pauline doesn’t do motivation; she does electrifying inspiration and accelerated transformation. Her ability to connect to each audience member is palpable, with a unique deliverance and powerfully crafted stage presence that is second to none. 

Each of Pauline’s keynotes are rich in anecdote and sapience, seamlessly weaving practical steps to self-mastery with compelling insights into her extraordinary journey to the top. Success in business starts with the next breath you take; master yourself, and the professional world or infinite opportunities awaits. When Pauline speaks, people listen.

As an inspirational keynote speaker, she is able to tailor her keynotes to a board of five or a stadium of 4000, whether live or virtually. In this new state of being, Pauline understands more than anyone that aptitude, adaptability, nimbleness, and flexibility is key, most poignantly in the space where the personal and the professional collide.

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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 the your competition.

Pauline explains the necessity in our day and age to utilise The War Chest of a Modern Leader in 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.


The commence 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”.


Diversity & Inclusion, Vulnerable Leadership, Self Mastery, Self Leadership

A broad and dynamic keynote, in this powerful experience Pauline explains four of the most pivotal components in 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’. That 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”.

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.


Through the mastery of her story telling, 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.


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.

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My journey is deeply rooted in life experiences and personal growth. As a Vietnamese refugee, I escaped the hardships of war as a toddler and later found my way to Australian shores after a challenging year in a Thai refugee camp. I also faced significant physical and emotional abuse in my young adulthood.

These hardships have profoundly shaped my journey, which I consider my training ground. From the ashes of trauma, I transformed into a sought-after development coach, dedicated entrepreneur, award-winning author, and international keynote speaker. My life experiences fuel my inspiration.

I'm passionate about sharing the wisdom and transformative experiences I've gained. Through my keynotes, I aim to inspire and guide others on their paths of personal growth, self-mastery, and conscious leadership. My approach blends Western business acumen and Eastern spirituality to deliver authentic and insightful messages.

As an inspirational speaker, I stand not only as someone who succeeded against the odds but as a firm believer in human potential and the power of the human spirit. My journey is a testament to the resilience of the human soul, and I'm dedicated to helping others discover their strength and capacity for growth.

I've been honoured to speak internationally, sharing insights on personal growth, self-mastery, and conscious leadership. Highlights include speaking in the United States, UAE, Canada, China, Vietnam, India, and more. Engaging diverse audiences from various backgrounds and cultures has been truly enriching.

My messages on self leadership, resilience and transformation, and blending Western business acumen with Eastern spirituality resonate globally, inspiring individuals to unlock their inner potential and lead purposeful lives. Each speaking opportunity empowers others on their self-discovery journeys, and I'm privileged to have made a positive impact, and I truly look forward to more international engagements in the future.

When tailoring my speeches to specific international markets or regions, I consider several key factors to ensure that my message resonates with the audience and reflects cultural nuances. My top 5 have to be:

  1. Cultural Sensitivity: I make it my priority to honour the spiritual norms, values, and customs of the region I'm addressing, respecting and acknowledging these spiritual differences to align my message with local spiritual sensitivities.
  2. Soulful Language and Communication Style: Using my experiences as a leadership keynote speaker, I adapt my speech to the language and communication style of the audience, infusing soulful expressions and idioms to create a spiritual connection and enhance relatability.
  3. Divine Relationships: As a motivational leadership speaker, I tailor my content to address issues and challenges relevant to the specific market or region, ensuring the audience recognises the spiritual significance of my message in their lives. I adapt my presentation style to foster collective engagement, including interactive elements, group soul-searching, and audience participation with intention.
  4. Sacred Storytelling: I incorporate local spiritual stories, sacred anecdotes, or examples that resonate with the audience's journey. Sharing stories familiar to their path deepens the spiritual connection and understanding.
  5. Spiritual References: As an international motivational speaker, the use of visuals, symbols, and metaphors can elevate the healing impact of my message, making it more engaging and deeply resonant with the soul of the audience.

Authenticity is a cornerstone of inspiring others, fostering a genuine and trustworthy connection between the speaker and the audience. This plays a pivotal role by making the speaker more relatable, building trust, creating a deeper emotional connection, enhancing credibility, and offering a roadmap for others.

To maintain authenticity in my speeches, I love to engage in regular self-reflection, openly share my journey, focus on topics aligned with my values, prioritise the audience's needs, prepare thoroughly while staying true to my authentic self, seek feedback for improvement, and maintain consistency in my values and message, resonating deeply with the audience.

My motivational talks inspire individuals to adopt a growth mindset, maintain positivity, and develop resilience and determination in achieving their goals. A growth mindset fosters a belief in learning and growth, while resilience, determination, and a positive attitude enable people to overcome setbacks and persist. Join me to explore self-confidence techniques, pivotal for success.

These attributes encourage a broader perspective, innovative problem-solving, and turning setbacks into stepping stones, especially in adversity. Adaptability, tied to a growth mindset, is essential for navigating change, while proactivity, aligned choices, and self-responsibility lead to empowerment. I also offer support in overcoming limiting beliefs, setting clear goals, and visualising success through a positive mindset and attitude.

After the event, attendees can follow up or connect with me through several channels to seek further information, ask questions, or share their insights.

I actively engage with my audience on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram. Connect with me on these platforms or email me directly on to follow my thought-provoking content, stay updated on upcoming events, and join discussions on personal growth, leadership, and more.

I sometimes organise post-event Q&A sessions or webinars, allowing attendees to interact with me in real-time, ask questions, and discuss insights. These sessions are usually announced through email or social media.

On my website you’ll see I often have newsletters or mailing lists that attendees can subscribe to for updates, insights, and further content related to the event's topic.

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