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Michael Nguyen
Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen

Inclusive Insights

Pismo Beach, CA USA

"Success is most certainly being comfortable with who you are, embracing it, and being vulnerable."

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Day In The Life

Chief Inclusion and Innovation Officer

I provide customized strategic solutions to address the specific needs of an organization’s culture.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • Some High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Pitzer College

  • Graduate Degree


    Loyola Marymount University

  • Doctorate

    Educational Psychology

    Emory University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Chief Inclusion and Innovation Officer:

Bachelor's Degree: Psychology

Graduate Degree: Counseling

Doctorate: Educational Psychology

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    My family came to the United States as refugees from Vietnam—I’m the first of my siblings to be born in the U.S.

  • 2.

    Due to different hurdles in my education and home life, I didn’t do well in school and ended up dropping out of high school.

  • 3.

    When I decided to go to community college, it was a completely different experience—I was excited to choose my own classes and have more freedom in my own education.

  • 4.

    After a great experience with a professor in one of my psychology classes, I was inspired to major in psychology when I transferred to a university.

  • 5.

    I worked as a research assistant with The Imoyase Group to increase multicultural competency in healthcare across the state of California—the project sparked my interest in community and culture.

  • 6.

    A senior researcher inspired me to go to graduate school—I earned a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola Marymount University and a doctorate in educational psychology from Emory University.

  • 7.

    Along the way, I took on other projects and expanded my skills, experience, and passion for cross-cultural psychology.

  • 8.

    I currently work as the chief inclusion and innovation officer at Inclusive Insights and I also teach cross-cultural psychology in applied settings at the University of Southern California.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    Graduate school is only for really rich and really smart people.

  • How I responded:

    When I was thinking about going to grad school, I had a lot of doubt. I always thought that grad school was for rich, smart people. I also struggled through school when I was younger, so it didn't seem like an option for me. Fortunately, I had great mentors who encouraged and inspired me. Those mentors were key for me. I decided to go for it and earn my master's degree. I even went on to earn a doctorate as well!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was abused by my father when I was a child. When my parents divorced, he wasn't allowed to have custody because of that abuse. My mother worked full-time and couldn't get full custody either. So I ended up in foster care.

  • There were hurdles within my home life and educational experience that made school hard for me. I ended up dropping out of high school. When I decided to go to college it was a much better experience because I had freedom to design my own education.