Business Leadership Society



The purpose of the Business Leadership Society is to facilitate connections among George Fox students and alumni with the purpose of sharing knowledge and creating opportunities for growth.

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Upcoming Events

Please join us for these upcoming events hosted by the George Fox Department of MBA Programs and the Business Leadership Society! 


CANCELED - Special presentation from Deputy CEO Phuong Uyen Tran on “Turning Down a $2.5 billion Buyout Offer from Coca Cola and Becoming a Giant in Your Own Right"

NOTE: Deputy Tran unfortunately canceled this event (both Feb 21 and Feb 22 talks) as she needed to return to Vietnam on very urgent business. We are truly sorry about her cancellation. We hope to see you at our upcoming events; we're working to schedule events for spring and summer, please stay tuned! Thank you.

The George Fox University community is invited to two special lectures by Ms. Phuong Uyen Tran, Deputy CEO of Tan Hiep Phat (THP), and author of Competing with Giants: How One Family-Owned Company Took on the Multinationals and Won.

Ms. Tran will discuss the strategies that she and her entrepreneurial family used to overcome significant hurdles in order to compete against international industry giants. A modern-day David and Goliath story, Ms. Tran will recount how THP – her family’s Vietnamese Green Tea Company –said no to Coca-Cola’s $2.5 billion buyout offer and subsequently flourished into a billion-dollar business. Highlighting the leadership qualities and values her family held onto throughout this journey while evaluating the competitive landscape and weighing Coca-Cola’s buyout offer, she will show how the success of this decision propelled the company to strong global growth, while recognizing and adapting to local consumer preferences.

As Deputy CEO of THP, Ms. Tran leads the company in procurement, marketing, public relations, and programs on social responsibility. She is also an author and a strong supporter of family-owned businesses and encouraging women in entrepreneurship.

The lectures will be held on the Portland and Newberg campuses. Please see below for details.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Place: George Fox University Portland Center, Room 155


Date: Friday, February 22, 2019

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Place: George Fox University Newberg Campus, Canyon Commons 101

RSVP here.


If you would like to suggest topics, speakers, or events, please fill out this form and let us know! Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, contact Allie Duncan at

Past Events

From the Ground Up: The Recipe for Turning Around a Business

On January 30, 2019, Walt Porterfield, owner of Jersey Girl Pizza in Hillsboro, spoke on the business strategies he leveraged to turn a local failing pizza joint into a thriving business, and shared his personal recipe for success!

If you attended the event and would like to further your conversation with Walt, please contact Allie Duncan ( for Walt's contact information.