Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen

Chief Inclusion and Innovation Officer

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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Michael Nguyen


My road in life took a while to figure out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Along the way, I took on other projects and expanded my skills, experience, and passion for cross-cultural psychology.
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.
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Some High School
Pitzer College
Loyola Marymount University
Educational Psychology
Emory University


Chief Inclusion and Innovation Officer

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

Career Roadmap

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Working with Others

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Mentors have been pivotal in my success. Many of my decisions stemmed from inspiration and encouragement from my friends and mentors. I recommend finding people to help support and inspire you as well. I also encourage everyone to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. We learn and grow the most and eventually find the most success by being willing to be uncomfortable.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

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

Challenges I Overcame

Foster Child
School Drop-Out