Ha Tran is the author of “Empowered by Hope”
Ha is the winner of "Live Fearlessly, 2011 Contest" hosted by the Massachusetts Conference For Women.
Today many people would consider Ha Tran to be a typical American woman, happily married with successful and well-adjusted children, and a successful career as an entrepreneur and life and business coach.
And it was not always that way.
Ha grew up in Vietnam during the time that her native country was torn apart by civil war. In 1978 she was forced to flee Vietnam and became what was referred to as "boat people." She was a war refugee with her husband and two toddlers and spent fifteen months in isolation on an island off the coast of Malaysia. With the help of the American Red Cross and other relief organizations, she and her family, gratefully, received sponsorship and made their way to America. The excitement of arriving in a new land, with renewed hope, soon turned to anxiety and paralyzing fear, when they found themselves stranded in a crowded O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. They spoke NO English and had a grand total of $20.00 among them to support an entire family.
Through the gift of wisdom and guiding principles, imparted by her studious father, the family, not only survived but, flourished!
Ha's life journey has, truly, been "Empowered by Hope."