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2017 James R. Meindl Student Leadership Award

Quynh Pham Receives CLIMB Leadership Award

April 20, 2017

Quynh PhamQuynh is a passionate, highly motivated, first generation graduate who earned her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management. She has always had a passion for learning and developed a strong interest in people and leadership development during her tenure at CSUSM. Ultimately, she aspires to pursue a career in academia.

Quynh believes that leadership is built on trust and compassion, and that leaders are change agents who accomplish goals by empowering others to question the status quo. She maintains that leaders are visionaries who value relationships over tasks.

Students know Quynh for her confident demeanor. Her colleagues describe her as a “visionary who accomplishes whatever she sets her mind to.” These are the qualities that turn her goals into triumphs and accomplishments. Quynh believes that success is intrinsic and finds that true leadership is defined by one’s ability to guide and empower others to achieve their own successes.

Quynh maintained a pivotal role in the development of CSUSM’s Management Society, serving as Vice President during spring 2016 and President during fall 2016. The CSUSM Management Society was created as a platform to provide students with knowledge and insight into the business world, specifically around management and leadership practices within organizations.

Within one year of being founded, the society acquired over 200 past and current members, placed three students into internships with Northwestern Mutual (recognized by FORTUNE has one of the “World’s Most Admired” companies) and acquired a nomination for Best New Student Organization, with its vision, “Inspiring today’s students to become tomorrow’s great leaders,” the society has established many ongoing relationships with reputable companies around the community such as GEICO, Intuit, and Sony.

Quynh has a very strong work ethic, an endless reservoir of determination and loves facing new challenges. She strongly believes that much of her success can only be attributed to having key mentors, both academic and professional.

Quynh embodies the values of the CLIMB James R. Meindl Outstanding Student Leader Award and is the winner for the academic year 2016-2017.