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Le Ly Hayslip

Speaker: Le Ly Hayslip

Date: May 17, 2014

"Fighting for My Life: A True Story"

Le Ly Hayslip is the author of the bestselling books When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace. As a writer who advocates reconciliation and peace, Hayslip has helped to heal the wounds of war between the American and Vietnamese people through her books and humanitarian work. Her story offers a poignant picture of Vietnam then and now, and of a courageous woman who experienced the true horror of the Vietnam War - and survived to tell this unforgettable story. Her books were adapted into the film Heaven and Earth by the award-winning director Oliver Stone. Hayslip worked as a technical advisor and consultant on the film to bring her intensely personal and spiritual story to the screen.

Her two books and the movie have promoted a better relationship between the two countries, and in recent years, America and Vietnam have not only fully established normal diplomatic ties but the U.S. also signed the trade agreement with Vietnam last July. In November 2000, Hayslip, on delegation with former President Bill Clinton, visited Vietnam as part of the major "achievement" of her humanity works and healing purpose.

Today Hayslip lectures at groups and universities across the globe and leads international groups/delegations in cultural and anthropological studies at her Ky La village in Vietnam to help rebuild her birthplace. She continues to travel frequently to Vietnam to collect the world-renowned hand carved sculpting, arts and crafts from her home village, famous Marble Mountain, and ship it to the U.S.

Hayslip is currently working on her third book. She continues to travel frequently to Vietnam from her hometown of San Diego to do humanitarian work.

Upcoming speaker for June 21, 2014:

Sheri Fink

Speaker: Sheri Fink

"Marketing Secrets from a Best-Selling Independent Author"

Sheri Fink is a #1 best-selling, award-winning children’s author, creator of “The Whimsical World of Sheri Fink” children’s brand, and an international speaker. Sheri writes books that inspire and delight children while planting seeds of self-esteem. Her first children’s book, The Little Rose, was a #1 best-seller on Amazon for over 60 weeks, became the #1 top-rated e-book on Amazon, and received a gold medal in the 2012 Readers Favorite International Book Awards. Her subsequent books (The Little Gnome, The Little Firefly, and Exploring the Garden with the Little Rose) have all been #1 best-sellers. Her children’s book series received the Gold Mom’s Choice Award for excellence in family friendly entertainment. In 2013, Sheri was selected by CBS Los Angeles as one of the top three authors in her local area, a distinction she shares with Dean Koontz.

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