Since joining Slalom 10 years ago, Cindy Tran has held four positions with the company. She assumed her current role as CEO just months after the onset of the global pandemic. She oversees the accounts receivable management team and fosters relationships with clients and the community. As a first generation Asian American, Tran also works with young adults in the AAPI community to provide advice on career development, networking, entrepreneurship, and more.
Education: The University of Kansas (BS-Journalism and Strategic Communications)
Place of birth: Wichita, Kansas
First job: “I served at the table in an upscale restaurant and learned so many skills that translate into the business world. It’s glamorous but dirty; it’s tiring but fun. I learned to socialize “just enough but not too much” and to read my clients. I’ve also learned that eating great food and seeing how it brings people together nourishes not only your stomach but your soul. “
Who I admire: “Without hesitation, my grandmother. She looked after my siblings and me when our parents worked on opposing teams. She taught us the ultimate sacrifice of a parent for others, how to cook and be a good human being no matter how little you have.
Best Advice: “Work hard to help everyone around you be successful, and everything will fall into place. “
Destination of choice: “Japan. The food and culture is so different from what we have in the United States, and in the span of a few hours on a train, you can go from the ultra-modern to the serene and the traditional.
Non-profit cause: “Food Bank of North Texas because my family benefited from food banks when we were young. “
Hobby / Passion: “My husband and I learned to play golf seven years ago with friends. I thought I would hate it because it sounded stressful, but it forces you to clear your mind and be fully present. It has been a great way to connect with friends, family, colleagues and clients.
Favorite thing: “A photo of a small fishing boat loaded with people, as it was the start of our family’s trip to the United States, which started a new life for us. It hangs over our dining room table and reminds me of our humble beginnings every day.
Moment of pride: “Slalom has taken a bold stance by committing to putting people first and staying true to our core values. We have focused our efforts on preserving our workforce, increasing wellness programs and taking a public and bold stance for BLM and investing dollars and actions for a commitment to justice, the humanity and equality.
2020 taught me: “We all have more courage, persistence and grace than we all realize. “
Future forecasts: “I am excited about the progress we are making as a community on inclusion and diversity in the workplace, as well as racial and gender equity in our community. We still have a lot of work to do, but the action taken and the constructive dialogue has been encouraging. “
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