Sit at Table 21 at this year's Honors College Great Conversations event and you will hear from CVAD alumna Khanh Nguyen ('94, B.F.A., Fashion Design). The evening of special conversations includes 21 guest speakers — one at each table — and ticketed guests enjoy dinner and a conversation with their chosen speaker. Khanh's conversation title is "The Quest for Happiness and, maybe, Success?"
Almost 20 years ago, Khanh started her quest for success because she believed it would bring her happiness.
With such a life goal in mind, she spent eight challenging years in college changing majors and jumping from one university to the next. She finally settled on a Fashion Design major at UNT, which she absolutely loved. She found her happiness, so she thought.
After college, she married the love of her life. More happiness, hmm... but not enough.
It was time to chase after her success, which would complete her happiness. She spent 12 years building her fashion business with her husband and a group of wildly talented individuals. She aimed to shoot for the sun and the moon, because they say, if you fall, you will fall among the stars. She did. In fact, Ms. Nguyen reports that some shining star awards humbled her for her achievements in the fashion industry.
Countless stars like Kate McKinnon, Miranda Lambert, Zendaya, and many beautiful women around the world love her fashion designs. The Nha Khanh fashion line is sold in major stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks, Bloomingdales and many high-end boutiques across the nation.
Perhaps, this is happiness. Perhaps, this is a success.
Nevertheless, life happens. Happiness has its ups and downs throughout the journey. Somedays she finds happiness and success in what she does, in her achievements, in the people she loves and cares for. Then that happiness would go away when challenging times came. She started to have this on-and-off relationship with her happiness. Like a hide-and-seek game, sometimes she would find herself in the darkest and deepest place hiding from the world; other times she would find herself in the brightest light of the glitz and glam fashion world.
After 39 years of pursuing the quest for happiness, Khanh Nguyen thinks she might have found the answer to what she has been seeking. This conversation will explore happiness. What is genuine happiness? Where can we find happiness? How can we keep it? Can loving what you do bring you happiness? Can we find happiness in our work, love, someone, or oneself?
Khanh Nguyen is the founder and creative director of Dallas-based Nha Khanh. The Nha Khanh mission is to empower women with inner-strength through their clothing while focusing on "feminine elegance with a modern edge." "Nha", in Vietnamese, is a feminine word implying 'light and elegance', whereas "Khanh" is a masculine word, meaning 'victory and celebration'. The fusion of the words creates a balance of unison between feminine and masculine. The collection joins lightness and softness of silhouette and fabrication with the celebration of construction and classic forms. This is the fundamental philosophy and creative driving force behind the Nha Khanh label.
Great Conversations is a unique event benefiting the Honors College at the University of North Texas. This engaging program brings together individuals of accomplishment and skill to facilitate conversations on important, diverse, and stimulating topics, ranging from the intellectual to the lighthearted.
Event: Feb. 25, 2020, 6–9 p.m.
VIP Clubroom at Apogee Stadium at UNT, 1251 S Bonnie Brae St, Denton, TX 76207
Check-in, silent auction, and a social hour for guests begins at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m, guests will be invited to begin conversations with the expert of their choice while enjoying a superb dinner.
Proceeds from the event will directly benefit Honors College students by supporting scholarship funds.
The event will also include a silent auction fundraiser.
Bidding will take place during the social hour from 6-7 p.m., but will be suspended when dinner is served. Final bidding will be open when dessert is served.