Mrs. North Carolina Petite USA 2020
Nancy Nguyen Liles serves as Fire Captain's wife, a mom of two toddler girls and trilingual entrepreneur. She has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc.com. Born in a refugee camp in the Philippines, Nancy is a First Generation American and the first to graduate from college in her family. After earning a degree in Spanish at NC State University, Nancy established her career in Chicago while earning her MBA from DePaul University. After returning to Raleigh, she married a Raleigh firefighter. They rode the same school buses from elementary to high school but didn’t know each other then. She owns Sweet T Salon in Raleigh, NC and paid off her school loans doing hair. She was crowned Lifetime Queen for the Ms. Corporate America Organization in 2019. Nancy published The Networking Diary because she is passionate about inspiring women to connect with confidence.
Pageant Experience Highlights:
(A six-time Miss Congeniality winner.)
• Coached 2014 Ms. Corporate America Winner
• Coached 2014 Ms. Capital City Winner
• Official Judge for Miss Charlotte USA ad Miss Black North Carolina Pageants
• Ms. Corporate America Winner, 2011
-Best Formal Wear
-Best Athletic Wear
-Community Service Award
• Miss United States Winner, 2009
- Miss United States Ambassador Winner, 2009
- Miss Illinois United States Winner, 2009
• Model Beauty USA (Ms. Division), 2009
- Ms. Model Beauty of IL, 2009
- Ms. Model Beauty of Chicago, 2009
• Miss Chicago International, 2007
• Miss IL International Scholarship Pageant Competition, 2007
- Recipient of Community Service Award
- Voted Miss Congeniality
• Miss Valentine Sweetheart Winner, 2001
- Miss Photogenic Winner
• Voted Homecoming Queen 2000
• Voted Prom Queen 2000
• Miss National N.C. Teen-Ager State Finalist, 1999
- Voted Miss Congeniality
• Voted Prom Princess, 1999
• Miss Vietnamese Pageant Finalist, 1998
• National Miss Jr. Teen Scholarship Pageant, 1996-1998
- Voted National Miss Jr. Teen Congeniality, 1998
- Voted National Miss Jr. Teen Congeniality, 1997
• Miss Jr. Teen Scholarship Pageant Winner, 1997
- Overall Photogenic Winner, 1996
- Miss Jr. Teen Photogenic Winner, 1996
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• Quoted in Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and Inc.com
• Selected as Lifetime Queen by the Ms./Mrs. Corporate America Organization
• Selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by ACHI Magazine
• Published by Forbes.com for an article titled “Why I Support the Startup Act”
• Selected for National Asian M.B.A. Global Emerging Leaders Award
• Selected as Diversity M.B.A. Magazine's Top 100 under 50 Emerging Leaders
• Selected twice to serve as Kellstadt Graduate School of Business School Ambassador
• Nominated for Asian M.B.A. Community Leadership Award
• Received Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Graduate Scholarship
• Selected as “Woman of Spirit and Action” Honoree
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
• Crossroads Fellowship Kids Ministry
• Association of Image Consultant International (AICI)
• International Association of Professional Image Consultants (IAPO)
• North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
• Raleigh’s Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC)
• North Carolina State Board of Cosmetology
• Bible Study Fellowship
• Alpha Kappa Psi Coed Business Fraternity
• Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC)
• North Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce
• National Association of Asian American Professionals
• National Summit of Vietnamese American Leaders – Economic Development Steering Committee
• DePaul M.B.A. Association – Executive Vice President
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
• Nguyen, Nancy T. (2012). The Networking Diary. Raleigh: Publishing Unleashed.
- Helping professionals and entrepreneurs worldwide network with purpose
- Achieved Amazon Best Seller lists, #1 Best Seller in Job Hunting, #7 Best Seller in Entrepreneurship
• Invited to speak at N.C. State University Business School of Management, Raleigh, N.C.
• Invited to speak at N.C. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Diversity Luncheon, Raleigh, N.C.
• Presented in Spanish to North Carolina State University students on entrepreneurship, Raleigh, N.C.
• Spoke in TV segment for Shop Local Raleigh and Hola N.C. representing small businesses, Raleigh, N.C.
• Interviewed by the Michigan Business Network radio show for S.B.A. of Michigan
• Keynote speaker at University of North Carolina Kenan-Flager School of Business, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• Invited to speak at IdeaSlam held by EntreDot in partnership with Wake Technical Community College
• Interviewed by largest local TV network for Women’s History segment “Empowering Women”, Raleigh, N.C.
• Selected to speak at the National Asian American M.B.A. Leadership Conference, Santa Clara, C.A.
• Invited to speak at the National Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (C.E.O.), Chicago, IL.
• Invited to speak at HQ Raleigh (formerly The HUB) for IdeaMensch Raleigh
• Presented to the National Black M.B.A. Association Conference, Raleigh, N.C.
• Presented to the Women’s Power Networking Group, Raleigh, N.C.
• Spoke in TV commercial about small business for Mayoral Candidate Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh, N.C.
DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business – Chicago, I.L. M.B.A., Concentrations in Leadership and Change Management, Human Resources (with honors)
• Japan International Business, Interacted with CEOs in the Japanese business environment
• Peru International Business, Met with large political leaders in the financial and trade sectors
• Awarded Dr. John N. Nicholson & Dr. Curtis J. Crawford XCEO Scholarships for character
North Carolina State University College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Raleigh, N.C. December 2004
B.A., Spanish Language and Literature
• Peru Cultural Immersion Study in Intensive Spanish Language and Culture
• Earned Madrid Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Certificate