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Her Story

Nancy is a First Generation American serving as a business owner. Crowned as Miss Corporate America in 2011, she works to inspire entrepreneurs. After earning a Bachelor's in Spanish at NC State University, she established her career at the Chicago White Sox and City of Chicago while completing her MBA at DePaul University.


She is a dedicated wife and mom of two girls. Nancy was born in a refugee camp and arrived to the United States with her parents. Her parents' career paths as entrepreneurs inspired Nancy to publish, "The Networking Diary" and help others achieve their business goals. Mrs. Nguyen Liles has been quoted in publications like, "The Wall Street Journal", "", "Bloomberg Businessweek", and "The Guardian".


As the new Miss Lifetime Queen in the Miss Corporate America Organization, she is passionate about helping women balance finances, marriage, and entrepreneurship.

A Conversation with Nancy

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  • Although I’d love to live in Chicago again, there is no place like home. I am blessed with a wonderful family and in-laws in Raleigh.


If you could meet anyone in the world, who would they be?

  • Dolly Parton. I love the books my babies are receiving from her Imagination Library. She has such a heart for people- especially children. My husband and I had our Honeymoon at Dollywood. I learned so much more about Dolly and love her kindness, creativity, and sense of humor.


Best advice you’ve ever been given:

  • One day, I was sitting in the grass at a baseball game with my husband and his umpire colleagues. While pregnant and in a lot of pain, one of the umpires said to me, “Just remember you will have good days and bad days.” The rest of the pregnancy put me in a walker but I tried rejoice with good and bad days because they are both inevitable.


Who is your role model and why?

  • My mother, because despite of the obstacles she had to face escaping the Vietnam War via boat, living in a refugee camp, arriving to the US with nothing, facing poverty and discrimination she always kept a positive attitude and achieved her American Dream by opening her salon and helping many families.


Something interesting about you: 

  • I speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and believe that languages give you an extra set of lenses to see the world through. If everyone tried to learn another culture, language, or country, I think it would increase the level of empathy, love, and compassion in this world.


Three words that best describe you:

  • Creative, compassionate, and organized 


Current Read: 

  • Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp


Favorite TV Show:

  • Rescue 911 (from the 80’s)


Favorite Food:

  • Any desert especially with chocolate 


Favorite Sport: 

  • A Chicago White Sox fan for life!

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