Residency Conference

Residency Conference Keynote

2018 Residency Conference Keynote

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The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is proud to welcome Vinh Giang to campus as the 2018 Residency Conference keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker. As a magician, Vinh is both a "surprising and provocative speaker," in keeping with the Todd Lecture Series' mission. His experience and message supports Norwich University's goal to be a learning community that is "global in perspective, engaged in personal and intellectual transformation and dedicated to knowledge, mutual respect, creativity and service." 

Vinh's drive as an entrepreneur and his methods for constant self-improvement reinforce the week-long Residency conference theme of Build on the Past. Lead into the Future. His presentation will cover a wide range of topics: influence, perspective, goal setting, and thinking outside the box. Vinh will use magic to illustrate how these topics have affected his life and business practices. His personal experiences align with Norwich's focus on experiential learning and its values of teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, perseverance in the face of adversity and personal responsibility.

With only 6 months to graduate, Vinh left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher ultimately building a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students all around the world. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia.

Vinh Giang's real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (an amazing magician) meant when he said: "A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician." Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. He has spent the last 15 years years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills.

Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

Vinh's presentation will bring out the magic in you!

"I believe that magicians are salespeople; they sell one of the most difficult products in the world. They sell magic - they sell the illusion. The way they're able to sell magic is by working ridiculously hard. It takes thousands and thousands of hours to be able to sell the illusion, to be able to really sell the magic. Imagine if you applied the same mindset to your company - imagine if you applied the same dedication to your business - think about what you could achieve." --​Vinh Giang

Past Residency Keynote Speakers

2017
Peter Singer, Senior Fellow at New America, Author | watch lecture

2016
Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace | watch lecture

2015
U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Bowman, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber & Chief Information Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff | watch lecture

2014
Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State | watch lecture

Todd Lecture Series

The Residency Conference Keynote is part of Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series. Since 2008, the Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer—each selected and hosted by an academic college—each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff.

The Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer--each selected and hosted by an academic college--each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff. For more information and a list of past speakers, visit the website.

The 2016-2017 Series Speakers

  • "To Act As Well As To Think: Leadership, Innovation, and the Creative Impulse" Panel | watch lecture
  • ADM Phil Davidson, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command | watch lecture
  • Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace | watch lecture
  • GEN Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the US Army | watch lecture