Interview with Quan Huynh


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Mon, 09/28/2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Interview with Quan Huynh

In January 1999, Quan Huynh shot and killed a man in Hollywood. He received a prison sentence of fifteen years to life in a state that, at the time, did not parole prisoners with life sentences. Quan was a member of a violent and ruthless Vietnamese street gang, and behind bars, he spiraled out of control.

Until he discovered a new path—one that prompted him to commit to self-reflection, truth, and personal responsibility. After spending twenty-two years in and out of correctional institutions, Quan was paroled from his life sentence in 2015, and created his first company six months later.

He’s now the post-release program manager for Defy Ventures, a nonprofit helping those with a criminal past transform their lives through the journey of entrepreneurship. In his new book, Sparrow in the Razorwire (Sept. 15th), Quan explores how he transformed his life from inside a place many see as the end of the road.

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