"I delight in bringing people together to celebrate the uniqueness of their lives"
- Irene Öhler, Founding Curator
Our Women’s Storytelling Salon is a unique place of Connection, Conversations, Celebration of women’s achievements, and Inspiration powered by the superpower of storytelling.
In 2014, while living in Hanoi, Vietnam, Irene Öhler, founding curator of the Women’s Storytelling Salon felt that “something was missing in her town” - a place where women+* could connect with other professional women in a meaningful way.
Irene deeply believes in the Power of Storytelling to build trust and connection, to trigger our imagination, and to inspire us to take purposeful action.
She was also inspired by the tradition of her hometown Vienna, Austria where in the 19th century influential women would open their Salons (i.e., their living rooms) for gatherings of the ‘influencers’ of their time to mix and inspire each other.
So, in November of 2014 the first Women’s Storytelling Salon was born together with co-founder, Nandini Ooman, who has since made the Salons a success in the USA following her return there in 2015.
Since 2014 Irene Ohler has curated 29 Salons in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh City, each with 2 inspiring storytellers from different background generously sharing their triumphs and trials of their unique paths.
Our Salon Community has been growing and growing, in numbers as well as in diversity in professional backgrounds, nationalities and generations, making it a unique place for Connection, Conversations, Celebration of women’s achievements, and Inspiration.
To date Irene has organized 29 public Salons in Vietnam with 1,000+ women attending. We are presently preparing for our 30th Salon in Vietnam!
*We use an inclusive definition of "women". Everyone identifying as a woman is welcome to the Salons.