Michelle Beard, 

Michael Beard &

Julie Schumacher

Nov 20  |  11:30

Simple Coffee Hanoi

So 87, Ngo 50, 59 Dang Thai Mai

Quang An, Tay Ho, Ha Noi 



About the Speakers

Michelle is a learning support teacher at Concordia International School and is directing the launch of ImagoWork vocational training program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. She and her family of six have lived in Asia for the past twenty years. Out of her experience of raising a son with special needs, has grown a passion for seeing other young adults with disabilities in Vietnam have the opportunity to work. She is currently working on an MA in Global Leadership. She loves good conversations, coffee and long runs.

As the Chief Operations Officer of Simple Group Global, Michael is currently responsible for expanding Simple Group Global into Vietnam. Simple Group's business operations include: Simple Coffee (direct-trade coffee); Navigating Business (professional consulting and training); and Imago Work (vocational training). Prior to joining Simple Group, Michael was a professional educator. His teaching experience ranges from kindergarten to university including school administration. He has lived in Asia for 20 year (Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam). He holds Bachelor’s in English Literature and a Master’s in Intercultural Studies. Michael has four adult children and has enjoyed 29 years of marital bliss with his incredible wife and inspiration Michelle.


Julie is the Partner/Co-Founder of Simple Coffee in Vietnam. She has spent a good portion of her career focused on how to empower the most vulnerable and underserved with skills training and work opportunities through small business. She has been involved in vocational training for young adults orphaned by AIDS in East Africa, with former victims of human trafficking in Cambodia, and now with young adults with intellectual disabilities in Vietnam. Simple Coffee is her third start-up business, and she's excited to be doing something she loves in the great city of Hanoi.

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