Vitty was born in Canton, China. When she was a child, her mother was able to run a cosmetic business in the communist China, where women wearing make-up were not perceived well. This example inspired her.
She completed her International Management master degree in France. Then she worked as a sales representative and a sales manager. That was a good training to discover sales and marketing: her experience in these fields allowed her to develop sense of service, and ability to answer other people’s needs in a win-win spirit. In addition, Vitty had the opportunity to develop a training workshop for her staff. In her different activities, she has always been a bridge between two cultures, the Chinese and the French one. After gaining more experience as a language teacher, it was obvious for Vitty to move forward. So she decided to enter HEC as a manager of the admissions for the MS and MSC programs. Today she decided to share her experience in management, education and languages and has become a manager of the Language Resource Center.
The LRC is a part of the Learning Center, a space where students and staff members can improve their language skills. It is all together a place to study languages, a space to work, and a place to get ready for the exams.
The LRC is also dedicated to the staff members who can benefit from an official Human Resources program of training and receive the advice of Vitty and her team about their learning process.
As the head of the LRC, Vitty develops the strategy of the Center coherent to the strategy of HEC, accompanies the course of every participant, and manages her team. Her goal is to give everyone all they need to make the studying process as autonomous as possible, so everyone can have more interest and participation in what they are doing.
One of her main goals is to collaborate even more closely with the Learning Center, as one vibrant part of it.
What it demands is a deep understanding of intercultural stakes and a solid methodology of language teaching. Qualities that are required are stubbornness and tenacity to accomplish big projects, a good attitude towards the others to develop things, and to be able to observe before rushing into action.
Interview of Vitty Feng-Tirlot by Marie-Pierre Mouillard