Meet the Dallas 500: Cindy Tran

The Slalom managing director talks about her first job, who she admires, and her passion for golf.

Since joining Slalom 10 years ago, Cindy Tran has held four positions with the company. She assumed her current managing director role just a couple of months after the global pandemic took hold. She oversees the client account management team and fosters client and community relationships. As a first-generation Asian-American, Tran also works with young adults in the AAPI community to provide guidance on career development, networking, entrepreneurship, and more.

Education: The University of Kansas (BS-Journalism & Strategic Communications)

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

First Job: “I waited tables at a high-end restaurant, and I learned so many skills that translate to the business world. It’s glamorous but dirty; it’s tiring but fun. I learned to socialize ‘just enough but not too much’ and read my customers. I also learned that eating good food and seeing how it brings people together feeds not just your stomach but your soul.”

Who I Admire: “Hands down, my grandma. She cared for my siblings and me when our parents worked opposite shifts. She taught us about a parent’s ultimate sacrifice for others, how to cook, and be a good human being no matter how little you may have.”

Best Advice: “Work hard to help everyone around you achieve success, and everything will fall into place.”

Destination of Choice: “Japan. The food and culture are such a departure from what we have in the U.S., and in a span of a few hours on a train, you can go from ultra-modern to serene and traditional.”

Nonprofit Cause: “North Texas Food Bank, as my family benefited from food banks when we were growing up.”

Hobby/Passion: “My husband and I learned to golf seven years ago with friends. I thought I would hate it because it looked stressful, but it forces you to clear your mind and be fully present. It has been a great way to connect with friends, family, coworkers, and clients.”

Favorite Thing: “A picture of a small fishing boat loaded up with people, as it was the start of our family’s journey to the United States, which began a new life for us. It hangs above our dining room table and reminds me every day of our humble beginnings.”

Proud Moment: “Slalom has taken a bold stance in committing to being people-first and staying true to our core values. We put a focused effort on preserving our workforce, increased wellness programs, and took a public, bold stance for BLM and put dollars and actions for commitment to justice, humanity, and equality.”

2020 Taught Me: “We all have more grit, perseverance, and grace than we all give ourselves credit for.”

Future Forecast: “I’m excited about the progress we are making as a community around inclusion and diversity in the workplace, as well as racial and gender equity in our community. We have a lot of work to do still, but the committed action and meaningful dialogue have been encouraging.”

This Q&A is extended content from Dallas 500, a special edition produced by D CEO that profiles the region’s most influential business leaders. Visit for details.


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