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Lian Nguyen Pham

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Lian Nguyen Pham
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Born (1979-01-15) January 15, 1979 (age 42)
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Social entrepreneur

Lian Nguyen Pham (born 15 January 1979) is an American social entrepreneur who became notable in the Houston, Texas area after her several startups and creation of the Conservative Food Hall, the city’s first venture of its kind[1] and the starter of the Market hall trend[2] with 7,000 square foot space located in the heart of Houston.[3] Pham is also known for developing people into reaching a higher state of consciousness through Theta waves and her study in biohacking.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lian Nguyen Pham was born on 15 January 1979 in Little Rock, Arkansas,[5] after her parents fled Vietnam in 1975 during the time of the Vietnam War. Pham and her family later settled to Houston, Texas where her parents continued the operation of their business that had an influence on Pham’s work. Pham attended Houston Baptist University[5] where she simultaneously launched an event promotion, and production company.[6]


It was in 2001 that Pham started her partnership with Anh Mai, together they formed an entrepreneurial incubator that has created notable businesses in the entertainment and food & beverage space.

In the next years Pham began studying biohacking.[7]

She has written a few articles for MSNBC and Thriveglobal for claiming that reaching peak performance is heavily determined by your ability to reach an optimal amount of Rapid Eye Movement Sleep[7].

In 2011, Pham opened the Prohibition Supperclub & Bar, which introduced burlesque art forms into Houston’s entertainment district. This was introduced by bringing in The Moonlight Dolls and explicit entertainment that started a trend.[8]

In 2014, The Prohibition later moved to the 1912 Isis Theatre and was later expanded into Conservatory, and Bravery Chef Hall.[9][10]

In 2017, Lian co-founded the Company of Nomads, which is an urbantech company that helps improves cities and communities using innovative profit through purpose startups.

In 2019, through the privately owned Pearl Fund invested in Pham to open a 60,000 square foot development in Houston’s Innovation district for the growth of startup culture.[11]


  1. Marcel, Jailyn (7 August 2016). "Houston's Underground Dining Goes Upscale". PaperCity Magazine.
  2. Baldwin, Chris (7 December 2017). "HOUSTON'S FIRST CHEF HALL TAKES ROOT IN A DARING DOWNTOWN HIGH-RISE". Aris Market Square.
  3. Asgarian, Roxanna (4 March 2015). "Exclusive: Downtown burlesque bar reveals more details on new beer garden, food hall". Houston Business Journal.
  4. "THE FLEXIBLE MIND". MSNBC. 27 December 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Local Stories (12 November 2019). "Meet Lian Nguyen Pham of Company of Nomads in Downtown". VoyageHouston.
  6. Asgarian, Roxanna (4 March 2015). "All the right pieces put in place, but downtown retail not quite there yet". Houston Business Journal.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Devloper, Dave (26 November 2019). "WAKING UP TO THE SUBJECT OF SLEEP". Thrive Global.
  8. "Featured Artist: Lian Pham – StudioPros". Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  9. Morago, Greg (2016-02-03). "Conservatory opening March 1 as Houston's first food hall". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  10. Hostetter, Alaena (2017-12-07). "Conservatory Owners Plot New Food Hall for Upscale Downtown High Rise". Eater Houston. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  11. "The Pearl Fund Adds Colorado, Texas to National OZ Venture Capital Network". Connect (Commercial Real Estate). 10 December 2019.

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