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Women’s Leadership in the U.S.-Korea Relationship


Women bring much needed change and value to the workplace, and the benefits of diversity and gender parity in leadership are well-documented. Furthermore, women’s roles in international communities -- particularly in the U.S.-Korea relationship -- have grown dramatically over the years. But in spite of the unique values and perspectives they bring to their jobs, many women still face challenges in the workplace due to their gender. 

This new program series titled, ‘Women’s Leadership in the U.S.-Korea Relationship,’ is designed to elevate the impact of Korean and Korean-American female leaders in the U.S. and abroad. We will also highlight the importance of women’s leadership in Korea as well as in the U.S.-Korea relationship. To that end, we will feature women in leadership roles across diverse fields, to share their experiences and the challenges they’ve overcome as leaders in their professions.

Prepare to be inspired and to learn from the insights offered by these women, as you network with like-minded fellows at these events.

Women in Higher Education: A Discussion with Dr. Eun Mee Kim & Dr. Sian Leah Beilock

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 8 AM (EDT)

Womens’ Universities have emerged as premier institutions in higher education, amplifying womens’ voices from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. In the fourth installation of our Womens’ Leadership Series, please join us at The Korea Society to hear from Dr. Eun Mee Kim, President of Ewha Womans University in Seoul, and Dr. Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College in New York City.... Read More


Women in Congress: A Conversation with U.S. Representative Young Kim

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 6 PM EDT

U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39) joins The Korea Society to share her journey in becoming one of the first Korean American women elected to Congress in its 230-year history. As an immigrant, small business owner, and previous California State 65th district Assemblywoman, we will explore how Congresswoman Kim pursued the American dream to become a successful Korean American leader and politician... Read More


Women in Trade: A Talk with Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee|

Friday, February 26, 2021 | 7 PM EST

In the second episode of our Women’s Leadership series, we are pleased to welcome South Korean Minister for Trade Yoo Myung-hee for a conversation on her 25-year career in shaping the international trade infrastructure. As Deputy Minister for FTA Negotiations, and later Director-General for Bureau of Trade Policy at the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, Yoo Myung-hee has been at the forefront of numerous high-profile trade agreements, including the 2018 US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and the 2019 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership... Read More


A Conversation with Ambassador Kathleen Stephens||

In our inaugural episode of the Korea Society's Women in Leadership series, we are pleased to welcome Ambassador Kathleen Stephens for a conversation on her distinguished career as a world-renowned female leader. Having an extensive career in international relations, Amb. Stephens, a decorated former U.S. diplomat, will share her special and deep connections to Korea. She will also highlight her experiences in promoting the U.S-Korea relationship as a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Peace Corp volunteer, and current President of Korea Economic Institute and Chair of The Korea Society... Read More





If you are interested in our past programs featuring female speakers, please see below.  


A Talk with Kyung-wha Kang||

At our first brown bag lunch for young professionals, Dr. Kyung-wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, sits down with NY1's reporter Vivian Lee for a candid conversation on a wide-range of timely topics, including humanitarian aid, the Philippines disaster recovery efforts, and North Korea. Dr. Kang has had a remarkable career in government and public service and she will also talk about her career path, working at the U.N., and managing work-life balance.


Young Professionals' Night Marketing in a Digital World with Cathy Oh|

As consumers continue to cut the cord, how will we define the future of TV? How does this paradigm shift change the future of advertising? Join us July 16th as Cathy Oh, Global Head of Marketing & Analytics at Samsung Ads, explores these topics in conversation with CeFaan Kim, reporter at WABC-TV Eyewitness News… Read More


A Conversation Between Chefs with Esther Choi & Judy Joo||

What are the challenges a chef faces when she decides to open a restaurant? How do you break the stereotype that “women make good cooks, but men make better chefs”? And how do you not only survive but thrive in the hyper-competitive restaurant kitchens and food scene in New York and London? And what do you cook when you have to stay home, due to the unprecedented world-wide pandemic… Read More


A Conversation with Hee Seo||

Listen to our conversation with Hee Seo, the first Asian ballerina to be named principal dancer - ballet's highest title - at the American Ballet Theatre, as she discusses her illustrious career and thoughts on the future of performing art.

Her dancing and fluid line exude an unhurried purity that sums up all that is lovely about ballet. - The New York Times… Read More


Jazz Night with Grace Kelly||

Award-winning singer-saxophonist-songwriter-composer Grace Kelly has built an incredible career in jazz, which includes the release of 13 acclaimed albums before entering her mid-twenties. In this Young Professionals’ Night webcast, Grace unpacks her stunning career in a chat with writer Will Friedwald. Join us as we dive into Grace’s musical journey… Read More


The Korean Wave and Translation: A conversation with Wansoo Suh|

The global recognition of K-pop, K-drama, and K-movies has brought with it much interest in Korean translation. Recently, Sharon Choi, a freelance translator for Bong Joon Ho, the Oscar-winning Director of ‘Parasite’, received much international attention for her excellent translation work… Read More


Author Talks: Kim Soom||

One Left is a provocative, extensively researched novel constructed from the testimonies of dozens of "comfort women." Kim Soom tells the story of a woman who was kidnapped at the age of thirteen while gathering snails for her starving family. The horrors of her life as a sex slave follow her back to Korea, where she lives in isolation gripped by the fear that her past will be discovered. Yet, when she learns that the last known comfort woman is dying, she decides to tell her there will still be “one left” after her passing, and embarks on a painful journey… Read More


Frances Cha: If I Had Your Face|||

A riveting tale of four women navigating contemporary Korea, If I Had Your Face is a debut novel from Frances Cha, a former travel and culture editor for CNN in Seoul. This utterly compelling novel follows the interconnected lives of four young women balancing on the edge of survival in contemporary Seoul, a world of strict social hierarchies, extreme plastic surgery and K-pop fan mania. Cha will discussed her debut novel and career as a journalist, always having a foot in both Korea and the US and writing about contemporary Korea in English… Read More


Korean Inspired Glow|||

In these uncertain times, we regard self-care as a way to manage anxiety and alleviate stress. Often, skincare comprises an essential part of many self-care routines. Tune in to see how Glow Recipe co-founders, Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, are adapting content during this time to align with a self-care centric beauty philosophy, and how they continue to lead Glow Recipe with a K-Beauty inspired approach for every product and… Read More


"Getting Together" with Coffee Meets Bagel||

Six years ago, the founders of the online dating service Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) sat down with The Korea Society to share their stories on starting a new business. (Click Here) Today, we rejoin CMB to discuss how they have reached and managed their success to become one of the major online dating services globally. A Korean American entrepreneur Dawoon Kang, Co-founder and Chief Dating Officer of CMB… Read More