2010 NetKAL Summit & Gala: A Weekend to Remember


The Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) successfully hosted its 2010 NetKAL Gala & Summit event in Washington, D.C. from September 24th to the 25th!

The 2010 NetKAL Gala started the weekend off celebrating the admirable achievements of Korean American leaders along with our Asian American community partners at the historic National Building Museum.

With 500 guests, we were joined by an impressive group of distinguished speakers from the United States and Korea, including Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America, Amb. Duk Soo Han; Former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hon. Elaine Chao; U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Hon. Gary Locke; U.S. Secretary of Education, Hon. Arne Duncan; and, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hon. Dr. Howard K. Koh. We also had the pleasure to feature fine Korean cuisine for our festivities, prepared by Korean American chefs, Akira Back, Executive Chef of Yellowtail, and Edward Lee, Chef & Owner of 610 Magnolia.

NetKAL Fellows, filmmaker, Michael Kang and attorney, Dinah Choi, also shared with the audience about the Fellowship Program. Emceeing the event were CNN Washington Correspondent, Sarah Lee, and NetKAL V Fellow, Ray Rivera, Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.

The following day, the NetKAL Summit, an invitation-only event at The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, hosted 175 influential Korean American leaders representing various perspectives and professions, including business, politics, education, non-profit, entertainment and social innovation. This event served to challenge and inspire participants to produce ideas that would promote a stronger, more integrated Korean American community along with increasing interest in U.S. – Korea affairs.

The Summit was organized with three sections, including “Developments since the 2009 Inaugural NetKAL Summit”, “Asian American Leadership Initiatives” and “Korean American Community Action Ideas”. For the luncheon, we were joined by speakers, including Norman Mineta, former Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation and of Commerce; Bill Hwang, Founder and CEO of Tiger Asia Management LLC; Shinae Chun, former Director of Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor; Michelle Park Steel, Third District Member of the California Board of Equalization; and, Amb. In-Kook Park, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations. Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Todd Park, also joined us as our keynote speaker. This event concluded with a reception.

We would like to thank every Korean American Leader who responded to the event and came out to inspire, network and learn from others to advance the Korean American community. Your presence truly helped the 2010 NetKAL Summit & Gala be a success.

For more detailed information about the event please take a look at the Programs for:

NetKAL Gala & NetKAL Summit

And visit: http://netkalsummit.net/

Hope to see you all again soon!

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