The Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) at the USC School of Social Work, a fellowship program promoting civic leadership among successful second-generation Korean Americans, has appointed two new members to its advisory board: Karen Ha, a venture partner with Athena Technology Ventures, and Sabrina Kay, an entrepreneur, educator, fashion designer, philanthropist and the current chancellor of Fremont College.
“We are very pleased that Karen Ha and Dr. Sabrina Kay have agreed to join the NetKAL advisory board. These are two very accomplished women who represent the Korean-American community at the highest levels, and we look forward to benefiting from their leadership,” said Suok Noh, president of the NetKAL advisory board.
The 12-member advisory board was formed to provide strategic guidance and offer insights that advance NetKAL’s pursuit of strengthening Korean-American community through mentorship to emerging leaders. Among the group’s priorities are expanding programming and volunteer engagement, fundraising, and increasing outreach and communications efforts.
“NetKAL is at a critical juncture in its history and poised for dramatic growth,” said Jehoon Lee, director of NetKAL. “We’ve brought together some of the best and brightest in their respective fields, and it is a great privilege they have agreed to offer their expertise in support of NetKAL.”
About the New Members
Karen Ha is a Venture Partner with Athena Technology Ventures and brings over 25 years of experience in both venture capital and the software industry. As the co-founder and CEO of the e-commerce software company Savvio, Inc., she raised $13m in venture funding, and as Vice President for the Professional Services Group of Interleaf, Inc., she developed an organization of 150 IT consultants throughout North America and Europe. Ms. Ha has held the position of Director for Oracle Corporation and also for StartingPoint Partners, a venture capital firm specializing in the investment of high-tech, startup companies. She also served as Vice President of Worldwide Professional Services for Portal Software. Ms. Ha received her B.S. and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Ocean Engineering and Systems Management. She is currently a member of the Visiting and Development Committees for MIT Corporation, the Leadership Council for the MIT Public Service Center, and previously served as Director of the Fund Board for the MIT Alumni Association. Ms. Ha is a co-founding board member of the Korean-American Community Foundation of San Francisco.
Dr. Sabrina Kay is an entrepreneur, educator, fashion designer, philanthropist, and the current Chancellor of Fremont College. She is the founder of California Design College (now the Art Institute of Hollywood), the nation’s first institution for computer-aided fashion design. She is also the founder and owner of Premier Business Bank, Fremont Private Investments, The Sabrina Kay Collection, Fashion Umbrella, and LA Designs. As a philanthropist, Dr. Kay founded the Sabrina Kay Charitable Foundation and serves as Chairman for After-School All-Stars Los Angeles. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, American Friends of the Louvre, the California Fashion Association, and the International Medical Corps Leadership Council. She is the recipient of the Education Award from After-School All-Stars, the Humanitarian Award from International Medical Corps, named Woman of the Year by the California Legislature and Rising Asian Woman by the World Affairs Council, and was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Dr. Kay holds an MBA from University of Southern California, an MS in Higher Education from University of Pennsylvania and received her doctorate from The Wharton School and Graduate School of Education at University of Pennsylvania.