The final weekend session of the Network for Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) VIII class took place on July 19 -21, 2014 in New York City, in conjunction with the NetKAL Advisory Board meeting. The graduating class of 27 fellows joins 172 other Korean-American leaders who have been involved in the NetKAL Fellowship Program since 2006. Thanks to the commitment of the Board and Fellow Alumni, NetKAL now has active regional committees in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Seoul, South Korea.
On Saturday evening, the NetKAL Distinguished Speaker Dinner, co-hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York, took place at the Griffis Faculty Club. Guests numbered 103 and included Dr. Marilyn Flynn, Dean of USC School of Social Work, and South Korean Ambassador Son Se-joo. The evening’s speaker was Joonho Lee, Senior Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, who shared his life experiences as a Korean-American and how he successfully created a unique professional and personal identity, while assuming a leadership role at one of the most difficult times in American history.
Sunday marked the final installment for Class VIII and the members took great pride in knowing they are now graduates of the NetKAL Fellowship Program. Below are a few testimonials from NetKAL VIII:
“The most valuable thing I gained from NetKAL was paradigm shifting leadership training from professional CEO/executive coaches which addressed the next level of leadership development after what you might receive from a traditional Ivy League business school.” – David Kim, CEO at Foretuit
“NetKAL helped me think, learn, and experiment with new techniques and styles of leadership,” – Andrew Pak, Director at Mizuho Securities USA, Inc.
“Ultimately, NetKAL helps to develop relationships and access to other fellows and alumni.” – Phil Kwun, Managing Director/CFO at Sonenshine Partners
“NetKAL is an unparalleled way to make life-long friendships, experience incredible personal and professional growth, and develop a deep sense of mission with respect to the Korean-American community.” – Rich Lee, CEO at Caseflex