Speakers

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Amanda Assalone

Research Manager at Postsecondary Education Research Center at University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Hannah Chung

Judge at Fulton County

Hannah Chung has extensive experience as both a civil practitioner and criminal prosecutor. She began her legal career in New York City, where she advised large corporations in all aspects of trademark prosecution and litigation. As a trademark attorney, she assisted clients by fighting off third-party infringers as well as defending their interests before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2006, Hannah moved to Atlanta where she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. She spent the next six years handling all types of felony cases, from pre-indictment all the way through to trial. In 2014, Hannah joined the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General as an Assistant Solicitor-General and Community Prosecutor. In this capacity, she focused on cases that had the greatest impact on communities, such as prostitution, pimping, and pandering. As a Community Prosecutor, Hannah spent considerable time engaging with community leaders and educating law-enforcement officers and private citizens on the finer points of the criminal-justice system. She joined the Fulton County Magistrate Court bench in December 2015. Hannah holds a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn, New York. She and her husband are both members of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2017. In her spare time, Hannah loves to bake at home with her two children, and take them on adventures to the far corners of the world.

Philip Cuddy

Korean American Historian

Philip "Flip" Cuddy is a third generation, half Irish/Korean American historian. He is the son of Susan Ahn and Francis Cuddy, both US Navy veterans and National Security Agency agents, and the grandson of patriot and social reformer Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryon, the second female Korean immigrant to the US. Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryon were also the first married couple to immigrate to the US from Korea in 1902. Flip holds degrees in Anthropology and Geography (Hydrology Snow Sciences) from UC Santa Barbara, and served as a researcher with the University of Hawaii Bio-med lab from 2007 to 2012. He has continuously researched Korean and Korean American history since 1984. Flip has served as a speaker at numerous US and Korean universities, KAC, KYCC, KW Lee Center for Leadership, KASCON and numerous Korean American Student Intern and Leadership programs. He worked for the South Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs from 1984 to 1987 and from 1995 to 1997. He also participated in the National Conference of Korean American Leaders (1994-95), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute, and served as a Community Advisor to Congresswoman Diane Watson. He was Operations Director for Seagram's (2000-02), Executive Director of the Eddie Aikau Foundation Hawaii (2004-07), and Executive Director of the Korean American Museum (1993-95). Flip is also an avid surfer and served as the Surfing Pro/Am contest producer and competition judge from 1991 to 2005. He is also a construction company Supervisor and commercial fisherman.

James Glassman

Managing Director & Head Economist, Commercial Banking at JPMorgan Chase

As managing director and head economist for Commercial Banking, James Glassman provides market insights to help clients better understand the changing economy and its impact on their business. Mr. Glassman also works closely with the firm’s Corporate Sector, including the Chief Investment Office and Investor Relations, as well as the Investment Bank and Government Relations groups, providing financial analysis and research. A publisher of independent research on the principal forces shaping the economy and financial markets, Mr. Glassman is regularly cited in the financial media, where he is also a frequent commentator on economic policy issues. Additionally, he is a long-standing participant in the widely followed Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Survey of Professional Forecasters and the National Association of Business Economists’ panel of macro-economic forecasters. From 1979 through 1988, Mr. Glassman served as a senior economist in the Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs departments at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities ranged from analysis and forecasting of inflation and labor market developments, to analysis of the Federal Reserve’s operating strategies and interest rate markets, to the development of monetary and reserves projections. He joined Morgan Guaranty in 1988 and then Chemical Bank in 1993, which, through a combination of mergers, became JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mr. Glassman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Joseph Juhn

Joseph Juhn is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Prior to becoming a full-time storyteller, Joseph was an Intellectual Property Consultant and attorney at New York KOTRA (Korean government agency), where he assisted SMEs & early-stage startups' business ventures in the US. A serendipitous backpacking trip to Cuba in 2015 changed Joseph’s life as he ran into a Korean descendent there by accident. Profoundly moved by the stories of Korean-Cubans, Joseph is now producing and directing a feature length documentary, titled, "Jeronimo". It was after learning about the 1992 LA Riots in college Joseph became passionate about causes pertinent to the Korean-American community, which resulted in him organizing the Korean-American Students Conference (KASCON) at UC San Diego in 2007. Subsequently, a series of experiences exposed Joseph to the notion of Korean diaspora, hence his belief that encountering the Korean-Cuban was predestined. Aside from filmmaking, Joseph serves on the steering committee of KSE, a non-profit with an aim to empower Korean entrepreneurs in New York. Joseph studied Visual Arts & Film at the University of California, San Diego, and earned a JD at the Syracuse University College of Law.

Tom Kaplan

Teachers College Columbia University, I AM Adoptee

Thomas Kaplan, aka Lee, Sung Joo, is a transracial and Korean-born adoptee who was adopted at age six. Thomas has been an active member of the Korean Adoptee community since 1998. He was one of the original founding board members Of Also-Known-As and Co-Founder of The Also-Known-As team mentorship program. Also-Known-As is an organization founded by adoptees for adoptees who have provided services to the adoptee community for the past 22 years. Also-Known-As' Team Mentorship program is the longest active program in the country specifically for adoptees. Thomas is the co-founder of I AM Adoptee, a not for profit organization that provide an online adoptee connection, community, and resources for adoptees. The mission is to connect adoptees, locally, nationally, and globally. The vision of I AM Adoptee comes from the singular vision that the international adopted person is the heart of the international overseas adoption story. I AM Adoptee seeks to provide a platform to find others like ourselves, to make connections and to share the many ways we can help each other. There have been over a million people who have been adopted worldwide. I AM Adoptee wants to connect each adoptee that has been impacted by adoption! Thomas is also a current board member of Connect-A-Kid, a team mentoring Not For Profit organization. He has been in reunion with his paternal birth family since 2000. Thomas' professional career is a Risk Manager at Teachers College Columbia University.

Andy Kim

US House of Representatives

Congressman Andy Kim was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County. Congressman Kim grew up in South Jersey, the proud son of Korean immigrants. His father and mother raised Andy and his sister in South Jersey because of the top notch public school system and safe communities. Andy attended public K-12 schools and credits the quality of his education with helping him become a Rhodes Scholar and leading national security expert. Andy is a dedicated public servant, who believes service is a way of life. He worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans, and served at the Pentagon, State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen.

John Kim

Emory University

John Kim is a full-time faculty member at Emory's Goizueta Business School. He currently teaches on the topics of strategy, healthcare strategy, and management consulting. He was chosen as one of Poets and Quants, Top 50 Undergraduate Business School Professors in 2018. John has 20+ years corporate work experience at Deloitte Consulting, Philips Healthcare, Applied Materials, and CitiGroup. He shares his point of view on his blog, www.ConsultantsMind.com

Kimyung Kim

Entertainer at Kimyung Kim

Samuel Y. Kim

Assistant Professor at Texas Woman's University / KAC Dallas-Ft. Worth

Dr. Samuel Y. Kim is an assistant professor of psychology at Texas Woman’s University. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and doctorate from Georgia State University. Additionally, he is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology with experience practicing in three different states. Currently his research interests encompass bullying and resilience. Dr. Kim is a board member of KAC Dallas-Ft. Worth and a national director for KAC National.

Young Kim

Politician (CA)

An immigrant to the United States, Young Kim has dedicated her life to public service and giving back to her community. She started her public service as Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs for Congressman Ed Royce, where she was a key liaison to the local communities and advised Congressman Royce on issues pertaining to the Asian community. Despite long odds in 2014, Young Kim unseated an incumbent Democrat to become the first ever Korean-American Republican woman elected to serve in the State Assembly. As an Assemblywoman, Young Kim was a champion of public safety causes, low tuition rates, veterans, children, and victims of domestic violence. In 2018, Young Kim ran for the 39th Congressional District and lost by a very narrow margin, despite being heavily outspent and is fighting in a rematch.

Hannah Lee

Doctoral student at Georgia State University / KAC Metro Atlanta

Hannah is currently earning her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University. She received her Master’s degree in Prevention Research from Harvard University, and her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on immigrant stress as a result of transitioning to the US, self-efficacy, and psychological experiences in Korean and Asian American communities. Hannah is also a board member of KAC Metro Atlanta and is serving on the mentorship committee.

Dan Matthews

Managing Partner | Creative Content & Experiential Producer. Adoptee. Twin. Alternative Rap Artist at International Secret Agents

Creative Content & Experiential Producer. Adoptee. Twin. Alternative Rap Artist

Susan Oh

Susan Sim Oh, is co-owner of WKTB-CD, a local Class A Television Station in the Atlanta DMA broadcasting top-tier Spanish and Korean broadcast networks, ultimately serving the fastest growing minority groups in Atlanta with a broadcast reach of over a million viewers. Oh is one of the few Asian female TV station owners in the nation. Asian Class A TV station owners in the US represent only 1.6% of all station owners. Additionally, Oh is Managing Partner for Telemundo Atlanta and oversees business development, distribution, programming, marketing and news operations for Telemundo Atlanta, a premier Spanish-language television station seen in Atlanta, Macon and Columbus, Georgia. Telemundo Atlanta provides the most local news in Spanish in the Atlanta DMA with daily 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm live newscasts. Through Oh’s leadership, Telemundo Atlanta was the first local Spanish-language television station to consecutively garner the coveted ‘Overall Station Excellence’ Emmy® Award by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Southeast region in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Under Oh’s leadership, Telemundo Atlanta has garnered 41 Emmy® Awards within the last 5 years. In 2018, Oh founded Surge Digital Media, a premier full-service digital marketing agency that helps brands reach audiences through strategic and thoughtful digital marketing. Surge Digital Media is a general market digital agency that naturally excels at video production, multi-cultural and multi-lingual marketing. A journalist by training, Oh worked at CNN in Atlanta, GA and WCID in Champaign, IL in various news production and media relations capacities. Oh received her Executive MBA from Georgia State University and her Bachelors of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. In 2014, the Atlanta Business Chronicle recognized Oh with a 40 Under 40 award for her business accomplishments and community involvement. In 2018, Oh was honored at the Who's Who In Asian American Communities Awards Ceremony, where honorees are nationally recognized for their contributions to their industries and communities. Oh received the Community Champions Award in 2018 and 2012 from the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center for creating media partnerships across multiple platforms to generate funds and awareness on voting and immigration rights. Oh served as the president of Korean American Professionals Association in 2002 and spearheaded the launch of the Atlanta chapter of Korean American Coalition in 2003. At the University of Illinois, Oh served as president of her Sorority, treasurer of the National Honor Society and among 9,000 applicants, was selected as a member of the Senior 100 Honorary, an organization where only one hundred graduating seniors are selected based on grade point averages and leadership. Currently, Oh is a Trustee on the Brookhaven Visitors and Convention Bureau. She also serves on the Board of Directors of We Love BuHi, an organization that catalyzes and supports a livable and inclusive Buford Highway corridor. Oh is actively involved in both the Hispanic and Asian communities in Atlanta. Oh is married with two children and resides in Johns Creek. She enjoys tennis and traveling.

John Park

Councilman, District 2- Brookhaven

Born in South Korea, Councilman Park along with his family immigrated to the United States at the age of 6. Councilman Park grew up mostly in Decatur, Ga. Upon graduation, Councilman Park attended Emory University where he earned a bachelor's in business administration from the Goizueta Business School. After Emory, Councilman Park started his technology consulting career at IBM. Soon after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Councilman Park left consulting to work on bioterrorism preparation at the CDC. He married Morgan Harris in 2003. In 2007, they moved to Brookhaven and set down roots. Since moving to Brookhaven, Councilman Park has formed an amateur soccer club (Nuesoft FC in the ADASL), fostered dogs for animal rescue organizations, and and is a technical consultant for surveillance of nationally notifiable diseases with the CDC and state departments of health.

Caroline Um

Researcher at American Cancer Society / KAC Metro Atlanta

Dr. Caroline Um is a registered dietitian and postdoctoral fellow at the American Cancer Society. With additional background in medicine, her primary research focuses on diet and nutrition in the prevention of colorectal cancer. She received her undergraduate and MPH degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and PhD from Emory University. She also serves as President of KAC Metro Atlanta.

James Whitcomb

Executive Director at Multinational Corporate Banking, JPMorgan Chase

Jim Whitcomb is a twenty year veteran in commercial banking. He’s a Relationship Executive with J.P.Morgan’s Southeast Middle Market team. Jim is responsible for covering a portfolio of US subsidiaries of large foreign multinational companies with North American headquarters in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Prior to joining J.P.Morgan, Jim was a Managing Director in the International Origination and Client Coverage – Asia Group at Fifth Third Bank. He also ran Wachovia’s Rep office in Tokyo from 1997 to 2002, providing correspondent banking services to a 100 plus Japanese banks. He lived in Japan a total of eleven years and in China for three years. He’s proficient in the Japanese language. Jim sits on the boards of the Japan American Society of Georgia (Co-chair Membership Committee) and the Southeast United States Korean Chamber of Commerce (President). Jim has a Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and a Masters of Business Administration from New York University. He’s a licensed CPA (inactive status).

Michelle Yi

Founder, Innovation for Good at Slalom

Michelle Yi leads the global Slalom Innovation for Good team, which focuses on using cutting-edge techniques and technologies (e.g. AI, machine learning, cloud platforms) to innovate for a better future. The team aims to drive social impact and to make our world a better, more inclusive place for everyone. She has 14 years of experience in technology consulting, specializing in machine learning and cloud computing. Additionally, Michelle is passionate about supporting diversity and minorities in STEM education/careers, responsible AI, and driving collaboration across industries and people. She also volunteers with Girls Who Code, and is a violinist and marathon runner.