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My Russian-Korean Babushka's Secrets on How to Persevere in Tough Times and Achieve Ultimate Success! with Lana Kim

  • Mon, January 10, 2011
  • 40 Plus Office

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Monday Morning Speaker: Svetlana Kim

"My Russian-Korean Babushka's Secrets on How to Persevere in Tough Times and Achieve Ultimate Success"   with Lana Kim.


Svetlana Kim is an international businesswoman, remarkable author, and inspiring speaker. Her speeches deliver maximum value to business owners, corporate employees and international audiences. She speaks English and Russian.


Some of Lana's signature speeches include:

  • My Russian-Korean Babushka's Secrets on How to Persevere in Tough Times and Achieve Ultimate Success
  • How to Climb the Ladder to Success: What I Discovered While Going From Cleaning Lady to Presidential Fundraiser
  • Giving Without Remembering, Taking Without Forgetting: How to Build Successful Relationships in Business and Life


Svetlana Kim is an international businesswoman, remarkable author, and inspiring speaker. Her speeches deliver maximum value to business owners, corporate employees and international audiences. She speaks English and Russian.

Svetlana Kim's Biography

Svetlana Kim is the author of White Pearl and I:  A Memoir of a Political Refugee, which chronicles her journey from Russia to the United States, where she arrived with only one dollar in her pocket and a few words of English at her disposal; today, she is a leader among her peers in the business world, and has been honored with numerous awards citing her commitment, skill, and integrity.  In February 2010, Orphan International Worldwide honored her with its Global Citizenship Award for her work towards saving the lives of children in Haiti.

Kim's stellar leadership, ethical business practices, and community service was recognized when the Euro-American Women's Council bestowed her with the Goddess Artemis Award.  The EAWC brings together women of diverse backgrounds and accomplishments to work together toward the advancement of women's access to positions of leadership and to pave the way for the next generation of women business leaders.

In 2009, the International Leadership Foundation paid tribute to Kim with its Leadership Award, selecting her from among a group of potential honorees including congress members, presidential cabinet secretaries, and other high-ranking officials.

In 2008, Kim became an Asian Academy Hall of Fame inductee.  She shares this acclaimed honor with Norman Mineta, the former Secretary of Transportation, and with the nation's 24th Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao.

Having left the communist world behind, Kim has fully embraced the freedoms of the American political and social system, and has actively been involved in the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; the Hillary for President presidential campaign; the Women's Campaign Forum; the Women's National Democratic Club; AARP Women's Leadership Circle; and Calvary Women's Services.  She has held committee or officer positions with the Junior League of Washington, D.C. (Targeted Grants); the Asian Leaders Association of the Asian Academy Hall of Fame; the National Press Club (authors' committee); Capitol Speakers Club; and the Asian American Justice Center.

Kim shares her business acumen and managerial experience by serving on several boards of directors, including:  the Asian Division Friends Society of the Library of Congress (Board Vice President, 2007 – present); the Global Advisory Board of the Euro-American Women's Council; the National Council of Asian American Business Associations (East Coast president, 2009 – 2010); the Asian Leaders Association; the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum; and Korean American Women's Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves as a steering committee member of the Global Coalition for Korean reconciliation.

As a former Director for the Business Women's Network (a division of NBC Universal), Kim worked with over one hundred small businesses representing over $1.5 billion in revenues.  She also served as a Director for Strategic Partnerships for the National Association for Female Executives.

Kim has been featured and profiled in Women's Life magazine in Seoul, Korea; the Asian Fortune; Networking Times; NASDAQ's Closing Bell; and The Gazette, a publication of the Library of Congress.  In 2009, she delivered the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Keynote Address at the Library of Congress.  She was chosen to attend the Asian American Pacific Islanders Celebration in the White House, among 50 other prominent Asian-American leaders.

Committed to giving back to her local and worldwide community, Kim has donated over 180 hours in eighteen months to the Calvary Women's Services in Chinatown in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, she volunteers at the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the White House.  F. Michael Kelleher, Special Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Correspondence wrote about Svetlana Kim:  "Your time and conscientious attention to every American who contacts our President is inspiring.  Thank you for your hard work and your commitment to our office, to our President, and to our Nation."

Svetlana Kim's passion for helping young Asians achieve their own American dreams fuels her daily work and volunteerism.  Married, she splits her time between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Recognitions: Orphan International Worldwide 2010 Global Citizenship Award for Leadership in Helping Humanity, February 28, 2010,  New York , NY., USA ILF (International Leadership Foundation) Award, July 23, 2009, Washington., D.C., USA EAWC (Euro-American Women’s Council) “Goddess Artemis” Award, July 23, 2009, Athens, Greece Award from the Mayor of Athens, July 22, 2009, Athens, Greece Asian Academy Hall of Fame, February 4, 2008, Beijing, China UBS PaineWebber Excellence Award, 2002, New York City, USA Lancome President’s Circle Award,  April 1996, San Francisco, USA

To contact Lana Kim:

P.O. Box 9573
Washington., D.C. 20016

Svetlana Kim was just twenty-three years old when she left Leningrad, Russia, for New York City. During a chance encounter in a bread line, a former schoolmate offered her a plane ticket from the black market to America. With only a dollar in her pocket and no knowledge of the English language, Kim left her family and friends for a new life, just as her great-grandparents had left Korea for Russia nearly a century before. 

Plan to join us after the meeting for networking.  Many of us carry our conversations to lunch at the nearby Brookings Institution.

Attire is business casual, recruiters are often present, so we ask all Monday Speaker attendees to contribute to the professional standards and objectives of this important networking meeting.

Doors open at 9:15 for networking and the program starts promptly at 10:00.

40Plus of Greater Washington
1718 P Street, NW, Suite T2
Washington, DC 20036

near the DuPont Circle Metro, use the South exit.

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40Plus of Greater Washington
Empowering Experienced Professionals
 for Successful Career Transitions

Empowering Experienced Professionals for Successful Career Transitions

40Plus of Greater Washington
1325 G Street, NW, Suite 500

 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-387-1582

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