When Michelle Kim, former head for the Asia-Pacific region at Tiffany & Co., worked in the iconic jeweler’s international department, the majority of her colleagues were men and so was the entire top management. But instead of hiding away in the minority, Kim said she started “demanding” -- both from the organization and from herself. “I demanded more work and did more work. Not in a very aggressive way … but that’s how I got the bigger title, even though it was not the title itself that I pursued,” she said on the panel of speakers at the annual Leaders & Daughters event hosted by Egon Zehnder’ office in Seoul, South Korea.
The event was co-hosted by and held at Seoul Foreign School this year as an opportunity for students and their parents to communicate with business trailblazers, who candidly shared advice and anecdotes on career paths and leadership values. Egon Zehnder has been organizing Leaders & Daughters events since 2015 to bring together women leaders across diverse industries and families with international backgrounds. This year's panel in Seoul consisted of Michelle Kim, who is now CEO of premium gardening and lifestyle company Club G; Jean Yoon, former executive editor at Thomson Reuters; Juliet Dong-wha Kim, business development director of Netflix Korea; and Soo-kyung Han, business development manager of Naver Line, alongside Egon Zehnder's Amy Son. The panelists addressed the reality of gender inequality in the workforce and tackled a reality where women sometimes involuntarily contribute to building the barriers that hold them back from equal power and influence, drawing on their international work experience spanning over two decades.
Through its collaboration with Seoul Foreign School, the event also saw participation from the school’s Girl Up club, part of a global movement of young female leaders to raise awareness about gender equality and bring about change. It was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, and many schools around the world participate. The four members of the club took turns introducing panelists prior to the discussions. “It’s great to hear real-life examples and success stories of female leaders, and even better that the panel comprises Asian leaders in powerful positions,” the club told The Korea Herald before the event.
Full story:Jung Min-kyung: Female leaders gather to inspire daughters to take charge in The Korea Herald (20 October 2019)