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A Conversation with keynote speaker, Svetlana Kim: How unshakeable optimism and a no-fear approach on life, spelled out success for this servant leader

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Written by MaryAnne Riodique

As an immigrant fleeing Communist Russia in the 90’s, Svetlana Kim, came to the US with virtually nothing in the bank, and little English. Through a combination of luck and hard work, her success story comes down to grit, mental toughness, and unfailing optimism.

Svetlana recounts in her book, White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, how one of her earliest ambitions was to work on Wall Street. She taught herself the basics of the stock market through voracious reading, but was told that before she got started as a stockbroker, she would first need to establish herself as a sales person. This is where Svetlana’s fearlessness and an ingenuity is displayed – she worked her way up as a department store cosmetic sales associate, to business manager, and eventually into account executive role with Laura Mercier. With proven sales ability in hand, what followed was a series of roles which would prove pivotal in gaining her access to influential friends and mentors: she became a successful stockbroker for UBS PaineWebber, where she promptly won the Western Division Advisor Award, followed by a move to DC working for top PR firm, the Public Affairs Group, where she was mentored by the firm’s CEO, philanthropist Edie Fraser, and entrusted with heading up the Business Women’s Network.

She is now celebrating 10 years as a self-described “solo-preneur,” as a lauded keynote speaker, activist, philanthropist, fundraiser, author, and radio host. Her show “To the Stars Through Adversity” has been in production for 3 years, where she’s interviewed over 200 individuals – selected specifically for their ability to overcome life’s challenges and who’ve embraced their role in serving humanity, themes she knows about first hand.

“Life is like a river,” Svetlana said. “you can either sit on the sidelines and watch it go by, or you can jump in, brave the cold, and swim in it!”

Throughout the course of our discussion, I was struck with Svetlana’s energy – it was contagious and inspiring, even over the phone. When I asked how she found the inner strength to overcome life’s obstacles, she very nonchalantly said, “When you focus on your pain, you become miserable. You either dwell on misery – or, you go forward. This is what defines great people.”

She’s truly walked the talk, as well – she is passionate about nutrition, fitness, and yoga. She’s practiced, and studied mediation for over 7 years, and became a certified yoga instructor in 2015. She states her meditation practice as some of the most difficult training she’s ever done, crediting its role in her success after leaving corporate life.

Meditation “helped me overcome a lot of anxiety, and allowed me to dispel negative thoughts. It grounded me, and allowed me to be my true self,” says Svetlana. “Success requires energy. When you do the simple, good things,” like sleep, exercise, eat right, “you attract the right people, energy – all the good things which equal success.”

She admitted to me, however, that she tends to define success differently than other people.

“Success,” she says, “is when you are at peace. It is about collaboration with others.”

She went on to describe an outlook which revealed a true servant leader, which explains her active role serving on various boards and philanthropic endeavors – to list just a few - the Asian Division Friends Society of the Library of Congress (Board member since 2007, Board Vice President, 2010-2013, Chair of Finance Committee, 2013-present); the Global Executive Board of the Euro-American Women's Council (2007-2012); the National Council of Asian American Business Associations (East Coast president, 2009 – 2011); the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum (Board member, 2009-present); the National Association of Professional Asian American Women (Board member, 2012-present), the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council (2013-present); in 2011 she was chosen as Spokesperson for MACY'S Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and she volunteered in the Presidential Correspondence Office at the White House for President Obama.

To learn more about Svetlana’s amazing success story, visit her website www.svetlanakim.com and her memoir, White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee. She will provide the keynote address to kick off our Dynamics of Leadership Conference this summer.

Registration

Early Bird Before 5/31/2017

General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

PROGRAM SCHEDULE | WORKSHOP TOPICS | SPEAKERS' BIO

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information 

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Attending our #‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until July 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

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Special Hotel Pricing is Available for ACEL Dynamics of Leadership Conference 2017

  • PDF

Download Your 2017 Leadership Conference Booklet NOW! Click Here

Attending our #‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until July 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

You’re invited to the ACEL's 2017 Dynamics of Leadership Regional Conference! This conference will feature an exceptional line-up of speakers addressing a range of inspirational, contemporary topics for ACEL members and non-members. For more information about conference schedule, speakers, and workshop, please click here.

Participation includes Kickoff Reception on Friday, July 7th, an all-day Conference and Dinner Gala on Saturday, July 8th and half-day Conference on Sunday, July 9th at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, Arizona (Map).

2017 Conference Booklet for download Coming Soon! .

Our topics include*:

  • Channeling Assertiveness & Authority - Strategies for Conflict Resolution
  • A Leap of Faith: The First Big Step to Starting Your Business
  • Collaboration across Departments: Techniques to Enhance and Improve Cross-Departmental Communication
  • Working on Multi-Generational Teams: Effective techniques to minimize generational differences
  • Motivated to Make an Impact: How to Start a Non-Profit
  • Creating safe spaces in the workplace: How to implement and maintain an inclusive environment open for the sharing of ideas, civility, and mutual respect
  • Panel Discussion: Initializing Your Start-up
  • Community & Civic Engagement: The role it plays in your personal & professional growth, and why your participation matters
  • Achieving Work-Life Balance: How to Prioritize Competing Priorities
  • Women at work - Juggling career & family
  • The Role of the Employee Resource Group and Your Career - Representation | Advancement | Advocacy
  • Best Practices on Fundraising for Non-Profit: Funding the Mission Statement, and Sustaining the Vision

*Agenda/Topics are Subject to Change

Registration

Early Bird Before 5/31/2017

General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information 

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


 

REGISTRATION Is Now Open: 2017 Dynamics of Leadership Regional Conference

  • PDF

Download Your 2017 Conference Booklet NOW! Click Here .

You’re invited to the ACEL's 2017 Dynamics of Leadership Regional Conference! This conference will feature an exceptional line-up of speakers addressing a range of inspirational, contemporary topics for ACEL members and non-members. For more information about conference schedule, speakers, and workshop, please click here.

Participation includes Kickoff Reception on Friday, July 7th, an all-day Conference and Dinner Gala on Saturday, July 8th and half-day Conference on Sunday, July 9th at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, Arizona (Map).

Our topics include*:

  • The Perfect Introduction: How to say who you are and what you do in 20 words or less
  • Achieving Work-Life Balance: How to Prioritize Competing Priorities
  • Overcoming Conflict and the Fear Inside
  • Working On Multi-Generational Teams: Effective Techniques to Minimize Generational Differences
  • Changing the Conversation: Multicultural Communications in Diverse Markets
  • Public Speaking: Best Tips, Strategies, and Experiences to Ace Your Next Presentation
  • ERG Panel: The Role of Employee Resource Group and Your Career Representation/ Advancement/ Advocacy
  • Learning from Failure: How to Make the Best Opportunity out of Failure
  • Generational Transformations in A New Political World as a Generation X Leader
  • Building a Strong Organizational Culture
  • Entrepreneurial Panel: Initializing Your Start-Up
  • Running for Public Office 101: Your Hands on Guide to Public Office
  • Diversifying the workforce & the Inclusive Innovation Economy
  • How to Properly Engage and Activate the Mysterious Millennial Generation
  • The Lifestyle Entrepreneur: Building a Successful Business for a High-Quality Life
  • How to Capture and Keep Attention in A World Where No One Has Time to Listen
  • Energizing your Passions: Establishing a Career in the Non-Profit World

*Agenda/Topics are Subject to Change

Registration

Early Bird Before 5/31/2017

General Registration After 5/31/2017

Conference Kickoff Reception (Fri, July 7, 7-9pm) | Keynote Speaker: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

$30.00


$40.00

Gala reception, dinner, and event (Sat., July 8, 6-9pm)

$100.00


$120.00

DAY PASS: Saturday Conference (Sat, July 8) | Access to 12 workshops/seminars, breakfast, lunch & Dinner Gala

$200.00


$290.00

DAY PASS: Sunday Conference
(Sat., July 9) | Access to 6 workshops/seminars & breakfast

$95.00


$120.00

ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July, 9) | Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event

$250.00


$400.00

Group Discount is Available, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 1st, 2017 to guarantee your seat.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE & WORKSHOP TOPICS

Attending our ‪#‎DynamicsOfLeadership2017, but need a hotel?

We have you covered when you reserve a room with Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.

Special pricing is available for our event, $69/night +tax for a Standard 2-bed room.

Reserve your room by June 16th 2017 to guarantee the special pricing.

We have locked in that special pricing at $69/night!! This link will be available until June 16th, 2017. Make sure to book your room today!!!

Use this direct link provided by Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino:

https://reservations.travelclick.com/75936?groupID=1763179

Or call 1-800-946-4452 and mention ACEL special pricing.

Click here to become a member today!

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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ACEL's vision is to be the proving ground for Asian American Professionals, forging leaders of tomorrow through professional development, cultural awareness, community service and mentorship. To learn more about our member benefits or if you would like to join the ACEL family, you can visit http://www.ACELeaders.org


 

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