“Women, Korea” meets New York

A conversation & GROUND Magazine Launch event

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 6:30 - 8 PM

Gallery Korea at the Korean Cultural Center New York
(460 Park Ave 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022)


“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”

― Brigham Young


The Korean Cultural Center New York is excited to present a discussion and the launch event of the special issue of the GROUND magazine on Thursday, March 30th, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Korean Cultural Center New York (460 Park Ave. 6th Floor, New York). The discussion and the special “Women, KOREA” issue of the magazine is created to coincide with the UN designated International Women's Day on March 8th  as well as US National Women's History Month of March. 

The discussion will revolve around the various roles of women and how they are constantly being redefined in our societies, especially as they pertain to empowerment in the workforce.

Join us for the opportunity to directly communicate with women who have not only been successful at their areas of expertise, but also representing the limitless possibilities that women possess. It will provide a meaningful assessment on where women in our society stand. 

Nancy Ploeger, former President of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and present Executive Director of International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, and Soeun Lee, present International Chamber of Commerce. Joining them will be A.H. Monjurual Kabir, Senior Program Advisor and Head of Asia Pacific Section at UN Women. The intimate conversation will allow the establish a common ground for better understand the re-defined definition of “Women” in the 21st century. 

About the Speakers

Kyung Wha Chung
Violinist and Artistic Director

Kyung Wha Chung is recognised as one of the finest violinists of her generation. A prolific recording artist, her dazzling artistry has made her a much-acclaimed performer throughout her career. Chung began studying the violin at the age of 6; at the Juilliard School, she studied with the legendary Ivan Galamian and later coached with Joseph Szigeti.  Chung has appeared regularly as a soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras, working with top conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti and the late Sir Georg Solti. 

The government of South Korea has awarded Ms. Chung its highest honor, the Medal of Civil Merit.

Nancy Ploeger
Executive Director of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation

Nancy Ploeger is one of the founders and the current Executive Director of the International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (IWEC) since March 2016. The IWEC is dedicated to empowering successful women business owners from around the world to expand their business reach into new markets and geographies through education, connectivity and mentoring. Previously, she was the President of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce for 21 years. 

A.H. Monjurul Kabir
Senior Programme Advisor and Head of Asia Pacific Section, UN Women

Dr. A.H. Monjurul Kabir is currently Senior Programme Adviser and Head of Section, Asia-Pacific and LDCs at UN Women HQ in New York, and has been engaged in programming for gender equality, empowerment of women, and South-South Cooperation. He was a Governance, Rule of Law, and Public Sector Management expert, and the Policy Adviser for Democratic Governance, Human Rights, and Justice for UNDP Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He served as the Global Policy Specialist with the Development Policy at UNDP HQ, and as the organization’s Global Focal Point.

Soeun Nikole Lee
Deputy Director of the International Chamber of Commerce

Soeun (Nikole) Lee is Deputy Director of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, SICANA, Inc., New York. Prior to the ICC, she practiced litigation and international arbitration in New York and was selected as New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Business Litigation in 2015. She received her J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, She has written an autobiography published and is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Korea. She serves as Executive Director and Founding Board Member of a non-for profit organization and music series, Music by the Glass. Prior to her legal career, she was an active performing and recording artist in the Korean music industry since her debut in 1998.

About the “Women, KOREA” Special Issue Publication

Korean Cultural Center in a special collaboration with The GROUND Magazine is publishing a special issue on the theme of “Women, KOREA.” The content-focused publication will highlight some of the leading Korean women of today to spread awareness of powerful leadership, especially those of minority background, and on an international scale, as well as the personal stories behind them. 

This magazine issue includes interviews with Young Yang Chung, Fleur Pellerin, Unsuk Chin, Se-ri Pak, Sumi Jo, and Marja Vongerichten.

Connecting these women are the underlying topics of historical figure Shin Saimdang, one of the most prominent historical Korean women and the first woman to be recognized on the face of Korean currency, as well as haenyeo, the female divers of Korea whose culture was inscribed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and representative of the semi-matriarchal society of Korea’s Jeju Island.

About The GROUND Magazine

Established in The GROUND is an international magazine, published and distributed in the USA, Europe, South Korea, Japan, and China. The GROUND Magazine focuses on providing the readers with cutting edge ideas in art, culture, fashion, and music through creative, collaborative reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces from its readership. The GROUND Magazine also engages in instantaneous two-way communication with audience through their website, The GROUND Social.


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