2018 Summit for Council of Korean Americans2018-08-09T17:11:18+00:00
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On November 16-17, 2018, the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) will convene its fourth annual National Summit & Gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

The CKA National Summit & Gala began in 2015 as an opportunity for Korean Americans to gather in our nation’s capital to reflect on key issues and celebrate our contributions to the United States.

The fourth annual CKA National Summit & Gala will convene leading Korean Americans from government, business, academia, and entertainment. Our Summit & Gala will feature the following honored guests:

Toni Ko

Ambassador Joseph Yun

Gala Keynote Speaker

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy
Senior Advisor, The Asia Group & U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador Mark W. Lippert

Dr. Hesung Chun Koh

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chair and President Emerita, East Rock Institute
Director Emerita, Research & Development & East Asian Research at Yale University

Don Liu

Timothy Hwang

Young Leader Award

Founder & CEO, FiscalNote

Jerry Kang

Jerry Kang

Summit Speaker

Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, UCLA

Philip Yun

Philip Yun

Summit Speaker

Executive Director & COO, Ploughshares Fund

May Lee

May Lee


Adjunct Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
Correspondent & Host, CGTN America
Founder, Lotus Media House

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Past speakers and honorees include United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; World Bank President Jim Yong Kim; Judge Lucy Koh, the first female Korean American federal judge; founder and CEO of Forever 21 Don Chang; renowned chemist and philanthropist Dr. Myung Ki Hong; Nightline anchor Juju Chang; tech entrepreneur and co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers Gideon Yu; Chairman & Founder of MBK Partners Michael B. Kim; Former US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark W. Lippert; Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of Target Corporation Don Liu;  Co-owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills Kim Pegula; and President of Natural Resources Defense Council Rhea Suh.

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