about the gala sponsorship tickets

Wednesday October 20, 2010
Pier 60, Chelsea Piers NYC

Priscilla & Jeffrey Ahn

Janice Lee & Joseph Bae

Jeena & Rex Chung

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Wonah & William Denkin

Drs. Laura & Mun Hong

Brigette & Suok Noh

Skyliner Travel & Tour Bus, Co

Kyung Yoon & George Wang

Margaret Jan & Alex Chi

Susan & Chul Chung

Melissa Ko & Doug Hahn

Susan & Ken Hahn

Ji Sun & Peter B. Lee

So-Chung Shinn & Tony W. Lee

Tiger Baron Foundation

The Whang Family

James Wohn

Elliot Park, John Yoo

Sungno Yun

Corporate Honoree:
Sung-Joo Kim
Founder of Sungjoo Group

Sung-Joo Kim is the Founder of Sungjoo Group, which consists of Sungjoo International Ltd. (SJI), Sungjoo Merchandising Inc. (SMI) and Sungjoo Design Tech & Distribution Inc. (SDD). She is also a Chairperson of MCM Group/MCM Products AG./MCM Lederwaren GmbH, for the global business.

Ms. Kim has been involved in the fashion industry for more than 20 years, beginning her career at Bloomingdale’s in 1985 under the direct supervision of Mr. Marvin Traub, the legendary retailer and ex-Chairman of Bloomingdale’s. Since 1990, Sungjoo Group has successfully launched several globally renowned brands as an exclusive franchisee as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel and Marks & Spencer, with more than 100 direct run stores in Korea. The company has also acquired MCM’s global business, distributing to more than 150 retailers in 30 countries worldwide. The estimated gross annual revenue of the group is approximately 200 MUSD in 2008.

Ms. Kim studied at Yonsei University, Korea (BA in Theology/Sociology), Amherst College, USA (BA in Sociology), London School of Economics, UK (MSc in International Relations) and Harvard University, USA (MTS in Business Ethics & Economics). She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (in Humane Letters) by Amherst College, USA.

Ms. Kim has been featured in numerous publications and media broadcasts including Forbes, Asiaweek, CNN, CNBC and the BBC. She was also selected as one of the “1997 Global Leaders of Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland) and was chosen as one of “The 20 Most Powerful International Businesswomen” by Working Woman (New York, 1999) and as one of the “7 Most Powerful Women in Asia” by Asiaweek (Hong Kong, 2001). In addition, CNN nominated her as one of the “New Century Leaders” for “The Best of Asia news feature” and she was ranked among the “Top 50 Women to Watch” by the Wall Street Journal (Global Edition, 2004). She was named Honoree of the Year (2007) by the Asian American Federation in New York and received the 2008 Enterprising Women Hall of Fame Award (Florida/ Feb. 2008) and recognized as the Artemis Awardee by EAWC (Athens/May. 2008). She was also recently appointed as a member of the World Economic Forum‘s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Korea (Switzerland/Jun. 2008) and invited as a Financial Times’ Jury for the Global Economic/Business Book Award (UK/Jun. 2008). Ms. Kim was also appointed as an Ambassador to the World Bank for the Global Private Sector Forum. She was awarded the Ethics in Business Award from International Association of Human Values (European Parliament, Brussels/Nov 2009) and the Special Entrepreneur of the Year at Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Korea/Dec 2009)

As a successful businesswoman with a strong sense of Corporate Social Responsibility, Ms. Kim considers serving society as one of her utmost duties in her personal and corporate life. This is reflected in her active involvement in several non-profit charity and cultural organizations, including Save the Children (as a BoD for Korea) and Asia House (as a Trustee for UK), and many others. In addition, she firmly believes in the power of women to improve global society and is actively involved in many prominent women’s organizations including the Global Summit of Women (USA), Women’s Leadership Board (Harvard University/USA), World Women’s Forum (France), and Women’s International Networking (Switzerland) and others.