Korea-American Women’s Association of the USA Hosted National Convention and Next-Generation Leadership Conference
The Korean-American Women’s Association of the USA (President Silvia Patton) held the national convention and next-generation conference at the Hilton Washington Hotel in Virginia from April 2nd to 4th.
The conference was a success with 160 members and 22 students participated from 15 states, including Michigan, Utah, Texas, California, Nevada, Florida, North Dakota, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Minnesota, Mississippi, Georgia, Maryland, and Virginia,
On the eve of the 2nd, Congresswoman Young Kim, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, State Senator George Barker, Virginia State Senator Jennifer Boysko, Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts, Washington Consul General of Korea Kwon Seijoong, Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation officials and Korean War Veterans’ Society members attended and celebrated together.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin congratulated in writing, while Senators Tim Kane, Mark Warner, Gerry Connolly and Michelle Steel presented Certificates of special Senator and congressional Recognition to members of the Korean American Women’s Association and community volunteers.
Additionally, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay and Herndon City Mayor Sheila Olem declared April 2nd Korean American Women’s Day.
From 9 am on the 3rd in Washington DC, under the guidance of former KAC President Charles Kim, the participants had an opportunity to chat with Korean American politicians while walking along the historical and cultural sites such as Capital, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial Park, and Jefferson Memorial.
As speakers, Congresswoman Young Kim, Delegate Mark Keam, Department of Defense 5G Director Larry Hencshel, Fairfax City Council member So Lim, Management Consultant & Author HaYoung Shin attended and had time to talk with the students from time to time.
All participants received certificates of American History, Government study on National Mall study and a Certificate of Commendation from the Virginia State House of Delegate.
Meanwhile, at the conference of the Korean-American Women’s Association held on the 3rd, group discussion and case presentations such as Professor Sun Young Lee’s “Cultivating Responsible Leaders” lecture and Chun-Jae Park Grandmaster. George Mason University Professor “Women’s Self Defense for the Asian Hate Crime” provided methods of direct countermeasures.
At the general meeting, currently Treasurer Jessica Wioskowski was approved as the 10th president-elect, and the term is from July 2022 to June 2024.
Congressman Young Kim said, “This event is even more meaningful because the first generation of successful Korean Americans will have time to walk, talk and listen with the next generation of Korean Americans.”
Virginia House of Delegate Vivian Watts came to celebrate despite her leg injury, and Delegate Mark Keam was impressed by attending to meet the students despite his mobility issues after neck surgery.