Svetlana Kim is an international businesswoman, remarkable author, and inspiring speaker. Her speeches deliver maximum value to business owners, corporate employees and international audiences. She speaks English and Russian.
Some of her signature speeches include:
- My Russian-Korean Babushka's Secrets on How to Persevere in Tough Times and Achieve Ultimate Success
- How to Climb the Ladder to Success: What I Discovered While Going From Cleaning Lady to Presidential Fundraiser
- Giving Without Remembering, Taking Without Forgetting: How to Build Successful Relationships in Business and Life
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It's not often you hear a speaker whose words are so hopeful and profound that you are somehow changed by them. Svetlana Kim often gets such a response from members of her audience when they hear her speak from the heart about her life experiences, or her motivation to write her autobiographical book, White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee. The wisdom and anecdotes she shares are inspiring and relevant to all Americans.
Svetlana credits her gift for storytelling to her paternal grandmother, White Pearl. Her grandmother's own life stories, shared with Lana as a young girl and throughout her life, had great influence in molding Lana's inner strength and character. Lana speaks with obvious love and admiration when relating a story or pearl of wisdom from her grandmother.
Lana has been a presenter or keynote speaker at several functions in Washington, DC., including: The Asian Leaders Association, the Library of Congress Asian Division Friends of Society, the Global Coalition for Korean War Reconciliation, Diversity and Women's Leadership Annual Conference, ICAS Fall Symposium: Humanity, Peace, and Security in the U.S. Senate, Georgetown University, and many others.
"Your speech was awesome. You are truly an inspiration."
~ Robert Shemin, The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of How Come THAT Idiot's Rich and I'm Not?
"Your story is amazing!"
~ Frank McKinney, five-time international bestselling author of The Tap and Make It Big!, www.frankmckinney.com
"The inimitable supernetworker and rags-to-riches memoiress author of White Pearl and I, Svetlana Kim."
~ John David Mann, co-author of The Go-Giver and Go-Givers Sell More
"This year's "challenge crusher" is Svetlana Kim who arrived in this country with a dollar in her pocket and a few words of English at her disposal."
~ Thom Scott, Creator and Host, Extreme Business Makeovers
What Extreme Business Makeovers conference
participants are saying about Svetlana:
"Great book, extraordinary life and amazing future."
~ James Johnson, President, Life Strategies Solutions
"Hi, Lana. Your beauty, grace, courage, and wonderful sense of fun came through and blessed us all at the Extreme Business Makeovers conference. Thank you for spreading the power of living in a state of gratitude and for helping to make the XBM experience such a joyous and life-changing event."
~ Sandy Harper, creator and coach of Gratitude Boot Camp
"It was so nice meeting you at the XBM convention! I very much enjoyed what you shared about your life; it has inspired me to overcome some obstacles I am facing and take action! I particularly liked the idea of the dream board you talked about and have started gathering photos, etc., for it! Thank you so much—you are such an inspiration and an amazing woman!"
~ Laura Bird Miller
"[I'm] reading Svetlana Kim's book, White Pearl and I. An amazing woman with an even more amazing story. It makes me ashamed that I ever said 'it's too difficult.' Met her at Bob Burg's Extreme Business Makeovers in Orlando last weekend. Make sure you don't miss XBM 2011."
~Susan Somerset Webb, www.tapintoyourlife.com
"One dollar and one dream...I wouldn't ever tire of hearing your amazing story! You are such an inspiration, your energy is electric and your smile is contagious. You were so beautiful on stage at Extreme Business Makeovers."
~ Alisha Whiteway, president, AlishaTV.com
"Wow! What an amazing experience we all shared together this past few days! It seems like yesterday we were all meeting in 2009 and now here it is another year completed! I just want to THANK YOU for being who you are and for allowing us to catch a glimpse of your heart and life, your family and the sacrifice you made when you climbed on that plane so many years ago. I wish we could bottle you up and pour you out onto every human being who thinks they have no future! You have shown so many that with courage and resolve anything can happen. Lana, I so admire and respect you as a woman and a mentor and am grateful to know you and have the opportunity to learn so much from your life. I pray many rich blessings in your life and future."
~ Kathleen Smart, co-founder of IBAL, www.ibalnet.com
"You helped make XBM extra-special this year, Lana! Hope to see you again in 2011! You are a beautiful and phenomenal human being!"
~ Jody Pfister Scott
"As you held my hand I felt your inner peace, strength and power. You are a warrior for change and I am honored to know you. You are my 'White Pearl.'"
~ Darien Hills
"Lana, you were fantastic at XBM, so masterfully weaving in key points of each speaker's story into yours. The room was on the edge of their seats as you touched their hearts."
~ Gary Loper
"You are a true inspiration, and wonderful to be around. I learned so much at the XBM conference. The energy in that conference room was unbelievable and inspired me to no end."
~ Doug Shelton
"Doug and I just spent an amazing weekend at XBM with friend and mentor, Bob Burg, author of The Go-Giver and Go-Givers Sell More, and my wonderful friend Svetlana Kim, author of White Pearl and I. Also got to see some of my great Go-Giver friends like Joe Vizi, Renee 'Supermom' Vizi, Gary Loper and Caryl Loper."
~ Stacy Shelton, two-time breast cancer survivor and author of Me, Crazy Woman, and Breast Cancer, www.StacyDShelton.com
"What an amazing smile and laugh you have! With total lack of inhibition, the joy you feel is an aura of kindness and caring which touches anyone close enough to feel your energy. Every moment is precious, and it was my honor and my pleasure to have spent time with you."
~ Laura Sterling
"Thanks so much for sharing your incredible story with all of us at Extreme Business Makeovers."
~ Peg Duchesne
"Totally an honor to hear you speak at XBM. Wow! You're so authentic. Much love!"
~ Jeremy Bergeron
What a pleasure it was seeing you in action at the screening of the award-winning film Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People at the Library of Congress on October 9, 2008.
Director Y. David Chung must have been so pleased to have you honor his documentary by sharing your moving story with the audience there that night.
Everyone in the room was inspired by the incredible story of survival of your grandmother, her impact on you, and the little-known history of the Soviet-Korean immigrants in Russia who overcame such adversity.
The audience was absolutely still during your presentation, hanging on your every word. The response of the individuals who stood up to share their story or the story of their grandparents was testimony to the power of your influence and ability to connect.
I admire your courage and I'm glad you're revealing the private and dear stories of you and your grandmother to the public on the stage (through your speaking) and on the page (through your book White Pearl and I). Your passion, gratitude, enthusiasm and grace in sharing your lessons-learned and insights benefit everyone who hear them or read them.
I hope that meeting planners and program coordinators around the world are smart enough to arrange for you to address their group or conference. Attendees will benefit from hearing how an individual has overcome such daunting challenges and committed herself to serving others with integrity.
Best wishes to you - and thank you again for your eloquent and inspiring example.
-Top-rated speaker at two International Platform Association conventions 16-time Emcee of the world-renowned Maui Writers Conference
"Lana has been one of the most engaging Guest that we've enjoyed having at
WomensRadio. Her knowledge of the little-known history of Koreans in Russia
and her own personal history of the women in her family and what they
endured, makes her book White Pearls and I pop off the pages. Our
audience related because we have all preserved through hard times. Lana's
personal story is more dramatic, and certainly very inspiring."
- Pat Lynch, Founder and Editor in Chief of WomensRadio
LANA KIM's persona and carriage belie the experiences of dislocation and struggles that she went through as a Soviet refugee arriving in America. Today, in the bustle of the nation's capital, Lana projects the strength, courage and aspirations of a leader, able to persuade, motivate and inspire others. Her vision is clear: that she must serve her fellowmen.
The memories and values imparted by the most influential woman in her life, her grandmother, have sustained her daily life. Lana offers her friendship to all and those who have been touched by her presence in their lives have been inspired to follow her lead.
Asian Pacific American Collection
Asian Division Friends Society
Library of Congress