Council of Korean Americans

2019 Empower Summit

For the past five years, the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) have assembled top Korean American thought leaders, opinion-makers, and innovators across the country to discuss important issues that shape our society, from the future of Korean American women’s leadership to security in the Korean Peninsula.

This year, we will explore not only critical issues, but also examine leaders themselves and the Korean American communities that shape them. The Empower Summit will equip emerging and seasoned leaders with tools and tactical ideas to succeed in their fields. The summit is designed to promote “how to” discussions, connect diverse groups of leaders, and inspire our community toward greater impact.

Registration is now open.

Featured Topics:


      • From Ideas to Action: The Entrepreneurial Mindset

      • The Power of Persuasion: Tips for Writing Impactful Op-Eds

      • Authentic Leadership: Embracing Self-Care and Wellness

      • The Art of Raising Money in the Nonprofit World

      • Moving Capitol Hill: How to Be Heard and Shape the Lawmaking Process

      • Global Humanitarians: How to Change the World

      • Leaning In: Asian American Women on Work, Life and Leadership

      • Transforming the Food Industry Through Innovation: An Impossible Task?


    This year’s summit will include an opening reception and welcome dinner on Friday, November 1 at Covington & Burling, LLP. On Saturday, November 2, the summit will feature a networking breakfast and lunch, plenary sessions, and three breakout sessions. The summit will conclude with a closing reception at FiscalNote.


Event Details:


  • Friday, November 1, 2019

5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Covington & Burling, LLP

850 10th St NW Washington, DC 20001


  • Saturday, November 2, 2019

8:30 AM to 7:30 PM

George Washington University

Summit Sponsorship


Sponsoring the CKA Empower Conference provides a unique branding and networking opportunity for companies seeking greater visibility within the Asian American community. To learn more about corporate sponsorship, click here or contact us at

For questions regarding the 2019 CKA Empower Conference, please contact

Featured Speakers

Below is a highlight of our confirmed speakers to date.

Click here for our growing list of speakers, which will be regularly updated.

Angella Ahn

Violinist, Ahn Trio and Professor of Violin & Viola, Montana State University

Jeanie Chang

Founder, Your Change Provider, PLLC

Eugene Cho

Founder,One Day’s Wages and Founder & Executive Director, Q Café

Tim Hwang

Founder and CEO, FiscalNote

Jane Hyun

Author and Global Leadership Strategist

David Lee

CFO, Impossible Foods




Seats are limited, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

Please visit our registration page to purchase your ticket today!

Register Now

Out-of-town guests are encouraged to book their hotels using CKA’s group rate at Hotel Hive and One Washington Circle Hotel.

Click here for more information. Please direct any inquiries to



NEW! For current students & recent graduates, please register for the Emerging Leaders Program for specialized programming and ticket price.

The Emerging Leaders Program only for students and recent grads under the age of 25.

Registrants of the Emerging Leaders Program will have only have access to the Saturday programming (8:30 AM to 7:30 PM) on November 2, 2019 at George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Tickets are $25. Registration is limited to the first 100 students, don’t miss out! Click here to register.

The Emerging Leaders Program’s one day ticket covers:

          • A special Saturday morning leadership training for Korean American students
          • Lunch with CKA Members, Speakers, and Empower Summit Participants
          • Workshop sessions by leading experts, ranging from entrepreneurship and media to mental health and government
          • Closing networking reception at FiscalNote
          • CKA swag bag