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, with Early Bird pricing available up until September 1, 2019.

Featured Topics:


  • How to Become an Entrepreneur

  • Get Published: How to Write an Op-Ed

  • Promoting Civility in the Age of Partisanship

  • Diversity and Public Boards

  • How to Run for Office

  • Demystifying Philanthropy: From Individual Giving to Community Foundations

  • Leaning In: Asian American Women in Executive Leadership


This year’s summit will include an opening reception on Friday, November 1 at Covington & Burling, LLP, a plenary session on Saturday, November 2 and two breakout sessions. The summit will conclude with a multi-course progressive dinner, followed by 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

9:00 AM to 9:00 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.

Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, ABC News’ “Nightline”

Eugene Cho

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

David Lee

CFO, Impossible Foods

Angella Ahn

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

Tim Hwang

Founder and CEO, FiscalNote

Salle Yoo

Investor and Advisor




We are offering our Early Bird Rate (10% discount) for those who register before September 1, 2019.
Seats are extremely 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.

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