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A Korean Perspective on Leadership for the 21st Century

National Assembly Member Na Kyung-won (L) and Asia Society Korea Center Executive Director Yvonne Kim (R) at the closing session in Singapore on Apr. 1, 2011.
by Kimberely Hall
6 April 2011

SINGAPORE, April 1, 2011 - Speaking on the varying modalities that women are coming
to assume in sector-specific leadership, Na Kyung-won, member of the 18th National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, was one of eight featured
international speakers at the Second Annual Summit of Women Leaders of New Asia
in Singapore on April 1, 2011.

Na offered a Korean perspective in the
closing plenary session on "Establishing an Action Agenda," hosted by Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai. Accompanying Na was Yvonne Kim, Executive Director of Asia Society Korea Center, who attended the
summit as an Advisory Board member of Asia Society's Women Leaders of New Asia

An experienced judge and attorney-at-law, as well as noted
special needs and disabilities advocate, Na recommended policy makers educate themselves on the kinds of measures needed in order to support women
with high potential. Rather than evaluate the changing trends of women
leadership with a traditionally male-dominated approach, Na said that women
need to evaluate leadership by carrying with them a "21st-century sensibility"
focused on the 4F's: fashion, femininity, fusion, and film.

For example, women
cannot expect men to have babies, Na remarked. Therefore, if women are going to champion
the cause of equality, they must also advocate for policies that allow men to help
women during their maternity leave. Additionally, Na said, women who want to establish an action
agenda must zero in on the needs of their industry and focus on the quality,
not quantity, of female leadership in Asia.