Building Trade Ties with South Korea’s Emerging Female Leaders


Part of the Emerging Female Leaders program

Korean Leaders

Over the past 15 years, the Republic of Korea has been on the forefront of negotiating free trade agreements with partners in all regions of the world. Yet the professionals tasked with negotiating these deals have been largely male. This trend is changing as highly educated and qualified women are entering government service and related private sector jobs at increasing rates. Within this context, new opportunities are emerging for women to enter and excel in this profession, as evidenced by the recent appointment of Minister Yoo as the new Korean Trade Minister. However, as Korean women enter these ranks, they have few female role models and mentors to offer advice and support their career growth and success.

In light of this, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) has launched this initiative, sponsored by the Korea Foundation, to engage in the capacity building and professional development of the next generation of female trade negotiators and experts from the Republic of Korea.

About the Emerging Female Leaders Program

The Emerging Female Leaders program offers the opportunity for women in professional roles from the Republic of Korea with interest and experience in international trade to participate in an intensive 10-day long program in the United States, with workshops, briefings, and capacity-building exercises to Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco. The program will tentatively take place from September 30th to October 8th, and will include meetings with current and former U.S. government officials, senior and emerging female business leaders, trade experts, and other speakers.

The program will focus on developing skills and competencies for trade negotiations and working in the trade field more broadly, deepening understanding of trade negotiations and the formation of trade policy, and providing mentorship and guidance for women empowerment in the workplace. Sessions will cover a range of relevant topics, including:

  • Understanding the trade negotiating process
  • Gaining negotiating skills, including strategies and tactics, creative problem solving, and “getting to yes”
  • Working with the private sector, legislative, and other government ministries through trade policy consultations
  • Navigating the media and public perceptions of trade
  • Developing skills to advance in the work place and providing career development guidance
Korea Foundation
This project is made possible by a grant from the Korea Foundation


Event Details

Sun 06 Oct 2019 - Tue 08 Oct 2019
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