International Speaker Svetlana Kim is the author of White Pearl and I:  A Memoir of a Political Refugee,  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Speaker and Business Leader.

Lana chronicals her journey to the United States, where she arrived with only one dollar in her pocket and not a single word of English at her disposal; today, she is a leader among her peers in the business world, and has been honored with numerous awards citing her commitment, skill, and integrity.

Kim has been featured and profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, MSN Money, MSNBC, Women’s Life magazine in Seoul, Korea; the Asian Fortune; Networking Times; NASDAQ’s Closing Bell; and The Gazette, a publication of the Library of Congress.

Kim shares her business acumen and managerial experience by serving on several boards of directors, including:

  • The Asian Division Friends Society of the Library of Congress
  • The Global Executive Board of the Euro-American Women’s Council
  • The National Council of Asian American Business Associations
  • The Pacific Coast Immigration Museum
  • The Harvard Business Review Advisory Council
  • The Edie Hand Foundation

The White Pearl and I is told through the eyes of one woman who lived through extraordinary times.

Understand how the bond between a grandmother and a granddaughter wove a fabric of love and created a legacy that would impact both women in their lifetimes.

Witness the ravages of history unfolding from the Asian Holocaust to the end of the Cold War through two women’s eyes.

Discover how Kim went from penniless political refugee to trading a cosmetics sales floor for a Wall Street position, and from a cleaning lady to Presidential Fundraiser.




Svetlana’s award-winning programs 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

Learn how to follow your intuition, make right decisions in life and business, create loving relationships, find solutions, reduce stress, and be productive.

Svetlana Kim features workshops and seminars to help your organization achieve the ultimate results.

Kim doesn’t believe in failures. They do not exist in her world. Negative results are still results because you learn from your mistakes. Whatever situation, pleasant or unpleasant, you do your best. Svetlana would describe it as understanding and accepting your challenges without rejecting them. She will customize workshops on how to overcome any obstacles in business and life.

She has impacted the lives of thousands people from all walks of life with her best-selling book, public speaking, and workshops. You will learn how to make your decisions based on “M-P-R” (Meaning-Purpose-Reason), follow your intuition, turn impossible into possible, follow your dreams, reduce stress, and tap into the unlimited resources within you.