Jane Park, CEO of Julep
- Venture-backed CEO and nationally recognized expert in consumer brand building, social commerce, and entrepreneurship
- Former CEO/Founder of Julep, Starbucks Executive and Boston Consulting Group leader who understands how to leverage consumer insight to drive impact and innovation
- Energizes audiences by intertwining her hard-earned leadership lessons with her personal history as the daughter of immigrants who are surviving family separation in the aftermath of the Korean War
- Experienced storyteller & top performer on QVC
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An entrepreneurial visionary and disruptor, Jane Park is the powerhouse behind the groundbreaking company Tokki, a social and gifting technology company that is reinventing gift-giving to make the experience more sustainable, and unforgettable. With her unwavering passion and innovative mindset, Park is widely regarded among the most forward-thinking and creative minds in business, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and is a sought-after thought leader for organizations and individuals looking for cutting-edge approaches to success.
Armed with razor-sharp intellect and a tireless work ethic, Park is a dynamic speaker who helps groups approach challenges from new angles and identify new opportunities to drive impact and innovation within their organizations — just as she has done with the companies she has founded and led. In addition to sharing tangible strategies for how organizations can take their businesses to the next level while aligning their goals to their purpose, Park inspires audiences with her powerful personal story beginning as the daughter of immigrants finding their way in the aftermath of the Korean War to becoming the founder and CEO of industry-redefining companies. As she captivates audiences with defining moments from her life and career, she shares hard-earned lessons on resilience, finding your voice, and entrepreneuring your life to fuel your next level of growth.
In 2019, Park discovered that the gift wrap occupying her living room floor post-holiday season was not recyclable. That’s where the idea for Tokki was born. As the company’s founder and CEO, she merged the reusable physical giftwrap and digital social experience to create a first-of-its-kind company that transformed the gifting industry — making it more creative, interactive, and sustainable. Prior to Tokki, Park disrupted the beauty space as the founder and CEO of Julep, an online-first beauty brand that is now distributed nationally at ULTA stories, as well as at Nordstrom and on QVC. She secured tens of millions of dollars in venture capital for Julep and led the company to a lucrative acquisition by a beauty roll-up funded by Warburg Pincus.
Previously, Park served as an executive at Starbucks in the New Ventures division where she oversaw the development and implementation of new consumer businesses. She was also a leader at the Boston Consulting Group in the Retail and Consumer Goods practice group, and a founding director of the CEO Forum for Education and Technology, alongside luminaries such as Steve Jobs and Eckhard Pfeiffer.
A nationally recognized expert in consumer brand building and social commerce, Park regularly appears on television as well as consumer, technology, and women’s leadership conferences. She sits on the board of directors for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, and previously served on the board of directors for Julep.
As one of the most influential figures in the business world, she remains committed to the pursuit of purpose-driven innovation and dedicated to empowering others to reframe their mindsets and create their own avenues to success.
Entrepreneuring Your Life: A two-time entrepreneur, Jane Park believes that, “You are the CEO of your life.” As one of a select handful of venture backed CEOs, Park shares the lessons of achieving outsized growth that are useful to all of us as individuals and leaders of teams. In this presentation, you will learn actionable entrepreneurial practices to fuel your next level of growth, including learning from rapid “A/B” testing, knowing when you are “minimally viable product,” banishing shame, and establishing your own Board of Advisors.
Finding Your Voice: As a four-year old immigrant child finding herself dropped off at kindergarten without knowing any English, Jane Park didn’t have a voice. “I was wearing another girl’s pants from the lost and found when my mom picked me up because I wet my own because I didn’t know how to ask to go to the bathroom,” she recalls. Since then, Park struggled against the stereotypes of the quiet Asian model minority while attending Ivy League schools, working at BCG, Starbucks then starting two companies. Through it all, she has learned that finding and speaking in your one, true voice in all areas of your life is the key to unleashing your personal power. In this presentation, Park shares actionable steps for leaning into your own true voice and activating your personal power at work and beyond.
Moral Courage, “Reluctant Activism,” and Allyship (Presentation with Lisa Sun). A generational shift is happening amongst the AAPI community. In this talk, entrepreneurs Jane Park and Lisa Sun address the challenges facing the AAPI community from systemic bias and the model minority myth to rising anti-AAPI sentiment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, they blend their experiences in corporate America and as startup founders to celebrate what it means to be AAPI today and what that means for the future.
Jane Park, the first Korean American woman to take a company public on the NYSE, provides unique insights into how individuals and organizations can embrace concrete allyship actions that move beyond the performative and turn supporters into true champions for change. Through Lisa Sun’s personal story, she explores what it means to be second-generation Taiwanese American, wedged between her immigrant parents’ quest for high-achieving assimilation and her younger brother’s millennial protests for change, ultimately embracing what she calls “reluctant activism” as a call to action for the AAPI community.
Growing Resilience: From her experience as a two-time entrepreneur, Jane Park has learned that “failure doesn’t turn into lessons all by itself, it’s takes hard work!” In this presentation, Park will share actionable steps to seek out failure, turn them into lessons, and grow your resilience so you can take on the bigger risks that lead to transformational growth. “If you haven’t failed recently, you’ve either stopped growing or you’re a murderous dictator,” observes Park, “and either way you should try something new.”
Circles of Grief: Actionable Allyship in a Crazy World. How do we support our BIPOC colleagues when they are struggling through wave after wave of racist violence? Jane Park argues that that the “Silk-Goldman Ring Theory,” offered first as a framework for conversations about cancer, is a powerful theory guiding actionable allyship. Drawing concentric rings with the person experiencing the trauma at the center, with communities closest to the person closer in the rings, the simple rule is: Comfort IN, Dump OUT. Park draws parallels between metastatic cancer and metastatic racism, providing real-world advice for how to build bridges of empathy.
Changing behavior: Seeing good to bring out the good. As a parent of two young children and first time venture-backed entrepreneur, Jane Park stumbled across Yale Child Psychologist Alan Kadzi’s Parent Management System and began using it at work to miraculous results. “When you see the good, you bring out the good,” Park says, “but even more importantly, it changed the way I saw the world. When you look for the good, you see more good.” In this presentation, Park will provide actionable advice to become a stronger leader by focusing on eradicating harmful behaviors by rewarding behaviors that are inconsistent with the negative ones. It’s a simple but transformative practice that will change the way you lead and love.
Your Energy Is Your Most Valuable Currency: “As a CEO, my most vital job is to fill up the energy reserves of my team, my customers and my Board,” says Jane Park, two-time entrepreneur and a successful venture-backed CEO. Learn how everything for Park changed when she started valuing her role as an energy giver and began prioritizing her work and home life to enable her to achieve this role to its full potential.
Jane Park becomes first Korean American woman to ring bell at NYSE making her company, Athena SPAC, public
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