Michelle MiJung Kim

Award Winning Author of The Wake Up & CEO of Awaken.
  • Through Awaken, Michelle provides interactive equity and inclusion education programs across all industries
  • Challenges audiences to expand their collective capacity to transform themselves and the world in service of social justice
  • Has an onstage presence that encourages listeners to practice both compassion and criticality—for ourselves and others—to create sustainable change

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Michelle MiJung Kim (she/her) is a queer immigrant Korean American woman writer, speaker, activist, and entrepreneur. She is the author of The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change. She is CEO and co-founder of Awaken, a leading provider of interactive equity and inclusion education programs facilitated by majority BIPOC educators, where she has consulted hundreds of organizations and top executives from Fortune 500, tech giants, nonprofits, and government agencies to spark meaningful change. Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and has served on a variety of organizations such as the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Advisory Committee, LYRIC nonprofit’s Board of Directors, and Build Tech We Trust Coalition. Michelle currently serves on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE). Her work has appeared on world-renowned platforms such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The New York Times, and NPR, and she has been named Medium’s Top Writer in Diversity three years in a row. She lives in Oakland, California.

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How to Lead Inclusively in Times of Volatility | Awaken Culture Summit 2018

2017 UC Berkeley Lavender Graduation Speech

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Closing the Gap in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A powerful voice in the effort to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in business and society, Michelle MiJung Kim has provided leading organizations and top executives with actionable frameworks for creating meaningful change for underrepresented groups. In this talk, she shares valuable insights on the role DEI plays in powering organizations that create sustainable change, and challenges audience members to recognize their biases and become active participants in creating more inclusive cultures. Her insights on fostering more equitable environments for diverse groups — regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or disability — can be adapted and implemented by any organization.

Additional takeaways from Michelle MiJung Kim’s talks include:

  • Beyond Performative Allyship
  • Identities, Power, Privilege
  • Anti-Racism and Dismantling White Supremacy
  • Asian American Activism
  • LGBTQ+
  • Intersectionality
  • Mental Health, Trauma, and Healing
  • Writing Your First Book
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Courageous Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship

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