Svetlana Kim: To the Stars Through Adversity
Svetlana Kim is an international speaker, community advocate, spokesperson for the 2011 Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, bestselling author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, and founder of Svetlana Kim LLC.
White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee chronicles her journey from Russia 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.
Svetlana Kim’s remarkable story opens in Leningrad, Russia, on a frigid winter afternoon. Standing in the bread line for the third day in a row, she listens as her neighbors discuss the impending fall of the Berlin Wall. Life as a student in a crumbling country offered few possibilities for the ambitious young woman, so when a former classmate offers her a plane ticket to the US., she jumps at the opportunity. (more…)