“I was adopted from Korea when I was eight months old, and every year on May 15, we celebrate what is affectionately called my ‘Coming to America’ day.”
Tell us about your practice support role at Sidley.
I’m the Director of Practice Support for the M&A and Private Equity Global Practice Group. My role is to support the operational aspects of the practice. I work closely with the leaders to execute the group’s strategic initiatives.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do at the firm?
I enjoy helping people and serving as a connector. In particular, I think it’s rewarding to find ways to help lawyers link up with new and existing clients. I also enjoy learning about the significant deals they’re working on and identifying ways to create internal and external awareness around them.
Do you have a favorite family tradition you’d like to share?
I was adopted from Korea when I was eight months old, and every year on May 15, we celebrate what is affectionately called my “Coming to America” (CTA) day. I typically host a party for friends and family and celebrate with a cake when we’re in the office. My CTA is an important holiday for me and my family, and since becoming a mother to two daughters, it’s become even more so. They are the first blood relatives that I know about.
When you reflect on your AAPI heritage, what makes you smile?
Family. I grew up in a small town where there was hardly any diversity, and when I was younger, I didn’t appreciate my heritage. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to travel the world, which really opens you up to new experiences. I’m grateful for the opportunity that my birth mother gave me to be adopted by such a wonderful family. I love that my daughters are half-Korean.
Can you share with us a saying or quote that gives you inspiration or helps you stay centered?
“Lead, follow, or get the out of the way.” Especially during these crazy times, you have to remind yourself that you cannot do everything. Sometimes you need to lead and other times you need to step back and let someone else lead. It’s important to learn what your role needs to be in a given moment so you can stay focused on what you’re there to do.
On a personal note, what has been your go-to self-care activity in this remote work environment?
I’ve been a runner for most of my adult life. It’s fun to run in other cities and a great way to see the sights. I’ve run races in Hong Kong and Madrid. My daughters were born in 2017 and 2020, and it’s been hard to find time to run, but working remotely has given me more flexibility to get back into it. We bought a double stroller, so when I need an arm workout, I take both girls with me. It’s been great!
Everybody has a walk-up song. What’s yours?
“Can’t Fight This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake