ILF Celebrates Women’s History Month

March 30, 2017



The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) proudly celebrates the integral role of women in American history as the month of observance concludes. Women leaders represent and support ILF through public service, business, and community sectors. Notably, current Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao served as ILF’s Honorary Chairwoman until December 2016 prior to her Cabinet appointment.

Chiling Tong, Founding President of ILF, previously served as a political appointee under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. As Chief of Staff at the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Ms. Tong is a shining example of utilizing business and entrepreneurship expertise to facilitate diversity and inclusion across multiple industries.

“We must think of this as an opportunity to invest in and train our young leaders,” says Soo Kyung Koo, ILF’s Executive Director. Ms. Koo was recently recognized as one of 30 outstanding Korean Americans by Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan. She believes in the power of stakeholder engagement in preparing the next generation of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) leaders. “It is important to show them that we have support across local, state, and federal sectors in all areas of business, STEM, arts, education, and health, Only then will our young people feel encouraged to realize their potential as future leaders and strive to be a voice for their surrounding AANHPI communities.”

The local advisory board chapters of ILF are also comprised of strong public service and community leaders, specifically LA’s Chair Linda Sun, Supervising Deputy Attorney General of the Licensing Section within the California Department of Justice. Honorary LA Chair Ivy Sun is San Marino’s First Lady and former Administrative Director of South Hills Academy. Corinna Shen of the DC Advisory Board was appointed to Maryland’s Commission for Women by Governor Hogan, along with Rose Li, President and CEO of a science management and research administration organization.

Congressional leaders Judy Chu (CA-27), Grace Meng (NY-6), Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), and Amata Radewagen (AS) have joined ILF to recognize the efforts of local advisory boards and young professionals in expanding the voice of AANHPI’s. For over 17 years, ILF has been dedicated to helping the advancement of AANHPI community into mainstream America. By mentoring, cultivating and investing in our youths, ILF is helping to build a more diverse pipeline of young leaders, and succeeding in doing so with strong women leaders at its helm.


About ILF

Founded in 2000, the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to promote civic awareness, public service, and economic prosperity in AANHPI communities. Its mission is to develop young leaders in the United States, Asia, and Pacific Rim countries in the fields of public affairs, entrepreneurship and international relations through a network of business and community leaders. ILF has a network of national advisory boards and global advisory councils comprised of professional, civic, and business leaders, and is approved by the Combined Federal Campaign (#24372), a federal initiative to support community charities managed by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.