Winner of Survivor: Cook Islands
Yul Kwon won the hit CBS reality show Survivor: Cook Islands during 2006’s controversial, racially segregated season. On his way to victory, Kwon skillfully led a multi-ethnic team, earned a reputation as one of the show's most strategic and honest players, and smashed stereotypes about Asian American men in the media. Read More >
Despite graduating from top schools in increasingly large numbers, Asian Americans often have difficulty rising to the highest levels in business, entertainment, and politics—a phenomenon known as “hitting the bamboo ceiling.” Survivor winner, Stanford and Yale Law graduate, and former McKinsey and Google employee Yul Kwon will talk about how negative stereotypes regarding Asian Americans affected his childhood and career, and why he decided to go onto a reality show to try to change these stereotypes. He will then give advice on how Asian American students today can prepare themselves to thrive beyond the classroom and overcome the bamboo ceiling. Read More >
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