Gorkana Meets...Ruth Kim

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The thing that gets me up in the morning is...our 3 dogs. If you mean what about my work gets me up in the morning – it is that every day starts out with potential and possibility -- to learn something new, to do good work, to have fun, to connect with some great people and to be surprised.

What made me want to get into PR was... I was General Counsel for a client of FleishmanHillard for many years. I liked the work that was coming out of FH. I liked the people on my team. I liked that FH saw the significance of the job of communicating our messages. So, I joined FH as its General Counsel. I still believe that the right message at the right time to the right audience can change lives.

If I could change one thing about the industry it would be...the misperceptions about the industry by people who are not in the industry.

My greatest inspiration is...my parents. They came to the US from Korea and did all they could to make sure my brother, sisters and I felt safe, loved, and ready to face the world. They are now retired university professors and taught us that “you are never too smart or too old to learn something new.”

The three things I demand in my colleagues...

  • Intellectual focus balanced with common sense
  • Ethics
  • Optimism

The PR figure I most admire is...John D. Graham. Over more than three decades, he led and grew FH, and in doing so, he changed the industry.

I always thought I’d be…teaching.

The one website I always check is... NYT for headlines; and, of course, from now on, Gorkana.

I’m a closet reader of…all kinds of magazines – news, culture, fashion, and yes, the occasional tabloid.

You don’t want to be around me when...somebody is disrespecting my family member, my friend or my colleague.

The most interesting fact about me is... I have this pretty intense, serious job, but I find reasons to be around people and to do things that give me a really good, hard laugh!

My most prized possession is…good health. After that it is a five foot tall, silk scroll on which my mom painted, almost 60 years ago, in beautiful Korean calligraphy, a well-known poem.

The finest moment in my career so far is... I feel fortunate that every year has been better than the last one. 2012-2013 has been pretty great with civic and professional recognitions/awards from the Boys & Girls Club, and from some media publications.

If I won the Mega Millions I would...share it with my family and some friends; donate to the charities that I support; travel with my husband; and then try to write a publishable novel.

In five years’ time PR will be...the same but different. The media and technology for communication will continue to evolve, but the desire and the need for people and their businesses to communicate their important messages, to get data, to grow and to manage their reputations will always exist.

My next vacation will be...whenever my husband and I can coordinate our work schedules – and, whether near or far, long or short, we always have the best time traveling together.

What I hope to achieve at the 2013 PRSA International Conference...is learn something new, network a little, and give a good talk that interests and informs.

The thing that gets me up in the morning is...our 3 dogs. If you mean what about my work gets me up in the morning – it is that every day starts out with potential and possibility -- to learn something new, to do good work, to have fun, to connect with some great people and to be surprised.

What made me want to get into PR was... I was General Counsel for a client of FleishmanHillard for many years. I liked the work that was coming out of FH. I liked the people on my team. I liked that FH saw the significance of the job of communicating our messages. So, I joined FH as its General Counsel. I still believe that the right message at the right time to the right audience can change lives.

If I could change one thing about the industry it would be...the misperceptions about the industry by people who are not in the industry.

My greatest inspiration is...my parents. They came to the US from Korea and did all they could to make sure my brother, sisters and I felt safe, loved, and ready to face the world. They are now retired university professors and taught us that “you are never too smart or too old to learn something new.”

The three things I demand in my colleagues...

  • Intellectual focus balanced with common sense
  • Ethics
  • Optimism

The PR figure I most admire is...John D. Graham. Over more than three decades, he led and grew FH, and in doing so, he changed the industry.

I always thought I’d be…teaching.

The one website I always check is... NYT for headlines; and, of course, from now on, Gorkana.

I’m a closet reader of…all kinds of magazines – news, culture, fashion, and yes, the occasional tabloid.

You don’t want to be around me when...somebody is disrespecting my family member, my friend or my colleague.

The most interesting fact about me is... I have this pretty intense, serious job, but I find reasons to be around people and to do things that give me a really good, hard laugh!

My most prized possession is…good health. After that it is a five foot tall, silk scroll on which my mom painted, almost 60 years ago, in beautiful Korean calligraphy, a well-known poem.

The finest moment in my career so far is... I feel fortunate that every year has been better than the last one. 2012-2013 has been pretty great with civic and professional recognitions/awards from the Boys & Girls Club, and from some media publications.

If I won the Mega Millions I would...share it with my family and some friends; donate to the charities that I support; travel with my husband; and then try to write a publishable novel.

In five years’ time PR will be...the same but different. The media and technology for communication will continue to evolve, but the desire and the need for people and their businesses to communicate their important messages, to get data, to grow and to manage their reputations will always exist.

My next vacation will be...whenever my husband and I can coordinate our work schedules – and, whether near or far, long or short, we always have the best time traveling together.

What I hope to achieve at the 2013 PRSA International Conference...is learn something new, network a little, and give a good talk that interests and informs.

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