Goodbye, Mr. Song

22 09 2014

We said “goodbye” to Mr. Song today. Korean Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville held a service for him. About 50 church members came, including Mr. Song’s three elder brothers. Between them, there was plenty of animosity and years without communication, but today #3 brother lamented he “could no longer even argue with his baby brother.”

Yunchol, Mr. Song’s oldest son, spoke, and then Mr. Song’s older brother, and the pastor advanced the agenda without a long enough pause to give others a chance to speak. No matter. It would have been misplaced to speak further after the eldest son and older uncle shared their feelings.

We rode to the restaurant together after the service–Eddie, me, and Yunsu, my brother from another mother. He and Ed are the same age, and because Yunsu is so…활발하다, he’s been easy to get to know. This emergency with his father gave me a chance to appreciate what a mature, young man Yunsu has become. He made the difficult decision to withdraw his father’s feeding tube and ran interference between the doctors, my mother, and his brother. On the car ride to Hibachi Grill, I told Yunsu what I would have liked to say about his dad at the service.

“미스터 송 빨리 돌아가셔서 아주 슬프네요. 그래도 자기 아프신 것 없어져서 좋아요.
미스터송은 우리 엄마한테 항상 착해서 정말 고마워요. 우리 한테도 친절하게 되셔서 고마워요.
어떤기억 나…옛날에 미스터송과 우리 엄마가 우리의 집에 오셔서 Thanksgiving식사하러 오셔서…우리 식사한다음에 미스터송한테 젓가락을 주고 미스터송은 식탁에서 드럼처럼 치셔서요. 제가 깜짝 놀랐어요. 그때부터 교회에서 미스터송의 드럼을 치기를 보고 그건 잘 하셨어요.

특별히 미스터송은 마음이 넓은 분인지 어떻게 알 수 있는 방법은 자기 아이들이에요. 아뜰 두명 아주 좋은 사람이라서요.”

“I’m sorry that Mr. Song left us so quickly. It’s so sad. But I am glad he is not in pain anymore.
He was always kind to our mother and to us too, he was very kind.
I remember one Thanksgiving when Mr. Song and Mom came to our house. After dinner, we gave Mr. Song some big, cooking chopsticks, and he started playing drums on the coffee table. D@mn! I had no idea he was THAT good. We saw him play in church with his brothers after that, Mr. Song on drums, his brothers on guitar, and I could see how they traveled to all of the military bases in Korea entertaining soldiers. They were good!

Most of all, what shows you what kind of person Mr. Song was is his kids Yunsu and Yunchol. They are good people.
I am glad to have them as a family.”

R.I.P., Mr. Song.



Master list of skills and jobs, take 2

22 09 2014

a living laundry list for resume iterations, linkedin and so on. time to get serious about job deliberation. 

UNC ICMA Student Chapter
Chapel Hill, NC
August 2013–present

  • Created idea and plan for student video competition to support ICMA’s Life, Well Run campaign
  • Learned iMovie software to produce video about Hillsborough, NC Riverwalk area

Corporate English Instructor
Seoul, Republic of Korea
November 2011–present

LG Electronics
Business English Instructor
Suwon City

  • Meetings—created material for leading English meetings. Drew on corporate work experience to teach students expressions, grammar and meetings practices.
  • Business Writing—assessed students’ business writing needs and focused on teaching email writing, making complaints, requests and scheduling meetings. Taught expressions and difference between American and British English.
  • Presentations—taught students how to deliver effective presentations in English, including creating interesting openings, organized content and effective closings
  • Case Studies/Debate—guided students through controversial conversation topics
  • Public Speaking—taught how to create impromptu and prepared speeches
  • Overall, taught basic, intermediate and upper-intermediate level students; created conversation activities, grammar lessons and games related to learning objectives to keep students engaged for 70- to 90-minute sessions

Business English Tutor
Seoul City

  • 1:1 Business English tutor for employees within Toyota
  • Created and taught weekly lessons for students based on their English and business needs

Dong Suh Shik Poom
Seoul City
Substitute English Instructor

  • Assumed responsibility for group business English class, after English instructor departed
  • Created three lesson plans weekly for 6-8 company executives
  • Focused on conversation activities, while integrating listening and reading comprehension

Language Clinic
Seoul City
Created and taught multiple English grammar, writing, and conversation lessons to 5th grader

Executive Director
Futures for Kids (F4K), Raleigh, North Carolina
APR 2003–NOV 2011

F4K is a state-wide nonprofit that links students’ career goals with communities’ workforce development needs    

  • Shepherded successful ED search and transition process, articulating job description and expectations, setting and meeting deadlines, and engaging board members over a 5-month period
  • Reached 125,000 students statewide by raising $1.3M in funding ($500K corporate + $800K legislative) for program
  • Raised $500K+ in corporate funding by cultivating relationships with business leaders state-wide
  • Assumed leadership of start-up organization, negotiating down $700,000 in debt and securing $500,000+ in corporate funding to sustain the program in its first year
  • Scaled program nationally by forging strategic relationship with industry-leading software vendor
  • Legitimized program for stakeholders by securing funding and endorsements from state agencies and the General Assembly
  • Engaged stakeholders by meeting quarterly with business and education advisory groups
  • Forged partnerships with chambers of commerce, county governments and civic organizations
  • Acquired endorsements from statewide business and education organizations
  • Drafted talking points and letters of support for government officials and business leaders
  • Improved program by conducting usability sessions with users, writing usability reports and prioritizing improvements with development team
  • Supervised seamless executive transition over 6-month period
  • NC State Board of Education endorsed in 2003*
  • NC Chamber of Commerce endorsed in 2004*
  • NC Technology Association names F4K its Technology Nonprofit Company of the Year in 2005*
  • Duke University Child & Family Policy Institute completes favorable study in 2006* 

Marketing & Communications Consultant
Family Health International, Durham, North Carolina
NOV 2002–MAR2003
FHI is a global nonprofit working to prevent HIV/AIDS and expand access to health services

  • Strengthened corporate brand with 70+ international field offices by developing internal newsletter
  • Produced FHI conference booth to be used at 20 annual international conferences
  • Initiated internal events, including a staff photo competition, to boost employee morale
  • Developed internal newsletter to foster communication between 70+ international field offices


Marketing Communications Strategist / Event Planner
IBM, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
APR 1999–JUN 2002

  • Acquired internal support and awareness from senior level executives by documenting client successes through 50 case studies, 100 client profiles and electronic newsletter
  • Supervised $300,000 marketing materials budget with communications agency
  • Increased traffic by 100% to site by writing customized content
  • Fostered collaboration between 8 software product groups (through conference calls and web content), which led to comprehensive trade show strategy and new business opportunities
  • Generated new business leads in key markets by managing $300,000 marketing materials budget and planning software receptions in multiple cities includingNew YorkandSan Francisco
  • Negotiated contracts with multiple vendors to secure best price and quality for goods
  • Acted as company representative showcasing IBM products at industry events
  • Conducted post-event analysis to determine content value and overall event success

On-Air Radio Host / News & Public Affairs Director
WTRG Oldies 100.7 FM, WRSN Sunny 93.9 FM, Raleigh, North Carolina
JAN 1998–APR 1999

  • Reached 1,000,000+ listeners daily by hosting radio broadcast and developing on-air content
  • Wrote and delivered hourly news reports under deadline
  • Co-hosted daily program and interacted with listeners from 6-county audience
  • Conceived of new talk show features that boosted market share by 25%
  • Strengthened product awareness through public speaking engagements
  • Increased market share by 25% by hosting live monthly promotional events with 200+ clients

Volunteer, Marketing / Communications + Volunteer Coordination
DOUGHMAN, Durham, North Carolina

Volunteer Teacher, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Durham Literacy Center, Durham, North Carolina
March 2010–December 2010
Durham Literacy Center is a community organization that empowers Durham residents who want to enrich their lives by improving their literacy skills.

  • Created weekly lesson plans for adult English language learners
  • Incorporated lessons, activities and games for adult students with different learning styles and at different English proficiency levels
  • Collaborated with co-teacher and Curriculum Director to gauge effectiveness of lessons

Sogang University
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Korean language, levels 1-2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Basics of Economic Development, continuing education, August 2012
Technology and Communication graduate certificate, December 2011. Courses: Writing for Digital Media, Web site usability, Web and database research

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Broadcast Journalism, 1996

* recognitions