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Shaz Kahng      

Board Director at GoPro, Former CEO of Gymboree & Award Winning Author

Shaz Kahng is a serial Board Director and CEO with a track record of achieving goals previously thought impossible.

In her quest to become a CEO, Kahng has been a scientist, a partner at a strategy consulting firm, an e-commerce business builder, and a brand and marketing strategist. Over the course of her career, she has encountered many unique and unbelievable business situations in a number of male-dominated industries. Some of those stories have made their way into her books. Kahng started writing novels because she saw a lack of positive, inspirational, and successful women leaders in fiction, and she wanted to write about and for all the amazing female executives she’s known.

Kahng's series "Ceiling Smashers" features strong, powerful female leaders. The first book, "The Closer," follows an Asian American woman who dreams of becoming a CEO, and the second book, "Smashers Synched," follows multiple women on their journeys in business.

An adventurous spirit, Kahng is a certified rescue SCUBA diver, certified skydiver, dancer, fitness enthusiast, and golfer who dreams of having a single-digit handicap. Kahng and her twin daughters practice Tae Kwon Do together. She lives with her husband and daughters in Connecticut.

Shaz majored in food science and chemistry at Cornell University and earned her MBA at the Wharton School.

Speech Topics


How to Apply Innovation to Grow a Business

How to Turn Around a Failing Business

Why Being a Female and a Woman of Color Can Be An Asset as a Leader

How to Thrive in a Male-Dominated Industry

The Superpowers of Ceiling Smashers

Kahng explains how disastrous work experiences can help you build the skills you need to reach the C suite.

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