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Yul Kwon          

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.

Most recently, Kwon has hosted PBS's America Revealed, a four-part documentary series that takes a unique look at what makes America tick—specifically, the industrial operations that dominate a lot of daily life in the United States. Kwon's other recent activities include working as a special correspondent for CNN, appearing as a regular guest lecturer at the FBI Academy, and speaking at many of the country's top corporations and universities, including Yahoo, Verizon, AT&T, McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Yale, Duke, and Northwestern. He has been active in a number of charitable efforts and has organized a nationwide campaign to increase the number of minority bone marrow donors—a cause he began championing when his best friend died from leukemia in college.

Kwon obtained his B.S. degree in symbolic systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the James Lyons Award for Service. He went on to Yale Law School and served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. Following graduation, Kwon enjoyed a diverse career straddling both the private and public sectors in law, politics, business, and technology. As an attorney, he clerked on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced a mix of litigation, appellate, transactional, and regulatory work at several law firms. As a legislative aide to Senator Joseph Lieberman, he helped draft portions of the Homeland Security Act, authored a landmark bill on nanotechnology, and organized a bipartisan caucus on science and technology. Several years ago, Kwon transitioned into the business sector, first joining McKinsey as a management consultant and then crossing over to Google's business strategy group.

Kwon was recently named in VIBE Magazine's annual "Juice" list of upcoming people who will change the world, People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive and Hottest Bachelor's issues, and EXTRA TV's list of Most Eligible Bachelors.

Speech Topics

Value of Diversity (College Audiences)

Asian American Empowerment (Asian American Audiences, including College Students)

Value of Diversity (Corporate Audiences)

Overcoming the Glass Ceiling (Asian American Corporate Audiences)

Beyond Math Geeks & China Dolls: Overcoming Stereotypes About Asian Americans to Find Success in the Real World


'Survivor' Star on Asian American Success Stories - Ideas Market ...

By Yul Kwon. Lee Siegel's essay, “Rise of the Tiger Nation,” will undoubtedly provoke sharp reactions both within and outside the Asian American community.

'Survivor' winner Yul Kwon talks about his new show, and whether he'll ever head back to the island

After winning the racially charged Survivor: Cook Islands in 2006, Yul Kwon made an interesting career choice. He went to work for the Federal Communications Commission (where he met a certain future Survivor contestant with an affinity for his own last name)....

Yul Kwon, From Bullying Target To Reality TV Star

May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. All month, Tell Me More is featuring guests who trace their heritage to that part of the world and who have changed the game in everything from science to sports, pop culture to politics.

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