Organizational Background and Mission of KOWIN Chicago Chapter


The Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN) is a network of women leaders of Korean descent around the world with the purpose of networking and facilitating discussion of issues concerning Korean women. The formation of the KOWIN network was encouraged and facilitated by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea.

The Chicago Chapter is part of the KOWIN U.S. Central Eastern Region consisting of New York, Washington D.C., Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago.



KOWIN’s mission is to network, mentor, and empower girls and women of Korean Descent so that they can pursue their goals.

To fulfill this mission, KOWIN Chicago Chapter has held seminars, community clinics, and embarked on the Korean American Women’s History Project (“KAWSP”) to document the lives of Korean American women in Illinois by conducting an oral history project. Phase 1 produced a DVD documentary of four prominent early immigrant women: “Trailblazers Women Ahead of Their Time”(2010). Phase II is to publish the oral history project (2012). Phase III is to establish the KOWIN Scholarship, benefiting underprivileged Korean girls students in the Korean Diaspora (2013).

KOWIN also sponsors annual leadership and mentoring events for young women while members are active in various community organizations and events.



U.S. Eastern Region Governor:

  • Hyunjoo Kwon

U.S. Midwest/ Chicago Regional Chapter Officers:

  • President: Jane H. Park 
  • Co-Vice President: Irene J. Sohn
  • Co-Vice President: Joy Park
  • General Affairs Secretary: Naomi Frydman
  • Recording Secretary: Lori Kim
  • Treasurer: Hojeong Kim


Chicago Korean Women’s Foundation

The Chicago Korean Women’s Foundation (CKWF) is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) entity and was formed by the KOWIN U.S. Eastern Region Chapters for the purpose of promoting cultural, education, and charitable activities of each of our chapter.


Chicago Korean Women’s Foundation is organized exclusively for cultural, educational, and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) of 1986, as amended from time to time, or the corresponding provision of any future United States revenue law, and is intended to qualify as an organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Code. Specifically, the Foundation’s purpose is to promote charitable and education services for women.


CKWF will not undertake any activities not permitted to an organization exempt from taxation pursuant to Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In furtherance of the Foundation’s charitable or educational purposes, it shall have the power to receive and allocate contributions, within the sole discretion of the Board of Directors, to any organization organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which the Board of Directors believes will benefit the causes of the Foundation.