Yes, Superwoman does exist. Her name is Grace Park and she’s graduated with honors from West Point, lead a platoon of soldiers in Korea, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity, launched a start-up and had a baby all in one lifetime.
At 15, Park decided to attend West Point Academy despite the fact that the pictures featured in the brochure showed no other Korean Americans like herself.
“I told my parents (I remember very clearly), ‘I won’t fit in. Look, I’m Asian, I’m female, I’m only 5 ft 4 (1.62m). These are 6 ft 2 guys’,” Park told Today Online.
But her immigrant parents, who left for the US after the Korean war, told her not to judge a book by its cover and that leaders come in all shapes and sizes — an axiom that Ms Park has gone on to prove by example, as an army captain, Fortune 500 company managerial executive, philanthropist and successful Singapore-based entrepreneur.
Now 41, she is Chief Executive and co-founder of DocDoc, the leading online medical-appointment-booking and health-information portal in Asia, whose heavyweight backers include the likes of former DBS and Singapore Airlines Chairman Koh Boon Hwee, leading Silicon Valley venture-capital fund 500 Startups, Singapore-based fund Jungle Ventures and angel investor Michael Brehm.
Park attended West Point and graduated in the top 3 percent of her class. She also came in second in the physical fitness test, losing out to a male classmate by 0.001 point. She went on to become a captain in the Pentagon and, later, moved to the private sector, climbing her way to Managing Director of Medtronic, the world’s largest medical-technology company.
She lives in Singapore with her husband and newborn child.
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