The following is modified from a speech given by Jane to an audience of global women entrepreneurs at the 2017 MyEO Women of EO Summit in Athens, Greece.
I am a strong woman, I always have been. I grew up in Washington, D.C. at a time when it was white kids, black kids and occasionally Chinese kids. I’m Korean American. And it was 1975, so I had to figure out how to survive in my world. I decided to become strong. My mom would say, “Jane, so strong on the outside, so soft on the inside.” Moms are always right.
Physical strength was important to me. My parents didn’t get it. They focused on academics, and I wanted to play field hockey, lacrosse or soccer―but was only allowed to swim. Which I did, until my first day of college.