Why IgniteNextGen?

Learn what it means to be a leader with fellow Korean Americans just like you!

​Whether you are a college or graduate student, recent graduate, or young professional, take the next step in taking ownership of your life and career.

At IgniteNextGen, we want to raise up a new generation of civic-minded Korean American leaders who aspire to the highest levels of the industry. Join us as we explore our identity and culture as Korean Americans, cultivate the professional skills necessary to succeed in our careers, and meet like-minded fellows from across the country.

​Best of all, get access to not just the most inspiring mentors but tap into a diverse network of start-up gurus, community activists, and industry insiders specializing in the arts, business, public policy, science, technology, and much more. Our IgniteNextGen speakers and practitioners are ready to share their wisdom and experience to support your leadership growth.

Who You Are

  • A college student just starting out on your academic or professional career
  • A rising college student who is looking for a fun and awesome way to spend the summer
  • A rising college student taking a gap year to work or volunteer
  • A recent graduate who is on the job hunt or trying to enter a specific industry
  • A young professional or graduate student who is looking for networking opportunities or more information on specific career paths
  • A college or graduate student, recent graduate, or young professional interested in developing your leadership skills

What to Expect

We want to create a dynamic learning environment for fellows to connect and engage through a number of online activities:


e-Learning Courses


Live & Recorded Webinars


Group Projects


Skills Development Workshops


Peer-to-peer Community Learning


Networking Sessions

The IgniteNextGen 2021 Summer Fellowship Program is essential to the mission of developing young emerging leaders in the Korean American community by fulfilling the following program initiatives:



  • Fellows will have a deeper understanding of what it means to be Korean American through history, culture, and current events.



  • Fellows will learn to be more confident and mentally resilient.



  • Fellows will learn critical skills that will prepare them for success in the workplace.



  • Fellows will connect to a virtual community of peers and engage with a broader network of program faculty and mentors.



  • Fellows will gain professional insights from the most established Korean American leaders in their field.

Program Faculty

We are excited to introduce our program faculty, workshop speakers, and professional mentors for the IgniteNextGen 2021 Summer Fellowship Program.
Edwin Chang

Edwin Chang

Shots Supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios

Jeanie Chang

Jeanie Chang

LMFT, CMHIMP, CCTP, Founder of Your Change Provider, PLLC

Stephanie Han

Dr. Stephanie Han

Author, Educator, & Speaker

Alpin Hong

Alpin Hong

Concert Pianist & Music Education Advocate

Connie Connie Chung Joe

Connie Chung Joe

CEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles


Robert Kang

Adjunct Professor, Loyola Law School

Jennifer Koh

Jennifer Koh

Internationally-Acclaimed Violinist and Founder & Artistic Director of ARCO Collaborative

Joyce Kwon

Joyce Kwon

Senior Vice President & Director of Human Resources, Citizens Business Bank


Derede McAlpin

Senior Vice President, Head of Litigation Communications and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, LEVICK

Ada Offonry

Ada Offonry

Founder, Ada Offonry International Ltd

Eunice Song

Eunice Song

Executive Director of Korean American Coalition – Los Angeles (KAC)

Meet ING Alumni

What People Say


Do you have to be a Korean American to be eligible for the ignitenextgen summer fellowship program?

– You do not have to be Korean American to be eligible for this program. However, due to the program’s focus on Korean American leadership, Korean Americans are strongly encouraged to apply.

What is the time commitment for participating in the fellowship program?

– Fellows are expected to spend approximately 6 – 8 hours per week for online sessions and office hours. An additional 2 – 3 hours weekly will be required for group projects or to complete assignments in preparation for each session or workshop.

When will applicants be notified of their admission?

– Applicants will be notified no later than May 21st, 2021.

When will the full program schedule be available?

– The full program schedule including session topics, speakers, and times will be available three weeks prior to the event and sent to fellows as a digital program guide.