In a sea of similarity, I felt that GHJ was different. The firm puts forth that constant effort to treat people as individuals.

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James Kang

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What’s your role in the firm, and how do you make a difference?

I am in charge of the learning and development strategy for the firm. I develop content and facilitate firm-wide initiatives such as the #BeMore Leadership Program. I support departments with trainings and liaise with our learning and development leads. I help our people maintain their professional certifications, too. But overall, I support the growth and development of our people.

Describe the best thing about GHJ and why it matters to you.

Leadership at GHJ is always thinking about ways to #BeMore. I respect that the firm constantly strives to improve our culture and processes.

What makes you get up in the morning, and how does it impact your work style?

I wake up in the morning curious with the possibilities the day may bring. Being a teacher for over 15 years, I get excited about watching people grow and being a part of that experience.

If you could go back in time, what would you do differently and why?

One winter, I was eating alone in a restaurant in Korea and saw an elderly woman wearing a bunny hat going from table to table trying to sell some gum. She took a moment to sit down and rest at the booth across from my table. I invited her to eat with me. She thanked me, came over and sat across from me, and we ate together in silence. If I could go back in time, I would ask her questions. I believe in the importance of listening to people’s stories.

What/who influenced you to join the firm, and how?

In a sea of similarity, I felt that GHJ was different. The firm puts forth that constant effort to treat people as individuals. Yvonne is a great example of that because she puts great care into building teams.

Favorite place in the world:

Italy or South Korea

Favorite music/band/singer:

I like pop music throughout history

Favorite movie or book of all time:

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

One word that best describes me:

Curious

When I’m not working, you’ll catch me doing this:

I love walking my dog at college campuses like USC and UCLA

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