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The Pae Family Story

Joyce Pae (Brandon Pae 엄마): CPA. Northwestern University Kellogg MBA. Cadence Aerospace 회사 부사장

1.5세로 미국 중부에서 자라나면서 지금의 이자리에 올라오기까지 정말 여러나라 많은 사람들과 교류하고
더 많은 사람들을 지켜보았습니다. 그런데 고등 학교에서는 그리 뛰어나지 못했던 백인 학생들이 의외로 좋은 대학으로 진학하고 사회에 진출해서는 오히려 고등학교에서 뛰어났던 동창들을 제치고 좋은 회사에서 빨리 승진하는 경우를 많이 보았습니다. 그 이유중 가장 중요한 이유는, 그들은 한국계 가정처럼 학교 성적과 순종 그리고 겸손이 가장 중요하다고 배우며 자라기 보다는, 자기 의사를 정확하게 그리고 자신있게 표현하는 방법을 먼저 배윘기 때문이라고 생각합니다. 학교와 달리 일단 미국 사회에 진출하면 개인 개인의 능력보다는 팀웍이 중요하게 여겨지고 팀장이 되기위해서는 문제점들을

제 3자의 입장에서 판단하고 해결점을 생각하고 다른사람에게 정확하게 전달하면서 납득시키는 능력이 매우 중요하기 때문입니다.

그런점에서 얼바인 곳곳에 Speech and Debate 학원에 한국계 학생들을보면서 앞으로 우리 아이들이 미국의 mainstream 에서 개인의 성취가 아닌 한 사회의 리더로서의 활약을 기대해봅니다.

ModernBrain 은 20년이 넘는 경험으로 OC 외에 LA County 그리고 National level 대회에서 많은 우승자들을 배출 시키고 있읍니다. 교장인 John, 그리고 모든 선생님들 자신들이 National level 우승했거나 Debate 으로 장학금을 받은분들입니다. 저의 두아이들도 (9학년, 7학년) ModernBrain 선생님들께 수준높은 수업을 받고 있읍니다. 여러분의 자녀분들에게도 ModernBrain 을 추천합니다.

I immigrated to America with my family in 1982, with great hopes and dreams for success. I’m a Korean American woman who worked for Fortune 500 Companies, private equity firms, and consulting companies performing M&A. I’m currently the Vice President of Finance at Cadence Aerospace. 

I graduated from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in Accounting. Then, I went on to earn my CPA and received my MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Business in Finance. During my academic years, I gained admission to all eight Ivy League schools: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, and Dartmouth. 

We have a son Brandon Pae who was the Associated Student Body and Speech & Debate President of Jeffrey Trail Middle School in Irvine during 2016-17. He won Best Delegate at Whitney High School, Model United Nations Conference XIV on May 14, 2016. He won 1st Place Speaker at the Orange County Debate League Championship Tournament on May 6, 2017.He was a Finalist for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Great Communicator Debate Series on Nov 4, 2017. It qualified him for a $3000 college scholarship and an invitation for an internship at the White House and United States Congress.

I know the importance of communication for success in the corporate world. Most of the higher level executive positions are held by affluent educated white Americans.  Therefore, if we want our children to compete and win, we absolutely must master Speech, Debate, and Model United Nations.

My husband and I dream of our children attending an Ivy League University just like all Korean American parents. Therefore, we have asked Coach John Lewellen of ModernBrain, who is the best, to mentor our kids. He is the Principal and Founder and has more than twenty years experience. He is internationally recognized and have helped thousands of asian students win awards and gain admission to top universities. I am very happy to endorse ModernBrain.

 


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The Fan Family Story

My name is Joanna Luan, mother of Max Fan. About 1 year ago, we happened to attend the seminar  “ Why Join Speech and Debate” held by ModernBrain. After the seminar, we enrolled Max in a ModernBrain class.

Students in the Speech and Debate class also see tangible benefits from participation – confidence in public speaking situations, spontaneity in interviews, improved writing in other courses, and diverse perspectives.

Recently,  Max was admitted by Ad Astra School which was founded by Elon Musk. It was very selective, only 10-12 students received admission out of over 150 students who applied. While taking the ISEE test, he used the “formula” from the class to write his essay, and he also used limited preparation speaking skills to take part in the interview. 

I strongly encourage kids to learn communication skills - skills that are of great importance in future life and career.  ModernBrain provides a great program for the kids to learn and develop such life long skills.

 


The Hong Family Story

 

I am honored to provide my personal recommendation for services of truly exceptional merit provided by ModernBrain.  Mr. John Lewellen has been intensively coaching my son, Jason, in collegiate level debate. Jason, who had never been involved in debate prior to meeting John, in his first year won 14 medals at college debate tournaments, a national championship, and a gold medal in an international debate tournament held in China.  The results of Mr. Lewellen’s training have been far beyond the most optimistic expectations. 

I am the founder and Managing Member of Strategic Property Associates, LLC.  My 300 employees and I provide consulting and advisory services to our financial institution clients who manage in excess of $1 trillion of commercial real estate debt and equity assets.  Our clients include Citibank, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Blackrock Capital, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, GE Capital, and many other leading financial institutions and investment banks in the United States.

We truly live in an age of information that is instantly available, yet paradoxically a vast percentage of our population seem to be regressing in knowledge. It is clearly apparent to me that ModernBrain has achieved the ability to teach people how to critically analyze information into usable and effective segments. 

I give my highest level of recommendation for John Lewellen. My son not only excels in debate, he has also achieved during this same time frame straight “A” grades in all his classes.  Jason’s mind has been unlocked and unleashed, and his achievements have been remarkable.  I deeply appreciate John’s dedicated involvement in these achievements.

Sincerely,

Young Hong

Strategic Property Associates