Have you ever wondered what the lives of other SIWA members are like and what they get up to on a daily basis?

Earlier this month, I got the chance to find out just what Veronica Koon, SIWA President, does when she isn’t attending SIWA meetings and events. We met at HEYGROUND, SIWA’s new office location.

As if I wasn’t already in awe of Veronica, I learned that she successfully balances work and leisure with her husband and adorable dog, Bailey.

One of the inspiring murals at HEYGROUND.

She has two businesses.

Veronica is an extremely accomplished businesswoman with two Hong Kong-based but multinational businesses to her name: one is an event and conference management firm, and the other an import/export trade consulting company. Regular meetings and conference calls keep her busy. Considering how hard she works for SIWA, it is inspiring to hear that she is successfully managing two companies as well!

She relaxes by exercising and spending time with Bailey.

As a teenager, Veronica began to follow a healthy lifestyle. Every morning, she takes Bailey for a walk, drinks lots of water, and eats breakfast. Luckily, she lives close to an abundance of nature in the south of the city! In fact, Veronica loves exercising, so a healthy lifestyle comes easily to her. She enjoys yoga when she can, does CrossFit, and tries to be constantly active throughout her day.

She studies Korean.

Since arriving in Korea, Veronica set herself to learning Korean to better communicate with others here. After studying at various places, she now works on her spoken fluency with regular Skype lessons. She hopes that with her improved Korean skills, she can better communicate with local businesses and charities to further SIWA’s involvement in the community.

She attends lots of meetings and events.

Veronica’s days are filled with SIWA meetings with both the other members of the executive board and companies who are engaged in work with SIWA. She is very focused and makes sure all her meetings are purposeful and participants spend their time efficiently. We’re all busy after all!

She can take a breather in fall.

After becoming SIWA President earlier this year, Veronica threw herself into the work over the summer. She devoted most of her time – 8-10 hours per day – to meeting leaders, getting to know her job and the intricacies of being president inside out. Having spent so much time and effort doing this, she can relax now in the fall.

Five Final Questions

  1. Who do you admire?

My husband.

  1. What is your biggest regret?

I don’t have regrets. If I do something wrong, I fix it.

  1. Where would you like to visit next?

Africa. I’m a city girl, so I want to experience something totally different from what I’m used to.

  1. How do you relax?

Massages. In Hong Kong, I would get one every week! I don’t have many opportunities here, but I get one when I can.

  1. Do you prefer mornings or evenings?

Mornings. It is when I have the most energy.

Seoul International Women's Association