Richmond Chamber prez to share smuggled photos from North Korea at free biz breakfast


James Lee, the new Richmond Chamber of Commerce president, says a trip to North Korea, what he called the “darkest place in the world,” shaped the way he does business.

Lee, the successful entrepreneur and philanthropist who takes on projects that aim to strengthen communities, was asked by North Korea’s leaders to build a school in the countryside where visitors are not allowed to enter. He managed to smuggle out some compelling photos, including the one above, and plans to share them and discuss his experience at the Richmond Chamber’s free quarterly business breakfast on Wednesday, May 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Courtyard Richmond at 3150 Garrity Way.

“I took in North Korea,” Lee said. “It was in the middle of the summer, yet these children only have one set of clothes they wear throughout the year.”

Lee (pictured below) wowed guests at his first biz breakfast as president, pledging major improvements in how the Chamber will assist local businesses and sharing captivating stories, including his experiences living among Syrian refugees for three days. He’s built orphanages and schools in places including Cambodia, India and Lebanon.

jameslee.2-24On May 25, Lee will be joined by featured speaker Sherice Torres, the marketing director at Google Commerce.

Torres has nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, brand and product management, strategic planning, and organization development. Prior to Google, she held senior positions at Viacom and Nickelodeon, and she was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche.

Also, attendees will have a chance to win a free website makeover sponsored by Chamber members Mechanics Bank, Travis Credit Union, and Cooperative Federal Credit Union.

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