Member Spotlight: Younghee Overly

Younghee was five years old when she realized she would be discriminated against because she is a girl.

At the age of 14, Younghee immigrated to the United States. She moved to North Carolina and attended Duke University where she volunteered at a women’s center and rape hotline in her twenties. Angered by the wrongs done to women and girls around the world, Younghee founded the North Carolina Chapter of US National Committee for UN Women in 2008.

She’s learned the global women’s movement is not about saving women but about empowering women to save the world. Younghee feels honored to be part of this cause and grateful for the kinship she has with others who advocate for women’s rights.

Finding a position with IBM upon graduation from Duke, she recently retired from IBM in 2013 after 30 years of service in product development, sales, marketing and management. She managed teams in China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Brazil and Russia.

A former president of North Carolina chapter and on the national board for USNC for UN Women from 2008-2015, Younghee is serving on the Private Sector Development Committee for Plan International USA. She graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2016 with a master’s degree to improve her advocacy for gender equality.  She agrees with UN Women’s Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, that gender equality is “not mission impossible, it is the mission of our life time.”

She has been married to her husband Andy for 28 years and they have a 19 year old son, Adrian. They are in the process of relocating to Hawaii.