Alice Young, the Founder of Alice Young Advisory LLC, advises on Asia business strategies and helps clients identify potential Asian business partners and resources. Since 1988 she has served as an Independent Director and Executive and Examining Committee Member of Mizuho Trust and Banking Co. (USA) and its predecessor bank, and was an Independent Director and a member of the Audit, the Risk Management and the Corporate Governance Committees of Axis International Capital Holdings, Ltd., a NYSE – listed specialty reinsurance and insurance company headquartered in Bermuda until her retirement in May. Ms. Young retired as Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice at Kaye Scholer LLP (now Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP) Law Firm after 40 years of international law practice. She has been based in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and speaks Japanese, Chinese and French. She worked in Hong Kong in the pioneering early 1970s, did her first China deal in 1979, and in 1981 was the first woman, minority, and the youngest partner to found and head a New York branch law office.
In addition to her advisory work and directorships, she is a Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute and The Asia Foundation and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a member of the Committee of 100, Women Corporate Directors, and New York Women’s Forum, a Fellow of Yale University’s Davenport College and a member of the Yale Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. She has received numerous awards for her corporate, mentoring and civic achievements, including Chambers Outstanding Achievement Award, Boy Scouts of America (New York Councils) “Distinguished Woman of the Year” Award, Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund “Justice in Action” Award, Yale Asian American Alumni Leadership Award, ASCEND’s Inspirational Leadership Award and NY Women’s Agenda Star Award, and she was selected by Harvard Law Record as one of the 50 outstanding alumnae of Harvard Law School.
She frequently lectures on business, Asia, foreign-policy issues, leadership and diversity, and inclusion, and has appeared internationally on CNN, PBS (The NewsHour, The Charlie Rose show and PBS Wide-Angle), ABC Nightline, Fuji TV and China Television in Network. She has been featured in several books on women and minority trailblazers and also publications such as The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Businessweek, Newsweek, the National Law Journal and China Daily.
Ms. Young was in the first class of women graduates of Yale College and was one of the first Asian American women to graduate from Harvard Law School.