Fluent Leader Profile: Rosaline Koo—Building Fluency Beyond Stereotypes

Leaders must earn respect while giving respect.


When we first met Rosaline Koo, now founder and CEO of ConneXionsAsia, based in Singapore, we were struck by her dry, droll sense of humor that immediately puts you at ease. With Rosaline, there is no facade; perhaps because early in life, Rosaline learned there is no hiding your difference. Like many other leaders who are masters of navigating the power gap, Rosaline had the formative experience of standing out from the majority culture around her, growing up during the Watts riots as a Chinese American in the primarily African American area of South Central Los Angeles. She jokes, “There were many times where ...

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