Hyunsook (Laura) Chang

Adjunct Faculty, SMU & Collin College
Vice President, Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce (GDKACC)
Public Affairs Director, National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC)

Hyunsook (Laura) Chang is a Korean- American who grew up in Houston, TX. She moved from Houston to the DFW area in 1998 when she relocated due to work. She actively serves her local community as Vice President of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce and is also VP of her Homeowners Association. In addition, Hyunsook is the Public Affairs Director of the local National Unification Advisory Council Chapter. NUAC is part of the South Korean Government’s Ministry of Unification, so she is also an appointed overseas Ambassador.

Hyunsook has work experience in teaching, project management, globalization, public relations, and consulting. Her extensive work in both the corporate and non-profit sectors has earned her several awards:

  •  Recently profiled as Purpose Person of the Month in Succeed On Purpose’s monthly newsletter.
  •  Appreciation Director Award for CAAHF for dedication, integrity, and optimism, 2012.
  •  Board of Directors Service Appreciation Award for DFW AACC, 2009.
  •  Outstanding Support, Dedication, and Commitment award for Fusion Frisco, 2009.
  •  Asian American Heritage Proclamation from City of Frisco from 2009 to present.
  •  Leadership program graduate and award recipient, DFW AACC, 2008.
  •  Appreciation Award for CAAHF Plano Asia Fest Planning & Steering Committee, 2007.
  •  MCI EDN Award for $123M OpEx Savings project, 2005.
  •  MCI Manager’s Star Project Management Award for completing project ahead of time and under budget, 1998.

While working for large corporations, Hyunsook concurrently taught business, language, and technology classes in the Dallas County and Collin County College Systems since 2000, and now SMU. She has also taught ESOL as a private instructor and volunteer for over 15 years.
Hyunsook graduated with a Communications degree from the University of Houston and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA degree at the University of Texas. Yes, she is both teacher and student! She loves writing, languages, history, foreign relations, and laughing. She is passionate about educating the public about cross-cultural communications topics, gender issues, and also enjoys engaging dialog about both historical and the latest news regarding her ancestral homeland, Korea.