Thai Lee Achieves the American Dream
One of the wonderful things about the American dream is that there is the ability for anyone, male or female, to achieve success. They can start out with nothing and over time become successful, build up a fortune, and become a leader in the country.
Born in 1958 in Bangkok, Thailand, Thai Lee moved to the United States to attend school and went to Amherst College. It was there that she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and in Engineering. In 1985, she earned her Master’s degree from Harvard. One of the biggest accomplishments for her at this point was becoming the first Korean woman to ever graduate from Harvard Business School. Four years later, she married Leo Koguan and founded SHI International with him. SHI International is a provider of technology products and services and is today one of the top 15 largest providers of IT solutions. Across 30 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the company employs 3,700 employees and has 17,500 customers including Boeing and AT&T. Today, the company earns revenue of $8.5 billion per year and is ranked eighth on the Solution Provider 500 List.
As for Thai Lee, she is worth $2.3 billion as of 2018, thanks to the company she helped found. According to Forbes Magazine, as CEO and president of SHI International, she has helped the company become the largest woman-owned business in the United States. In 2012, she was Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Thanks to her work with her company, she partook in the creation of one of the biggest companies in the country and helped realize the American Dream for herself and many others.