Alice Young is the Founder of Alice Young Advisory LLC, where she advises clients on Asia business strategies and potential business partners and resources. She retired as Partner and Chair of the Asia Pacific Practice of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP after over 40 years of international law practice there and previously at Coudert Brothers, Graham & James( now Squire Sanders), and Milbank & Tweed.She served for 30 years as an Independent Director and on the Executive and Examining Committees of Mizuho Trust and Banking Co (USA) and its predecessor bank and also as Independent Director and on the Audit, Risk Management and Corporate Governance Committees of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, a NYSE-listed company.
Ms. Young was based in Hong Kong in the pioneering early 1970’s, did her first China deal in 1979, and in 1981 was the first woman, minority and youngest partner to found and head a New York branch law office. She has been lead advisor on projects throughout Asia and is conversant in Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and French. She is a Trustee Emeritus of the Asia Foundation; Lifetime Trustee of the Aspen Institute; Associate Fellow of Davenport College, Yale University; and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ms. Young has received numerous awards for her civic and business leadership. She was honored by the Boy Scouts of America (NY Councils) “Distinguished Woman of the Year” Award, “New York Doers” Award, the New Jersey “Best Women in Business” Award and the New York Women’s Agenda Star Award. She received the “Justice in Action” Award from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the “Most Influential APA New Yorkers” Award from the National Association of Asian American Professionals, the Yale Asian American Alumni Leadership Award and the ASCEND “Inspirational Leadership” Award. She was listed by Crain’s as one of the “Top 100 Minority Executives” and by Harvard Law Bulletin as one of the top 50 women graduates of Harvard Law School.
She frequently lectures on business, law and foreign policy issues at various organizations , including Harvard, Yale, Aspen Institute, Moody’s and Asia Society, and has appeared internationally on CNN, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, The Charlie Rose Show, PBS, ABC Nightline, Fuji TV, and China Television Network on these subjects. She has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Newsweek, The National Law Journal, Where They Are Now: The Story of Women of Harvard Law 1974 (Doubleday, 1986) and Working Women for the 21st Century (Williamson Publishing, 1991). Ms. Young was in the first class of women graduates of Yale College, where she majored in East Asian Studies and received a Bates Fellowship to study in Japan under Yasunari Kawabata, the first Japanese Nobel Prize Winner in Literature. She was one of the first Asian American women to graduate from Harvard Law School.