About the Kim Center

Our Mission

The Kim Center is committed to establishing gender equity in the workplace by transforming the beliefs and behaviors that obstruct women’s success

Our Values

We conduct ourselves with clarity of purpose and dedication to progress, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness of our actions and our impact on others.


Founder Hei-ock Kim established the Kim Center for Social Balance in 2016. Her goal is to witness, in her own lifetime, a society:
    1. that draws its collective economic, social and political strength from fully empowered individuals of all genders,
    2. where working women and men are fairly evaluated, recruited, and rewarded based on their ability to help an organization achieve its goals, rather than treated from a place of bias,
    3. where children are taught that their lives are full of possibilities, rather than influenced by artificially constructed limitations,
    4. that is deeply rooted in self-respect and respect for others, a society able to continually grow and thrive by recognizing that important contributions come from every demographic, rather than any select group
The Kim Center is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3).


“When I was 12 years old, I taught my first piano lesson and realized that I was empowered with a voice that could make a difference in people’s lives.

Eventually I earned my doctorate in piano performance but switched from professional music to administration for more stability. At work, I generally stayed quiet in deference to those with more experience but, unfortunately, other people followed my cue and often disregarded my contributions even when I got to the point where I knew I was right. Worse, I bought into the lie that acceptable female behavior is non-threatening, so I accepted this treatment because I was afraid of being disliked. In short, I gave up my voice.

In the summer of 2016, I read a shocking statistic: in America, it will take 100 years for women to achieve the same number of top executive positions as men. I thought, “Hasn’t it already been 100 years since suffrage?” Yet, the truth is that women are still waiting for equality.

Reflecting back, I realized I was perpetuating the status quo by politely tolerating bias and disrespect, whether unconscious or intentional. “Are you sure your Princeton degree isn’t just an associate’s degree?” “I’d like to pay you as much as Peter but he has a family to support.” “Korean women make great wives.”

Suddenly, I remembered my voice. I remembered that fair treatment is a woman’s right, not a privilege. I remembered that I have the power to make change.

I became determined to spare future generations from more of the same, and the nonprofit Kim Center for Social Balance was born.

Large-scale transformation can happen if we all work together, so I designed our strategy around the Gender Equity Collaborative to help every community rally together and then join with each other to form an undeniable, united force. Much like a symbiotic root system feeds a plant ecosystem spanning hundreds of acres, the Collaborative network will give the gender equity movement strength and staying power nationally until women take equitable treatment for granted.” — Dr. Hei-ock Kim, founder