WOMEN LEAD and Madison College Present Kristy Yang, 2nd Hmong Judge in US

Event date 2 Apr 12:00 - 13:00
Event location Madison Area Technical College • 1701 Wright St -D1630 B/C, Madison, 53704, WI, United States
1 comment

Madison College and Women LEAD invite you to join us as we celebrate heritage months with Judge Kristy Yang. Coming to America as a child refugee, she was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court becoming the second Hmong-American judge in the nation.

Yang will speak about her aspirational backstory. She came to the United States as a 6-year-old refugee from Laos with her parents. She grew up in Sheboygan with 10 siblings, married young, divorced and worked her way through college as a single mother. Yang earned a computer science degree with honors from Lakeland College, then worked six years in customer service and supply chain logistics at Kohler, a job that required travel around the United States and abroad before going to law school. After about 10 years apart, she remarried her ex-husband and moved to the Milwaukee area. Yang ran a TV spot that featured how she came here at age six with her family from Laos via a refugee camp in Thailand, and the only English she knew was, "Pepsi, please." She said she got "overwhelmingly positive" feedback from voters about the spot.

Comments (1)


I wished I lived closer to Madison. I'd love to attend this event to see this extraordinary Hmong woman speak.

  • Log in or register to post comments