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Deborah Pembleton


The life of a Hmong woman in America is dedicated to trying to find the perfect balance between professional achievements and cultural and familial expectations. This proves extremely challenging as there are occasions when professional and personal demands are in absolute contrast. This situation is even more prevalent in the life of a Hmong woman who endeavors to become a leader in society. The purpose of this phenomenological culture case study, whose data will be based upon a nine-month research project, is to examine how recognized Hmong women leaders have overcome the differences in value systems and have balanced the demands of Hmong culture while maintaining a successful career.