THE 2019 KOLLABORATION EMPOWER CREATIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCe

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SATURDAY MARCH 23, 2019 | 9AM-7PM

LOS ANGELES, CA | JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM


The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is an event where aspiring Asian Americans of all ages and professions gather to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational professionals. At EMPOWER, attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths, industries, and best practices to apply to making their dreams a reality. This unique experience will bridge communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

EXCITING SPEAKERS & PANELS

Learn from Asian American leaders and professionals at the top of their game. Topics and focus areas include new media, music, screenwriting, the relationship between arts & activism, switching careers, and more!

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ENGAGING INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

Gain new skills and insight from hands-on workshops led by industry experts covering the arts of storytelling, improvisation, auditioning, and production.

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INSPIRING MENTORSHIP OFFICE HOURS

Take the opportunity to engage with inspiring leaders from the community in a small and intimate group setting.

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Past EMPOWER Speakers & Panelists

(2019 Speakers TBA)

Jon M. Chu    Director, Crazy Rich Asians

Jon M. Chu

Director, Crazy Rich Asians

Kulap Vilaysack    Creator & Executive Producer, Bajillion Dollar Properties

Kulap Vilaysack

Creator & Executive Producer, Bajillion Dollar Properties

Dave Gonzalez    Creator & President, World of Dance

Dave Gonzalez

Creator & President, World of Dance

Chris Sanagustin   EVP, Current Programming, Universal Television

Chris Sanagustin

EVP, Current Programming, Universal Television

Nina Yang Bongiovi    Producer, Sorry to Bother You, Dope, Fruitvale Station

Nina Yang Bongiovi

Producer, Sorry to Bother You, Dope, Fruitvale Station

Moez Shivji    CFO, E! Entertainment

Moez Shivji

CFO, E! Entertainment

Edwin Wong   VP of Research & Insights, Buzzfeed

Edwin Wong

VP of Research & Insights, Buzzfeed

Mariko S. Carpenter   VP Strategic Community Alliances, Nielsen

Mariko S. Carpenter

VP Strategic Community Alliances, Nielsen

Jeff Ho   Design Director, Pandora

Jeff Ho

Design Director, Pandora

Tanuj Chopra    Director, Chee & T

Tanuj Chopra

Director, Chee & T

Snehal Desai   Artistic Director, East West Players

Snehal Desai

Artistic Director, East West Players

Taz Ahmed    Campaign Strategist, 18MillionRising Podcast Host, Good Muslim Bad Muslim

Taz Ahmed

Campaign Strategist, 18MillionRising Podcast Host, Good Muslim Bad Muslim

Sean Miura    Lead Curator, Tuesday Night Project

Sean Miura

Lead Curator, Tuesday Night Project

Ben BTEK Chung    Dancer, Kinjaz

Ben BTEK Chung

Dancer, Kinjaz

AJ Rafael    Singer-Songwriter

AJ Rafael

Singer-Songwriter

Monica Macer    Executive Producer Queen Sugar

Monica Macer

Executive Producer Queen Sugar

Ali Wong    Actor/Comedian, Hard Knock Wife, Always Be My Maybe

Ali Wong

Actor/Comedian, Hard Knock Wife, Always Be My Maybe

Sunil Nayar    Executive Producer, ABC's REVENGE

Sunil Nayar

Executive Producer, ABC's REVENGE

Tiffanie Hsu    Director, Wonderland (2017 HBO APA Visionary Runner-up)

Tiffanie Hsu

Director, Wonderland (2017 HBO APA Visionary Runner-up)

Sarayu Blue    Actor, I Feel Bad

Sarayu Blue

Actor, I Feel Bad

Becky Wu    Casting Director, Orange Street Casting

Becky Wu

Casting Director, Orange Street Casting

Paul Dateh    Multi-Instrumentalist

Paul Dateh

Multi-Instrumentalist

Christine Chen    New Media Producer, Peaches & Tea

Christine Chen

New Media Producer, Peaches & Tea

Rebecca Sun    Senior Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Rebecca Sun

Senior Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Michelle Khare    Digital Creator

Michelle Khare

Digital Creator

Travis Atreo    Singer-Songwriter

Travis Atreo

Singer-Songwriter

Leo Chu    Executive Producer, SUPAH NINJAS

Leo Chu

Executive Producer, SUPAH NINJAS

Sunil Malhotra    Actor, Legend of Korra

Sunil Malhotra

Actor, Legend of Korra

Michelle K. Sugihara    Executive Director, CAPE

Michelle K. Sugihara

Executive Director, CAPE

Megan Lee    Actor / Singer-Songwriter

Megan Lee

Actor / Singer-Songwriter

Chris Dinh   Actor/Writer, Crush the Skull, Ms. Purple

Chris Dinh

Actor/Writer, Crush the Skull, Ms. Purple

Chris Pan   Founder, MyIntent

Chris Pan

Founder, MyIntent

Phil Yu   Founder, Angry Asian Man

Phil Yu

Founder, Angry Asian Man

Dia Frampton   Musician

Dia Frampton

Musician

Jason Y. Lee   Founder, Jubilee Media

Jason Y. Lee

Founder, Jubilee Media

Bing Chen   COO/Co-Founder, Victorious

Bing Chen

COO/Co-Founder, Victorious

Susan Song    Actor / Improv Artist

Susan Song

Actor / Improv Artist

Clara Chung    Singer-Songwriter

Clara Chung

Singer-Songwriter

Will Choi    Creator, Asian AF

Will Choi

Creator, Asian AF

Jenn Fang   Founding Editor, Reappropriate

Jenn Fang

Founding Editor, Reappropriate

Nico Santos   Actor, Superstore

Nico Santos

Actor, Superstore

Atsuko Okatsuka   Comic/Founder, Disoriented Comedy

Atsuko Okatsuka

Comic/Founder, Disoriented Comedy

Jeff Yang   Journalist

Jeff Yang

Journalist

Kalikolehua Hurley    Community Relations Manager, Moana

Kalikolehua Hurley

Community Relations Manager, Moana

Ally Maki   Actor, Wrecked, Cloak & Dagger

Ally Maki

Actor, Wrecked, Cloak & Dagger

Mike Golamco   Writer, Grimm, Always Be My Maybe

Mike Golamco

Writer, Grimm, Always Be My Maybe

Andrew Ahn    Director, Spa Night

Andrew Ahn

Director, Spa Night

Keith Chow    Founder, Nerds of Color

Keith Chow

Founder, Nerds of Color

 

Stay tuned for 2019 speaker announcements!

Venue

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 
 
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Our Sponsors

We thank our sponsors and community partners for their generous contributions and providing the support needed to fuel Kollaboration's 2019 EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference

 
 
 
Comcast NBCUniversal

Comcast NBCUniversal

 
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Sony SPARC

 

 
Japanese American National Museum    EMPOWER Venue

Japanese American National Museum

EMPOWER Venue