EMPOWER Weekend 2017
 
 

The Kollaboration EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference

Saturday November 4, 2017 - 9AM-7PM

Japanese American National Museum (Little Tokyo)

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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.


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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.


 

Schedule:

9:00 AM -  Morning Keynote Session - Keynote Speaker (Brad Jenkins)

9:40 AM -  PANELS & WORKSHOPS SESSION 1 - Filmmakers Panel / Acting Panel

11:00 AM - PANELS & WORKSHOPS SESSION 2 - Screenwriting Panel / Music Panel

12:00 PM - LUNCH BREAK

1:00 PM -  PANELS & WORKSHOPS SESSION 3 - Community Panel / Improv Workshop

2:20 PM -  PANELS & WORKSHOPS SESSION 4 - MultiHyphenates Panel / Casting Workshop

3:40 PM -  PANELS & WORKSHOPS SESSION 5 - Power Players Panel / Resume Workshop

5:00 PM - Afternoon Keynote Session - Keynote Panel (Jon M. Chu, Kulap Vilaysack, Dave Gonzalez, & Moez Shivji)

Post-Conference Mixer - Network & Mingle at Seoul Sausage


2017 EMPOWER Speakers & Panelists

 
Brad Jenkins Executive Producer, Funny or Die DC

Brad Jenkins

Executive Producer, Funny or Die DC

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

Edwin Wong VP of Research & Insights, Buzzfeed

Edwin Wong

VP of Research & Insights, Buzzfeed

Moez Shivji CFO, E! Entertainment

Moez Shivji

CFO, E! Entertainment

Will Choi Creator, Asian AF

Will Choi

Creator, Asian AF

Tanuj Chopra Director, Chee & T

Tanuj Chopra

Director, Chee & T

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

Taz Ahmed

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

Clara Chung Singer-Songwriter

Clara Chung

Singer-Songwriter

Paul Dateh Multi-Instrumentalist

Paul Dateh

Multi-Instrumentalist

Jen Chae Digital Creator, From Head to Toe

Jen Chae

Digital Creator, From Head to Toe

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

Janina Gavankar  Actor, Sleepy Hollow, True Blood, The League

Janina Gavankar 

Actor, Sleepy Hollow, True Blood, The League

Keith Chow Founder, Nerds of Color

Keith Chow

Founder, Nerds of Color

Greg Watanabe Actor, Allegiance

Greg Watanabe

Actor, Allegiance

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

Tiffanie Hsu

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

Becky Wu Casting Director, Orange Street Casting

Becky Wu

Casting Director, Orange Street Casting

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

Chris Sanagustin EVP, Current Programming, Universal Television

Chris Sanagustin

EVP, Current Programming, Universal Television

Laura Sirikul Managing Editor, Nerd Reactor

Laura Sirikul

Managing Editor, Nerd Reactor

Michelle Khare Digital Creator

Michelle Khare

Digital Creator

Eric Steven Garcia Executive Producer, SUPAH NINJAS

Eric Steven Garcia

Executive Producer, SUPAH NINJAS

Leo Chu Executive Producer, SUPAH NINJAS

Leo Chu

Executive Producer, SUPAH NINJAS

Sunil Nayar Executive Producer, ABC's REVENGE

Sunil Nayar

Executive Producer, ABC's REVENGE

Michelle Sugihara Executive Director, CAPE

Michelle Sugihara

Executive Director, CAPE

Megan Lee Actor / Singer-Songwriter

Megan Lee

Actor / Singer-Songwriter

Susan Song Actor / Improv Artist

Susan Song

Actor / Improv Artist

Travis Atreo Singer-Songwriter

Travis Atreo

Singer-Songwriter

 
 

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements!


 

Announcing the 2017 EMPOWER Scholarship

New for 2017, Kollaboration is offering scholarships for a limited number of young Asian American Creatives to attend EMPOWER for free! Learn more and apply by clicking the button below

 

The Venue

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012