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THE 2019 KOLLABORATION EMPOWER CREATIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

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SATURDAY MARCH 23, 2019 - SUNDAY MARCH 24, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA | JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM


The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is a two day 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 digital media, music, screenwriting, comedy, filmmaking, podcasting, 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, elevator pitching, freelancing, and more!

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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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EMPOWER 2019 Featured Speakers & Panelists


Leonardo Nam  Actor, Westworld

Leonardo Nam
Actor, Westworld

Lulu Wang  Director, The Farewell

Lulu Wang
Director, The Farewell

Sujata Day  Actor, Insecure

Sujata Day
Actor, Insecure

Kulap Vilaysack  Producer, Origin Story

Kulap Vilaysack
Producer, Origin Story

Chris Pang  Actor, Crazy Rich Asians

Chris Pang
Actor, Crazy Rich Asians

Sherry Cola  Actor, Good Trouble

Sherry Cola
Actor, Good Trouble

Tamlyn Tomita  Actor, The Good Doctor

Tamlyn Tomita
Actor, The Good Doctor

Paola Mardo  Podcast Host/Producer, Long Distance

Paola Mardo
Podcast Host/Producer, Long Distance

Frank Shyong  Columnist, LA Times

Frank Shyong
Columnist, LA Times

Rebecca Sun  Senior Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Rebecca Sun
Senior Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Kane Diep  Video Producer

Kane Diep
Video Producer

Atsuko Okatsuka  Comedian

Atsuko Okatsuka
Comedian

Michelle K. Sugihara  Executive Director, CAPE

Michelle K. Sugihara
Executive Director, CAPE

Jess Ju  Director of Programs & Operations, CAPE

Jess Ju
Director of Programs & Operations, CAPE

Taz Ahmed  Podcast Host, Good Muslim Bad Muslim

Taz Ahmed
Podcast Host, Good Muslim Bad Muslim

Brian Shin  Writer, The Good Doctor

Brian Shin
Writer, The Good Doctor

Sierra Katow  Comedian

Sierra Katow
Comedian

Kai Wu  Creator, The Ghost Bride

Kai Wu
Creator, The Ghost Bride

Andrew Ti  Podcast Host, Yo is this Racist

Andrew Ti
Podcast Host, Yo is this Racist

Will Choi  Executive Producer, Asian AF

Will Choi
Executive Producer, Asian AF

Tanuj Chopra  Director, Staycation

Tanuj Chopra
Director, Staycation

Ada Tseng  Entertainment Editor, TimesOC

Ada Tseng
Entertainment Editor, TimesOC

Dhruv Uday Singh  Actor, Good Trouble

Dhruv Uday Singh
Actor, Good Trouble

Nathan Ramos  Writer, Club Mickey Mouse

Nathan Ramos
Writer, Club Mickey Mouse

Dumbfoundead  Rapper

Dumbfoundead
Rapper

Lilan Bowden  Actor, Andi Mack

Lilan Bowden
Actor, Andi Mack

Traci G Lee  Digital Editorial Manager, NBC News (NBC Asian America)

Traci G Lee
Digital Editorial Manager, NBC News (NBC Asian America)

Misha Euceph  Podcast Producer, The Big One (KPCC)

Misha Euceph
Podcast Producer, The Big One (KPCC)

Peter Kim  Comedian

Peter Kim
Comedian

RACELLA  Musician

RACELLA
Musician

Erika Ishii Actor/Host/Producer, Geek & Sundry

Erika Ishii
Actor/Host/Producer, Geek & Sundry

Tania Lotia  Writer, Swamp Thing

Tania Lotia
Writer, Swamp Thing

Hanh Nguyen  Senior Editor, IndieWire

Hanh Nguyen
Senior Editor, IndieWire

Cathy Chaplin  Associate Editor, Eater LA

Cathy Chaplin
Associate Editor, Eater LA

William Yu  Creator, #StarringJohnCho

William Yu
Creator, #StarringJohnCho

D’Lo  Actor & Comedian

D’Lo
Actor & Comedian

Naomi Scott Producer/Co-Founder, Gettin’ Rad Productions

Naomi Scott
Producer/Co-Founder, Gettin’ Rad Productions

Stephanie Mercado  Development Manager, Portal A

Stephanie Mercado
Development Manager, Portal A

Yoshi Sudarso  Actor, Buffalo Boys

Yoshi Sudarso
Actor, Buffalo Boys

Melissa Polinar  Musician

Melissa Polinar
Musician

Ted Sim  Host, Indy Mogul

Ted Sim
Host, Indy Mogul

Chuong Bui Partner, Counsel for Creators LLP

Chuong Bui
Partner, Counsel for Creators LLP

Gerry Maravilla  Head of Crowdfunding, Seed&Spark

Gerry Maravilla
Head of Crowdfunding, Seed&Spark

Diane Paragas  Director, Yellow Rose

Diane Paragas
Director, Yellow Rose

Andrew Chau  Co-Founder, Boba Guys

Andrew Chau
Co-Founder, Boba Guys

Sandra Chang  Partner & Talent Manager, Anonymous Content

Sandra Chang
Partner & Talent Manager, Anonymous Content

Nicki Sun  Host & Executive Producer, Nicki Sun Media

Nicki Sun
Host & Executive Producer, Nicki Sun Media

Krystal Banzon  Writer, I Feel Bad

Krystal Banzon
Writer, I Feel Bad

Shannon Lee  President, Bruce Lee Foundation

Shannon Lee
President, Bruce Lee Foundation

Andrew Ahn Director, Driveways

Andrew Ahn
Director, Driveways

CB Lee  Author, Sidekick Squad Series

CB Lee
Author, Sidekick Squad Series

Ally Maki  Actor, Cloak & Dagger

Ally Maki
Actor, Cloak & Dagger

Dino-Ray Ramos  Associate Editor, Deadline

Dino-Ray Ramos
Associate Editor, Deadline

Susan Song Actor & Comedian

Susan Song
Actor & Comedian

Jason Shen CEO, Midgame

Jason Shen
CEO, Midgame

Chris Lam  Host & Content Producer

Chris Lam
Host & Content Producer

Kevin Kreider  Fitness Instructor & Life Coach

Kevin Kreider
Fitness Instructor & Life Coach

Sujata Murthy  SVP Media & Artist Relations, Universal Music Enterprises

Sujata Murthy
SVP Media & Artist Relations, Universal Music Enterprises

Timothy DeLaGhetto  Rapper & Comedian

Timothy DeLaGhetto
Rapper & Comedian

Grace Wu  EVP Casting, NBC Universal

Grace Wu
EVP Casting, NBC Universal

Chika Chukudebelu  VP Programming & Diversity, NBC Universal

Chika Chukudebelu
VP Programming & Diversity, NBC Universal

Mike Su  Director, Yellow Accelerator at Snap Inc

Mike Su
Director, Yellow Accelerator at Snap Inc

Ron Yuan  Actor, Mulan

Ron Yuan
Actor, Mulan

Mike Lu  CEO, Triller

Mike Lu
CEO, Triller

Marvin Yueh  Managing Director, Kollaboration

Marvin Yueh
Managing Director, Kollaboration

Minji Chang  Board of Directors, Kollaboration

Minji Chang
Board of Directors, Kollaboration

Michaella Vu  Founder, Vunous VR

Michaella Vu
Founder, Vunous VR

Nithya Raman  Executive Director, Time’s Up Entertainment

Nithya Raman
Executive Director, Time’s Up Entertainment

Emmeline Yang  Head of Film & TV, Iconoclast Films

Emmeline Yang
Head of Film & TV, Iconoclast Films

Gingger Shankar  Board of Directors, Kollaboration

Gingger Shankar
Board of Directors, Kollaboration

Deepa Bharanth  Reporter, OC Register

Deepa Bharanth
Reporter, OC Register

 
 

Lineup and Speakers are subject to change
Stay tuned for More 2019 speaker announcements!

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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

 
Cinemax

Cinemax

HBO

HBO

Lo & Sons

Lo & Sons

Anonymous Content

Anonymous Content

Snap Inc.

Snap Inc.

Bokksu

Bokksu

Sony Pictures Asian Resource Community

Sony Pictures Asian Resource Community

Boba Guys

Boba Guys

RED Digital Cinema

RED Digital Cinema

Catchbox

Catchbox

Nissan

Nissan

Cafe Dulce

Cafe Dulce

 

Conference Partners

 
Japanese American National Museum   EMPOWER Venue Partner

Japanese American National Museum
EMPOWER Venue Partner

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment   EMPOWER Programming Partner

Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
EMPOWER Programming Partner

Counsel for Creators   EMPOWER Programming Partner

Counsel for Creators
EMPOWER Programming Partner

Seed&Spark   EMPOWER Programming Partner

Seed&Spark
EMPOWER Programming Partner

Crushing the Myth   EMPOWER Programming Partner

Crushing the Myth
EMPOWER Programming Partner

 

Community Partners

Visual Communications

Visual Communications

Asian Creative Network: Los Angeles

Asian Creative Network: Los Angeles

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment

National Association of Asian American Professionals - LA

National Association of Asian American Professionals - LA

Project by Project - Los Angeles

Project by Project - Los Angeles

Taiwanese American Professionals

Taiwanese American Professionals

Asian Professional Exchange

Asian Professional Exchange

Taiwanese American Film Festival

Taiwanese American Film Festival

East West Players

East West Players

Laos Angeles

Laos Angeles

TRAKTIVIST

TRAKTIVIST

Haiku with Hotties

Haiku with Hotties


Interested in Sponsoring EMPOWER?

Email info@kollaboration.org to inquire about sponsorship opportunities

Venue

Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 
 
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