PAST SPEAKERS

 

2016 EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference Speakers

Ada Tseng - Writer, Saturday School Podcast, Haikus for Hotties, PRI's Global Nation

Ally Maki - Actress, Wrecked, Geography Club, Dear White People, iCarly: iGo to Japan

Andrew Ahn - Director, FilmmakerSpa Night, Dol (First Birthday), Sundance FilmTwo Fellow

Andy Lowe - Production Manager, East West Players, co-founder San Diego’s Asian American Repertory Theatre

Audrey Cleo - Multimedia Journalist, Access Hollywood, TV Guide Network, Reelz Channel, E! Entertainment, the Wendy Williams Show, Yahoo! and Young Hollywood

Austin Jose - Founder and Co-Partner of Homeroom - Production/Creative

Barbara Leung - Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Remix Noise

Beau Sia - American Slam Poet

Becky Wu - Actress, Casting Director, Bathroom Battle Royale, Desperate Housewives, Greek

Carla Ching - Writer, Fear the Walking Dead, Graceland

Chris Dinh - Actor, Writer, Crush the Skull, Single By 30, Away We Happened, This Will All Make Perfect Sense Someday, Flashbackattack

Chris Lam - Producer, Buzzfeed

Christine Chen - Producer, Founder, Wong Fu Productions, Peaches & Tea, XOXO Christine

Clarissa Wei - Freelance Journalist, Wrote stories for VICE, NPR, Eater, LA Weekly, LA Times, CNN, CBS Los Angeles, and more.

Dante Basco - Actor, Producer, Poet, American Dragon: Jake Long, Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Founder of "Da Poetry Lounge" in Los Angeles

David Choi - Singer-songwriter, YouTube

David Kang - Casting Director, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, David Bowie, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Pink, Taylor Swift, and Usher

Dia Frampton - Singer-songwriter, The Voice

Frederick Taylor - Director, Producer, Boxing Chicks, The Love You Save: The Michael Jackson Story, King of Watts

Gloria Fan - Producer, The International, Shutter, Season of the Witch, Executive VP at CBS, Executive VP at Fox 21 TVS

Ian Aguenza - Dancer, VIBE, Urban Paradise, KIISFM Summer Dance, World of Dance

James Yi - Producer, Twinsters, Gook

Jason Y. Lee - Founder, Director, Jubilee Project

Jeff Yang - Writer, Producer, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, A. Magazine, father of Fresh Off the Boat's Hudson Yang

Jeniffer Kim - Vice President, Comedy Programming, TBS

Jimmy O. Yang - Actor, Stand-Up Comedian, Writer, Silicon Valley, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight

Jon Kern - Writer, The Simpsons, Son of Zorn

Kilwon Yu - Art Director

Lata Pandya - Producer, Journalist, KCET, NBC News, Web Producer for KCET'S "SoCal Connected"

Laura Sirikulvadhana - Journalist

Lawrence Kao - Actor, The Originals, The Walking Dead, Kaba Modern, Kinjaz, Gilrboss, NCIS: New Orleans, Workaholics

Layla Yu - Chapter Director, Community Manager, Connecther

 

Leah Nanako Winkler - Writer, Kentucky, top 10 on the 2015 Kilroys List, received Off-Broadway Premiere, West Coast Premiere at East West Players

Lena Khan - Director, Filmmaker, The Tiger Hunter

Michael Kang - Director, Filmmaker, The Motel, West 32nd Street, 4 Wedding Planners, Easy to Assemble

Michelle Sugihara - Executive Director, CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment)

Mike Bow - Actor, YouTube, ISAtv, Mazerunner, Comfort

Minji Chang - Executive Director, Actress, Kollaboration, Buzzfeed

Naomi Ko - Actress, Storyteller, Dear White People, Moth Storytelling, Mortified Storytelling, The Public Domain

Nina Yang Bongiovi - Producer, Fruitvale Station, Dope, Songs My Brother Taught Me, Production partner of actor Forest Whitaker

Parvesh Cheena - Actor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Outsourced, A to Z, Barbershop, Fresh Off the Boat

Patrick Epino - Executive Producer, National Film Society

Paul Dateh - Musician, Host, Educator, Singer, YouTube, Composed and arranged music for AT&T, Google, Kanye West, Nickelodeon, Sony Ericcson, Miley Cyrus, L'Oreal/Mizani

Philip Wang - Founder, Filmmaker, Wong Fu Productions, Single By 30

Priska - Songwriter, Singer

Ray Utarnachitt - Writer, The Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest, The Tomorrow People

Raymond Eugenio - YouTube, "Running with Raymond", Beans & Croydon

Rebecca Sun - Senior Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

Richie Menchavez - DJ, Founder, Talent Management, Label Operations, Founder of Traktivist, Transparent Agency (Far East Movement, Dumbfoundead)

Ryan Feng - Dancer, Choreographer, Quest Crew

Sean Miura - Producer, Tuesday Night Project, BuzzFeed

Snehal Desai - Artistic Director, Writer, Actor, East West Players

Stephen Dypiangco - Filmmaker, National Film Society

Steve Terada - Dancer, Stunts, Quest Crew

Suzy Nakamura - Actress, Storyteller, Dr. Ken, How to Beat Your Sister-in-Law (at everything)

Syrene H. Bartolome - Dancer, VIBE, Urban Paradise, KIISFM Summer Dance, World of Dance

Tadayoshi Chae - Location Manager, New Girl, Interstellar, The Mentalist

Tanya Giang - Casting, Associate, Riverdale, Super Girl, White House Down

Teddy Zee - Producer, Executive, Pursuit of Happyness, Hitch, Executive VP at Columbia Pictures, SVP at Paramount Pictures

Teesa Houston (KOLAJ) - Singer-songwriter, Interscope, "Into You" with Eric Nam

Tess Paras - Actress, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grimm, Take My Wife Typecast, Fusion

Wenda Fong - Executive VP, FOX Broadcasting Company, American Idol, Emmy's

Wesley Chan - Founder, Filmmaker, Wong Fu Productions, Single By 30

Will Choi - Improv, Actor, Producer, Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, Nerdist School, Cold Tofu Improv Troupe, Miss Golightly Improv troupe, Founder of "Scarlett Johansson Presents APAHM"

Yoshi Sudarso - Actor, Stuntman, Power Rangers Dino Charge, Maze Runner, Agents of SHIELD, Conan O'Brien

2015 EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference Speakers

Alex Hwang & RRN - Musician, Run River North

Alfa Garcia - Singer-songwriter, Alfa Music

Ali Wong - Writer, Actor, Comedian, Fresh Off the Boat, American Housewife, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

Andrew Ahn - Director, Filmmaker, Spa Night, Dol (First Birthday), Sundance FilmTwo Fellow

Andrew Rose - Videographer, Editor, Andrew Rose Production

Austin Jose - Founder and Co-Partner of Homeroom - Production/Creative

Benny Luo - Founder, NextShark

Bing Chen - Founder, Global Partnership Creator, Bingdom Studios, Victorious, YouTube

Christine Chen - Creative Director, Producer, Wong Fu

Eric Kim - VP of Current Programs, CBS

Francis Cullado - Executive Director, Visual Communications

Frank Ishizaki - Technical Director, World Poker Tournament

Jenny Yang - Founder, Comic, DisOriented Comedy, Buzzfeed, The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, Creator of Bad Appetite Magazine

John Kim - Co-Founder, Opodz

Joz Wang - Editor-in-Chief, 8Asians

Michelle Sugihara - Executive Director, CAPE

Mike Golamco - Playwright, Screenwriter, TV Writer, Grimm, Dragon of Love

Naomi Ko - Actress, Writer, Dear White People

Peter Hong - Producer, Studio 5A

Phil Yu - Founder, Blogger, Activist, AngryAsianMan

Rayson Esquejo - Social Media Director, Open Road Productions

Reera Yoo - Writer, Filmmaker, Co-host of Books and Boba podcast

Richie Menchavez - Founder, DJ, Trakivist

Sam Yam - Co-Founder, Developer, Patreon

Sean Miura - Producer, Tuesday Night Cafe

Sunil Malhotra - Actor, Legend of Korra, Blaze and the Monster Machines, NCIS: New Orleans

Susan Song - Actress, Writer, Comedian - Adam Ruins Everything, You Can Do Better, Almost Asian

Suzy Ryoo - Venure Partner, Atom Factory

Tamlyn Tomita - Actress, Teen Wolf, The Karate Kid II

Travis Graham (Travis Atreo) - Singer-songwriter, YouTube, Lead singer of New Heights

Vivien Luk - Executive Director, Team Tassy