Kollaboration to Launch EMPOWER Leadership Conference

by REERA YOO  | @reeraboo

Best known for its annual Asian American talent showcase, Kollaboration is planning to hold its inaugural EMPOWER Leadership Conference at the Japanese American National Museum on Saturday, Aug. 29.

According to the conference’s official website, EMPOWER aims to allow Asian American youth and young professionals to “explore a variety of creative career paths” and learn the best practices to apply in making their dreams into reality.

The conference will consist of interactive workshops and panels spearheaded by Asian American community leaders, executives and creatives from various industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with these professionals and receive guidance on public speaking, building a startup, storytelling and more.

This year’s speakers include Eric Kim, vice president of current programs at CBS; Andrew Rose, director and producer at Scooter Braun Projects; Christine Chen, producer at Wong Fu Productions; Phil Yu, a.k.a. Angry Asian Man; comedienne Jenny Yang; CAPE executive director Michelle Sugihara; and Sam Yam, founder and president of Patreon. 

Actors Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club), Sunil Malotra (Legend of Korra) and Naomi Ko (Dear White People) will also be participating in the conference. Additional speakers will be announced closer to the conference date.

Early bird tickets for EMPOWER are on sale now at Eventbrite until Aug. 3. To learn more about the conference, visit its official website here.


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