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Join us for Kollaboration EMPOWER Weekend 2017!

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For the last 18 years, the Kollaboration movement has created opportunities and partnerships to improve Asian American diversity and inclusion in media. In case you hadn’t heard, REPRESENTATION MATTERS!

Taking place in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood, Kollaboration EMPOWER Weekend will consist of three inspiring days of events celebrating and advancing the talents and achievements of the Asian American community.


EMPOWER 2017 Schedule:

*FRIDAY NOV 3 – KOLLABORATION COMEDY NIGHT*
8-10pm @ The Great Company
In partnership with our friends Asian AF!
Come laugh with some of the funniest Asian American comics and enjoy complimentary beverages & snacks!

LINEUP: 
Anthony De Guzman Jr.. – Winner of StandUp NBC
Jenny Yang – Co-Founder Disoriented Comedy, BuzzFeed
sheng wang – Comedy Central, writer for Fresh off the Boat
D’Lo – Co-Founder of Disoriented Comedy
Asian AF Super Team – Improv with mystery celebrity monologist
More TBA!!

*SATURDAY NOV 4 – EMPOWER CREATIVE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE & NETWORKING EVENT*
9am-7pm @ The Japanese American National Museum, DTLA Little Tokyo District
Learn directly from some of the Asian American community’s most inspirational creative professionals. Discover how to make your dreams of working in arts & entertainment a reality.

Here are just SOME of our amazing speakers this year:
Brad Jenkins – Executive Producer, Funny Or Die; Co-Founder of RUN with Chloe Bennett; Former Director of Engagement for President Barack Obama
Jon M. Chu – Director, Crazy Rich Asians
Kulap Vilaysack – Comedian, Writer, Showrunner, Bajillion Dollar Propertie$
David Gonzalez – Founder, World of Dance
Moez Shivji – CFO, E! Entertainment
Chris Sanagustin – EVP of Current Programming, Universal Studios Entertainment
Jeff Ho – Director of Design, Pandora Media Inc.
Tiffanie Hsu – Filmmaker, HBO APA Visionaries 2016
Keith Chow – Founder, The Nerds of Color
Kalikolehua Hurley – Community Relations Manager for Moana at Walt Disney Animation Studios
Jennifer Chae – Creator, FrmHeadToToe
Ben Chung – Dancer, The Kinjaz
Nico Santos – Actor, Superstore
Paul Dateh – Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Christine Chen – Producer, Host, Creator
CLARA – Singer, Songwriter
AJ Rafael – Singer, Songwriter, Co-Founder #WeOwnThe8th
Megan Lee – Singer, Actress
Tanuj Chopra – Filmmaker, Sundance Film Festival Humanitas Prize Nominee
Michelle Khare – Producer, Creator
Jenn Fang – Founding Editor, Reappropriate

We will have apecial SHOWRUNNERS panel hosted by CAPE – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment! 
Leo Chu – Executive Producer, Supah Ninjas
Monica Macer – Excutive Producer, Queen Sugar on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
Sunil Nayar – Executive Producer, ABC’s Revenge

WORKSHOPS:
Auditioning – Casting Director Becky Wu
Improv Comedy – Actress/Comedienne Susan Song
Personal Branding/Resume Building – Director of Design at Pandora Media, Inc. Jeff Ho

Post-conference Networking Mixer @ Seoul Sausage Company at 7pm with drink specials until 9pm for 21+!

*SUNDAY NOV 5 – KOLLABORATION STAR
3-5pm VIP Reception & Red Carpet @ JACCC Gardens in DTLA Little Tokyo
Complimentary beverages & bites for all VIP guests
Patricia Lin aka MISSDJBLISS on the turntables
Hosted by Pandora Media, Inc.

5-8pm @ The Aratani Theatre at the JACCC
Celebrate Asian American talents and achievements and find out who is this year’s Kollaboration STAR champion!

2017 Kollaboration STAR National Finalists:
Alex Luu, Spoken Word Artist – Los Angeles
Jenna Lynn, Singer-Songwriter – Houston
Uzuhan, Hip Hop Artist – Atlanta
Matt Kong, Singer-Songwriter – Detroit
Nu Ethnic, Alternative R&B – San Francisco
Austin Valencia, Singer Songwriter – Chicago

Guest Performances by:
G Yamazawa, Hip Hop
A special once in a lifetime live collabo between Jennifer Chung, Tim Atlas, and Melissa Polinar
The Lab Creative Arts Studio

Special Guest Judges:
David Choi, Singer-Songwriter
Steven Lim, Creator at BuzzFeed
Laarni Dacanay, External Communications Manager at Comcast

Hosted by:
Minji Chang, Kollaboration Global Executive Director
Joon Lee, Comedian

9pm-2am AFTERPARTY @ Blue J Bar & Lounge in Little Tokyo! Drink specials until 11pm & priority entry for all Kollaboration STAR ticketholders!
DJs: Aries Deng, Ironfist, DJ Kid Stylez
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TICKETS:
You can find out more and purchase tickets on our website atempower.kollaboration.org!
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: 
Comcast NBCUniversal
Pandora Media Inc.
Nielsen
Ondemandkorea – English
Invitethemedia
The Dragon Kim Foundation
Shiseido
MeUndies
Seoul Sausage Company
85C Bakery Cafe
Spitz

THANK YOU TO OUR MEDIA SPONSORS:
Myx TV
koogle.tv
KCON.TV

THANK YOU TO OUR VENUE PARTNERS:
The Great Company
Musicians Institute
Japanese American National Museum
JACCC – Japanese American Community Cultural Center
Aratani Theater
Blue J Bar & Lounge

THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS: 
CAPE – Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment
WeOwnthe8th
Asian AF
Traktivist.com – Asian American Music & Radio
APEX | Asian Professional Exchange
Taiwanese American Professionals – Los Angeles (TAP-LA)
AAJA-LA
Disoriented Comedy
FilAm ARTS

Check out the website empower.kollaboration.org for more info!

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Written on September 8, 2017 by
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