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2020 A1 + Legend Honorees
The A100 List honors the most impactful Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in culture every May for AAPI Heritage Month.
Actress & Comedian
Awkwafina is a Golden Globe winning actress, writer and musician from Queens, New York. She grew up with her given name, Nora Lum, and has since used her trademark comedic style and signature flair to become a breakout talent in the entertainment industry. Most recently, Lum can be see in her Comedy Central Show, “Awkwafina is Nora From Queens,” which just completed his first season and “Jumanji: The Next Level,” which opened December 2019.
Lum is receiving glowing reviews for her starring role in the indie darling “The Farewell,” where she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The story is based on a true story about a family saying goodbye to their beloved matriarch – the only person who doesn’t know she is dying.
Lum brings an impressive range of talent to everything she does, most famously to Warner Bros’ smash hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” which she starred as Peik Lin. She also hosted “Saturday Night Live” and starred in “Ocean’s 8.”
Lum became an internet sensation in 2012 with her satirical work in the viral video “My Vag,” and her 2014 debut album, which featured her acclaimed raps “NYC Bitche$,” “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita),” and the title track, “Yellow Ranger.”
Lum can next be seen in Marvel’s Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings and season two of her Comedy Central show. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Founder, Humanity Forward & Venture for America and Former 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate
Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and former 2020 presidential candidate. Initially dubbed a “longer than long shot” candidate by the New York Times in 2018, Andrew became a top contender for the presidency. With a vision to rewrite the rules of the United States economy through a “Freedom Dividend” of $1,000 a month for every American adult, Andrew became one of the most exciting stories in the 2020 race.
Andrew’s nationwide support, known as the “Yang Gang,” propelled him to seven Democratic primary debates, outlasting six senators, four governors, three members of congress, two mayors, and one secretary. According to CNN, their campaign “didn’t just make history… [it] unquestionably put a sizable dent in the future as well.”
Andrew then founded Humanity Forward, an organization built to legitimize the vision and ideas of his presidential campaign. Through both advocacy and action, Humanity Forward’s vision is to foster a human-centered America that measures each person for their intrinsic value, not their economic value.
Prior to running for office, Andrew founded Venture for America, a non-profit that created thousands of jobs in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and other cities throughout the country. In his book, The War on Normal People, he explains the mounting job-loss crisis due to automation, making the case for Universal Basic Income. Andrew was named a Presidential Ambassador of Entrepreneurship by the White House under the Obama administration and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. Andrew lives in New York City with his wife, Evelyn, and their two sons.
Executive Vice Chairman, NYSE
Betty Liu is the Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE). She leverages her substantial experience working with thought leaders, entrepreneurs and C-level executives to oversee the NYSE marketing strategy, including its content platform, customer-centric messaging, brand, digital and events consistent with Intercontinental Exchange’s growth strategy.
Prior to joining the NYSE in 2018, Betty was an award-winning business journalist. She most recently anchored the Bloomberg Television “Daybreak Asia” program. She also co-created and anchored “In the Loop” for 8 years on Bloomberg. Prior to the NYSE acquisition, Betty served as founder and CEO of Radiate. Radiate’s content of empowering leaders with expert advice continues to scale through NYSE’s platforms today.
Before joining Bloomberg Television, Betty was an anchor for CNBC Asia based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was the Atlanta bureau chief for the Financial Times. Earlier in her career, Liu was the Taiwan bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and a Hong Kong-based regional correspondent for the newswire. In 1997, she received a Dow Jones Newswires Award for her coverage of the Asian financial crisis. Liu is also author of the career guide, Work Smarts: What CEOs Say You Need to Know to Get Ahead.
Betty earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, CEO, & Creative Director, Prabal Gurung
Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style and an astute sense of glamour.
Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After beginning his design career in New Delhi, he moved to New York to finish his studies at Parsons The New School for Design. Upon graduating, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production teams. Soon after, he was appointed design director at the iconic Bill Blass, a post he held for five years until launching his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion with designs worn by leading ladies including First Lady Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge, to name a few. Notable accolades include the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner up, USA Network’s Character Approved Award recipient in 2011, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, a finalist of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and was honored in 2015 with the inaugural Creativity Award from The Drawing Center. Gurung was the official 2013 designer collaborator for Target, launched a product collaboration with MAC Cosmetics in 2014, collaborated on a collection with TOMS to support Shikshya Foundation Nepal in 2016, launched a capsule with Lane Bryant in February 2017 and was named the Global Creative Director of Tasaki in September 2017. In November 2019, Gurung was named the first ever Honorary Designer of the National Portrait Gallery Celebration at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, and published his first coffee table book.
Prabal Gurung chooses to manufacture in New York city to uphold standards of quality while supporting the local community. With over 80% of the collection made in New York, Prabal Gurung is committed to sustaining domestic employment and income. The brand recognizes the importance of domestic production, particularly in respect to the quality of the finished product and helps to bring this awareness to an international audience.
Vice Chairwoman, CJ Group
Miky Lee (Mie Kyung Lee) is the Vice Chairwoman of the CJ Group. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the CJ Group’s entertainment and media division. Alongside her brother, Jay Lee, the Chairman of the CJ Corporation, Ms. Lee founded the entertainment and media division of CJ in 1994 after leading CJ to become one of the founding investors in DreamWorks SKG. Since then, CJ has built many influential companies in Korea’s entertainment and media industry, among them CJ CGV and CJ ENM, each of which holds the distinction of being the leader in its specialized industry. CJ CGV is the first and largest multiplex chain in Korea and CJ ENM is a global entertainment and retail company.
With the success of the entertainment and media industry in Korea, Ms. Lee is committed to building a global common ground to bring about positive change throughout the cultural industry. She continues to travel around the globe in an effort to strengthen CJ’s presence for the global expansion of its business.
In 2017, Ms. Lee was named as new members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which awards the annual Oscars. She was also selected as one of the 16 leaders of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), which is a part of the World Bank. Ms. Lee is the only Korean member in the group and serves as an inspiration to women entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining CJ, Ms. Lee served as the director of Samsung Electronics America, spearheading cultural and educational projects. She established the Parsons School of Design in Seoul and oversaw the formation of a branch of Pasadena’s Arts Center College of Design for Samsung.
Ms. Lee has been widely recognized for leading the largest entertainment group in Korea and for her global vision. She was selected as one of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 1997. During the 2006 Women’s World Awards, she became the first Asian woman to be awarded the World Business Award. She was also selected as one of the leading executives in the film industry by Variety in its Women’s Impact Report 2006. In 2007, she received the CEO of the Year Award from the Korean Management Association in recognition of her work managing one of the largest companies in Korea. In 2012 and 2014, she was on the Forbes Asia list of Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen. In 2020, Ms. Lee participated as the executive producer of “Parasite” that won 4 Oscars for Best Picture, Directing, International Feature Film and Writing.
Ms. Lee has always had a deep interest in education and cross-cultural affairs. She earned her B.A. in 1981 at Seoul National University. She studied Chinese language and linguistics at Taiwan National University (1981-1983) and Japanese language at Japan’s Keio University (1984). In 1986, Ms. Lee received her M.A. in Asian studies from Harvard University. At Harvard, she served as a Korean language teaching fellow for three years. She also studied Chinese literature and history at Fudan University in China.
Miky Lee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and is the first grandchild of B.C. Lee (Lee Byung-chul), the founder of CJ and the Samsung Group.
Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.
Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Washington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Nadella serves on the board of trustees to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and his alma mater the University of Chicago, as well as the Starbucks board of directors. He is married and has three children.
Honorees are the individuals who have had the single most impact within their respective industry over the last year. The inaugural Legend Honor is bestowed upon an individual for their lifelong dedication and transformational contributions to their craft, industry, and community.
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President, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group
Abhijay Prakash is President of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). In this role, he is responsible for driving the Studio’s strategic and long-range planning, while also overseeing the business operations of UFEG including finance, business development and administrative functions. Prakash acts as point to manage day-to-day operations working closely with all functional leads and corporate partners.
He previously served as Chief Operating Officer for DreamWorks Animation. Abhijay oversaw the animation studio’s strategic planning and primary business operations including finance, business development, technology, and administrative functions. In addition to his responsibilities as COO, he also worked closely with other Universal leaders on release planning, franchise management, and brand development.
Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Abhijaywas Chief Operating Officer for Focus Features as part of its reset management team where he oversaw all aspects of finance, strategy, business affairs, physical production, distribution and operations. Prior to that role he served as Executive Vice President, Film Strategy and Operations for Universal Pictures. In his time at Universal, Focus and Dreamworks he has made key contributions in the development of the studio’s strategic slate, use of analytics and negotiated a range of deals including production, financing and distribution arrangements.
Prior to his tenure at Universal, Abhijay served as a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in its Media and Entertainment division. He has also held positions at IGN Entertainment and Artisan Entertainment, the precursor company to Lionsgate; and previously worked as a public policy researcher.
Abhijay is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Princeton University in addition to holding a Master’s Degree in Film from Northwestern University. Abhijay lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
Economist, Author, & Nobel Prize Recipient
Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee is the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2003 he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab’s Directors. Banerjee is a past president of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and a winner of the Infosys Prize.
Abhijit is the author of a large number of articles and four books, including Poor Economics, which won the Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year, and Good Economics for Hard Times, both co-authored with Esther Duflo. He is the editor of three more books and has directed two documentary films. Banerjee has served on the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. He is a co-recipient of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for his groundbreaking work in development economics research.
SVP Content, Disney+
As senior vice president, Content, for Disney+, The Walt Disney Company’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, Agnes Chu is responsible for commissioning series, feature films, short form content and other high-quality entertainment formats for the service, which launched on November 12, 2019. Reporting to Ricky Strauss, president of Content & Marketing for the service, Chu leads the Disney+ Originals teams for scripted, unscripted and content operations, partnering closely with external production entities and Disney-owned internal content creators, including The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Disney Digital Media, Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.
Chu has served in a variety capacities since joining the Company in 2008. Prior to her current position in the new Direct-to-Consumer & International segment, she served as executive of Story and Franchise Development at Walt Disney
Imagineering. From 2013-2016, Agnes worked for Bob Iger as vice president, Office of the Chairman and CEO.
Additionally, she served as director of Daytime and Current Programming at ABC Entertainment on Emmy award-winning soap opera “General Hospital” and primetime comedies “Malibu Country” and “Don’t Trust The B- In Apartment 23.” Her first role with the Company was managing the development and production of original short form content for Disney-ABC Television Group’s digital platforms, which garnered an Emmy nomination for the original web series “LOST: Mysteries of the Universe.”
Earlier in her career, Chu was involved in producing documentaries for theatrical and TV release. Her previous work included the Oscar-nominated “Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room” and ”The Blues”, a seven film series on PBS with directors Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood and Alex Gibney at Jigsaw Productions.
Chu earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a MBA from Columbia Business School.
Founder & Partner, Cowboy Ventures
Aileen is founding Partner at Cowboy Ventures, a team that backs seed-stage technology companies re-imagining work and life through technology, what they call “life 2.0”. Cowboy Ventures works with a wide range of startups from modern enterprise oriented companies like Guild Education and Lightstep to new consumer digital native brands like Dollar Shave Club and Tally.
Aileen periodically writes about technology insights and is known for coining the business term “unicorn” for public and private companies valued over $!bn. She has been named to the Forbes Midas List of best investors and Forbes Most Powerful Women, as well as to Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people.
Prior to Cowboy, Aileen was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for over a decade, was founding CEO of digital media company RMG Networks and worked at Gap Inc in operating roles. She has degrees from MIT and HBS, is mom of 3 and wife to a startup founder, and is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and co-founder of the non-profit All Raise, aiming to accelerate success for women in the technology ecosystem.
Ajay Banga is the chief executive officer of Mastercard and a member of its board of directors. He will become executive chairman of the board of directors on January 1, 2021.
Ajay is a co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute, first vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce and a trustee of the United States Council for International Business. Ajay is a founding trustee of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, a member of the U.S.-India CEO Forum and is Chairman Emeritus of the American India Foundation. He served as a member of President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is a past member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019 and the Business Council for International Understanding’s Global Leadership Award. He is a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012.
Ajay is a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition, Ajay serves as a director of Dow Inc. and is a member of its compensation and governance committees.
Prior to Mastercard, Ajay served as chief executive officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. During his career at Citigroup, he held a variety of senior management roles in the United States, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He also oversaw the company’s efforts in microfinance.
Ajay began his career at Nestlé, India, where for 13 years he worked on assignments spanning sales, marketing and general management. He also spent two years with PepsiCo, where he was instrumental in launching its fast food franchises in India as the economy liberalized.
He is a graduate of Delhi University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Director, Writer, & Producer
Alan Yang is a writer, director, and producer. He is the co-creator, executive producer, and director of the Netflix series MASTER OF NONE, for which he received the 2016 Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series, becoming the first Asian-American recipient in the award’s history. The show has been nominated for twelve Emmys and three Golden Globes and was the recipient of a Peabody Award, two AFI Awards, and the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy.
Yang is also the director, writer, and producer of TIGERTAIL, an intergenerational Taiwanese-American family drama inspired by his own family’s story. He serves as an executive producer of the critically-acclaimed Apple TV+ anthology series LITTLE AMERICA and co-created the WGA-nominated Amazon Prime Video series FOREVER, starring Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, and Catherine Keener. Yang also directed the music video for Jay-Z’s MOONLIGHT, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Jerrod Carmichael, and Issa Rae.
Previously, Yang was a writer, co-executive producer, and director for PARKS AND RECREATION, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2015. He can also be seen on-screen in episodes of PARKS AND RECREATION playing bass in Mouse Rat, the rock band fronted by Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt).
Co-Head of Television and COO, Amazon Studios
Albert Cheng is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios. As COO of the Studio, he leads studio teams responsible for programming and release schedules, TV and feature film music, consumer insights research, technology and applications. As Co-Head of Television, both he and Vernon Sanders lead a team responsible for television creative development, business affairs, casting and production / post-production. Since its inception in 2010, Amazon Studios has produced Emmy Award-winning and nominated shows including Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Transparent, Bosch, The Man in the High Castle, and Catastrophe.
Prior to Amazon Studios, Cheng was an executive at The Walt Disney Company for fifteen years in a number of roles. His most recent position was as Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Chief Product Officer for Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was charged with general management and strategic oversight of digital media for ABC Entertainment, Oscars Digital, ABC News, ABC Daytime, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Jr and SOAPnet. He led a team that oversaw product development, marketing and operations for the Group’s digital media content platforms, including video-on-demand, broadband, web-based and mobile platforms, as well as interactive television technologies. During that time, years before Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, Cheng and his team were the first in history to put TV episodes on iTunes in 2005, stream top broadcast shows online in 2006, stream in HD in 2007, first to launch an app on the iPad in 2010, and first to offer live broadcast network feeds in 2013. They won four Primetime Emmys for their work during this period of time.
Cheng has also held executive positions at Fox and board roles at BMI and Lifetime and was a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Cheng earned a Bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Alex Zhu & Yiming Zhang
CEO, TikTok & CEO, Bytedance
Alex Zhu is the CEO of TikTok, the social platform who’s mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy through short-form videos. Previously, he was Co-founder & Co-CEO of musical.ly, a video social network that celebrates daily life with videos recorded in 15 seconds or less that was acquired by ByteDance, the parent company to TikTok, for $1 billion and eventually merged with TikTok given the shared mission of both experiences.
Previous to the international success of musical.ly, the “designtrepreneur” was a product designer and manager at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise software company, and also served as a creative director at Microsoft driving mobile disruption initiatives in the consumer space.
Zhu attended Zhejiang University, one of the most prestigious institutions in China and studied civil engineering.
Yiming Zhang is the founder and CEO of ByteDance. Yiming holds a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from Nankai University. Yiming has participated in or founded several ventures prior to ByteDance, including Kuxun — then the dominant travel and transportation search engine in China, which was later acquired by TripAdvisor — as well as a real estate search portal 99fang. Zhang was one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2019.
Comedian, Writer & Actress
Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her first Netflix stand-up special BABY COBRA was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant. According to the New York Magazine , “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Elle applauded it as a “comic genius gem” while Vogue called it “The special that everyone is talking about.” Emily Nussbaum hailed it as “funny and refreshingly rude.” The day before its premiere, Wong’s interview with Marc Maron on his podcast WTF was released. He called the special “the most honest, rawest, funniest special I’ve seen in years.”
She soon after became a very popular Halloween costume. Fans, both male and female, dressed up in Wong’s iconic red glasses, black and white striped dress and pregnant belly. The Smithsonian has asked Wong to donate the actual dress, shoes and necklace she wore in the BABY COBRA, to the Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Ali’s second stand-up special, HARD KNOCK WIFE premiered on Netflix in on Mother’s Day, 2018. Her feature film, ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE, which she co-wrote and co-stars in, debuted on Netflix May 2019 to wide critical acclaim. In the first four weeks, it was seen by 32 million viewers. This Halloween, fans have continued to dress up as Wong in the striped dress, in the leopard dress and as her character, Sasha Tran, from ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE.
Tickets to see Wong headline live are now known to sell out within two minutes. She recently sold out an unprecedented 13 shows at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. She is currently on her MILK & MONEY standup tour that continues to sell out nationwide. Her book DEAR GIRLS: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life was released October 2019 and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. According to Vogue, “[Wong] spins a volume whose pages simultaneously shock and satisfy. . . . Dear Girls is not so much a real-talk handbook as it is a myth-puncturing manifesto.”
U.S. Champion Figure Skater
Alysa Liu is a history maker.
In 2019, she became the youngest U.S. figure skating champion in history at age thirteen. In 2020, she successfully defended her U.S. title with a national scoring record of 235.52. Alysa might be small in stature, but she packs quite a punch. The phenom from Richmond, California became the first American woman to land three triple axel jumps at the 2019 U.S. Championships in Detroit. At the 2020 U.S. Championships in Greensboro, Alysa became the first female skater to win back-to-back titles since 2013, where she was also the first U.S. female to land a quadruple lutz jump.
Alysa started skating when she was five years old. She quickly rose through the skating ranks, claiming the national intermediate title, placing fourth at the novice level and then winning the junior crown at the age of 12.
In August 2019, Alysa made her junior international competitive debut with a Grand Prix victory in Lake Placid. She became the first American woman to land a quad lutz in competition. Alysa also became the first woman in history to successfully complete a quad lutz and triple axel in the same program. One month later, Alysa won her second consecutive title in Gdansk, Poland. In December, Alysa earned a silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix Finals in Torino.
Alysa, who is 14, is in 10th grade and attends school through an online program, California Connections Academy. Her favorite subject is Mandarin. Off the ice, Alysa enjoys going on rollercoasters, spending time with her family, and making slime.
Alysa’s charm and personality have been recognized. She has already appeared on NBC’s “Today” show and the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Alysa participated in Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, where she was slimed on stage. TIME Magazine named her as one of the NEXT 100 Most Influential People in November of 2019.
Her goal is to compete at the 2022 Winter Olympics, where she will be age eligible to compete in Beijing.
Amrita Ahuja is Chief Financial Officer mobile payment company, Square. In the past Ms. Ahuja held the position of Senior Vice President-Investor Relations at Activision Blizzard, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard.
Ahuja received an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Born as Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, Anderson .Paak played drums in his church band and later famously worked at a marijuana farm as a teen, all while honing his musical chops and in pursuit of his dreams. And while shining glimpses of his extraordinary talent were evident in his first incarnation as Breezy Lovejoy, it was fully realized in his transformation into Anderson .Paak, with his debut album Venice and a stellar six-song run on Dr. Dre’s certified Gold COMPTON album, that stoked anticipation for what would be the perfect storm of his sophomore release, 2016’s Malibu.
A seamless tsunami of soul-stirring, body-shaking, infectious and deeply-personal songs with features by ScHoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Rapsody, also with first-class production by 9th Wonder, Dem Jointz, Robert Glasper, Kaytranada, Madlib, Hi-Tek, and more, the album was a sonic wonder, met with universal rave reviews. .Paak won the 2016 Grulke Prize at South by Southwest, received Grammy nods for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album, nods for the BET Hip Hop Award’s Best New Hip-Hop Artist and the NME Award’sBest New Artist, won the Soul Train Music Award’s Best New Artist, Album of the Year at Gilles Peterson’s 2016 Worldwide Awards in London, and Malibu was certified Gold in Europe.
Anderson has also won Grammy awards for Best Rap Performance: “Bubblin’” (2019), Best R&B Album Ventura (2020), and Best R&B Performance “Come Home” (2020).
Andy Fang, Stanley Tang & Tony Xu
Andy Fang is the Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder of DoorDash, a technology company passionate about transforming local businesses and dedicated to enabling new ways of working, earning, and living. Andy leads the engineering team, and is responsible for the overall product vision, technology roadmap and architectural direction of the DoorDash platform. Andy holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he met fellow cofounders Tony Xu and Stanley Tang whereupon the concept for DoorDash was born.
Stanley Tang is the Chief Product Officer and Co-founder where he leads DoorDash Labs in exploring robotics, autonomous systems and the future of last-mile delivery. He first got on a computer at just the tender age of 3, before beginning to start building websites for himself and his friends. Since then, he has created numerous websites, launched multiple successful products, and generated tens of thousands of dollars on the Internet. At the age of 15, Stanley brought together the world’s top Internet millionaires to bring forth their behind-the-scenes stories of how they overcame adversities and rose to the top in his book “Emillions: Behind-The-Scenes Stories of 14 Successful Internet Millionaires.”
Tony Xu is the CEO and Co-founder of DoorDash, a technology company passionate about transforming local businesses and empowering local economies. As a first-generation American who grew up working in his momʼs restaurant, Tony started DoorDash to help small business owners succeed. Prior to co-founding DoorDash, Tony worked in Product at Square, led special projects for the CEO and CFO at eBay, and began his career at McKinsey and Company. He holds a B.S. with high honors in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
CFO, Interscope Geffen A&M
Native Southern Californian, Annie graduated from UCLA in 2002 with a degree in Economics. Annie went on to work at Disney in consumer products before joining the UMG North America
Finance team for one year until she eventually became a vital and main component to the Interscope team.
When she was promoted to the position of CFO of the company in 2019, Chairman John Janick called her “an important part of the future of Interscope Geffen A&M.”
Lee’s duties at IGA encompass much more than a traditional finance role. As CFO, Lee oversees finance, special projects, A&R Administration and manages the teams that operate the company’s inhouse recording studio and touring department. Together with the senior management team, she helps set the company’s priorities, planning for the future and troubleshooting issues that arise. In addition to collaborating with these senior executives on decision making, Lee is tasked with implementing their decisions within the company. She has
been hyper-focused on streamlining the business and instituting processes that enable the Interscope team of more than 230 employees to become more efficient and nimble and empower them to make better marketing and creative decisions.
Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. The group debuted on August 8, 2016, with their single album Square One, which spawned “Whistle”, their first number-one song in South Korea, as well as “Boombayah”, their first number-one hit on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. With the group’s early commercial success, they were hailed as the New Artist of the Year at the 31st Golden Disc Awards and the 26th Seoul Music Awards.
The group made history in 2019 as they were the first female K-pop group to perform at Coachella and were the highest-charting female K-pop act on both Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, peaking at number 41 with “Kill This Love”, and peaking at number 24 with Kill This Love, respectively. They are also the first and only K-pop girl group to enter and top Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart. They are also the first female K-pop group to have four number-one singles on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. At the time of its release, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” was the most-viewed Korean music video in the first 24 hours on YouTube, and in January 2019, it became the most viewed music video by a K-pop group on the website. As of September 2019, Blackpink is the most-subscribed music group on YouTube.
Bong Joon Ho
Parasite is the seventh feature film from the acclaimed Bong Joon Ho, following on from Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000), Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), Mother (2009), Snowpiercer (2013), and Okja (2017). The modern-day classic Memories of Murder delves into the investigation behind a well-known serial murder case that was never solved, depicting the authoritarian era of the time with satire and sharp insight. The Host takes as its basis the abduction of a young girl by a strange creature that crawls out of the Han River, turning the monster movie genre on its head while also issuing stinging social commentary. Mother, the story of a woman trying to protect her son from a murder charge, is a dark portrait of motherly love taken to the extreme, while the sci-fi film Snowpiercer portrays the last remnants of humanity in a future world that has been frozen over due to mankind’s overdone efforts to fix global warming. Finally Okja tells of the country girl Mija’s adventure to rescue the genetically-engineered “super pig” she raised from the profit-driven corporation that owns it.
Known for his cutting, socially incisive wit and twisting of genre conventions, Bong Joon Ho has continually raised questions about social institutions and the inequities of society with his unique blend of humor, emotion and suspense. In this sense, Parasite is both highly characteristic of Bong Joon Ho’s work, while at the same time evolving to a new level.
Actor & Writer
Bowen Yang is a comedian, writer, and actor based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to hosting LAS CULTURISTAS with Matt Rogers, he is currently a featured player on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, where he wrote for one season before moving on-screen. He can also be seen as Edmund on Comedy Central’s AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS, with other TV credits on BROAD CITY, HIGH MAINTENANCE, and JON GLASER LOVES GEAR. Bowen was most recently featured in this year’s Out 100 list and honored with the HRC Visibility Award.
BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band made up of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook that has taken the world by storm. The group debuted in 2013 with their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, but was training with Big Hit Entertainment for several years prior as teenagers.
Having sold over 20 million albums on the Gaon Music Chart, BTS is the best-selling artist in South Korean history and holds the best-selling album in South Korea with Map of the Soul: 7. BTS were the second best-selling artists of 2018 worldwide according to the IFPI’s Global Artist Chart, as well as the only non-English speaking artist to enter the chart. The group has won Top Social Artist three years in a row and Top Duo/Group at the 26th Billboard Music Awards. Featured on Time’s international cover as “Next Generation Leaders”, BTS has appeared in the magazine’s 25 most influential people on the internet (2017–2019) and Time’s 100 most influential people in the world (2019), with the outlet giving them the nickname “Princes of Pop”. Forbes Korea named BTS the most influential celebrities of Korea in 2018 and 2020, and BTS ranked 43rd in the Forbes Celebrity 100 (2019) as one of the world’s top-earning celebrities.
The band is the first Korean act to top the Billboard 200 with their studio album Love Yourself: Tear (2018) and have since hit the top of the U.S. charts with their albums Love Yourself: Answer (2018), Map of the Soul: Persona (2019) and Map of the Soul: 7 (2020), making BTS the fastest group since the Beatles to earn four number one albums in less than two years. Love Yourself: Answer also broke South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart’s all-time monthly record previously set by Love Yourself: Tear and became the first Korean album certified Platinum in the United States.
During their Love Yourself World Tour, BTS became the first Asian and first non-English speaking act to headline and sell out Wembley Stadium; and broke the record for the single highest-grossing engagement in Rose Bowl Stadium history. Billboard ranked BTS at #45 on their Top Touring Artists of the 2010s list, being the highest-ranked Asian as well as the only non-English speaking act on the list. As of 2019, BTS are purportedly worth more than $4.65 billion to South Korea’s economy each year, or 0.3 percent of the country’s GDP. BTS attracted one in every 13 foreign tourists that visited South Korea and were cited as one of the key acts boosting global music sales to $19 billion in 2018.
Following the establishment of their Love Myself anti-violence campaign in partnership with UNICEF, BTS addressed the United Nations 73rd General Assembly and became the youngest ever recipients of the Order of Cultural Merit from the President of South Korea due to their contributions in spreading Korean culture and language.
Director, Writer & Producer
Cathy Yan is a filmmaker known for her distinct aesthetic, darkly humorous tone and love for subverting typical genre rules and telling unconventional stories. Her debut film, DEAD PIGS, which she wrote and directed, won the Special Jury Prize for ensemble acting at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, among several other accolades. The film, which is set in Shanghai, came to fruition after she read a news story about 16,000 dead pigs mysteriously floating down the Huangpu River.
Most recently, Yan directed the critically acclaimed DC film, BIRDS OF PREY: AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN, starring Margot Robbie as the titular character Harley Quinn in the first ever female team-up comic book film. Directing this film made her the first Asian woman to direct a superhero film and only the second female director ever to direct a superhero film. Additionally, she is slated to direct and produce A24’s film adaptation of SOUR HEARTS, a beautiful collection of short stories by Jenny Zhang. Yan will also co-write the script for the film along with Zhang. The film will be an autobiographical coming-of-age story about the immigrant experience from the point of view of a young girl whose parents relocate from Shanghai to New York in the ’90s.
Yan studied at Princeton University, where she earned her BA, and New York University, where she received a dual MFA and MBA in film. Previously, she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong and China, and brings her sharp, journalistic instincts to her filmmaking. Yan was born in China and is currently based in New York.
Activist & Author
Chanel Miller is a writer and artist who received her BA in Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her critically acclaimed memoir, KNOW MY NAME, was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, as well as a best book of 2019 in Time, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, NPR, and People, among others. She is a 2019 Time Next 100 honoree and a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year honoree under her pseudonym, “Emily Doe.”
CEO, PUBG Corp
Chieh Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Forbes Magazine has named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.” Started in Chieh’s garage 5 years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date.
Chieh’s personal honors include being named to “Bloomberg 50”, Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 people to watch in 2018, to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s Future, as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.” You can read more about Chieh’s story in People Magazine’s profile of him for their “American Dream” series, tracking his growth from humble beginnings to running a fast-growing online retailer. You can also catch more of him at TED.com delivering a talk about his lifelong battle against micromanagers.
Model, TV Host & Lifestyle Curator
TV personality and New York Times #1 bestselling author Chrissy Teigen is known for her clever, irreverent, yet savvy tweets and Instagram posts. In 2019 Teigen was included on TIME Magazine’s prestigious annual list of the “100 Most Influential People”. In 2016, Teigen released “Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat” which debuted #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list and marked the first time a cookbook has debuted #1 on USA Today’s best-seller list. In 2018, she released her highly anticipated second cookbook, “Cravings: Hungry for More,” in addition to launching her kitchen and tabletop collection, “Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.” In November 2019 Teigen launched her website, CravingsbyChrissyTeigen.com.
In Spring 2019 Teigen signed a multi-year first-look deal with Hulu where she will produce projects via her production company Suit & Thai Productions. In addition, Teigen has partnered with David Chang and Vox to produce a slate of food programing for Hulu. First up and currently in development, Teigen and Chang will host “Family Style.”
Teigen was most recently seen on NBC’s “Bring the Funny.” Up next, Teigen will appear in Quibi’s upcoming show, “Chrissy’s Court,” set to be release on the short-form streaming service on April 6th, 2020.
Teigen has also been a voice for social justice and women’s rights and is actively involved in several charities. In 2018, Teigen was awarded the “Heart of the City” award by City Harvest, a non-profit food rescue organization, for her fundraising efforts. In 2018, Teigen also helped to raise $1 million for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in just two days.
Christina Chou is an Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in the Motion Picture Literary department. She works in the Los Angeles office and represents writers, directors, and actors such as Wong Kar Wai, Cathy Yan, Arvin Chen, Wooshik Choi, Zoya Akhtar, Na Hong-Jin, Bao Nguyen, Lee Isaac Chung, and Steven Yeun. Christina has a passion for international and underrepresented voices, and also works actively across agency departments and offices to support clients in the North American and global marketplace.
Christina began her career at the Economic and Trade Policy office at the Embassy of Canada. She then worked at boutique talent management company, Plan C Group, before joining CAA in 2011.
Chou graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dual B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science.
The blockbuster pioneer’s production company, Rideback, has generated over $5 billion dollars at the box office. This past year he produced the animated film “The LEGO Movie 2,” the live-action remake of “Aladdin” at Disney, the horror film “It: Chapter Two” for New Line, and the awards contender “The Two Popes” for Netflix, which earned three Oscar nominations. Lin has produced the entire LEGO Movie franchise and the “Sherlock Holmes” series of films at WB. In television, he is currently in pre-production on the series “Walker” for the CW.
In 2018, Lin founded Rideback Ranch, a creative campus and incubator in LA’s Historic Filipinotown that brings together diverse storytellers in a unique setting to inspire collaboration and innovation, as well as the Evolve Entertainment Fund to promote inclusion alongside filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Hailing from Taipei, Taiwan, Dan received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Lin is widely respected and loved for his consistent track record of success and grounded–but inspired–style.
Daniel Dae Kim
Actor, Producer, Director & CEO of 3AD Media
Daniel Dae Kim has made a career of creating multifaceted and stereotype-breaking roles as an actor, director and now, producer. Prior to his seven-season portrayal of Chin Ho Kelly on “Hawaii Five-0,” Kim was best known for his role as Jin Soo Kwon on the hit TV series “Lost,” for which he shared a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble, and was individually honored with an AZN Asian Excellence Award, a Multicultural Prism Award and a Vanguard Award from the Korean American Coalition, all for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He has been repeatedly recognized with the prestigious KoreAm Driven Award in the field of Arts and Entertainment, and has twice been named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.”
Most recently, he created the role of Jack Kang in “The Divergent Series films, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant.” Kim starred as Ben Daimio in “Hellboy” and stars in the all-Asian Netflix rom-com “Always Be My Maybe.” He will next be seen staring in an independent Sci-Di Thriller entitled “Stowaway” alongside Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette.
Born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in New York and Pennsylvania, Kim discovered acting while a student at Haverford College. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he began his career on stage, performing in classics such as “Romeo and Juliet,” “Ivanov,” and “A Doll’s House.” Despite early success, he deepened his knowledge of the craft by enrolling at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, where he earned his Master’s Degree. He was recently presented with an honorary degree from his alma mater.
He received a Broadway Beacon Award for his role as the King of Siam in Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning production of “The King and I,” as well as the Theater Legacy Award from New York’s Pan Asian Repertory Theater. Outside of his artistic endeavors, he actively pursues interests in the community at large, having served as Cultural Envoy and Member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation for the United States at the World Expo in Korea. He actively gives back to charities that raise awareness for cancer research; environmental awareness and accessible education.
3AD Media was established by Daniel Dae Kim to produce premier content for TV, film and digital media. Committed to storytelling featuring characters and cultures underrepresented in today’s media, 3AD produced projects include the hit series The Good Doctor.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Public School New York
Dao-Yi Chow is an American fashion designer raised in New York City. Chow spent the early part of his career heading up P. Diddy’s men’s label Sean John and then opened his own world-renowned boutique, Arrive Miami. In 2008, along with his partner Maxwell Osborne, he founded his award-winning brand Public School. Chow and Osborne created a new genre of tailored streetwear that helped usher in the high-street era with a focus on minimalism, sophisticated ease and social consciousness. The duo were notably appointed co-creative directors by LVMH to Donna Karan’s legendary label DKNY in 2015. in 2019 Dao-Yi was appointed Global Creative Director to the Italian heritage tennis brand Sergio Tacchini. His latest project O-1 is helping to bring visibility to climate change and the harmful effects on our environment caused by the fashion industry.
Author, TV Personality & Founder of Momofuku Group
David Chang is the chef and founder of Momofuku, which includes restaurants in New York City, Washington DC, Sydney, Toronto, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, a casual chicken concept (Fuku), and a bakery (Milk Bar) established by award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi with multiple locations.
Since opening Noodle Bar in 2004, David has been honored with five James Beard Foundation Awards (Rising Star Chef of the Year, Best Chef New York City, Best New Restaurant – Momofuku Ko, Outstanding Chef, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage). Momofuku Ko has two Michelin stars which it has retained since 2009, and the restaurant is featured on the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list.
David has been featured on the covers of Forbes Life and New York Magazine and recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100, Fortune’s “40 Under 40”, Fast Company’s “1000 most creative people in business”, and Esquire’s “most influential people of the 21st century”. He was also named a GQ man of the year and is now a regular contributor to the magazine. David’s cookbook, Momofuku, is a New York Times best seller. David has collaborated with Academy Award-winning Director, Morgan Neville, on a Netflix original documentary series, called Ugly Delicious which debuted in February of 2018.
CMO, Sephora North America
Deborah Yeh is the Chief Marketing Officer for Sephora Americas. In her role, Deborah is responsible for cultivating the brand experience at Sephora and ensuring it is differentiated and compelling across all marketing touchpoints — from communications and creative, to loyalty and personalization. Most recently, Deborah helmed Sephora’s “We Belong to Something Beautiful” initiative, introducing a company commitment to inclusion and diversity. The award-winning campaign reflects Sephora’s longstanding brand values and affirms our promise to never stop building a beauty community where all are welcomed.
Deborah has been recognized as one of the 25 most innovative CMOs by Business Insider, CMO Next by Forbes, and was part of the most recent Adweek 50. She is the proud daughter of Chinese-American parents and is a mom to two “multicultural majority” kids.
CFO, Verily Life Sciences
Deepak Ahuja joined Verily in 2020 as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he served as CFO of Tesla from 2008 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2019. One of Tesla’s longest-serving executives, Deepak played a role in the company’s rise from startup to a large cap energy company. Deepak was Tesla’s first finance chief and helped guide it through its IPO in addition to raising several billion dollars of capital to fuel its growth.
Prior to Tesla, he was at Ford Motor Company for 15 years, which provided him experiences in manufacturing, marketing & sales, product development, treasury, and acquisitions/divestitures. Deepak was named CFO of the year in 2010 for small public companies by Silicon Valley Business Journal. In 2014, he was named Bay Area CFO of the year for large public companies by San Francisco Business Times. Deepak holds an M.S. in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.S. in materials engineering from Northwestern University and a B. Tech in ceramic engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India.
Oscar-nominated Dev Patel catapulted to success in 2009 when he starred in the Academy Award-winning film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. He received rave reviews for his performance which garnered several award wins including the National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance, The British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and The Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actor. In this film, Patel’s character recounts his upbringing in the slums of India while he is accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” Since then, Patel has expanded his repertoire with acclaimed roles on both big and small screens.
Patel recently completed production on A24’s GREEN KNIGHT for director David Lowery, a fantasy epic retelling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He recently went into pre-production on his feature directorial debut with MONKEY MAN, a script he co-wrote and is also producing alongside Basil Iwanyk. The film centers on the Kid (Patel), who emerges from prison to grapple with a world marred by corporate greed and eroding spiritual values.
In March 2019, Patel starred in and executive produced Anthony Maras’ HOTEL MUMBAI, opposite Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs. The film tells the true story about the Mumbai attacks in 2008 at the Taj Mahal Palace and was released by Bleeker Street on March 22, 2019. He also wrapped filming on THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD in the title role, written and directed by Armando Iannucci and based on the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Patel stars opposite Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi, and Hugh Laurie.
On the small screen, Patel stars in Amazon Studios’ upcoming anthology series MODERN LOVE based on the popular New York Times column and weekly podcast. The series, created by filmmaker John Carney and produced by Storied Media Group and The New York Times, will consist of half-hour episodes that “explore love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms.”
Patel currently resides in Los Angeles.
Diane Paragas & Eva Noblezada
Actress & Director
Eva Noblezada was nominated for a Tony Award this past year for starring on Broadway in Hadestown. It was her second Tony nomination in two Broadway roles, following her earlier nod in the title role in Miss Saigon in 2017. She’ll soon be seen as the lead in Diane Paragas’ award-winning Sony Pictures film, Yellow Rose. She was previously a lead in Hadestown at the National Theatre in London after starring in the West End revivals of Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. Noblezada was a high school student in Charlotte, NC, when she was discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 Jimmy Awards in NYC.
Diane Paragas is an award-winning writer/director, editor, cinematographer and producer of narrative features, documentaries and commercials.
In 2019, Paragas completed her debut narrative feature, Yellow Rose, about an undocumented Filipino-American teen pursuing a dream to become a country music singer. The film won over a dozen Grand Jury and Audience Awards. Yellow Rose is the first Filipino-American film to be distributed by a major Hollywood studio and will be released by Sony Pictures in the near future.
Paragas is currently in pre-production for a bold feature documentary about a wrongfully convicted illegal immigrant called “The Three Lives of David Wong” that uses puppetry to tell its story. Paragas is also developing The Lizard Garden, a magical realism film set in Japanese occupied Manila during WWII.
Ms. Paragas is a 2020 recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital Award and an inaugural fellow of the Geena Davis Institute.
Dinesh Tandon is the Global CEO of Theory, one of fashion’s leading contemporary firms. He joined Theory in 2013 as CEO of the Greater China and Southeast Asia market, based in Hong Kong, where he oversaw aggressive business growth. He was named Chief Operating Officer and relocated to the company’s global headquarters in New York in 2017.
Prior to Theory, Dinesh was the CEO of Bally in the Asia Pacific North and Asia Pacific Director & COO of Versace. He was also the Chariman of Cricket Hong Kong, the governing body for cricket in Hong Kong, for 3 years.
Associate Editor, Deadline
Dino-Ray Ramos is currently the Associate Editor at Deadline Hollywood where he reports on inclusion, diversity and representation in film and TV. In addition, he covers genre film & TV, as well as pop culture and media. Based in Los Angeles, he attends and reports on events and awards shows such as the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Comic-Con, SXSW and the TCA press tour. He is the creator, co-host and producer of the New Hollywood Podcast which champions people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented voices in film and television.
A Texas native and first-generation Filipino American, Dino-Ray worked as film and TV reporter for over 15 years, having worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle before moving to sunny, earthquake-fearing Los Angeles. Prior to Deadline, he was the chief film critic at the Tracking Board and has written for numerous publications including Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, Bustle, Paste Magazine and Queerty. He likes to call out Hollywood when they are being trash and believes is rising up and reaching back when it comes to helping all marginalized communities.
He is an active runner, active eater of carbs, a pescatarian, a cannabis advocate, believer in the Oxford comma and a member of a RuPaul’s Drag Race fantasy league. He listens to nothing but ‘90s hip hop and R&B, watches 30 Rock and The Office on repeat, is a level 2 nerd, and thinks that The Goonies is the greatest movie of all time. Overall, he has many popular opinions as he does unpopular ones and he can spill all of it when it’s necessary.
Dr. David Ho & First Responders
Founding Scientific Director, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
It’s impossible to champion just one person across the legions of Asians working as First Responders–from nurses to ICU doctors to food delivery workers to Congresspeople. Among the many, Dr. David D. Ho is one who gives us hope. Dr. Ho. is the founding Scientific Director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, as well as the Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has been at the forefront of AIDS research since the beginning of the epidemic.
His elegant studies in the mid 1990’s unveiled the dynamic nature of HIV replication in vivo and revolutionized our basic understanding of this horrific disease. This knowledge led Dr. Ho to champion combination antiretroviral therapy that resulted in unprecedented control of HIV in patients since 1996. AIDS mortality in richer nations has declined dramatically, and a massive international effort is now underway to bring such life- saving treatment to millions in the developing world. To date over 10 million patients have benefitted from combination antiretroviral therapy. Dr. Ho has been a major driving force behind this major medical breakthrough in what is arguably the worst plague in human history.
For his accomplishments, Dr. Ho has been recognized in multiple ways, including fourteen honorary doctorates and election to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences). He was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1996, and was the recipient of a Presidential Medal from Bill Clinton in 2001.
Dr. Lisa Su
President & CEO, AMD
Dr. Lisa T. Su is president and CEO of AMD, which develops high-performance computing and graphics technologies and products. Since becoming CEO in 2014, Lisa is credited with transforming the company and putting it on a path of sustained growth. She and her executive team are leading the development of innovative products that today serve as the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms, data centers and the cloud, advancing and improving how society lives, works, and plays.
In 2017, Lisa was named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine and in 2018, she was named “Businessperson of the Year” by Fortune Magazine. In 2019, she was named one of the World’s 50 Best CEOs by Barron’s, one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine and she was included in The Bloomberg 50 list of people who defined the year.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN
Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for all of CNN’s shows domestically and internationally, and regularly contributes to CNN.com.
Since 2001, Gupta has covered some of the most important health stories in the United States and around the world. Just weeks after Gupta started at CNN, he reported from New York following the 9/11 terror attacks. That fall, he broke several stories regarding the anthrax attacks.
Over the last few years, Gupta has increasingly focused on long-form reporting. He is the host of the CNN Original Series “Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta,” which follows Gupta’s travels around the world in search of the secret to living longer, healthier and happier. Gupta also stars in the HBO Original Documentary “One Nation Under Stress,” which examines why life expectancy is declining in the United States. His enterprise reporting on medical marijuana has led to five documentary films, “Weed,” which were awarded the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
In addition to his work for CNN, Gupta is an associate professor of neurosurgery at Emory University Hospital and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He serves as a diplomate of the American Board of Neurosurgery. And in 2019, Gupta was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, considered one of the highest honors in the medical field.
Gupta contributes to the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and serves as an executive producer for the HBO Documentary Unit. He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, “Chasing Life” (2007), “Cheating Death” (2009) and “Monday Mornings” (2012). His fourth book, “Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain” will be published in 2020.
Gupta has been named one of PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” a “pop culture icon” by USA Today and one of the “Ten Most Influential Celebrities” by Forbes Magazine. He has won several awards for his humanitarian efforts and the John F. Kennedy University Laureate award. Gupta has received numerous honorary degrees and delivered a commencement address in the “Big House” at his alma mater in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Gupta received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Actor & Producer
As CEO and co-founder of Seven Bucks Companies, Dwayne Johnson is a global entertainment and entrepreneurial force who continues to grow his groundbreaking success while managing his ever-expanding and diverse entertainment portfolio.
In 1995, Johnson had just been cut from the Canadian Football League and famously had just $7 in his pocket. Today, Johnson produces and stars in Seven Bucks’ tent-pole films and television events with box office revenues exceeding $10 billion worldwide. A cultural leader with audiences across the globe, Johnson’s expertise is invaluable not just in entertainment, but for first-class brands as well, from his strategic partnership and investment in VOSS Water to his trailblazing Project Rock collection with Under Armour. Johnson will launch TEREMANA, a tequila brand rooted from his passion for spirits, as well as ATHLETICON, a one-of-a-kind experience with the ultimate combination of athletics, wellness and entertainment, in partnership with Seven Bucks co-founder Dany Garcia.
Johnson’s mission is to continue using his platform to inspire kindness, humility, and hard work, while entertaining global audiences with unique storytelling and authenticity.
CFO, LA Clippers
Eric currently serves as the CFO for the LA Clippers, where he is responsible for leading the organization’s financial operations including establishing and implementing long-range financial strategy, policies and goals and leading project management for all Clippers operations. He is a member of the organization’s senior leadership team.
Prior to joining the Clippers, he served as CFO for The Bouqs Company (2017-18) and Loot Crate (2015-17), where he effectively demonstrated his ability to discover and seize opportunities to grow each business. While at Bouqs, his initiative and leadership were recognized by the Board of Directors and resulted in a promotion to Chief Operations Officer, where he oversaw all day-to-day functions. As the CFO of Loot Crate, Chan received the Los Angeles Business Journal CFO Rising Star Award and the company was named the Fastest Growing Company in the Unites States by Inc Magazine. Chan also previously served as the Senior Vice President of Finance at Mattel Inc., where he oversaw all financial and operational matters across brands such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher Price and American Girl.
Chan earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of California, Berkeley.
Eric S. Yuan
Eric Yuan decided to come to the U.S. in the mid ’90’s because of the Internet, which he knew was the wave of the future. The first time he applied for a U.S. visa, he was rejected. He continued to apply again and again over the course of two years and finally received his visa on the ninth try.
He then arrived in Silicon Valley in 1997 and joined WebEx, which at the time was a real-time collaboration company with about a dozen employees. In 2007 WebEx was acquired by Cisco and he became Cisco’s Corporate VP of engineering, in charge of collaboration software. Eric often met with customers, and in his conversations with them learned they weren’t happy with the current collaboration solutions, including WebEx.
He firmly believed that he could develop a platform that would make customers happy, so in June of 2011, he decided it was time to venture off on his own. Eric first envisioned Zoom when he was a freshman in college in China and regularly took a ten-hour train ride to visit his girlfriend (who is now his wife). He detested those rides and used to imagine other ways that he could visit his girlfriend without traveling — those daydreams eventually became the basis for Zoom.
More than 40 fellow engineers followed him in this new venture and together, they launched the Zoom platform in 2012. Seven years later in 2019, the company went public and did $622 million in revenue.
COO, Island Records
With his appointment as Chief Operating Officer of Island Records, Eric Wong took the reins of one of the world’s most celebrated labels. He oversees operations, strategy, and marketing for Island’s entire roster, which currently includes such superstars as Shawn Mendes, Bon Jovi, The Killers, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Elton John, Jessie Reyez and Fall Out Boy. Wong was promoted to this position in 2018 after spending four years as the label’s Executive Vice-President/General Manager, leading the way in shaping a new identity for the company during a time of rapid evolution in the music industry.
Born in New York City, Wong grew up obsessed with music, and at age 16, went from devotedly studying the sales charts each week to an internship while still in high school. A summer internship position at WEA Distribution (through Y.E.S., a program for minority high school students) led to yet another internship at Atlantic Records. While attending New York University, Wong became a college rep for EMI Records. In 1997, while still at school, he was hired at V2 Records, where he was eventually promoted to product manager, overseeing artists such as Moby, Underworld, and Stereophonics.
In 1999, Wong joined the Island Def Jam Music group. As Vice President of Marketing, Wong developed campaigns for a diverse group of acts which included Bon Jovi, Fall Out Boy, Rihanna, Slayer, Sum 41, Christina Milian and more. In 2006, he went to work for Bad Boy Entertainment and Atlantic Records, serving simultaneously as Chief Marketing Officer of Bad Boy and Senior Vice President of Marketing at Atlantic. In this dual role, he was able to get more deeply involved in hip-hop—and study the branding and product extensions pioneered by Bad Boy’s Sean “Diddy” Combs—while keeping a hand in the rock and pop he also loved.
Wong points to the opportunity to work on Jay-Z’s landmark 2009 album The Blueprint 3 as a defining moment in his career, working alongside one of the greatest marketers and one of the greatest artists in hip-hop history. Seeking additional challenges, in 2009, he founded Wong Management, where he worked closely with Mariah Carey.
In 2011, he returned to the Island Def Jam Music Group as Executive Vice President of Marketing, executing creative marketing strategies for artists including Kanye West, Rihanna, Avicii, The-Dream, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Toni Braxton, Babyface and others. His responsibilities expanded to oversee the label group’s marketing, digital, creative, artist development, video promotion, and video production departments. In 2014, Wong assumed the role of Executive Vice President/General Manager of Island Records.
Wong says that his wide-ranging experiences in the music business—working with different departments and with different genres—is key to his success in leading a staff to maximize projects from developing a rising superstar like Shawn Mendes (Grammy Nominated and three platinum albums in three years), Demi Lovato (Grammy Nominated), Mike Posner (Grammy Nominated), Nick Jonas, to growing a Hall of Fame career like Bon Jovi (whose most recent album rose to Number One on the charts two separate times). He is equally proud of his involvement in Fall Out Boy’s breakthrough and in Mariah Carey’s comeback, and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with new ways people are consuming and discovering music.
Wong, a previous board of director for the Asian American Arts Alliance, was honored by the Foundation in October 2007 for his support of the organization whose commitment is to help local Asian American artists and art groups in the performing and visual arts access more funding and visibility for their work.
Wong was featured on Billboard’s list of “Forty Under Forty Power Players” in 2012 and 2015, and in 2017, 2018, and 2019 he appeared on the magazine’s “Branding Power Players” list. In 2018, he was featured in Variety’s “New Power of New York” list and Billboard’s “From the Desk of…” column. In 2019 and 2020, Wong also appeared on the Billboard Power 100 list. Wong, a voting member of NARAS, holds an MBA in Marketing, is a certified life coach and resides in New York City.
Ernesto Tanmantiong & Francis Flores
CEO, Jollibee Foods Corporation Global CMO, Jollibee Foods Corporation
Ernesto Tanmantiong is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), one of the world’s largest and fastest growing Asian food service companies with over 4,500 stores in 21 countries. JFC has 8 wholly-owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, and Mang Inasal in the Philippines; Yonghe King and Hong Zhuang Yuan in China; and Smashburger and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the USA), 2 franchised brands (Burger King in the Philippines and Dunkin’ Donuts in select territories in China), and a 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns the Highlands Coffee and PHO24 brands.
Mr. Tanmantiong has been actively involved in the management and operation of the business since its inception in 1978. He formally started as store manager, moving up the ladder and delivering broad and exceptional contributions across various roles. In 2011, he was appointed as COO of JFC, and CEO in 2014.
Mr. Tanmantiong is a member of the World Presidents Organization, Makati Business Club and Management Association of the Philippines. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University and is a member of the Jollibee Group Foundation Board of Trustees. He has a BS degree in Business Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. He completed the Harvard Business School OPM Key Executive Program in 2000 and the HBS Advanced Management Program in 2013. He is happily married and has 3 grown children.
Francis Flores is the Chief Marketing Officer for Jollibee Global where he’s on top of the fast-food giant’s push to bring the delights of the Champ and Chickenjoy to the rest of the world. On top of that, as country marketing head for Jollibee’s other brands—Chowking, Mang Inasal, Red Ribbon, Greenwich and Burger King—he’s also helping grow the company’s domestic market.
He’s been with the Jollibee Food Corporation in various roles for over 12 years and previously held various sales and marketing Posts at Unilever Asia.
Director of Fashion Partnerships, Instagram
Eva Chen is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in New York City. She blames her deviation from pre-med at Johns Hopkins University on a love of fashion and beauty instilled in her by her mother, whose scarlet lipstick and perfect bob made a permanent imprint on her impressionable young mind.
After interning at Harper’s Bazaar and working at ELLE, she spent seven years at Teen Vogue and earned her degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2013, she was hired by Anna Wintour as the editor in chief of Lucky. She has also contributed to Vogue, Vogue China, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and has been a contributor to Good Morning America and a fashion correspondent to Entertainment Tonight. She sits on the board of directors for Net-A-Porter and is the author of New York Times bestseller Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes and the forthcoming Roxy: The Last Unisaurus Rex. Currently the Vice President of fashion partnerships at Instagram, Eva lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Model, Transgender Advocate & Producer
Geena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is a Model, Public Speaker, Producer, Trans Rights Advocate and co-host of the Webby Awards honoree TV Show ASPIREist, broadcasted on HLN/CNN.
She made history as the First Trans woman to be part of the Iconic 2020 Playboy Playmates of the Year. Her Playboy article is nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Magazine Article.
On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual TED Conference, her viral talk has since been viewed more than 4 million times and translated in 32 languages. Geena is the founder of Gender Proud, a media production company that tells stories on what it means to be trans and gender non-conforming.
She, with Gender Proud Productions produced and presented “Beautiful As I Want to Be” on LogoTV highlighting trans youth, and received the 2016 GLAAD media Award. Gender Proud also produced “Willing and Able,” a 2017 GLAAD Media nominated web series about transgender employment with Fusion TV and worked with Fusion/Univision to produce a TV documentary about transgender athletes, “No League of Their Own” and won 2017 Association of LGBTQ Journalists Best in Health and Fitness Coverage.
Most recently, she co-executive produced the 2018 GLAAD Media awards nominated “Made To Model” a documentary on 9 Pioneers and Emerging trans model in collaboration with LogoTV, MTV and VH1.
On September 2018, published by Simon and Schuster, she contributed a chapter in the NY Times Bestseller book “American like Me” by actress America Ferrera with contributors like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjani and many others.
She’s a board member of NY LGBT Center and An Ambassador for The Stonewall Day.
Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Hans Tung is a Managing Partner at GGV Capital, focusing on early stage investments in internet and ecommerce ecosystems globally. He is consistently recognized among the top venture capital investors in the world, having been named to the Forbes Midas list seven times from 2013-2019, most recently ranking #7, and named to the New York Times/CB Insights Top 100 Venture Capitalists list four times from 2016-2019, most recently at #18. He was also recognized among the top 100 Asian Americans by Gold House in 2018. He has invested in 16 unicorns, many of them early stage, each now valued at more than $1 billion: Affirm, Airbnb, Bytedance, Coinbase, Lime, Meili, OfferUp, Peloton, Poshmark, Slack, SmartMi, StockX, Udaan, Wish, Xiaohongshu and Xiaomi. Hans is also the co-host of the popular podcast, “Evolving for the Next Billion” on entrepreneurship in the US, China, India, SE Asia and Latin America.
Born in Taiwan, Hans grew up in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University, graduating with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. In 2005, as an Asian American, he was among the first Silicon Valley VCs to move to China full time, spending eight years investing in the fastest changing tech landscape in the world before returning to Silicon Valley in 2013 to join GGV Capital to focus on globally-minded founders in the Americas and Asia.
Hans was an early investor and former board member of Xiaomi—most recently valued at $27 billion—and Musical.ly, which was acquired by Bytedance for around $900 million in 2017. He has actively worked with Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk on Airbnb’s China strategy, and helped broker Uber co-founder Garrett Camp’s first meeting with Didi Chuxing in 2013. A well-recognized investor with global perspectives, Hans’ portfolio at GGV spans six cities across the US as well as three continents.
Author & Editor-in-Chief, T: The New York Times Style Magazine
Hanya Yanagihara is the author of two novels, The People in the Trees (2013) and A Little Life (2015). Her first book was a finalist for the PEN/Robert Bingham Award; her second won the Kirkus Prize and was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize, The National Book Award, and the Bailey Women’s Prize for Fiction, among others. Yanagihara was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York, where she is editor in chief of the National Magazine Award-winning T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
Stand-Up Comedian & Host, Patriot Act with Hasan Minaj
Hasan Minhaj is the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that premiered on Netflix in October 2018. The series explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice. In 2019, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj won a Peabody Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Motion Design.”
In 2017, Minhaj earned rave reviews for his one-hour Netflix comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King that earned him a 2018 Peabody Award, and for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. A first generation American, Minhaj joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was Jon’s last hire, in November 2014 as a correspondent. He continued on in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year. He remained on the show through August 2018.
Henry Golding made his feature film debut as the leading man in the blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018). Later that year, he starred opposite Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in “A Simple Favor” (2018) and became the first Asian GQ ‘Men Of The Year’ cover star.
Prior to his acting career, he was best known as a travel host on Discovery, National Geographic, and BBC’s The Travel Show, a Parts Unknown–style trek to the heart of popular vacation destinations.
Henry also recently starred in “Last Christmas” (2019) and “The Gentleman” (2020). Prior to acting in feature films, Henry was known for being a host of travel shows in Malaysia.
Founder, President, & CEO of NVIDIA
Jensen Huang founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served since its inception as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Starting out in PC graphics, NVIDIA helped build the gaming market into the largest entertainment industry in the world today. The company’s invention of the GPU in 1999 made possible real-time programmable shading, which defines modern computer graphics, and later revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.
Huang is a recipient of the IEEE Founder’s Medal, the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award and honorary doctorate degrees from Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University and Oregon State University. In 2019, Harvard Business Review ranked him No. 1 on its list of the world’s 100 best-performing CEOs over the lifetime of their tenure. In 2017, he was named Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year.
Prior to founding NVIDIA, Huang worked at LSI Logic and Advanced Micro Devices. He holds a BSEE degree from Oregon State University and an MSEE degree from Stanford University.
Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Jeremy Liew is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, joining the firm in 2006. He invests primarily in consumer facing companies in the mobile and online space with a particular interest in video, massive-scale social media, commerce and financial services. He has been named to Forbes’ Midas List multiple times, most recently in 2016.
Jeremy’s current investments include Snapchat, The Honest Company, Giphy, Bonobos, Affirm and Mic. He was also responsible for several Lightspeed investments which have had successful exits including Playdom (acquired by Disney), Flixster (acquired by Warner Brothers), Kongregate (acquired by GameStop), Slice (acquired by Rakuten) and Serious Business (acquired by Zynga).
Previously, Jeremy was with AOL, first as SVP of corporate development and chief of staff to the CEO, and then as general manager of Netscape. Jeremy joined AOL from InterActiveCorp (originally USA Networks), where he was VP of strategic planning. While there, he was responsible for acquisitions, divestitures and investments in TV Networks, consumer Internet companies and online travel companies.
He started working in the consumer Internet industry as an early employee of CitySearch in 1996, where he held a variety of sales management, operational and business development roles. He was also a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Jeremy is currently a Co-Chair of the board of Trustees of Presidio Knolls School, a startup, progressive Mandarin-immersion school in San Francisco. It took its first intake of Elementary School students in Fall 2012.
Jeremy holds a BA/BSc from the Australian National University in Linguistics and Pure Mathematics and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
As one of today’s premiere stand-up comics Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. The hugely relatable comic pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son. Koy has started off 2020 with a bang with four sold out shows and selling over 25,000 tickets at both the Chase Center in San Francisco and The Forum in Los Angeles. He continues selling-out and breaking records at some of the most prestigious venues around the world.
In 2017, Koy broke a record for the most tickets sold by a single artist at 23,000 tickets and 11 sold-out shows at The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. In response, the mayor’s office in Honolulu proclaimed November 24th as “Jo Koy Day.” The comedian continued his record breaking streak by being the only comedian to sell out 6 shows at The Warfield in San Francisco. He then broke the attendance record at Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg with 4 sold-out shows. In 2019, Koy sold-out 5 shows at the San Diego Civic Theatre, the most consecutive sold-out shows for a comedian. He recently became the only comedian to sell 17,000+ tickets, over 30 shows (in one year) at the Brea Improv.
In 2021, the comedian will be releasing his first autobiography, Mixed Plate with Harper Collins Publishers. In this funny and moving memoir, Koy uncovers the stories behind his stand-up: the conflict, the drama, and the laughter as he struggles to find his place in the entertainment industry, a country and the world.
He was given the prestigious “Stand-Up Comedian Of The Year” award at the 2018 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He has had four highly rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. His 2019 Netflix special, Comin’ In Hot, is currently streaming world-wide. Koy is on a mission to educate the masses on how to raise a millennial, the intricacies of Filipino traditions and more!
In 2019, the comedian reached #1 on the Billboard Charts for his stand-up comedy album, Live From Seattle. He can also be heard on his weekly podcast, The Koy Pond with Jo Koy by Starburns Audio.
Jon M. Chu
Jon M. Chu is known for his visually stunning blockbuster films, as well as his kinetic work across various genres, from groundbreaking series to commercials and films. Most recently, he directed the worldwide phenomenon “Crazy Rich Asians,” which was nominated for numerous awards, including a SAG Award, a Golden Globe, and PGA Award. The film has earned more than $175 million in the United States alone, with a worldwide gross of almost $240 million, making it one of the top 10 highest grossing romantic comedies of all time. It was the first contemporary studio picture in more than 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast, and it represents a new chapter in Chu’s 10-year career.
Chu most recently served as an executive producer and director on “Home Before Dark,” for Apple, which premiered April 3, 2020. The series was inspired by the true story of 11-year-old investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak and stars Jim Sturgess and Brooklyn Prince.
Upcoming, Chu helmed his most ambitious project to date, the highly anticipated adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights” for Warner Bros. Studios.
Chu’s previous credits include “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “GI. Joe: Retaliation,” “Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never” and many more representing over 1.3 billion dollars in the worldwide box office. Additionally, his unique storytelling ability has earned him the honor of being on the Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 list as well as Variety’s New Hollywood Leaders.
Executive Vice Chairman, Alibaba Group Governor, Brooklyn Nets & New York Liberty
Joe Tsai is a co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, a global Internet technology company based in China. His career at Alibaba spans over 20 years, during which he was the company’s chief financial officer and oversaw strategic investments. He is a founding member of Alibaba Partnership.
Tsai is Governor of the Brooklyn Nets (NBA) and New York Liberty (WNBA), and is Chairman of the teams’ home arena Barclays Center. He owns the San Diego Seals, a professional indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League and has investments in the Premier Lacrosse League and Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer.
Tsai played high school football and lacrosse at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. He was a member of the varsity lacrosse team at Yale and has been a consistent supporter of the Yale men’s and women’s lacrosse programs. Yale won the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Championship in 2018 and played in the Championship Final in 2019. In 2017, Tsai received the George H.W. Bush ‘48 Lifetime of Leadership Award from Yale University.
Through the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, Tsai and his wife Clara Wu Tsai are active philanthropists supporting initiatives in education, research, criminal justice reform, the arts and, most recently, humanitarian relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to founding Alibaba Group, Tsai was a private equity investor with Investor AB of Sweden’s Wallenberg family. He is a graduate of Yale College (BA ’86) and Yale Law School (JD ’90), and practiced tax law as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York from 1990 to 1993.
Film Critic, Los Angeles Times & NPR’s “Fresh Air”
Justin Chang has been a film critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2016 and also reviews movies each for NPR’s Fresh Air. He was previously chief film critic at Variety. He is the author of “FilmCraft: Editing,” a 2011 book of interviews with 17 of the world’s top film editors. He has twice been named film critic of the year at the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, and in 2014 he received the inaugural Roger Ebert Award from the African-American Film Critics Association. Chang serves as chair of the National Society of Film Critics and secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California.
In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Environment and Public Works, and the Committee on the Budget.
Kamala has spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala, an Indian-American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher. Growing up in Oakland, Kamala had a stroller-eye view of the Civil Rights movement. Through the example of courageous leaders like Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley, and Charles Hamilton Houston, Kamala learned the kind of character it requires to stand up to the powerful, and resolved to spend her life advocating for those who could not defend themselves.
After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, she began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. In 2003, Kamala became the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. Among her achievements as District Attorney, Harris started a program that gives first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment.
Having completed two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General. In this role, she worked tirelessly to hold corporations accountable and protect the state’s most vulnerable people. Over the course of her nearly two terms in office, Kamala won a $25-billion settlement for California homeowners hit by the foreclosure crisis, defended California’s landmark climate change law, protected the Affordable Care Act, helped win marriage equality for all Californians, and prosecuted transnational gangs that trafficked in guns, drugs, and human beings.
In the United States Senate, Kamala’s mission remains unchanged: fighting for the rights of all communities in California. Since taking office, she has introduced and cosponsored legislation to raise wages for working people, reform our broken criminal justice system, make healthcare a right for all Americans, address the epidemic of substance abuse, support veterans and military families, and expand access to childcare for working parents.
It’s the privilege of Kamala’s life to work on behalf of the people of California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Doug Emhoff, and is stepmother to Ella and Cole Emhoff.
Of Chinese-Hawaiian heritage on his geologist father’s side, Keanu Reeves’ first name translates from Hawaiian to English as “cool breeze over the mountains.” He first gained attention for his performance in River’s Edge, while the comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, brought him major recognition. Reeves has developed an eclectic film roster that includes the action flick Speed and the sci-fi blockbusters The Matrix and its sequels, as well as more art-house fare like My Own Private Idaho and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Reeves made his directorial debut in 2013 with Man of Tai Chi.
His artistic aspirations not limited to film, Reeves co-founded the band Dogstar in the early 1990s. Reeves is also a longtime motorcycle enthusiast. After asking designer Gard Hollinger to create a custom-built bike for him, the two went into business together with the formation of Arch Motorcycle Company LLC in 2011.
Actor & Comedian
Known for his scene stealing abilities, actor, producer, writer and comedian Ken Jeong has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in KNOCKED UP in 2007, Jeong has gone on to star in several memorable roles in a series of successful comedies.
Jeong can currently be seen as a judge on the FOX hit celebrity reality singing competition “The Masked Singer”, now in its third season. Prior to that, Ken starred on ABC’s “Dr. Ken”, which he was the creator, writer, and Executive Producer. He also was a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC show “Community” from 2009-2015, which won the Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Series in 2012. In 2015, Jeong directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Student Athlete, and he also starred in and produced the Sundance award-winning film ADVANTAGEOUS which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Next up, Jeong will be seen hosting FOX’s upcoming series “I Can See Your Voice”, a music mystery game show for which he will also serve as an Executive Producer.
Recently, Jeong appeared in the Warner Bros. box office sensation CRAZY RICH ASIANS which grossed over $150 million worldwide and earned multiple nominations including Golden Globes, SAG, and People’s Choice. CRAZY RICH ASIANS earned the “Best Acting Ensemble” award at the National Board of Review awards as well as “Best Comedy” at the Critics’ Choice Awards. He was also recently seen in ELSEWHERE opposite Beau Bridges, Jacki Weaver, and Parker Posey. Upcoming projects include MY SPY starring Dave Bautista, and EL TONTO starring, written and directed by Charlie Day.
In February 2019, Jeong returned to his stand-up roots for his first-ever hit Netflix comedy special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho”, which earned him a People’s Choice nomination for “The Comedy Act of 2019.” Filmed at The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California, where Jeong first got his start in comedy, the special reflects on how he went from being a doctor to a comedy superstar.
Jeong has also lent his voice to a plethora of animated films and will soon be heard in the Warner Bros animated Scooby Doo film, SCOOB, and in TOM AND JERRY. He will also be heard in Disney’s LADY AND THE TRAMP. Jeong’s fellow voice over credits include “The Casagrandes”, WONDER PARK, DESPICABLE ME 2.
Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.
Once in Los Angeles, he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory and was seen on a number of television shows including “The Office”, “Entourage”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” It wasn’t until he caught Judd Apatow’s eye, who cast him as “Dr. Kuni” in KNOCKED UP that he solidified himself as a feature film actor. In 2008, Jeong had his first major role opposite Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as the villain in David Wain's ROLE MODELS. That same year he also appeared in the cult comedy hits PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and STEP BROTHERS.
In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy THE HANGOVER also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, which earned Jeong an MTV Movie Award in 2010, and in which the film itself won The Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical and Critics Choice Award for “Best Comedy” in 2010. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy to date, with over $467 million worldwide, only to be trumped by THEHANGOVER PART II, which grossed $581 million worldwide. Jeong reprised his iconic role in THEHANGOVER PART III.
Jeong dedicates his spare time to volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer, which is a cause very dear to his heart. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.
Director of Programming, Sundance Film Festival
Kim Yutani is the Director of Programming of the Sundance Film Festival; she assumed that role in 2018. She began programming short films for the Festival in 2006, and became a feature film programmer in 2009, focusing on US and international fiction feature films, overseeing short film programming, and working on the Festival’s Offscreen panels and conversations. She was instrumental in creating Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong.
She represents Sundance internationally, serving on juries, speaking on panels, and working to cultivate relationships with film commissions, industry, and artists around the world. Since 2014, she has also overseen a collaboration with the Berlinale’s European Film Market — housed within the Sundance Film Festival at EFM program — which has provided exposure and sales opportunities for Sundance films immediately after world-premiering at the Festival.
She started her programming career at Outfest Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading LGBT festivals, where she was the Artistic Director and the Director of Programming. She was a programmer for the Provincetown International Film Festival, has been a reader for Creative Capital, and was on the short film nominating committee for Cinema Eye Honors. Prior to her film festival work, Yutani was a film critic and freelance journalist focusing on independent film. She got her start in the industry as assistant to the director Gregg Araki.
Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray was the most-talked about collegiate football player. As Quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, Kyler won the 2018 Heisman Trophy and was named the 2018 Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. Following his Heisman-Trophy winning season, Kyler declared his intentions to enter the 2019 NFL Draft and forego a promising career in another sport–baseball–despite also being drafted into the MLB by the Oakland Athletics.
In April 2019, Kyler became the first-ever Asian American No. 1 draft pick in the history of the NFL joining the Arizona Cardinals. At the NFL Honors on February 1, Murray won the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award for his performance during his rookie season.
Over the last few years Lana Condor has burst onto the scene as one of the most in-demand leading ladies in the entertainment industry, making her star turn in the rom-com film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” which became a global sensation for Netflix in the summer of 2018. Media outlets raved about Condor’s performance as Lara Jean Covey, stating: “Get ready to be charmed by Lana Condor” (Vanity Fair), “Condor is a ready-made star” (Vulture), “Lana Condor will charm you like no other” (W Magazine), “Lana Condor soars with such confidence and grace (Cosmopolitan) and “Condor’s Lara Jean anchors the entire film in what should be a star-making performance” (Buzzfeed) to name a few. Based on Jenny Han’s New York Times best-selling novel, Condor broke the mold as the first Asian American leading lady in a YA romantic comedy.
This year, Condor her role as Lara Jean in the highly anticipated sequel “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” opposite Noah Centineo and Jordan Fisher. The film is set to premiere internationally on Netflix on February 12, 2020 and the third film in the series, “To All the Boys: Always & Forever, Lara Jean” recently wrapped production with a premiere date TBA. Additionally, it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival (2019) that Condor will star opposite Brianna Hildebrand in the female buddy comedy “Girls Night” written by Cristina Kinon (Bravo’s “Adulting”) and to be directed by multi-hyphenate Marianna Palka (“G.L.O.W.”) Production is slated to start in spring 2020.
Condor’s film credits include appearing as Koyomi in James Cameron’s cyberpunk action feature film “Alita: Battle Angel” (Twentieth Century Fox) opposite Rosa Salazar and Mahershala Ali, Lionsgate’s “Patriot’s Day” alongside Mark Wahlberg and Lifetime’s “High School Lover.” Condor first broke onto the entertainment scene in 2016, making her feature film debut in Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” starring as Jubilation Lee, AKA Jubilee alongside Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy. On the television front, she starred as Saya in SYFY’s drama series “Deadly Class” which followed a disillusioned teen recruited into a high school for assassins and was set against the backdrop of late 1980’s counterculture.
Originally from Can Tho, Vietnam, Condor was adopted by her parents at four months old (along with her brother, Arthur) and spent her early years in the Chicago area. As a child she lived in both Washington state and New York City, training in classical ballet in both locations. She took classes at multiple prestigious dance academies including The Joffrey School of Classical Ballet, The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a high school freshman living in New York, Condor took her first acting class and was hooked. During her sophomore year, Condor and her family moved to Los Angeles where she danced alongside apprentices at The Los Angeles Ballet and continued to develop her passion for acting by joining the theater department at Notre Dame Academy and studying at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors. While going out on a handful of auditions her senior year, Condor booked “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
On the digital front, Condor’s social media following skyrocketed in 2018 soaring to over 8 million dedicated fans internationally (and growing). She has used her newfound platform to generate awareness for causes near to her heart, including The Asia Foundation where she established a scholarship to send underprivileged girls and women to school in Vietnam. In 2019, she traveled back to Vietnam alongside Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts with the Girls Opportunity Alliance through The Obama Foundation, to share stories about people there who are supporting girls’ education.
Creative Director, Oscar de la Renta & MONSE
As a child in Seoul, South Korea, Laura learned the basics of sewing, patternmaking, and sketching. She developed a critical eye for detail from her grandmother, a retired textile manufacturer. When she moved to New York to attend Pratt Institute, her talents were immediately recognized with scholarships from the Counsel of Fashion Designers (CFDA) and The Fashion Group International.
As a fashion student, she fellowshipped at TSE Cashmere, Donna Karan, and Oscar de la Renta. Mr. De la Renta was impressed with her work and offered her a permanent residence as Design Director of ready-to-wear and accessories. In 2015 after working alongside the late Oscar de la Renta for over a decade, Laura and Fernando Garcia founded MONSE. The collections are inspired by menswear and classic tailoring with a deconstructed perspective. Elements like twisted tailoring, cascade hems, and slashed silhouettes are amongst the label’s distinguished design details. Brand offerings include women’s RTW including unisex styles and accessories that can be found at fine retailers around the world. In 2016, Kim and Garcia were appointed Creative Directors of Oscar de la Renta and debuted their first collection for the house in February 2017. They currently oversee creative direction for both MONSE and Oscar de la Renta.
Actress, Comedian, TV Host, & Author
Lilly Singh is an acclaimed YouTuber, comedian, television host and actress widely known as IISuperwomanII. In March 2019, NBC announced that Lilly would host a new late night talk show for the network, “A Little Late with Lilly Singh,” which will replace “Last Call with Carson Daly.” In 2017, Lilly was ranked tenth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid YouTube stars and first on the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers List in the entertainment category. Lilly has received an MTV Fandom Award, four Streamy Awards, two Teen Choice Awards and a People’s Choice Award. In 2016, Lilly released her first feature film, titled “A Trip to Unicorn Island.” In March 2017, she released her first book, “How to be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life,” which became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.
VP Original Documentary & Comedy Programming, Netflix
Lisa Nishimura is Vice President, Original Documentary and Independent Features at Netflix. A 12-year Netflix veteran, Nishimura currently oversees the company’s original documentary slate, including features, shorts and limited series, as well as independent films. Her team strives to provide storytellers of all backgrounds with a global platform where they can share their unique narratives around the world–across geographies, languages, genders, cultures, experiences and perspectives.
The current slate of documentaries including, Miss Americana, Crip Camp, Circus of Books, Dick Johnson is Dead and Mucho Mucho Amor showcase her commitment to female documentarians and compelling storytelling. The Netflix Independent features team is responsible for films such as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Liz Garbus’ Lost Girls. Some upcoming titles include Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, ensemble gothic-western The Devil All The Time as well as recent global acquisitions such as Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog and star-studded Enola Holmes.
Under her leadership, original documentary features and shorts have earned four Academy Awards and fifteen Academy Award nominations. American Factory was the 2020 Oscar winner for Documentary Film, Period.End of Sentence. was the 2019 Oscar winner for Documentary (short), Icarus was the 2018 Oscar winner for Documentary Film, and The White Helmets was the 2017 Oscar winner for Documentary (short). Nominations include The Square (2013), Virunga (2014), What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), Winter on Fire (2015), Extremis (2016),13th (2016), which also earned an Emmy and BAFTA Award, Strong Island (2018), Heroin(e) (2018), End Game (2018), The Edge of Democracy (2019) and Life Overtakes Me (2019). The documentary Quincy won a Grammy Award (2019) for best Music Film and Homecoming (2019) a film by Beyonce Knowles Carter earned six Emmy nominations and won Best Music Film at the 2020 Grammy Award. Nishimura’s team also is responsible for the production of celebrated documentary series including the Emmy Award-winning series Making a Murderer and Wild Wild Country and 2018 Emmy Nominated Chef’s Table, and Somebody Feed Phil. Other critically acclaimed documentary series include The Keepers, Wormwood, Last Chance U, Ugly Delicious and Abstract: The Art of Design.
With the rare ability to captivate audiences with her sincere storytelling and global perspective, Lulu Wang continues to establish herself as a writer and filmmaker to watch.
Most recently, Wang released her second feature THE FAREWELL, which she both wrote and directed. The story follows Billi (Awkwafina), who returns to China after decades in America to join a household of relatives as they convene to say goodbye to the family’s elderly matriarch under the pretense of a shotgun wedding.
The film first premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition, earning Wang a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize. After its success at Sundance, A24 picked it up for worldwide distribution and released the film in select theaters on July 7. Since then, Wang’s sophomore feature has garnered a multitude of praises, including Variety naming Wang among its “Top Ten Directors To Watch in 2019”. The film recently won Best Feature at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, as well as a Best Actress Golden Globe for Awkwafina and a Best Supporting Actress Spirit Award for Zhao Shuzhen. The critically-acclaimed film also garnered multiple nominations throughout the season including “Best Feature” and “Best Screenplay” at the 2019 Gotham Independent Film Awards, AFI’s Top Ten Films in 2019, as well as “Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language” at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards.
Wang’s debut feature film, POSTHUMOUS, stars Brit Marling and Jack Huston. Released by The Orchard in 2014, the indie romantic comedy follows a struggling artist who finds himself accidentally reported dead. On behalf of the debut film, Wang was awarded with the Chaz and Roger Ebert Directing Fellowship at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Lydia X.Z. Brown
Disability Justice Advocate, Educator, Attorney, & Writer
Lydia X. Z. Brown (they/them) is a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing. They co-lead the project on disability rights and algorithmic fairness at the Institute for Technology Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, teach for Georgetown University’s disability studies program, and support the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network’s policy and advocacy work. They are also founder and director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment.
In 2018, NBC featured Lydia as one of 26 Asian Pacific American breakthrough leaders for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and Amplifier featured Lydia as part of the We The Future campaign for youth activism. In 2015, they were named to Pacific Standard’s 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 list, and to Mic’s list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators. Their work appears in numerous scholarly and community publications, and they have received many awards for their work, including from the Obama White House, the Society for Disability Studies, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Washington Peace Center, the Disability Policy Consortium, and the National Council on Independent Living.
Worldwide Managing Partner, Bain & Company
Manny Maceda is the worldwide managing partner of Bain & Company. He is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s strategy, team and operations across Bain’s global network of 50+ offices. Manny leads the firm in its mission to deliver the best client results in the management consulting industry. Additionally, Manny is a member of the Board of Directors of Bain & Company and formally led Bain’s Global Full Potential Transformation Group. He originally joined Bain in 1988.
Manny’s past roles include Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region and Global leader of Bain’s Performance Improvement practice, Reengineering practice and global recruiting team. He has served on the firm’s Management Committee, Nominating Committee and Global Operating Committee.
Manny specializes in working with large corporate transformations involving strategy, growth, cost reduction, performance improvement and organizational effectiveness. He has worked with clients in financial services, industrial products, consumer products, retail, telecommunications, energy, technology and transportation. He has most recently been the lead Bain partner in support of transformation client relationships at a global computing company, a global e-commerce player, an Asia-Pacific communications company, a global hotel chain and a global sports apparel company.
Manny holds an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in Chemical Engineering (magna cum laude) from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Bain, he worked with E.I. Du Pont de Nemours in the Engineering Plastics Group and with Unocal Corporation in Refinery Process Engineering.
Manny is a member of the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Deputy Commissioner and COO, NBA
Mark Tatum was appointed NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer on Feb. 1, 2014, following unanimous approval by the NBA Board of Governors. He joined the NBA in 1999 and is currently responsible for the NBA’s business operations, including leading the NBA’s international efforts. He also oversees the Global Partnerships, Marketing, Communications and Team Marketing and Business Operations departments in addition to the NBA G League.
Since becoming Deputy Commissioner and COO, Mark has been instrumental in many historic initiatives including the first NBA game in Africa, the launch of seven NBA Academies around the world for youth and elite development, and the debut of the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a first-of-its-kind global youth basketball tournament. Additionally, Mark spearheaded the NBA’s groundbreaking jersey sponsorship program to feature corporate logos on team jerseys, established an entitlement partnership with Gatorade for the NBA G League, and secured a global merchandising and marketing partnership with Nike, making it the exclusive oncourt uniform and apparel provider of the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League.
In 2016, Mark was named to Forbes’ list of the Top 25 Most Influential Minorities in Sports. SportsBusiness Journal named him to its list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business in 2014 and 2015. For three straight years (2006, 2007 and 2008), he was also honored by the SportsBusiness Journal with a Forty Under 40 Award, making him an entrant into the publication’s Forty Under 40 Hall of Fame.
Mark sits on numerous boards including USA Basketball, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, LA 2028 Summer Olympics, and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors. He is Chair of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a national organization that empowers African-American corporate leaders to make impactful contributions.
He received a B.S. in Business Management from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University.
Michael Luo is the editor of NewYorker.com, overseeing The New Yorker’s digital presence across all platforms. He leads the magazine’s online editorial operation, which publishes a mixture of news reporting and commentary, cultural criticism, ideas and arguments, essays, and humor.
He joined the magazine as an investigations editor in November 2016 and was promoted to his current job several months later. He writes regularly about politics, religion, and other issues. Previously, Luo spent thirteen years at The New York Times, as a reporter and editor. He covered two presidential campaigns; wrote about the recession as a national correspondent; did stints in the Baghdad and Washington bureaus; and worked on investigative projects. As an editor, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times and winners of the George Polk award.
Just before he left The Times, he wrote an open letter to a woman who had screamed at him and his family to go back to China that ran on the front page and helped spark a national conversation about Asian-Americans and race. In 2002, as a national writer at the Associated Press, he won a George Polk award and a Livingston Award for a series of articles on three poor, black inmates with intellectual disabilities in Alabama who were convicted of killing a baby that probably never existed. As a result of the series, two of the prisoners were freed.
Michelle Lee is the Editor in Chief of Allure. Since taking the helm in 2015, she has transformed Allure into an innovative, multi-faceted brand that champions diversity and challenges old-fashioned beauty standards. She was named Adweek’s Editor of the Year in 2017, while Allure was named Magazine of the Year for their groundbreaking covers, such as the July 2017 This Is American Beauty cover featuring model Halima Aden in a hijab and their September 2017 oath to ban the term “anti-aging” from their lexicon, which sparked global conversation about how we speak about aging.
She’s been a vocal advocate for Asian-American representation, featuring stars like Gemma Chan and Naomi Osaka on Allure’s cover, and made history in June 2018 with a trailblazing cover featuring three Asian models.
As host of The Allure Podcast, she’s often highlighted AAPI issues in conversations with Awkwafina, Prabal Gurung, Phillip Lim, Patrick Ta, Gemma Chan, and more.
Prior to Allure, she was Editor in Chief of NYLON and has held senior positions at Glamour and Mademoiselle, among others.
She sits on the Board at ColorComm, was awarded a 2019 ColorComm Circle Award, and was named to Digiday’s Glossy 50, and Create & Cultivate’s Creative 100 in 2017.
Naomi Osaka is one of the most explosive and influential tennis players of all-time. She is the first Asian player to hold the No.1 ranking in singles and the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam. Her extraordinary tennis triumphs combined with her off-court success makes her tennis’ biggest cover star, most notably seen on the covers of Allure, GQ, Time, and ESPN.
In 2013, Osaka entered the WTA professional circuit as a rising star quickly gaining fans and media attention through her powerful serve and strong forehand. Soon thereafter in January 2016, Osaka qualified to enter her first Grand Slam, progressing into the third round. That year, Osaka won “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2016 WTA Awards. Two years later in 2018 Naomi had one of the strongest seasons to date, winning 2 Grand Slams. Since then, Naomi Osaka has become a household name and sports sensation. She has been featured in Teen Vogue, Vogue, Yahoo Sports, Vogue India, The Los Angeles Times, The NY Times, and ESPN. She has appeared on talks shows like Ellen, CBS This Morning, TODAY Show, and GMA.
She was named as The World’s Most Marketable Athlete in 2019, with numerous blue-chip partnerships including Nike, Mastercard, Nissan, Citizen, bareMinerals and ANA.
Naomi is the proud daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother and was born in Osaka, Japan but moved to the United States with her family at the age of 3.
Osaka currently resides full-time in Los Angeles, CA.
Figure Skating World Champion
Two-Time World Champion, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and Four-Time U.S. Champion, Nathan Chen is a dominant star in figure skating.
Nathan, now 20, was born in Salt Lake City – the home of the 2002 Winter Olympics. He started skating because of the Olympic movement in his hometown, and he quickly became a multiple winner in the novice and junior ranks. At the 2017 U.S. Championships in Kansas City, Nathan ignited the crowd with a record five quadruple jumps in the free skate. His record-breaking score allowed him to become the youngest U.S. men’s champion in more than five decades.
At the 2018 U.S. Championships, Nathan followed up with another U.S. title, and earned a spot on the 2018 Olympic team. He was honored to be named to the team. Nathan was able to earn an Olympic Bronze medal in the team event. In the individual event, he started off the competition by faltering in the short program, placing 17th. However, Nathan did not give up. In the free skate, Nathan made Olympic history by becoming the first man to attempt six quads and land five cleanly. He placed first in the free skate with a score of 215.08, the highest in Olympic history, finishing 5th place overall. More importantly, Nathan learned valuable lessons from his first Olympic experience that he will remember throughout his competitive career. Three weeks later, Nathan competed at the 2018 World Championships in Milan. He placed first in both the short and free programs. He landed six quads in the free program, winning the 2018 world champion title.