Celebrate the A100, the most impactful Asian Pacific Leaders.

Peter Sohn, Brenda Hsueh, & Leah Lewis

Writer, Director, & Star, Elemental

Peter Sohn joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2000, and has worked on Academy Award®-winning feature films including “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “WALL•E.” Sohn made his directorial debut on the Pixar short “Partly Cloudy,” before going on to direct his first feature “The Good Dinosaur.” He was also an Executive Producer on “Luca,” which debuted on Disney+ in June 2021. Most recently, Sohn directed Disney and Pixar’s feature film “Elemental,” which opened in theaters summer 2023 and is now streaming on Disney+. Elemental was also nominated for an Academy Award® for ‘Best Animated Feature’.

In his role as a Creative VP, Sohn is involved in key creative decision-making at the studio and consults on films in both development and production.

In addition to his contributions as a filmmaker, Sohn has lent his voice talents to Pixar’s feature films. In “Ratatouille” he voiced the character of Emile, and in “Monsters University,” he is the voice of Scott “Squishy” Squibbles. Audiences will also hear Sohn in Pixar’s feature film “Lightyear,” where he voices Buzz’s lovable robotic feline sidekick, Sox.

Prior to Pixar, Sohn worked at Warner Bros. with “Ratatouille” director Brad Bird on “The Iron Giant,” as well as at Disney TV. He grew up in New York and attended California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). He currently lives in the Bay Area.

Brenda Hsueh began her career writing half hour comedy on the first three seasons of “How I Met Your Mother,” and then went on to work on shows like Netflix’s “Disjointed” and “The Afterparty” on Apple TV+.

In the feature film space, Brenda wrote on Disney and Pixar’s Oscar nominated film “Elemental.” More recently, Brenda wrote the upcoming “Ghostbusters” film from Sony Pictures Animation, and will make her feature directorial debut with “Match,” a live-action sci-fi romantic dramedy.

Brenda also started her own production company ‘Shoes Off Productions,’ which produces both television and feature film projects. Their mandate is to make stories that are character driven and high concept across all genres but always with some comedy. Because life no matter how sad, scary, dramatic, is never humorless.

Leah Lewis is known for her breakout performance in the Netflix feature film, “The Half of It,” written and directed by Alice Wu. The film launched globally on Netflix after winning the Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Writer/director Peter Sohn fell in love with her performance and cast Leah in the lead role of ‘Ember’ in Pixar’s animated feature, ELEMENTAL. The film debuted as the closing film at the 76th Cannes Film Festival and went on to be one of the top summer movies of 2023.

Leah’s other credits include 4 seasons as “George Fan” in the CW series NANCY DREW, The CW’s CHARMED, Hulu’s GUIDANCE, ABC’s STATION 19, and THE GOOD DOCTOR, and Fox’s THE GIFTED. She was most recently seen in the lead role of ‘Lizzy” in the feature film TRIPPED UP opposite Ariel Winter and Vanessa Williams, and will next be seen in CBS’s reboot of MATLOCK opposite Kathy Bates. She also voices the role of ‘Rav’ in the upcoming Paramount animated feature film THE TIGER’S APPRENTICE alongside Sandra Oh and Michelle Yeoh, set to release in 2024.

In addition to her acting, Leah is an incredible singer, who has been writing her own music since the age of 15. In her free time, Leah enjoys writing, powerlifting, advocating for mental health care, getting active outdoors in nature, spending time with her family and creating a community of friends while traveling or resting between jobs.