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Saturday, June 27

8:00am PDT

Saturday June 27, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor McDonald’s

9:00am PDT

Welcome + Announcements
Saturday June 27, 2015 9:00am - 9:20am PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

9:20am PDT

Technology speaks: How storytelling is becoming an “experience”

Design has become an integral part of our lives — from Apple’s iconic design to the new experiences technology like Oculus Rift is bringing us. What’s the future of experience and design on the screen and off? This conversation explores how experience could — and is — changing storytelling.

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Amara Aguilar

Adviser, USC Annenberg
Amara Aguilar is an associate professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. At USC, she developed and teaches journalism for mobile and emerging platforms, and interactive media design for publishing, among other... Read More →
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Jinsoo An

Experience Designer, Deutsch
Jinsoo An is an Experience Designer, Researcher and Tinkerer from Seoul. He has worked with over 40 top brands and he has been featured on Wired, The Creators Project, The Huffington Post, PSFK, among others. Outside of his work, he has collaborated with UCLA Suprastudio, Interaction... Read More →
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Lily Mihalik

Designer, Los Angeles Times
Lily is a designer. She works as part of the Los Angeles Times Data Desk to tell better stories online.

Saturday June 27, 2015 9:20am - 10:00am PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor Verizon
  • Hashtag #V3Experience

10:00am PDT

V3con Photobooth

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm PDT
NCPD Democracy Lab 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3snaps

10:30am PDT

Making a movement: #BlackLivesMatter

Grassroot groups have been mobilizing across the world thanks to social media - from #Occupy to #BlackLivesMatter. But as technology evolves quickly, so are the activists. Patrisse Cullers discusses how #BlackLivesMatter went from a hashtag to a global movement.

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Gil Asakawa

Manager of Student Media, University of Colorado Boulder
Asian American writer, blogger, online content ninja, Social Media and SEO expert, movies & music fan, guitar player, cat owner, retired artist and King of the Grill. Baby boomer born in Japan, raised in the U.S. A child of the '60s and '70s. Rock critic, early Internet adopter... Read More →

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Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer and freedom fighter living and working in Los Angeles. As founder of Dignity and Power Now and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, she has worked tirelessly promoting law enforcement accountability across the nation. Dignity and Power Now is... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Movement

10:30am PDT

Telling the untold stories of emerging communities

Identifying emerging communities and gaining access to the community can be challenging. Reporters and editors discuss how they cover the voices of a community, diversify sources and find untold stories.

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Anh Do

Staff writer, Los Angeles Times
Anh Do covers Asian American issues and Orange County for the Los Angeles Times. A second-generation journalist, she worked at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News. Do is a graduate of USC who studied international relations in London... Read More →
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Suevon Lee

Editor-in-chief, KoreAm Journal
Suevon Lee is editor-in-chief of KoreAm Journal, a bimonthly magazine focused on news, culture and commentary on the Korean American experience. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, she has called Los Angeles home for the last eight months.
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Amna Nawaz

Managing Editor, NBC News Asian America
Amna Nawaz is an Emmy-award winning journalist and the Managing Editor of NBC News Asian America, a network vertical she helped to create and launch in 2014. She was previously NBC's Bureau Chief/Correspondent in Pakistan and reports for all NBC News platforms.

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:30am - 11:20am PDT
NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Community

10:30am PDT

The new liveshot

Meerkat and Periscope are the newest apps that have taken livestreaming to the next level. How can you use this technology to take a liveshot without all the equipment? Join a workshop that will show you how to use this and other new apps to broadcast your story even faster.

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Lia Haberman

Director of Audience Development, TheWrap.com
Lia Haberman is Director of Audience Development at TheWrap.com. Previously, Lia’s run social at dick clark productions, E! Online and Yahoo Entertainment where she orchestrated a live gif Tumblr Q&A between The Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.
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Gadi Schwartz

General assignment reporter, NBC4 Southern California
Gadi Schwartz is a general assignment reporter for NBC4 Southern California. An award-winning journalist, he reports weekly for NBC4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:20pm PDT
Inahara Foyer 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Hashtag #V3Liveshot

10:30am PDT

The writing coach is in: A workshop on writing better

Back again because of high demand! Let’s get back to the basics of writing. Join writing coach Steve Padilla to learn how better structure can make your writing even stronger.

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Steve Padilla

Assistant national editor, Los Angeles Times
Steve Padilla, an assistant national editor at the Los Angeles Times, lectures writing technique and serves as a writing coach.

Saturday June 27, 2015 10:30am - 12:20pm PDT
Nerio Education Center 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Writing

11:30am PDT

Checking multiple checkboxes: Discussing being two “others”

What does it mean to be multi-racial? Or queer and a person of color? Identity goes beyond the Census checkboxes of gender and race, identity is how we define ourselves. Panelists will talk about their backgrounds and how they've navigated their personal journeys, plus discuss how writers can better serve their communities.

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Frank Buckley

Co-Anchor, KTLA Morning News
Frank Buckley is co-anchor of KTLA’s Emmy Award-winning signature broadcast, LA’s #1 rated KTLA Morning News. Frank joined KTLA in June 2005 from CNN, where he had been a Los Angeles-based national correspondent. Frank currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of... Read More →

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riKu Matsuda

Board Member, Gender Justice Los Angeles
riKu Matsuda believes #BLACKLIVESMATTER and works for the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. He hosts a live radio program called "Flip the Script" on Pacifica's KPFK every Monday from 8-8:30PM. riKu also serves on the board of Gender Justice Los Angeles.
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Sonia Smith-Kang

Designer/Founder, Mixed Up Clothing, Inc.
Sonia Smith-Kang is a social entrepreneur. She is the designer and founder of Mixed Up Clothing, a multiethnic children's clothing line that celebrates cultural diversity and inclusion. As a proud military brat born to an African-American father and Latina mother, she was born in... Read More →
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Clayton Yeung

Director of Community Alliances, Events & Engagement, Nielsen
Clayton Yeung is Director of Community Alliances, Events & Engagement for Nielsen in Los Angeles. Before joining Nielsen, Clayton nurtured his interest in community service and social justice issues by working at various national and regional nonprofit agencies for over 15 years... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:20pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor Nielsen
  • Hashtag #V3Identity

11:30am PDT

Listen up: What it takes to make a great podcast

Podcasts are the latest trend right now. But how do you do it? This panel will share best practices, offering tips and advice to make your podcast stand out. Whether through humor or interviews, podcasters will share their process and the tools they use every day.

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Tanzila Ahmed

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast
Tanzila Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She can be heard monthly on the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast and can be read monthly in her Radical Love column. An avid writer, she was a long-time writer for Sepia Mutiny and is published in the anthology... Read More →

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Ann Friedman

Co-host, Call Your Girlfriend
Ann Friedman writes for New York magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, ELLE, and The New Republic. She also co-hosts the podcast Call Your Girlfriend.
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Andrew Ti

Creator, Yo, Is This Racist?
Andrew Ti is a writer and creator of the blog and podcast Yo, Is This Racist?

Saturday June 27, 2015 11:30am - 12:20pm PDT
NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Podcast

12:30pm PDT

Grab a friend, or make a new one and grab lunch on us, or explore Little Tokyo!

Saturday June 27, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  • Sponsor McDonald’s

12:30pm PDT

Self-Guided Tour of Japanese American National Museum
Explore the Japanese American National Museum on your own.

Saturday June 27, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
  • Sponsor Japanese American National Museum

1:30pm PDT

Breaking through the glass/bamboo ceiling

We all want to rise, but at some point we might hit a ceiling, whether made of glass or bamboo. This panel brings together a group of executives who have made it to the top for a conversation about their success and the challenges they faced on their path.

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David Ono

news anchor, KABC-TV
David has been an anchor on ABC7 Eyewitness news since 1996. He currently anchors three evening shows, including the top rated show in all of Los Angeles on any channel and time slot, Eyewitness News at 6. In addition to David's anchor duties, he is their special projects reporter... Read More →

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Jeanne Mau

Vice President, CBS Diversity
Jeanne Mau is the Vice President of CBS Diversity, where she oversees the CBS Diversity Writer's Mentoring Program and Director's Initiative for the network. She has been with CBS for past 16 years and was previously the Vice President of Current Programming.
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Joe Zee

Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer, Yahoo Style
Joe Zee is the Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Style where he leads the vision, creative direction and development of the new Yahoo Style digital magazine. Previous to this post, Joe was the Creative Director of ELLE where he developed a new visual signature... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 1:30pm - 2:20pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor CBS Entertainment Diversity
  • Hashtag #V3Ceiling

2:30pm PDT

V3con Lounge: Networking Break
Want to talk to a speaker? Meet a potential new client or business partner? We’ve set up a space for you to meet, greet and talk with other V3 attendees. Gather in the lounge, enjoy the V3con Photobooth, have some snacks provided by McDonald’s, and meet some new friends!

Saturday June 27, 2015 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
NCPD Lobby 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

3:00pm PDT

Re-imagining the (Asian) superhero

Now more than ever, comic book superheroes are the source for billion-dollar grossing movie, television and video game franchises.They are also overwhelmingly white, straight and male. The success of books like Ms. Marvel and Silk prove that Asian Americans can lead their own comic series, but how does that translate to other media?

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Keith Chow

Founder/editor-in-chief, The Nerds of Color
Keith Chow is the founder/editor-in-chief of The Nerds of Color, a website that looks at pop culture with a different perspective. He also edited the Asian American comics anthologies SECRET IDENTITIES and SHATTERED.

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Bernard Chang

Bernard Chang is an Asian-American artist/designer, best known for his work in the comic book industry and entertainment design. He currently draws BATMAN BEYOND for DC Comics, and his previous work include WONDER WOMAN, SUPERMAN, DEADPOOL, CABLE and SUPERGIRL. Bernard graduated from... Read More →
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Marissa Lee

Co-founder, Racebending.com
Marissa Lee is one of the co-founders of Racebending.com, a fan-driven media advocacy organization that promotes equality and representation.  She is one of the creators of Fat Pink Cast, a feminist fangirl Game of Thrones podcast.  She is a Taiwanese American social worker, public... Read More →
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Jon Tsuei

Jon Tsuei is a comic book writer whose work has been featured in the anthologies "Secret Identities" and "Comic Book Tattoo". He is also the co-creator and writer on "RUNLOVEKILL" published by Image Comics.

Saturday June 27, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Superheroes

3:00pm PDT

Social metrics: More than just numbers

Social metrics go beyond likes and comments, they can drive business decisions and change your relationship with your audience. Social media experts will share examples of how analytics impact their work and how you can dig deep to get the best return on investment.

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Jessica Kellett

Program Manager for Social Media and Digital Communications, Southern California Edison
Jessica Kellett is the Program Manager for Social Media and Digital Communications at Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. There she oversees a $5 million digital advertising budget focused on key programs and messages, such as energy efficiency... Read More →
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Krisha Paz

Project coordinator, AARP Studios
I'm Krisha Paz, project coordinator for AARP Studios. I'm a corgi lover and coffee aficionado. My mission is to bring people closer to meaningful, cool brands through social & digital - creating better relationships and hopefully, a better and awesomer world.

Saturday June 27, 2015 3:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor AARP
  • Hashtag #V3Metrics

3:00pm PDT

Beyond photos: Discover new smartphone visuals

From Snapchat to Hyperlapse, there are new experimental visual apps being released every day. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to make experimental visuals like GIFs and how to best use them for storytelling and social media.

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Maya Sugarman

Photo/video journalist, KPCC
Maya Sugarman is a photo/video journalist for KPCC, an NPR affiliate in Los Angeles. She oversees all things visual at the station. In addition to making photos and video, she experiments in motion graphics, GIFs, Hyperlapses and more for KPCC.

Saturday June 27, 2015 3:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Nerio Education Center 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor McDonald’s
  • Hashtag #V3Visuals

3:00pm PDT

Finding the heart of the story: A storytelling workshop

Can you find the untold story in your community? Seasoned writing coach Tom Huang will coach writers and storytellers to get to the heart of a story, even if it means working through language and cultural barriers. This workshop also goes through a set of questions to help you focus your story and understand the stories' underlying themes.

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Tom Huang

Assistant Managing Editor, Dallas Morning News
Tom Huang is Sunday & Enterprise Editor at The Dallas Morning News and Editing Fellow at The Poynter Institute. In 2013, he was a Punch Sulzberger Fellow at Columbia University, where he studied executive leadership and journalism innovation. For the past 14 years, he has... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 3:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Inahara Foyer 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Storytelling

4:00pm PDT

State of the Asian American Blog

What is the value of bloggers who write about the Asian American community and where is the next generation of voices? Asian American blog founders gather together to discuss what blogging is like today and what they've learned from running their sites.

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Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Contributor, NBC Asian America
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Michigan and Hawai‘i. She is a contributor and columnist for NBC News Asian America. She has also written forAAPIVoices.com, NewAmericaMedia.org, ChicagoIsTheWorld.org... Read More →

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Grace Hwang Lynch

Grace Hwang Lynch is a San Francisco Bay Area based freelance writer with a focus on race, culture and family. Her work has appeared on PBS, Salon, MSNBC, xoJane and BlogHer. She also blogs about Asian mixed-race families at HapaMama.
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Jocelyn "Joz" Wang

Editor-in-chief/CEO, 8Asians.com
Jocelyn 'Joz' Wang (@jozjozjoz) is a digital entrepreneur creating spaces for under-represented voices. She is Editor-in-chief/CEO of 8Asians.com and in 2011, she acquired the Metblogs Network and runs the international network—consisting of over 50 sites worldwide. She also founded the V... Read More →
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Phil Yu

Founder/Editor, Angry Asian Man
Phil Yu is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news/culture blog Angry Asian Man. He is also co-host of the YouTube talk show Angry Asian America on ISAtv, and host of Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast. Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, Angry Asian... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Blog

4:00pm PDT

Money and taxes: Exploring finances as a freelancer

Even if you’re not a freelancer, understanding how to make the most of your money can be taxing. Financial experts share their no nonsense tips on how to manage your finances — from invoices to taxes to planning for the future.

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Canan Tasci

Communications Consultant, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Canan Tasci is a contracted communications consultant/content developer for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her passion project includes being the co-writer/actor in the 2-woman sketch comedy show M.E. (Middle-Easterns) So Funny, & its web series the #BroShow. She previously... Read More →

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Hrant Bedikian

Owner, A & A Accounting
Hrant Bedikian is the owner of A & A Accounting has been providing professional services for individuals and businesses in Southern California for over 25 years. We specialize in bookkeeping, payroll and all tax situations.
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Meena Thiruvengadam

Writer and editor, Yahoo Finance
Meena Thiruvengadam is a multimedia business journalist and digital native who has worked for newspapers, a news wire, magazines and the web. She was once a personal finance columnist and now works as a writer and editor for Yahoo Finance.

Saturday June 27, 2015 4:00pm - 4:50pm PDT
NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Sponsor Union Bank
  • Hashtag #V3Money

5:00pm PDT


The hottest new show to tackle Asian American issues is ABC’s "Fresh Off the Boat," starring Randall Park. In a conversation, Randall will talk about the show and what it means to Asian Americans.

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Ali Wong

Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian who has performed on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy" and was named one of Variety's Top 10 Comics to Watch. Currently, she’s a writer on ABC’s new comedy “FRESH OFF THE BOAT.”

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Randall Park

'Fresh Off The Boat'
Randall Park is one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy series 'Fresh Off The Boat,' the first network television show to focus on an Asian American family in 20 years. Park also recurs on the Emmy award-winning HBO hit show 'Veep,' as the smarmy politician and rival candidate Danny... Read More →

Saturday June 27, 2015 5:00pm - 5:30pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Hashtag #V3Convo

5:30pm PDT

Japanese American National Museum Exhibition Preview
Saturday June 27, 2015 5:30pm - 5:45pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5:45pm PDT

Announcements, Door Prizes*, Evaluations and Closing
Saturday June 27, 2015 5:45pm - 6:00pm PDT
Aratani Central Hall 100 Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012