2020 NetKAL Virtual Forum: Unlocking Ethnic Minority’s Power and Influence in Mainstream America
2020 NetKAL VIRTUAL FORUM
Join our Virtual Forum to hear from the prominent ethnic community leaders on the best practices of how to effectively advocate for their communities in Mainstream America and how to apply these best practices in Unlocking the Korean American Power and Influence in Mainstream America.
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Thursday, August 6, 2020
6:00 - 9:00 PM (PST)
Friday, August 7, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 PM (Seoul/Tokyo)
May Lee has been a broadcast journalist/host for 30 years as both a US based and international anchor, host, correspondent and producer.
Most recently, May partnered with NextShark, the leading Asian online news source, to launch “The May Lee Show”, a podcast/video program focused on Asian American issues and stories. Prior to the new project, May was the LA-based correspondent for international network CGTN America. She covered a vast range of stories throughout Southern California and beyond including the historic wildfires, the Oscars and Golden Globes, the presidential election, the “Me Too” movement and the U.S.-China trade war. May is also the founder and CEO of Lotus Media House, a media company that she started in Singapore and produced original programs including “The May Lee Show”, the first pan-Asia talk show for women, as well as providing media consulting and training.
Since 2018, May has been an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. May’s international experience as a broadcast journalist and entrepreneur is extensive. In 2004 she joined CNBC Asia based in Singapore as the primary anchor.
May also was the primary anchor for CNN International out of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2000. She anchored two nightly, programs as well as the weekend magazine show, “Inside Asia“. Before transferring to Hong Kong, she was the correspondent for CNN in Tokyo.
Following May’s adventures in Japan and Hong Kong, she returned to the U.S. and joined the dynamic new women’s network, Oxygen Media, founded by Oprah Winfrey. She was the co-host of the flagship show “Pure Oxygen” and the host and executive producer of the adventure travel show, “Trippin’ Out with May Lee”. May is the author of “MAY LEE, LIVE AND IN PERSON. It all begins with Passion”, published by John Wiley & Sons and Random House Korea.
May is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA where she attained her BA in communications.
Roy Choi is Managing Partner and Co-Founder at Knighted, managing companies in gaming, sports, and entertainment. In his nonprofit work, Roy is Founder and Chairman of Children in Harmony’s Amani Project, a nonprofit aimed at building gender equity and empathy in developing communities through music & emotional intelligence education.
Roy is also Executive Producer of Kollaboration, an award-winning nationwide nonprofit showcasing emerging Asian Pacific artists and performers. Kollaboration was founded in 2000 and is now in 15 cities across North America.
Roy holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and an MBA from London Business School, as well as a BA in Cinema from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
John Chiang serves as a member of the board of directors of Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMEH), Aegis Systems and Zeuss Technologies. In addition, he serves on the advisory boards of Pasadena Private Finance and Calyx Peak.
From 2015 until 2019, John served as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the state’s banker, he oversaw trillions of dollars in annual transactions, managed a $75 billion investment portfolio, and was the nation’s largest issuer of municipal bonds.
Prior to being elected Treasurer, John served as State Controller from 2007 through 2014. During the Great Recession, he took steps to preserve cash to meet obligations to education and bond holders. His cash management decisions – which included delaying payments and issuing IOUs – were instrumental in keeping the state’s credit rating from plunging into junk status, and his actions saved taxpayers millions of dollars. Additionally, John aggressively used his audit programs to identify more than $9.5 billion of fraud, waste and abuse in government programs, the most by any Controller in California’s history.
In 1998, he was elected to California’s Board of Equalization and served two terms, including three years as chair.
John served as an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow and Hunt-Kean Fellow. John graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a degree in finance and received his law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Richard S. Hirschhaut
Richard S. Hirschhaut became Director of AJC Los Angeles in September 2019. He is the organization’s chief strategist and principal spokesperson in advancing AJC’s global advocacy mission in Southern California, leading a vibrant leadership network and talented professional team.
Richard is a builder and innovator who has worked to advance human rights and democratic values, enhance intergroup understanding, and promote the security and well-being of Jews and other vulnerable communities in the United States, Israel, and around the world. His work with NGOs has included efforts to advance humanitarian medical aid and peaceful coexistence in Israel and neighboring countries. He has led fact-finding missions to Israel, Ukraine, Ethiopia, and Cuba. He also spearheaded international efforts to mark the 20th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Previously, Richard led the creation and establishment of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, as its founding executive director. The museum opened in 2009 to international acclaim and the participation of President Bill Clinton, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, and an audience of 13,000. In 2013, Richard received an Emmy Award as Co-Executive Producer of the nationally-broadcast documentary, Skokie: Invaded but Not Conquered. He also enjoyed a 21-year tenure with the Anti-Defamation League, including a decade as Midwest regional director. He built bridges between the African-American and Jewish communities and worked closely with law enforcement on issues of antisemitism and extremism. His achievements were recognized with the FBI’s Community Leadership Award and the City of Chicago’s Human Relations Award.
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Judaic studies from Tulane University, and has studied at Hebrew University’s Rothberg School for Overseas Students.
Rev. William D. Smart Jr.
Rev. William D. Smart Jr. is the President and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) of Southern California. He is also Co-Pastor of the Christ Liberation Ministries in Los Angeles, where his wife serves as Senior Pastor. He recently served as Direc- tor of External Training and Outreach at the Los Angeles Alliance for A New Economy a nation- ally recognized nonprofit organization, where he worked for almost ten years. Rev. Smart has pastored CME congregations in Birmingham, Alabama; Apex, NC; Forrest City, AR; Jackson, TN; Norfolk, VA; and Los Angeles, CA.
Rev. Smart has served as an advocate and disciple of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout his life. He has participated and worked with various social justice organizations and movements, and worked on behalf of African Americans, and all people who have been oppressed in some capacity. He started working as a faith-based outreach coordinator with Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial campaign in 1984, and subsequently worked on Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns. He also served as a clergy outreach coordinator for the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Campaigns. He recently served as the National Director of African American Clergy Outreach with Hillary Clinton for President Campaign.
Rev. Smart worked as an adjunct professor of world religion and biblical studies at Lane College in Jackson, where he also served as interim Vice President. He served as Co-Chair of the Black-Brown Unity Commission, a Board Member of Community Call to Action in Los Angeles, and currently serves a national advisory board member on the American Values Network and the National MasterCard Community Outreach.
Rev. Smart received his B.S. from Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama, and a Master’s of Divinity from Duke University.
David S. Kim
David S. Kim became the third Secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) on July 1, 2019 following his appointment by Governor Newsom in April 2019. In this role, David is responsible for oversight of 40,000 employees across eight departments, boards and commissions whose mission is to advance a safe, environmentally sustainable transportation system that maximizes mobility for all Californians.
A longtime transportation leader with experience in the private sector as well as all three levels of government, David served as Vice President, Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company from 2017-2019. Prior to this assignment, David spent nearly eight years in senior level roles at the U.S. Department of Transportation. He served as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the number two position in the agency. Additionally, he was FHWA’s Associate Administrator for Policy and Governmental Affairs and before that, spent two years as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Governmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
At the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, David led federal, state and local government affairs from 2004-2009 as Deputy Executive Officer for Federal Advocacy and Government Relations. Additionally, he served in the administration of Governor Gray Davis from 1999-2003 where he represented the State of California’s interests before Congress and the executive branch on transportation, water, energy and environmental priorities. From 1998 to 1999, David worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Congressional Affairs. He also spent three years as a Washington representative for the City of Los Angeles.
For a decade, David served on the staff of numerous elected officials in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington. He spent five years working in various capacities with Xavier Becerra, during his time in both the California State Assembly and Congress. David began his public service career as a field representative and administrative assistant to State Senator David Roberti.
A native of Davis, California, David earned a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
John Lim is the Managing Partner of LimNexus LLP, a leading minority-owned corporate boutique firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. As a corporate lawyer since 1982, John has represented Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, financial institutions, governmental entities, private equity funds, commercial developers and institutional investors in all facets of corporate, real estate and financing transactions.
John, a 1982 graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law, has been se- lected as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” numerous times. He is one of only four 2019 Spirit of Excellence Award recipients in the nation awarded by the American Bar Association. He was also the recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California and the Community Leadership Award from Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. John serves or has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the Council of Korean Americans, the California Bar Foundation, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles and the UC Hastings Foundation. He is currently the Chair of the Korean Americans for Political Action, a national nonpartisan political advocacy group.
Grounded in his firm conviction to further equal opportunity and equal access to justice, John actively supports various public interest law groups that serve the disadvantaged and marginalized. In addition, John and his partners provide scholarships to diverse law students through the LimNexus Foundation.
Paul Y. Song
Dr. Paul Y. Song, MD is the Vice Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of NKMax America,
overseeing all translational research and clinical programs.
He was most recently on the faculty of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and currently sees Medicaid and uninsured patients at Dignity California Hospital.
Dr. Song is the President of Physicians for a National Health Program – California and served as the very first visiting fellow on healthcare policy in the California Department of Insurance in 2013.
Dr. Song graduated with honors from the University of Chicago and received his M.D. degree from George Washington University. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago where he served as Chief Resident and did a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France. He was also awarded an ASTRO research fellowship in 1995 for his research in radiation inducible gene therapy.
Dr. Song serves on the national board of Physicians for a National Health Program and Progressive Democrats of America. He was a national surrogate for the Bernie Sanders Campaign and the former Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign. He previously served on the boards of People for the American Way, Healthcare Now, Liberty in North Korea, and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.
Angela Killoren is the Chief Operating Officer for CJ ENM America, overseeing the US interests of Korea’s leading entertainment and media conglomerate. The main focus in the U.S. is to grow the global development and production slates for Oscar-winning CJ Entertainment’s films and record-setting K-Drama producer Studio Dragon’s television projects, as well as nurturing the continuing growth of KCON, the world’s biggest K-Culture concert and convention drawing over 158,000 attendees between New York and Los Angeles in 2019 alone.
Previously, Angela was the Chief Marketing Officer for CJ America, a company encompassing 14,000 US employees and promoting iconic brands such as Bibigo, Annie Chun’s, KCON, 4DX, and Red Baron Pizza. She started with E&M America in 2011 as Senior Vice President of Marketing.
From 2005 to 2011, Angela was the Associate Director at the USC Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership focusing on elevating the leadership capacity of Asian and Asian-American policymakers, community leaders, and non-profit executives and developing the Center’s signature programs, the Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellowship and the NetKAL Summit. Prior to this, Angela spent over 10 years in business development and marketing with organizations at the intersection of entertainment, design, and culture.
Angela began her career at CJ Entertainment in Seoul during the company’s start-up period, liaising with partners including DreamWorks, Village Roadshow, and Golden Harvest, as well as handling CJ’s first international film acquisitions.
Angela received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.
- 6:00 - 6:05 pm
- 6:05 - 7:15 pm
- Moderated by May Lee, Host, The May Lee Show; Former CNN Journalist
Panel 1: Best Practices in Advocating for Your Community
PANELISTS: JOHN CHIANG, Former California State Treasurer | RICHARD S. HIRSCHHAUT, Regional Director, American Jewish Committee (AJC) Los Angeles | REV. WILLIAM D. SMART JR., President & CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California
- 7:15 - 7:25 pm
- Moderated by May Lee, Host, The May Lee Show; Former CNN Journalist
Q&A with Panel and Audience
- 7:25 - 7:35 pm
- 7:35 - 8:45 pm
- Moderated by Roy Choi, Managing Partner, Knighted
Panel 2: How to Apply Best Practices in Unlocking Korean American Community’s Power and Influence in Mainstream America
PANELISTS: ANGELA KILLOREN, COO, CJ ENM America | MAY LEE, Host, "The May Lee Show" | JOHN LIM, Managing Partner, LimNexus LLP | PAUL Y. SONG, Vice Chairman & Chief Medical Officer, NKMax America
- 8:45 - 8:55 pm
- Moderated by Roy Choi, Managing Partner, Knighted
Q&A with Panel and Audience
- 8:55 - 9:00 pm