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#ImReady Movement Conference


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Amanda Nguyen | PM Keynote

Amanda Nguyen is the CEO and founder of Rise. She is a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She penned her own civil rights into existence and unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, after having to navigate the broken criminal justice system after her own rape. 18 bills protecting sexual violence survivors have been created modeled off of her federal law. The federal law was the 21st bill in modern US history to pass unanimously on the record. Amanda has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30, by Foreign Policy as a Top 100 Leading Global Thinker, Marie Claire as a Young Woman of the Year, and The Tempest's #1 Woman of Color Trailblazer. Previously, Amanda was appointed by President Barack Obama to the United States Department of State as his Deputy White House Liaison and served at NASA. Amanda graduated from Harvard University.

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Surina Khan | AM Keynote 

Surina Khan is CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California where she leads the Foundation’s work to advance the health, safety, and economic security of women, girls and transgender people in California. The Foundation’s program strategy is focused on building community-based power through investing in community organizations, training community leaders in policy advocacy, convening key partners, and mobilizing significant financial resources. For more than two decades, Surina has been a leader in the philanthropic and non-profit social justice sector starting with local community-based publishing in New England and then shifting to national and global work on an array of social justice issues including women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights and more. She is a recognized advocate for gender, racial, and economic justice and a frequent commentator on the power of women’s philanthropy.

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Bi "Killer Bee" Nguyen | Speaker

Bi "Killer Bee" Nguyen is Vietnamese refugee and one of the first professional Vietnamese female fighters. Bi is a 5X national champion and a world contender. She is passionate about fighting for equal treatment and pay for female athletes, and about volunteering all over the world. She focuses on teaching young girls that they, too, can be athletes and contenders despite cultural limitations. She is also on the current season 'Survivor'. Learn more about Bi Nguyen at

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Cheryl (Yeoh) Sew Hoy | Speaker

Cheryl Sew Hoy is a Startup Founder, Advisor, Angel Investor, and Board Member, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was listed in TIME'S "2017 Person of the Year," as the 13th "Silence Breaker," who spoke out against sexual harassment in the workplace. On March 8, 2018, she launched #MovingForward, which is an open-source directory to highlight VC's anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and reporting contacts. As of Sept 2018, 110+ VC firms have committed as full participants.


Nora Haron | Speaker

Nora Haron is breaking through glass ceilings and redefining the culinary industry with her South East Asian dishes and and unique flavorful fusions. Nora is an Executive Chef and women's advocate. Born and raised in Singapore, Nora received hands on culinary training through helping her mother’s catering business. But her love for food began while living in Lucca, Italy working as a shoe designer. After learning how to cook from local Italian women she returned to the US and enrolled in San Francisco’s Baking Institute. Since then her passion for food, drive and pursuit to break gender and racial barriers has led her to great places. Nora has worked as the Executive Chef at Drip Line Oakland, Monkey Forest Road and was the Head Kitchen Manager/Culinary Operations Manager for Blue Bottle Coffee. She's also been featured on PBS and Food Network.


She is currently the Culinary Consultant for Medd Cafes located in Saudi Arabia and has co-authored two cook books with Boba Guys and East Bay Cooks. She is currently on the advisory board for AAPI Women Lead, Executive Chef and Partner at 4P's Hospitality Group.

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Dr. OiYan Poon

Assistant Professor & Director

Dr. OiYan Poon is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership in the School of Education and Director of the Center for Racial Justice in Education & Research at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the racial politics and discourses of college access, higher education organization and policy, affirmative action, and Asian Americans. After earning her Bachelor’s degree at Boston College and M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration at the University of Georgia, OiYan worked in multicultural student affairs, . . .

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Mia Mingus is a writer, public speaker, community educator and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice. She is a queer physically disabled Korean woman transracial and transnational adoptee survivor from the Caribbean. She is a member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. Her writings can be found at

Mia Mingus

Writer, Public Speaker, Community Organizer

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Director of EPIC, Samuelu is the daughter of a pastor from Leulumoega and a nurse from Saleimoa in Sāmoa. As the Executive Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), she’s a passionate advocate for Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders and is committed to liberation for all. Tavae was born and raised in Long Beach and moved to the Bay to attend UC Berkeley where she majored in Ethnic Studies. Before joining EPIC, she served as the Development Director for the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond and has since become a member of RYSE’s Board of Directors.

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Executive Director - EPIC


Dr. Natalee Kēhaulani Bauer

PH.D Professor, Scholar  & Director

Natalee is an assistant professor of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Director of Native Student Recruitment and Retention at Mills College in Oakland, CA. In addition to teaching and research, Natalee collaborates with the Polynesian feminist collective Hinemoana of Turtle Island, is raising two babies with her partner, and is training for her black belt in Kajukenbo Kung Fu.

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Lynn Le

Founder and CEO - Society Nine

Lynn Le is the founder and CEO of Society Nine, a modern women’s boxing brand providing gear and apparel to empower every woman’s fight.

She was named to Forbes' 30under30 in Retail/E-Commerce for the Class of 2018, and Portland Business Journal’s 40under40 for 2017.
She is very passionate about encouraging all women to own their strength and power in order to unlock their fullest potential.


Beckie Masaki

Founder - Asian Women's Shelter

Beckie Masaki has worked in the field to end gender­based violence for over 30 years. In 1988, she co­founded one of the first programs in the nation that could meet the language and cultural needs of Asian survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, Asian Women’s Shelter (AWS) in San Francisco, and served as the founding executive director for over twenty­one years. Beckie is a co­founder and has been on staff of a national cultural resource center, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender­ Based Violence. She is also a movementmaker in the Move to End Violence (MEV), . . .

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Sung Yeon Choimorrow

Executive Director of NAPAWF

Sung Yeon Choimorrow is the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. Before working at NAPAWF, Sung Yeon was the Director of Organizing at Interfaith Worker Justice leading collaborative work with various partner organizations, unions and faith communities on worker organizing and worker justice public policy. She also provided support to Interfaith Groups and Worker Centers across the country through providing technical assistance. Prior to IWJ, Sung Yeon was a Community . . .

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Sue earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Immunology with Honors at Cal State Los Angeles. She has been a clinical bacteriologist, researcher at the National Institute of Health and adjunct professor at Ohlone, Chabot, San Jose State University and CSUEB. Sue is currently co-teaching an Asian Pacific Islander Leadership course at Cal State East Bay – in a continuing effort to inspire, encourage, and mentor the next generation as they become leaders in their own right.

Sue Chan

Elected official

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Dr. Robyn Rodriguez

Professor & Department Chair of Asian American Studies - UC Davis

Dr. Rodriguez is an expert on immigration, worker's rights and racial inequality in the Asian American and Asian diasporic community. She has authored six books (4 published and 2 forthcoming) and lectured internationally on these topics. Dr. Rodriguez is also an activist who has worked closely with a range of grassroots API organizations.


Adelina Tancioco

Founder & Healer - Surrendered Healing


As a Certified Life Coach and founder of Surrendered Healing, Adelina

specializes in supporting women of color, LGBTQ identified persons and

other people from underrepresented communities stop living a life on

auto-pilot and instead tap into their higher selves to create richer and

more fulfilling lives!

Adelina has a Masters Degree in Social work and has had the honor of

serving organizations, families and individuals for the past 14 years. She

has been a keynote speaker for UC Berkeley, a featured guest for Winning With Other Women, interviewed by. . .

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Tracie Noriega

Educator and Community Servant


Tracie Noriega is a 2nd generation Filipina-American, teen Mom, wife, and mother of 4. In her 22nd year in Education, Tracie currently serves the students of New Haven Unified School District. Her roles in the district include Director of K-12 Instruction, Tri-Chair of the district’s Equity Council, and the Lead for the Ethnic Studies Task Force.


Equity, Social Justice, and Community Service have been her foundation and ensuring that all students are provided opportunities for success has been the . . .

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Nkauj Iab Yang

Director of California Policy & Programs - SEARAC


Nkauj Iab is the California Director with the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). She works closely with Southeast Asian American led and serving organizations throughout California to build a statewide Southeast Asian American equity agenda, identify the appropriate strategies, and advocate for local and state policy change. Nkauj Iab spent the last 11 years committed to youth organizing and youth development work both in Sacramento and Oakland. Before coming to SEARAC, Nkauj Iab served as the program manager with Banteay Srei, overseeing programs and direct services for. . .

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Dr. Jenn Fang

Founder, editor, and primary blogger of

Jenn Fang is founder, editor, and primary blogger of Created in 2001, Reappropriate is one of the web’s oldest and most popular Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) race advocacy and feminism blogs. Reappropriate’s writing focuses on race, gender, identity, Asian American history, and current events. Recent topics include affirmative action, mental health, and criminal justice. In 2015, Reappropriate was named an Asian American blog to watch by NBC News. As an undergraduate student at Cornell University, Jenn served in several on-campus . . .

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Dr. Danvy Le

Assistant Professor

Dr. Danvy Le is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, East Bay. Her research focuses on the political participation of minority communities, with an emphasis on Asian American ethnic enclaves. Danvy was born and raised in Little Saigon, Orange County where she was inspired by the political activity of Vietnamese Americans, particularly her father a Vietnamese journalist who escaped the Communist regime when Saigon fell. Danvy has conducted surveys of the Vietnamese American community and interviewed Vietnamese. . . 

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Dr. Connie Wun

Researcher, Trainer, Educator, Speaker & Facilitator

Dr. Wun's work is a reflection of her lifelong commitment to ending racial and gender-based violence. Her areas of expertise include community-driven research, violence against women and girls of color, school discipline and punishment. Dr. Wun is the Director of Transformative Research - a research, program evaluation, and training institute that works in partnership with community-based organizations to end racial and gender disparities.

Doua Thor

Senior Program Officer

Over the years, Doua Thor has gained a wealth of experience working with national, grassroots, and immigrant serving organizations. She served as an advisor to the Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Fund and most recently before that was a political appointee in the Obama Administration as the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Initiative). Prior to that she served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Initiative where she worked to build public private partnerships between federal agencies and philanthropic . . .

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Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area. Her presence in the poetry world as a queer Samoan woman and activist has granted her opportunities to perform and speak in places ranging from the White House to the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France. The most memorable moment in her career was receiving President Obama’s Champion of Change Award in 2012 for her activism as a spoken word poet/organizer . . . 

Terisa  Siagatonu

Artist, Poet, Educator

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Hamida Yusufzai

Program Manager

Hamida Yusufzai has served with Banteay Srei since 2016. She has also worked internationally as a community organizer, a rape crisis advocate and a consultant for law enforcement - she has a global understanding of violence against women. She currently instructs a reality based self-defense class in Oakland, on her own time. She has over 15 years of experience working in youth organizing with system impacted people of color. She is an advocate for comprehensive services for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and contributes to the enhancement . . . 

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Maria Carmen Hinayon, Esq.

Principal Attorney

Maria Carmen Hinayon is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Office of Maria Carmen Hinayon. She is a Filipina-American lawyer licensed to practice law in the state of California and trained in the areas of civil rights, employment, and family law. Aside from English, she is fluent in her Native language of Tagalog (Pilipino). As a transgender woman of color, immigrant, and survivor of poverty, homelessness, discrimination, and violence, Maria Carmen is resolute in fighting injustice and defending the rights and dignity of the oppressed and marginalized. She takes . . .

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Melissa Luke

Senior Program Manager, AACI Asian Women's Home

Melissa Luke is the Senior Program Manager at Asian Women’s Home, the domestic violence and anti-human trafficking program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI). AACI provides health, mental health and wellness services to individuals, families and the Asian community, and the Asian Women’s Home provides empowerment-based, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive support to survivors and their families. Melissa has been part of the movement to end violence against women and girls for 18 years and advocates for the needs . . .

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Dr. Jeannie Celestial


Dr. Jeannie Celestial is a Licensed Psychologist, serving clients at Kaiser Medical Center Department of Mental Health in Vallejo, California. In 2013, she received the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship for her commitment to cultural competency in the behavioral health services. Dr. Celestial strives to support people in managing thoughts and emotions and fostering healthier relationships. Her clinical interests include recovery from and personal growth after trauma (posttraumatic growth) and coping with grief and depression. She is a 2nd generation . . . 

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Anna Cho Fenley

State Director of Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice

Anna is the State Director of Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice, a national network of crime survivors joining together to create healing communities and shape public policy. Anna began her career as a social worker and youth justice advocate. Her personal experience as a child sexual abuse survivor and family separation is what called her to work in policy. Anna joined CSJ after serving as the Policy Director of The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, where she helped pass three major pieces of legislation that encourage lawmakers to consider a young person’s age when they commit. . . 

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