E4Women

E4Women Webinar Series

E4Women is a Webinar series produced by ACMA designed to educate, empower and activate younger generations of women of color–especially women of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent–who aspire to pursue pathways in entrepreneurial business and seeking personal growth.

In each Webinar, we will explore different topics including media, business, film. A distinguished panel of experts in these fields will discuss methods, technologies, and strategies for success, as well as share their personal experiences as women of color in pursuit of their dreams.

The first E4Women in Media Series is co-sponsored by the Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN) San Diego Chapter.

Recent E4Women Webinars

E4Women in Culture

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Asian Culture & Media Alliance presented a cooking showcase of made-at-home bibimbap. Event participants were able to submit their own cooking videos to ACMA to share their personal takes on a traditional Korean dish, whether it was using vegan ingredients or their own special ingredients relevant to their cultural heritage! Our attendees were welcomed by celebrity chef, Cathlyn Choi of the PBS cooking show, Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen, and Chef Bernard Guillas the Executive Chef at the Marine Room in La Jolla, CA.

E4Women in Health & Wellness

E4Women in Health & Wellness was created to provide women with insight on the various mental health issues that continue to affect them during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Additionally, we discussed natural remedies and practices that come from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that could help provide temporary relief to some people.

E4Women in Business

The E4Women in Business Webinar featured a discussion amongst special guest panelists Kat Mai, Sasha Suresh, Mylen Yamamoto, and Cathlyn Choi, followed by a Q&A session from the audience members. 

Each woman shares their personal stories and advice for aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs. While each of these leaders faced many challenges, they have been able to find their own success.

Special Guest Panelists: January 21st, 2021

Mylen Yamamoto
Cropsticks CEO, Founder

Mylen Yamamoto is the Founder and CEO of Cropsticks, a sustainable chopstick invention that is currently used in 250+ restaurants, hotels, and retailers.

Sasha Suresh
Jolii Cosmetics CEO, Founder

Sasha Suresh is the Founder and Creator of Jolii Cosmetics, a brand inspired by the bright colors and culture of the many places Suresh has lived in and traveled to—including India, Thailand, and Los Angeles.

Kat Mai
Kat Mai Designs, Owner

Kat Mai has over a decade of design experience, specializing in Brand Identity Design. Kat's created brands for businesses involving beauty products, health and wellness, retail and food products, consultants, social media influencers, and more.

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E4Women in Media

Our first E4Women Webinar focused on bringing the talent and influence of established women creators, writers, and speakers. In the large space of the film and media industry,

​E4Women provided professional insight on how to navigate one’s career as an Asian American woman.

The E4Women in Media Webinar was co-sponsored by the Korean Women’s International Network (KOWIN) San Diego Chapter.

Special Guest Panelists: August 27th, 2020

Christine Yoo
Filmmaker

Christine Yoo​ is a non-fiction TV producer, independent filmmaker and volunteer at San Quentin State Prison. As a TV producer, she has worked on series for National Geographic, History, Oxygen, Warner Brothers, Dick Wolf Films, KCET/SoCal PBS and The Africa Channel. As an independent filmmaker, she is committed to telling stories of the under-represented. She is currently in post on her first feature documentary “2​6.2 to Life: The San Quentin Prison Marathon,” the recipient of the 2018 Rogovy Foundation Miller/Packan grant.

She is the recipient of the 2020 Sundance/Marshall Project short documentary grant to produce “Friendly Signs” awarded for new voices in criminal justice. Her feature film debut “W​edding Palace”​ (2014) broke ground featuring an all Korean-American and Korean cast, won several festival awards and was released on Amazon and Warner VOD after a 14-week US theatrical run in 6 major markets. Her thesis film “Yellow Belle” was a coming of age story about growing up as a Korean-American in America’s South, which aired on POV and screened in the Busan International Film Festival as well as Asian American film festivals. She co-wrote the anime series ​”Afro Samurai​” starring Samuel L. Jackson for Spike/Fuji TV and her original feature screenplay ​”For Steppers Only”​  was optioned by Lionsgate. 
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Iris Yamashita
Writer

Iris Yamashita is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, recognized for the movie Letters from Iwo Jima. The film received a Golden Globe award for “Best Foreign Language Film” and was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture. She also conceived and wrote a musical stage show, Out of Shadowland, which was an attraction at the Tokyo DisneySea theme park, and has worked as a story consultant for a video game producer. Iris is currently engaged in writing for both film and streaming media.

Marissa Pei
"The Asian Oprah"/Author
Dr. Marissa’s newest book “8 Ways to Happiness from Wherever You Are” has hit 8 Bestseller Lists including #4 Denver Post and #1 Amazon and 4 Book Award Medals, becoming the foundation to her Happy88 Mission, helping 8 million more people be 88% happy in the next 8 years.
To that end, Dr. Marissa, introduced to Oprah as the Asian Oprah, has been interviewed on NBC CBS ABC and FOX in Seattle, San Diego, Las Vegas and was featured on FOX DC as one of their Women’s History Month highlights. In her spare seconds, she raises recovering teenagers, races sailboats and lives out her life motto: No Regrets for the past and Don’t Die Wondering for the future.
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Melodie Tao
Social Media Marketing Specialist

Melodie Tao is an international Keynote Speaker and Social Media Marketing Consultant. Melodie has 15+ years of experience helping sales, service and real estate professionals grow their business online at her company, Marketing Melodie. Melodie is also a LinkedIn Learning Instructor where she creates and teaches courses on digital marketing. For more information, visit her website: www.marketingmelodie.com.

Phoebe Chongchua
Brand Journalist

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia Brand Journalist, Consultant & Marketing Strategist who makes brands Remarkable. Using her skills as a TV News Journalist, she connects brands and consumers through compelling storytelling. Companies gain a competitive advantage when they learn to “Be the Media.” Phoebe is a “Top 50 Podcaster to Follow.” Listen to “The Brand Journalism Advantage” podcast in iTunes or at ThinkLikeAJournalist.com

Wendy Kim
Author/Speaker

Wendy Kim is a #1 International Best-Selling Author of the book, Beyond Blending In: An Immigrant Daughter’s Guide to Overcoming Cultural Bonds For A Life of Authenticity and Abundance. She is also a Professional Public Speaker, Empowerment Coach and Host of the Beyond Blending In Podcast. Wendy is committed to empowering women of color to find their voice, stand up and step out to make a difference in the world. Wendy is committed is also to diversity inclusion in the workplace and in leadership.

About Korean Women’s International Network or KOWIN

With over 130 Chapters globally, Korean Women’s International Network or KOWIN was established in 2001 with the launch of South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF). It’s mission is to empower and promote networking among Korean female leaders around the world, support their advancement in the global community, and nurture international and professional expertise in the next generation of Korean women.  

Learn about ACMA’s Webinar for young adults in media: MediActivism.