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Moderator for B3 Professional Development Track

Richard-Abraham Rugnao
 is the president and chief emerge officer for rār-evolution, a pulse-generating and tradition-busting public affairs and experiential marketing firm.  With its two divisions, RĀR and iemerge, rār-evolution is focused on the vitality of millennial multicultural consumers and influencing game changer GenX pros.  Richard-Abraham is a national author and speaker on the “iBrand” (personal brand) journey.  He shares his straight talk experiences with this country’s aspiring leaders and professionals.

As an emerging executive with Yum! Brands, Richard-Abraham was a key architect of the company’s highly recognized global diversity department and direction.  Richard-Abraham led diversity and inclusion “step-change” in public affairs, brand marketing, government relations, supplier diversity, candidate sourcing and franchisee pipeline development. 

Prior to Yum!, Richard-Abraham was the Sr. Director of communications and PR for the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Richard-Abraham is the founder of the Richard F. Rugnao College Fund, a unique scholarship organization to support college students with parents incarcerated in prison.



Kim Hatamiya is the former Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, People & Organization for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Prior, Kim was Executive Vice President, Marketing, for Sony Pictures Television and directed the development and strategic implementation of advertising, marketing, promotion and client relations efforts for network, syndication, cable and new media programming in the U.S., as well as corporate brand marketing activities.   

Kim has a long executive career in the television and film industry and served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Television and Film for Los Angeles-based Mindrocket Media/JP Kids, Inc., an independent multi-platform children’s and family media company. Kim previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Passport New Media, Inc. in Los Angeles, where she oversaw the launch and branding of the company’s flagship product Your Own World ™, a safe Internet-based service for children.  Before joining Passport, Kim served as Senior Vice President of Fox Kids Worldwide, where she was responsible for launching Fox Kids U.K. and Fox Kids Latin America.  Kim’s extensive background also includes stints as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Fox Latin America Channel (Canal Fox), as Director of International Operations for Home Box Office, and as Vice President of Film and Television Business Affairs at Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.  A graduate of Stanford University, Hatamiya began her career as a financial analyst on Wall Street for Morgan Stanley.

Eric Lim is UPS Corporate Portfolio Manager and leads UPS’s Package Project Management Group located on the UPS New Jersey campus. He is currently based at the UPS Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta. Eric recently celebrated 32 years with UPS and he has served in a variety of staff and operational assignments. After starting in UPS’s San Francisco operations, and contributing to operational excellence both in Northern California, and later in Greenwich, Connecticut, Eric was part of a team that expanded UPS International services to Southeast Asia. While in living in Hong Kong, Eric led the Operational Engineering efforts for all of North Asia. Additional leadership assignments included ones in Corporate Finance, UPS operations in Sacramento, UPS subsidiaries and his current position in Corporate Industrial Engineering.

Eric is a mentor for many Asian UPS employees in the UPS Corporate office. He has been an adviser to younger UPS employees who led efforts to establish the UPS Business Resource Groups (BRG) within the company. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Asian-American UPS BRG.

Eric has been married for over 31 years, and their family calls Hong Kong home and like to spend time travelling with their two sons. Eric is an avid golfer; he also enjoys scuba diving and is an automobile enthusiast.

David Magdael is the founder and CEO of DAVID MADGAEL & ASSOCIATES, INC, David Magdael’s company continues to specialize in documentaries, independent films, directors, and public affairs issues since 2000. From developing Oscar® campaigns for documentaries to creating film festival strategies for filmmakers and indie films, the company has become an important entertainment communications firm that boasts a client roster including numerous Academy Award® winning and nominated documentary and short films.

Magdael shares his expertise on panels and discussions with institutions, film fests & organizations. He has spoken on panels at Sundance, SXSW, Full Frame, Silver Docs, LAFF, AFI Fest, Film Independent, Visual Communications, IDA - International Documentary Association, Temple University, Docu Summit at Columbia College & others. He is Co-Director of the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival since 1997, and is on the board of directors for Visual Communications.


Linda Akutagawa is the President and CEO of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Inc., where she is responsible for LEAP’s fund-raising, business development and oversight of program design, development and delivery.  As chief fundraiser, she develops and executes strategies focused on increasing earned and contributed income, building interest among clients and donors to support and participate in LEAP’s leadership programs.

Linda bridges her development and program design and delivery roles through her consulting with LEAP’s diverse range of clients, which include nearly 500 nonprofit, community and student organizations; federal, state and local government agencies; colleges and universities; and Fortune 1000 companies. She works with clients locally, nationally and globally to determine the best programs and services to support their Asian talent development needs and brings together the resources needed to deliver a solution. In addition, she collaborates with LEAP’s consultants to co-design and customize new and existing programs.

Linda is certified to facilitate LEAP’s Leadership Development Program as well as to deliver several of LEAP’s foundational courses, including the 21st Century Leadership, Understanding Your Cultural Values, and Effective Work & Communication Styles. She previously was vice president of resource and business development for Los Angeles-based LEAP, developing and implementing fund-raising, marketing and sales strategies for its programs and services.

A beneficiary of LEAP’s leadership training, Linda first began as a volunteer for the 501(c)(3) entity. Now in her 20th year there, she speaks and presents globally on topics such as leadership, Asian cultural values and influences, employee resource groups, diversity, networking and branding to a range of audiences such as corporations, student groups and community and professional organizations. Prior to joining LEAP, she was the marketing manager for Japan & Orient Tours Inc., a travel operator specializing in Asia and the Pacific.

Linda serves on the Board Directors of the Asian Women Leadership Network and Japanese American Community Services of Southern California Inc. (JACS), a provider of grants with a focus on community service, leadership development, cultural arts, and health and human services. Linda received her Bachelor of Science in international business with a minor in economics from California State University at Los Angeles. Married, she is auntie to six nieces and nephews ranging in age from one to 21 years old.

James E. Herr (Jim) is a Program Officer with the California Community Foundation (CCF) focusing on the Arts and Transition-aged Youth.  In addition to these core grantmaking portfolios, he also manages the Fellowship for Visual Artists, Building Equity in the Arts and Preparing Youth for Tomorrow programs. 

Previous to CCF, Jim was the Senior Manager of Global Corporate Citizenship for the Boeing Company’s Western Region, where he led a team of community investors looking for opportunities to create strong vibrant communities in the areas of education, health & human services, arts & culture, the environment and civic engagement. Jim was responsible for managing a $5 million annual contribution and sponsorship budget and advising on advocacy and public policy issues. Prior Boeing he was the Director of Diversity at Film Independent and the Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In April of 2014, Jim was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.

Jim is the current Vice Chair of the Southern California Leadership Network and is leading their strategic planning process.  Jim has also recently served on the boards of Liberty Hill Foundation as well as Visual Communications—the nation’s leading Asian American media arts organization. His other past board service includes: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and East West Players, the nation’s oldest, continually producing theater of color. He served as the Chair of the Los Amigos Council of Para Los Niños and has given his time to Search to Involve Pilipino Americans and the Festival of Pilipino Arts & Culture.

Jim wrote, produced and directed a short, narrative film called “The Ballad of Marco Rey” that debuted in Los Angeles in 2009.  The film was a satirical social commentary on identity and society’s pre-occupation with pop culture.

Jim is a graduate of Leadership Southern California and participated in the GCS Los Angeles Korean Leadership Exchange program. He was also selected as an American Leaders of Change Fellow through National Urban Fellows.

He holds an MBA from Loyola Marymount University and an MLA and BA in Economics and minor in Political Science from Temple University.

He resides in the Los Angeles community of Echo Park. 

Mai Lee is the Executive Director at Helping Young People Excel (HYPE Los Angeles). She is also currently the VP of Membership and Board Member for the FBI Los Angeles Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Mai is an Advisory Board Member for the Crown Jewel Club and previously worked as the Director of Public Affairs at the Midnight Mission. Mai is bilingual and can speak Hmong.


Niija Kuykendall is the Vice President of Production at Warner Bros. Pictures where she is currently developing films such as KING ARTHUR with Guy Ritchie, LORE with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Stephen King’s IT with Cary Fukunaga and MAGIC MIKE XXL.  In her time at WB, Niija has worked on movies such as EDGE OF TOMORROW, ARGO, GANGSTER SQUAD and CONTAGION.  Upon graduating from Brown University in Providence, RI with a BA in Anthropology & Media Studies, Niija started her career in media as an Editorial Assistant in Corporate Communications for Viacom Inc. in New York City.  She had a passion for film and spent her free time interning for director Lee Daniels and writing script coverage for Killer Films.  After a stint as a PA at the 2004 Sundance Director’s Lab, Niija moved home to Los Angeles to make the full transition into film as a Development Assistant for Beacon Pictures.  She moved on to Twentieth Century Fox as a Creative Executive where she worked on the movies ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM and HITMAN before joining Warner Bros. Pictures in 2008.  Niija was profiled as one of Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders” in 2012, Glamour Magazine’s “35 under 35 Women in Hollywood” in 2013 and Essence Magazine’s “Hot List: Black Women in Hollywood” in 2014.

Jennifer Sanderson 
is the Executive Director of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), one of the largest professional entertainment organizations in Hollywood. She partners with every major studio and network to create programming and networking opportunities to develop executives, actors, writers, directors, and producers for key leadership roles in entertainment.

Sanderson has spent more than 15 years in the entertainment industry as a talent agent, producer, and actor, as well as a screenwriting and production adjunct professor. After starting her own production company, she won a 2009 Gold ADDY Award for best television advertising campaign. She has held production positions for the 81st and 82ndAcademy Awards (Oscars), Anderson Cooper 360, Radio Disney, Yahoo Music, Larry King Live,and in the story department at Magical Elves.

She received her undergraduate degree from the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon and holds both an M.F.A. in Filmmaking and a M.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Montana. She is also a Disney College Program alum. In addition, Sanderson recruits renowned guest instructors and promotes the Entertainment Management Program at the University of Montana’s Business School.

Phil Yu is the founder and editor of Angry Asian Man, a popular Asian American news/culture blog. Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, the Washington Post calls Angry Asian Man "a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American." Mixing humor with criticism, Phil's commentary has been featured and quoted in stories for the Post, New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, Los Angeles Times and more. Phil was a recipient of the 2011 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in New Media from the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, the 2011 Public Image Award from Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and the 2011 Excellence in Media Award from OCA-Greater Los Angeles. He previously worked at the Center for Asian American Media in San Francisco, and currently serves on the Board of Visual Communications. Phil graduated with a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University, and earned his M.A. in Critical Studies as a Provost Fellow from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. 

Brian Yang
 is an Actor and producer best known for his role as "Charlie Fong" on the CBS primetime drama series, Hawaii Five-0. Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in the Bay Area, Yang is a second generation Chinese American who began his acting career after attending the University of California, Berkeley. There he studied biology and dramatic arts. He works as a producer and actor on projects in New York, Hawaii, Los Angeles and throughout Asia.

In 2009, he was the host of Shanghai Rush, China’s most extensive reality show to date. His production company, 408 Films, has produced feature films in both the US and Asia. Currently, Yang has developed several projects in development, including the 2012 Jeremy Lin documentary, LINSANITY directed by Evan Jackson Leong, which made its world premiere at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


Yang has also starred in films such as Alice Wu's Saving Face (Sundance 2005) as Little Yu, Joan Chen's love interest and in the forthcoming "Someone I Used to Know", directed by Nadine Truong and written by West Liang, which he also produced through his production company 408 Films.


Yang keeps his base in New York City, but is frequently on a plane somewhere between Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Taipei or Shanghai.  He loves playing basketball, snowboarding, and travel.

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