I am very honored to have been asked to speak at the Asia Society Texas Center on women and diversity in entertainment, as part of Bank of America’s Women’s Leadership Series. This should be a fantastic event with my compatriot, Julee Cerda.

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Bank of America Women's Leadership Series

Women in Entertainment

The entertainment industry — especially film and TV — relies heavily on women to play leads on the screen. However, women have not always received equal opportunities and representation within the industry.

Despite women accounting for 52 percent of moviegoers, of the top 100 grossing films of 2018, women represented only 3.6 percent of directors, 13.8 percent of writers, and 3 percent of cinematographers. Only one woman has ever won the Academy Award for Best Director. Moreover, women hold fewer than 20 percent of top executive positions at major media companies, which often impacts what films and shows are greenlit to move forward.

For women of color in the industry, such as Asian women, the challenges are even more multifaceted, as they are not only exposed to fewer opportunities but also have to overcome existing stereotypes about both race and gender.

Join Asia Society Texas Center for a discussion on being an Asian woman in Hollywood, their successes and challenges, how to change the status quo, and ways the industry is evolving.


Thursday, May 16, 2019
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program

About the Women's Leadership Series

The Bank of America Women's Leadership Series (WLS) celebrates influential, diverse women making a substantive impact in both the business and culture arenas, locally and globally.

Link to Press: https://asiasociety.org/texas/asia-society-concludes-2018-2019-bank-america-womens-leadership-series-season-focus-women?utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

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