What Imagine Talks Is All About

Imagine Talks is a network collaboration of the Asian America Foundation and Edge Interns focused on the mission of women’s empowerment, social impact, and entrepreneurship. We inspire the community to make a difference in the world by promoting mentorships and fostering growth through sharing ideas of innovation, art, and stories of humanity.

Change Starts With You

2020 Imagine Talks

January 18, 2020

Oakland Asian Cultural Center


Watch Imagine Talks 2019 Here!

2020 Speakers
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Alvin Lau

Alibaba Alum, Film Finance, Angel Investor

Fireside Chat Guest - Silicon Hollywood


Amy Chanthaphavong

Zammo AI, Head of Marketing

Former Miss Asian America

Your DNA, Your Destiny

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Charlene Wang

Auric Nutrition & Wellness, Founder & CEO

Former Miss Asian America

Ancient Medicines of The Mind, Body and Soul

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Dion Lim

ABC7 News Anchor & Author

Communicate with Purpose and Sincerity 

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Jaclyn Mariano

Behavioral Therapist, MA Clinical Psychology

Strive For Happiness to Achieve Clarity

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Joseph Ilustrisimo

Fitness Entrepreneur & Storyteller

Redefining Masculinity

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JuJu Chan

Actor & Martial Artist

Fireside Chat Guest - Killer Instincts

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Melanie Wardhana

Cruise, Tech Recruiter & Miss Asian America 2019

Your Choice: Despair or Discovery


Patrick Lee

Rotten Tomatoes, Co-Founder

Fireside Chat Guest - Developing Disruptive Strategies


James Lew

Actor &  Martial Artist, Emmy Winning Stunt & Fight Choreographer

Fireside Chat Host


Ashley Song

Meaningful Beginnings Day Care Center, Founder

Fireside Chat Host


Francis Kong, MD

Edge Interns, Founder & Imagine Talks, Curator 

Fireside Chat Host


Noelani Dacascos

Actor & Student

Fireside Chat Guest

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Asia Hilario

Islahoney Lifestyle Blog, Founder

Boost Your Mental Health: The Seven Day Challenge


Andrew Chau

Boba Guys, Co-Founder

Fireside Chat Guest -Using Success to Influence Positive Behavior

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Darae Jun, PhD

Scientist., UC Berkeley, Former Miss Asian America

My Anxious Brain


Eric Basu

Sentek Global, Founder & CEO

How to Run a Startup Like a SEAL Platoon


Jen Louie

Sixth Sense Consulting Group, Founder &

Smarthomes.us, President

Fireside Chat Guest - Courage and Strength - No Boundaries

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Josie Li

La Boutique, Founder

Know Your Destination Before Asking For Directions

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Mable Huang

Airbnb, Asians@ Global Chair

Cultivation Through Confrontation


Miko Fogarty

UC Berkeley Student & Professional Ballerina

The Road to Rediscovery and Reinvention

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Tammy Cho

BetterBrave, Founder & CEO

Embracing Unconventional Paths

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Wendy Shew

Building Education, Founder

In Life, Nothing is Lost, We Only Gain


Ernestine Fu

 Alsop Louie Partners, Venture Capitalist

Fireside Chat Host


Mark Dacascos

Actor & Martial Artist, Culinary Champions, Chairman

Fireside Chat Guest

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Julie Dacascos

Actor, Culinary Champions, Vice President

Fireside Chat Guest

Stephanie Kim

Miss Asian Global 2019

Mistress of Ceremonies

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Organizers (in alphabetical order): Alex Fong, Amy Chanthaphavong, Connie Xie, Crystal Lee, Cindy Chiu, Eranthe Mitome, Francis Kong, Jenn Kong, Jenny Favela, Julunda Gean, Kathy Huynh, Liezl Fernando, Maggie Schoenholtz, Melanie Wardhana, Rachel Xu, Rose Chung, Sidney Siu, Vincent Ma

Imagine Podcast: Steven Chan, Tammy Tran

Imagine Blogs: Ernestine Siu