2017 Speakers

FIONA MA

BOARD MEMBER, CALIFORNIA BOARD OF EQUALIZATION 

Fiona Ma is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has represented the second district on the California Board of Equalization since 2015.  Fiona Ma's advocacy work has helped lead to socially responsible contracting for minorities and women in San Francisco, and produced a report to Congress on the 60 top policy recommendations to help small businesses grow and prosper in the 21st century.

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KEVIN LIN

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, TWITCH.TV

Kevin Lin is a 2004 Yale graduate and COO of Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. He was instrumental in the 2011 launch of the platform when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. His role included attracting the site’s largest broadcasters and building out the partnership team among other activities which have helped grow the Twitch brand. Currently more than 100 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast live video, watch and chat about gaming, making the platform an industry leader.

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JENNY CHEN

FOUNDER, 3DHEALS

Dr. Jenny Chen is a Harvard-trained board-certified neuroradiologist and also a current adjunct clinical faculty in the radiology department at Stanford. In 2015, she founded 3DHEALS, which focuses on creating a health care 3D printing ecosystem, aiming to educate a multi-disciplinary audience and facilitate collaborative innovations among the different groups in this ecosystem. She has also recently co-authored a book on operational management challenges in using 3D printing for pre-surgical planning, providing a much-needed guide for healthcare providers who want to innovate within an existing healthcare system. 

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JESSICA LIM

MISS ASIAN AMERICA 2016

Jessica Lim is the current Miss Asian America. Her winning platform highlights her drive to provide positive representation of Asians in the sports and media industries. She has built her professional career in the advertising industry, with a focus on digital media. Her extensive sports background includes marketing and entertainment jobs with UCLA Athletics, the San Francisco Giants and AEG. Her dream would be to anchor a sports program or cover the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. When not working, she enjoys swimming, traveling and sci-fi movies.

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LISA Q. FETTERMAN

CEO, NOMIKU

Lisa Q. Fetterman is the founder and CEO of Nomiku, the first home sous vide immersion circulator machine on the market. Lisa has been featured in Wired, Make, and Forbes, and was named on both Forbes and Zagat Survey’s 30 Under 30 lists for her pioneering work in the food space. Lisa has worked at some of the top restaurants in the country including Babbo and Jean-Georges in New York and Saison in San Francisco.

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JUSTIN BARAD

CEO, OSSO VR

Justin Barad is the Founder and CEO of Osso VR, an award winning surgical simulation platform. Dr. Barad is a board-eligible pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with a Bioengineering degree from UC Berkeley, and an MD from UCLA where he graduated first in his class. He completed his orthopaedic residency at UCLA and his fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital. He is currently an innovation fellow at Stanford’s Byers Center for Biodesign. He has been writing about medical technology for Medgadget for over a decade.

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AMY CHANTHAPHAVONG

EMERGING MARKET STRATEGIST

Amy is an alumni of the Global Shaper Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and was the first Laotian-American to be crowned Miss Asian America in 2009. Fascinated with the impact of finance and foreign direct investments in developing countries and with a knack for adventure and social impact, Amy made the decision to move to Laos in 2014. She examined the economic development of her family’s native country with a focus on social impact, finance and technology and how it can impact the energy, mining, and agriculture industry.

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JENNIFER TZENG

FOUNDER, TZENG VIOLIN STUDIO

Jennifer Tzeng began her private violin studies at age five and was the youngest member of the Strolling Strings, a performance group by age six. With the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, she performed in various music halls in Austria, Germany, France, Amsterdam, Ireland, Lithuania, and Russia.  During the years of 2007-2009 Jennifer travelled to various countries in Asia and trained with lead violinists learning different teaching methods. Her private Tzeng Violin Studio was founded in April 2012. She has given electric violin performances in the Bay Area, New York, Taiwan, and Japan.

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ERICA LEE

FUTURIST TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEUR

Erica Lee is the Founder & CEO of Collective Intelligence Technologies (“CIT”), a deep learning startup focused on reinforcement and unsupervised learning for neural networks. CIT’s mission is creating better trust and accountability between humans and AI-technology integration by developing "explainable AI." CIT is in TechCode AI+ Global Accelerator and NVIDIA Developer Program. Erica is a Graduate of Singularity University GSP 2016, sponsored by Google & NASA, member of MIT Global Entrepreneurs and MaverickNEXT. She's worked at Harvard School of Public Health, Morgan Stanley and an 8-figure e-commerce startup, NeuroGym. She is a former Johns Hopkins Engineering student, self-taught programmer and INTJ nerd.

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KATIE LAM

HEALTH & WELLNESS CONSULTANT

Katie Lam graduated from UC San Diego in 2014 and currently uses her degree in Communications as a Health & Wellness Consultant. Through a multi-year struggle with an eating disorder, which resulted in dramatic swings in weight and mood, a passion for optimal nutrition was discovered. By overcoming a disorder that plagues so many women in today’s society, Katie channels her renewed sense of purpose and positive energy to help others make powerful lifestyle choices to achieve their goals. When she isn’t consulting others, she enjoys traveling, golfing, swimming, and skiing.

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AMANDA CHENG

FOUNDER OF DAYS TO SMILE

Dr. Amanda Cheng obtained her Doctor of Medical Dentistry at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and her Orthodontics and Craniofacial Orthopedics training at the University of Minnesota. In San Francisco, she is 1 of 4 Board Certified Diplomates of the American Board of Orthodontics and has presented her research from Barcelona to Beijing where she is a lecturer at the Peking School of Somatology. She works with the Pediatric AIDS Treatment Support (PATS) Project to provide dental care in Anhui China for HIV positive children and traveled to Uganda to provide medical and dental treatments for orphans who are disabled and abandoned by their families.

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SVETLANA KIM

AUTHOR

Svetlana Kim is the author of White Pearl and I:  A Memoir of a Political Refugee, which chronicles her journey from Russia to the United States, where she arrived with only one dollar in her pocket and not a single word of English at her disposal. She has been featured and profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, MSN Money, MSNBC, Women’s Life magazine in Seoul, Korea; the Asian Fortune; Networking Times; NASDAQ’s Closing Bell; and The Gazette, a publication of the Library of Congress.She was the Spokesperson for the 2011 Macy’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and on May 11, 2009, Svetlana was recognized with the Daily Point of Light Award.

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