About The Event
WHEN & WHERE: February 26, 201912:30-1:50 PM at UH West Oʻahu, James & Abigail Campbell Library, 2nd Floor
Kaitlyn Yang is the founder and Visual Effects Supervisor of Alpha Studios, a post-production company in Los Angeles with clients including Amazon, Coca-Cola, Google, YouTube, and Disney. Kaitlyn emigrated to the US from China when she was nine years old. She was diagnosed at a young age with spinal muscular atrophy and uses a wheelchair.As a female Asian American with a disability, Kaitlyn has a unique perspective into the issues of gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry. While working as a freelancer with major studios in Los Angeles, she recognized there aren’t many women working in supervisor level roles in visual effects. This prompted her to start her own visual effects company, and she is determined to set a precedent for change in the entertainment industry. This month, the Visual Effects Society voted Kaitlyn as a Co-Chair of the LA section, and the first thing on her agenda is to address diversity and inclusion.
These events are sponsored by The Academy for Creative Media (ACM) at Mānoa, SEED IDEAS, the Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, American Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and UH West Oʻahu.