• Event Name:

    Guest Speaker VFX Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang Discussing Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality in the Entertainment Industry

  • Date:

    February 26, 2019

  • Time:

    12:30 PM

  • Location:

    James and Abibail Campbell Library, 2nd Floor

    UH West Oahu, James and Abibail Campbell Library
    91-1001 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707

About The Event

Come and listen to a free guest speaker event with Visual Effects Supervisor Kaitlyn Yang, who was last year’s recipient of Forbes “30 Under 30” award in the Hollywood/Entertainment category. She will deliver two free public talks at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and West Oʻahu campuses on February 26, 2019.
WHEN & WHERE: February 26, 2019
12:30-1:50 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.

Brittany Briggs