After a thorough nationwide search, CAPE’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Michelle K. Sugihara as the new Executive Director.
“We’re thrilled that Michelle has joined the CAPE team as an integral part of our organization,” said Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder and Interim Executive Director. “Michelle’s non-profit experience, strong community ties and legal background make her well-positioned to lead CAPE and take us to the next level. Her ability to address issues both analytically and creatively will serve her well as Executive Director.”
As Executive Director, Michelle will lead the organization and advance CAPE’s mission of "championing diversity by educating, connecting and empowering AAPI artists and leaders in entertainment and media" by focusing on fundraising, programming, strategic growth and operations.
Join Michelle at her first CAPE event, tonight’s 2015 CNWF Graduation & Networking Mixer and help her celebrate the 2015 Fellows and their incredible achievement. Meet Michelle, the Fellows, and CAPE’s Board of Directors tonight!
CAPE is excited to announce that from this point forward we are transitioning from a paid member-driven organization to one that is exclusively mission-driven. What this means for you is that we are eliminating all paid memberships and opening up our programs, services, and events to anyone seeking to make a meaningful impact in support of the AAPI community. We have thought long and hard about this transition, and our hope is that it will help us better serve CAPE’s Mission to champion diversity by educating, connecting, and empowering all Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment and media.
CAPE was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization to support and connect AAPI’s in entertainment. It started with a series of small networking mixers attended by the few AAPI executives working in the industry at that time. With your support, CAPE has grown tremendously. We have expanded the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, globally launched the #IAM Campaign, which quickly became one of the top four all-time non-profit awareness campaigns in YouTube history, and grown our base of individual and corporate supporters to over 5,000.
We sincerely thank our members, past and present, for supporting the only non-profit organization dedicated to increasing positive AAPI images and representation in entertainment. Although we no longer require membership fees, we still need financial support to cover our climbing operating costs and fund our great events and programs. We’d love for you to consider any membership dues you have paid as a tax-deductible donation to CAPE. However, if you feel that you do not wish to support our Mission in this way, we would be happy to oblige with a pro-rated refund*. Regardless, we hope you will consider making a donation to CAPE. If you are unable to make a contribution, please consider moral support by visiting our website and signing up for our newsletter, liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and subscribing to our YouTube Channel.
We hope you will encourage others to support CAPE’s Mission to create positive images of AAPI’s in entertainment and media.
Panelists:* Anna Akana, Content Creator and Actress Christine Chen, Producer, Wong Fu Productions D-Trix, Dancer and Comedian Charlotte Koh, Head of Features and Series, GoPro
Moderator: Bing Chen, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Victorious
*panelists subject to change
Limited seating for this intimate event - Buy your tickets now Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015 Location: Writers Guild of America, West Address: 7000 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048 Parking: Complimentary WGA parking (instructions will be provided), metered street parking Time:
Panel Begins: 7:00pm
Networking Mixer: 8:30pm Cost: $25 online presale, $30 at the door
CAPE is excited to present its first ever CAPE Digital Panel 2.015: Creating Content and Growing Your Brand in the Digital Space. Learn the most effective insider tips on how to develop a brand, distribute content, and build a business that lasts in digital from several of the industry's leading producers, actors, personalities and business pioneers. Panelists include the most successful narrative filmmakers on YouTube, one of the fastest-growing digital personalities, a triple threat TV and digital personality, and a digital business executive and pioneer. Bring your questions with you! What are the big trends in digital media? What should I be producing? What new distribution methods are being created?
As part of the City of LA's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month kickoff celebration, Mayor Eric Garcetti honored CAPE, Kollaboration, and Visual Communications with the Hope Award, Dream Award, and Spirit Award, respectively.
Wenda Fong, CAPE Co-Founder and Board Chair Emeritus, accepted the award on CAPE's behalf. We are thrilled to receive this recognition with our friends from Kollaboration and VC -- Congratulations to all!
The award presentation can be viewed from the City's websites here and here.
CAPE is excited to launch Season 2 of the #IAm Campaign on May 7. This year's mini-documentaries feature the following seven artists: Jason Chen (musician), Arden Cho (actress, “Teen Wolf”), Cassey Ho (lifestyle and fitness guru, Blogilates), Daniel Dae Kim (actor, “Lost,” “Hawaii Five-0”), Ki Hong Lee (actor, THE MAZE RUNNER, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Ted Kim, Yong Kim, and Chris Oh (founders of Seoul Sausage Co.), and Constance Wu (actress, “Fresh Off The Boat”).
To learn more about #IAm and to join the conversation online, visit www.iam-campaign.com. Follow and share your own story on social media at #IAm.