Thursday, April 15

Asian Female Game Changers

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By Asia World Media (

DALLAS, TX ( – On a cold and icy Sunday afternoon, over 100 guests fight the freezing weather to attend the 3rd Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers & Shakers at the Crow Collection of Asian Arts Museum.  “Female Game Changers: Playing to Win,” is the theme of this year Groundbreakers Speak event by Against The Grain Productions.  This was the first year where all the panelists are professional Asian American female, like Grace Borrero Moss, Kim Phan, Doualy Xaykaothao, Thear Sy Suzuki, Leuyen Pham, Cynthia Yung, Lesley Varghese, and special guest Sylvia Komatsu: Executive Vice President/Chief Content Officer at KERA.


Guests are treated with the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of Asian arts, wine, coffee and light snacks during the reception.  The atmosphere was filled with eclectic Asian arts from around the world and a unique wrapped Porsche with dragon designs and white cranes as headlights.  


The panel of speakers shared their inspiring and personal stories, engage in heavy hitting-issues affecting the Asian American community and even respond to fun questions from the moderator, Tammy Nguyen, founder of ATG.  

Grace currently serves as the Manager of Entertainment Diversity Initiatives for NBC.  In this role, she helps oversee multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers, directors and actors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC’s scripted programs.

Kim is a passionate gamer, producer and community figure in the video game industry.  She is currently Senior Manager of eSports at Blizzard Entertainment and is one of the very few known female in the competitive and professional gaming scene dominant by guys.

Xaykaothao is Hmong American and now working as a Senior Reporter at NPR affiliate KERA in Dallas. She covers breaking news in North Texas and produces cultural features for the station. 

One emotional story told by Thear Sy Suzuki about her parents working as a janitor and getting paid minimum wage to support five siblings when they first came to the United States touched many hearts and filled the room with many tears. Thear’s humble beginnings are one of many stories contributed by the panelists that connect with the audiences.  Now, Thear is a Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services business for the Southwest Region.  She provides advisory services to Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, including Energy, Health, Retail/Consumer Products and Telecommunications/Media/Technology.

LeUyen is a Californian and an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly sixty children’s books.  Her books include “God’s Dream,” written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the New York Times best selling series “Freckleface Strawberry,” written by Julianne Moore, “Grace for President” by Kelly DiPucchio, the Alvin Ho Series by Lenore Look and “The Boy Who Loved Math” by Deborah Heiligman, to name a few.

Cynthia currently serves as Executive Director of The Boone Family Foundation, a non-profit resource for social change here in Dallas, TX.  She is responsible for identifying and recommending grants for nonprofit organizations that focus on supporting programs which advance equity for women and girls.

Lesley is a lawyer and activist from Austin, TX.  She is currently an Executive Director and General Counsel of the Asian American Resource Center, Inc. (AARC Inc.), a community-­based 501(c)3 organization formed in 2006 to support the construction and operation of the Asian American Resource Center facility.

Each panelist put their fear aside to follow their passion.  Against The Grain provide a platform for these diverse Asian American leaders to share their success story. This is ATG third Groundbreakers event, which celebrate ‘Female Game Changers’ in their respected industry. Visit