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Keynote Speakers



EJR David, Ph.D, of Tagalog and Kampampangan heritage, was born in the Philippines and grew up in Alaska, where he went on to be an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. On top of teaching, he has two books under his belt, "Brown Skin, White Minds" and "Internalized Oppression: The Psychology of Marginalized Groups," and is a recipient of many outstanding awards in the field of Psychology. We are happy to have him speak at Summit this year!

Check out his books here:


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Emily P. Lawsin is a second-generation Filipina American, born and raised in “SHE-attle,” who believes in sharing history and HERstory through OURstories. An oral historian and spoken word performance poet since 1990, she has appeared on television, radio, and stage throughout the United States and Manila. She is the co-author of "Filipino Women in Detroit: 1945-1955." Her poetry, essays, and short stories on war brides, students, and Filipino American families have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. For more than 20 years, she taught Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies in California, Massachusetts, and at the University of Michigan. She was elected as National Vice President of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) this year.

We are excited to hear what this SHE-ro has to say!

Check out some of her work here:



Sara Porkalob is a Seattle Native with a BFA in Theatre and Original works from Cornish College of the Arts. She is an actress and comedian that specializes in site-specific performance, arts activism, immersive arts education, and theatre theory. As an Asian-Pacific Islander and feminist, she is a devotee of intersectional studies and is committed to dynamic story-telling and cultural place-making in her community. We are happy and excited to have her speak at Summit this year!

Here is a link to her website:

ruby veridiano


Ruby Veridiano is a ‘Glamour Girl Off to Change the World’. She is a writer, speaker, TV host, and social responsibility consultant with a mission to empower women and merge fashion with social change. She was born in the Philippines, raised in Sacramento, and has spent time living in Italy, France, Manila, Atlanta, Oakland, and New York City, shaping her global perspective as an advocate and voice for women. Ruby has spoken at over 400 Universities across the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also published a book, Miss Universe, and in 2011, she became the first LitCorps Ambassador for Global Literacy Organization LitWorld, where she spearheaded LitWorld's Girls Empowerment Program in her home country of the Philippines. She has served as a TV Host/Correspondent for channels such as ABS-CBN and MYX TV, and her writings have appeared on NBC News, Audrey Magazine, and Cosmopolitan Philippines. She has worked on the Social Responsibility Team of the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy Group in Paris, France. She speaks English, Tagalog, and French.