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Thai Samakkee Summit 2022 Los Angeles

Detailed Conference Schedule

"Celebrating the Diversity of Thai Americans"

**Must be a registered Summit attendee (ticketed, speaker, sponsor, volunteer) to attend; walk-ups welcome**

Speaker Bios

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2022 at CG's Residence

6:00pm-8:00pm                      Summit Opening Welcome Reception at LA Consul General's Residence 


Saturday,  October 15, 2022  at Japanese American National Museum

8:00-8:30 am                            Grab and Go Breakfast & Networking

8:30-8:55 am                            Opening remarks

                                                   Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana, President, Thai American Samakkee Coalition

                                                   Ann Burroughs, President & CEO, Japanese American National Museum

                                                   Tor Saralamba, Consul-General, Royal Thai Consulate General, Los Angeles

8:55-9:40 am                            Keynote:  Fireside chat with Dr. Jack Paduntin, President, Pacific Oaks College
                                                   moderated by Chanchanit Chancee Martorell, Executive Director, Thai CDC

9:40-9:55 am                            Networking Break

9:55-10:55 am                         Panel:  Resources for Community Safety Amidst Anti-Asian Hate


                                                   Catherine Ahmadi, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County

                                                   Natchawi Nat Wadman, Center for the Pacific Asian Family

                                                   Wanda Pathomrit, Psychiatric Social Worker


                                                   Rutdow Tanny Jiraprapasuke, Thai CDC

10:55-11:10 am                       Networking Break

11:10 am-12:10 pm                PanelDiversity of Thai American Organizations


                                                   Redy B. Babasa-Thompson, President, Rotary Club of Thai Town

                                                   Rosalyn P. Vasquez, President, Thai American Chamber of Commerce of California

                                                   Virawin Prai Hanratanakool, President, UCLA Thai Student Association

                                                   Whitney Tantisuwanna, President-Elect, Thai American Bar Association


                                                   Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana, President, Thai American Samakkee Coalition

12:10 pm                                  Grab and Go Lunch Boxes available for pickup

12:30-1:15 pm                         Keynote:  Fireside chat with Cathryn Dhanatya, PhD, Founder, Growing Good, Inc.

                                                   moderated by Archawee Anny Dhamavasi, Founder, Thai Americans For the Future

1:15-1:30 pm                           Networking Break 

1:30-2:30                                  PanelThai American Content Creators (primarily in Thai) 


                                                  Art Supakit Pattarateranon, @Landed America and @BadmintonBlahBlah

                                                  Fon Somrudee Nakglud, @khonkheetiew

                                                  Oak Chinnakrit Soonthornwan, @just.oak

                                                  Worawit Srimuang, YouTube: Uncle Sak


                                                  Walaipan Wendy Kesthong, Director, Thai American Samakkee Coalition

2:30-2:45 pm                           Networking Break

2:45-3:45 pm                           Moderated Open Discussion:  Thai American Diversity and Identity


                                                  Jee Suthamwanthanee, President, Thai Unity Community

                                                  Quincy Surasmith, Host/Producer, Asian Americana podcast

3:45-4:00 pm                          Closing and Recap of the Day’s Discussion 

                                                  Tammy Sumontha, President-Elect, Thai American Samakkee Coalition

4:00-5:00 pm                          Museum Visit / Networking Break 

5:00 pm                                   Dinner Buffet Opens 

5:00-9:00 pm                           Evening Entertainment 

                                                  Performances by:

                                                  Juju Namjai

                                                  Jennifer Ninnad 

                                                  Natasha Mar

                                                  Siam Pussie


                                                  Khon performance


                                                  Masters of Ceremony (MCs):

                                                  Chintana Ketsongkhram

                                                  Nikki Summawadee Bubpha

9:00 pm                                   Close Evening, Begin Venue Clean Up 


Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Thai Town


10:00 am - 12 noon                Guided Walking Tour of Thai Town (start at Hollywood/Western)




Los Angeles Consul General's (CG’s) Residence

621 Lorraine Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90005

Note - Parking at CG’s Residence:  Street parking restricted before 6pm. Please park at Visitor’s Parking behind 4201 Wilshire Blvd off Lorraine Blvd (opposite to CG's residence). Flat Rate: $5 after 4pm.

Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

100 N Central Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Hollywood and Western Metro Stop

5450 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90028

Note - meet on the South East corner of Hollywood Blvd and Western Ave outside the metro stop.

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