Samakkee Summit 2016: Los Angeles




“Inspiring Thai American Leadershi​​p"

Empress Pavilion / NOBO

Friday, August 26, 2016

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

By Invite Only

Thai Samakkee Organization Caucus

Royal Thai Consulate General - Los Angeles

611 North Larchmont Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90004

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Open to All Samakkee Summit Attendees

Please check in at the Registration Table.

Opening Reception

Consul General’s Residence  

621 Lorraine Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90005

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Late Night Activities/Evening in Los Angeles

Empress Pavilion

Saturday, August 27, 2016

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Registration Open

Please check in at the Registration Table.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Opening Remarks by Ambassador Pisan Manawapat

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Substantive Sessions #1 (Concurrent)

Government and Politics


Panel Chairs:


Panel Moderator:

S. Floyd Mori, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies





Panel Chair:

Panida Rzonca, Esq., Thai Community Development Center



Thelma Gutierrez, Cinco Mujeres Productions



11:15AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Substantive Sessions #2 (Concurrent)

Professional Organizations


Panel Chair and Moderator:

Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana, Esq., Thai American Bar Association



Academia: "The More We Know"

This interactive roundtable discussion will introduce the value and purpose of pursuing an academic career in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The three panelists represent different disciplines, yet all do research that directly benefit the Thai community. The panelists hope that the Thai and Thai-American leaders and future leaders will participate in our lively discussion about the world of academic research, the ways academic research can improve our community, and future directions for the next generation of Thai academics in the United States.  


Panel Chair and Moderator:

Kanjana Thepboriruk, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University



12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Networking Break

12:45 PM - 2:15 PM


Keynote Speaker: Chanchanit (Chancee) Martorell, Thai Community Development Center

  "History of Thai Americans"

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Substantive Sessions #3 (Concurrent)

Arts and Entertainment


Panel Chair and Moderator:

Prince Gomolvilas, East West Players




Panel Chair and Moderator:

Phaitoon Sarujikamjornwattana, Thai Association of Southern California



3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Networking Break

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Substantive Sessions #4 (Concurrent)

Leadership Training


Session Chair:

Phaitoon Sarujikamjornwattana, Thai Association of Southern California


Session Moderator:

Linda Akutagawa, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics



Panel Chair and Moderator:

Walaipan Kesthong, Thai Association of Southern California





835 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Closing Reception

Keynote Speaker: California State Treasurer John Chiang

Entertainment: Nop Ponchamni

10:00 PM - Midnight

Late Night Activities/Evening in Los Angeles

Empress Pavilion / NOBO

Sunday, August 28, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

No-Host Farewell Breakfast

Siam Sunset ­-Thai Town

5265 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90027

(Not included in Registration Fee)

10:00 AM - Noon

Tour of Thai Town

Hollywood Boulevard & Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Making Thai Town a Cultural Destination as an Economic Development Tool

Tour Provided Compliments of the Thai Community Development Center (Free)

The tour will take participants through Thai Town which received an official municipal designation on October 27, 1999 after a seven year long protracted campaign by the Thai Community Development Center (Thai CDC).  The Thai CDC will discuss how sustainable cultural tourism can serve as a vehicle for economic development and revitalize what was once a depressed section of Hollywood that continues to be predominantly low-income and multi-ethnic.  Thai Town economically integrated immigrants by providing critical access to mainstream economic opportunities through jobs, housing, and micro-enterprises.

The tour will also enhance and enliven the participants' experience to Thai Town while celebrating the Thai community's heritage and promoting the contributions of Thai immigrants to the local economy and the social and cultural fabric of this multicultural city.  Focusing on quality and authenticity, participants will receive a presentation on the history of Thai Town followed by a walking tour to a Thai market, a Brahmin alter, and a magical boutique that will transport participants to Thailand's hill tribe village with the tribe's colorful handmade textiles, clothing, jewelry, and accessories. 


Then participants will be taken to Bahn Kanom Thai (House of Thai Desserts) for some dessert demonstration and tasting.  For some pampering, participants can visit a local Thai spa to receive a  traditional Thai message known as a healing art that combines gentle stretching with massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and meridians.  Participants can then take in lunch at any of the authentic Thai restaurants and cafes in Thai Town following the tour.  Thai CDC can inform participants of the specialties found nowhere else but in Thai Town offered by each eatery.

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