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Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 5:00PM - 6:30PM | Student Union (STU) B3 



We welcome all USC students to join us for the eighth annual East Asia Career Panel as part of USC Career Fest 2020. EASC panelists will discuss how they utilized their East Asian languages and area studies skills in their careers. They come from East Asia-related professions in documentary and media production, non-profit organizations and sports management. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and networking opportunity. Please RSVP at least one week before the event.

2020 EASC Panelists:

Christopher Carpenter
Media Consultant and Producer - NGO Dream a Dream

Christopher Carpenter is a Media Consultant and Producer at Dream a Dream, a non-government organization based in India that empowers young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish in a fast-changing world using a creative life skills approach. Christopher produced and directed The Happiness Diaries, a documentary series exploring the Government of Delhi’s Happiness Curriculum initiative.

Christopher graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from USC, where he earned his B.A. in Film & Television Production and Cognitive Science. He has consulted with and produced media for organizations in Japan, Kenya, India, and other nations, measuring impact to inform policy. Christopher held the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India, traveled with the EASC Global East Asia program to China, and led service trips to Thailand. He was recently awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship, a prestigious full-ride scholarship to live and study in Beijing, China, at Tsinghua University in pursuit of a masters degree in global affairs. Christopher is currently in post-production on a documentary exploring the Competencies Curriculum, an education reform initiative between the Government of Kenya and Dream a Dream, for which Christopher traveled to Mombasa, Kenya, to observe and experience teacher trainings. 


Grace Dewson
Director/Producer - DO SMTG INC.
GHC Program Associate - Anita Borg Institute

Grace Dewson is a mixed-race documentarian and GHC Program Associate for the largest women's tech conference in the world. Her work utilizes digital media to empower marginalized groups. She has worked on feature films and commercials featuring brands ranging from Activision, Zillow, Uber, OPI, Revlon and many more. Currently, she is directing and producing a feature documentary on Asian American activist, Rose Pak. 

Grace received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Digital Entrepreneurship from USC. Her foundation in film evolved when she traveled to South Korea through the EASC Global East Asia program, and immersed herself in Ehwa University's Korean cinema curriculum both in the classroom and on film locations. She also served as USC Asian Pacific American Student Assembly's Executive Director from 2012-2013 and was a USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association scholar. 


Jordan Lee
Associate MMA Manager - Paradigm Sports Management 

Jordan Lee is an Associate MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Manager at Paradigm Sports Management, where she works closely with Audie Attar, one of the world's top MMA agents. Jordan works with the agency’s MMA clientele, dealing with contract negotiations, partnership opportunities, and fight support. She specializes in representing Chinese athletes due to her fluency in Mandarin Chinese and experience working in China as a sports journalist. Jordan is also a core team member at Legend Fighting Championship, one of the leading MMA organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, where she manages Fighter Operations and advocates for the promotion of Chinese fighters. 

Jordan received her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures and Broadcast Journalism from USC and earned her J.D. and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine School of Law. During her time at USC, she was awarded EASC’s Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Chinese.


Career Fest is a week of events hosted by departments across campus for USC students centered on career success and professional development. Check out the full schedule of events here.

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