From left are panelists Maryann Yee, Anedra Edwards and Jose Zelaya. (Courtesy photo)

On April 23, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® hosted more than 250 Southern California youth for #ThisGen2022, a youth empowerment forum presented by East West Bank. 

The half-day forum brought together a diverse group of inspiring speakers who gave attendees insight into breaking barriers, overcoming obstacles and following their passions. The panels featured professionals from premier companies and organizations including Marvel Studios, Walt Disney Television Animation Studios, the Los Angeles Dodgers and LA Rams. 

“The more you realize you have a superpower and lean into it, the more things happen and the more authentic it is,” said #ThisGen panelist Jeff Stern, Apatow Productions. 

The event featured three panels: “Hustle & Motivate,” “Victory Lap” and “The Blueprint.” Speakers focused on following your dreams, finding success doing what you love, confidence and networking to help build future goals and leveraging your talent in the professional world.

“We are extremely proud to bring together students and professionals for such an inspiring event,” said Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Amy Wainscott. “These professionals have given these young people fun and exciting ideas for their future.” 

 Attendees were also presented career opportunities in science, technology and art, and how their talents can be used in the professional world. Attendees left feeling empowered, inspired and excited to tackle what comes next.  

“My favorite moment was when Johnathan spoke to the kid who got open heart surgery. It was really emotional. I also liked Anedra with her tips into editing. This really is a good guide to what steps I can take for my future,” #ThisGen attendee Charlette Browning, Ontario Christian High School. 

#ThisGen2022 was a forum to empower youth and we are grateful to East West Bank for their continued partnership and their role as presenting sponsor. 

“East West Bank is proud to yet again be a presenting sponsor of #ThisGen and be a part of our youth’s journey to reach further in their professional lives,” said Janie Beaman, First Vice President, Senior Manager, Communications and Media, at East West Bank.