By Henry Fuhrmann
Dao Nguyen certainly won her share of accolades upon being named publisher of BuzzFeed in October, with headlines trumpeting her skills as a new-style leader who uses data and technology to drive the business. The organizers of V3con have added another accolade in naming Nguyen the winner of the 2015 Vision Award in recognition of her work in fueling the media company’s rapid growth and audience development.
Nguyen will be recognized this Friday evening, June 26, alongside actor Randall Park of “Fresh Off the Boat” and Yahoo Style Editor in Chief Joe Zee at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles. The all-day V3 Digital Media Conference will follow on Saturday with a full schedule of panels and workshops.
The fourth annual V3con, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, recognizes the “Vision. Visibility. Voice” of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in digital and social media, with the goal of showcasing the most influential and interesting Asian Americans online while connecting diverse communities and building new media skills.
“I am very honored to receive the Vision Award from AAJA,” Nguyen said. “I feel so lucky to be working at a place like BuzzFeed that values and promotes diversity and new perspectives in the workplace as well as in media. Our audience comes in all colors, shapes and sizes, and part of our success stems from our exuberant celebration of all kinds of people (and animals).”
At BuzzFeed, Nguyen oversees the engineering, product, data and design teams. She previously served as chief executive of Le Monde Interactif in Paris. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She follows previous Vision Award winners Jeff Yang (2012), Roy Choi and Richard Lui (2013) and Ann Curry (2014).
With this year’s three “V” award winners, conference organizers again sought to recognize the contributions, talents and values of path-breaking individuals who have enabled Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to become recognized as a significant force in media and the broader community.
In winning the 2015 Visibility Award, Park joins a list of media personalities and artists who are helping Asian Americans become accepted as part of the mainstream popular culture. The past winners were David Choi and Lisa Ling (2012), Grace Lee Boggs (2013) and Jonathan Gold (2014).
Zee, the influential editor in chief and executive creative officer of Yahoo Style, was previously announced as winner of the Voice Award, which honors a recipient who gives voice to Asian Americans and helps others find their voices. He follows Jocelyn “Joz” Wang (2012), Gil Asakawa (2013) and Judith Hill (2014).
Opening Awards Reception
Friday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
V3 Digital Media Conference
Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
V3con is the only digital media conference centered on AAPI mainstream journalists, digital media journalists, bloggers and those interested in social media. The conference is an opportunity for those communicating on multiple digital platforms, including social media and blogs, and their audiences to interact, engage in person and inspire those who are interested in communicating online.