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Tournament of Roses to Host #ThisGen2020: A Youth Empowerment Forum

Featured Speakers Include 2020 Grand Marshal and Olympian Laurie Hernandez - On Saturday, March 28
Published on Mar 2, 2020

The second annual #ThisGen youth empowerment forum, presented by East West Bank, is returning to Pasadena. Geared toward high school and college-aged students, #ThisGen2020 is an impactful day filled with inspirational conversation with star athletes, industry innovators, talented artists, writers and more. This Tournament of Roses® event will feature opportunities to mix and mingle with speakers and community leaders. #ThisGen aims to not only inspire the next generation of leaders but provide a great opportunity for networking.

The half-day program will feature three speaker panels; Hustle & Motivate: Career Panel, Victory Lap: Sports Panel, and The Blueprint: STEAM/STEM Panel. Attendees will leave feeling empowered to be courageous, confident and intentional with the choices that impact their future. Featured speakers currently scheduled to attend include:

• Ramses Barden – Former Pro-Football Champion and Current Head Coach at Flintridge Prep
• Tom Casiello – Writer for Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment/TV Writer)
• Anedra Edwards – Visual Effects Editor, Warner Bros.
• Laurie Hernandez – 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, Gymnastics
• Dr. Cindy Hunt – Assistant VP for Development at Giant Magellan Telescope
• Brinda Penmetsa – Technology Consultant, Social Impact Advocate
• Jess Rosales – #ThisGen Host and Moderator Sports Reporter and Entertainment Host
• Jose Zelaya – Character Designer, Walt Disney Studios

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Admission is complimentary for high school and college-aged students and will run from

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Beckman Auditorium at Caltech (California Technical Institute) and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration for #ThisGen2020 is now open and available online at

#ThisGen2020 is hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that hosts the annual Rose Parade presented by Honda and Rose Bowl Game. For more information about #ThisGen2020, contact

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® and a variety of accompanying events. 935 volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 132nd Rose Parade themed “Dream. Believe. Achieve.,” on Friday, January 1, 2021, followed by the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 107th Rose Bowl Game. For more information, visit Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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