2019 ASC Luncheon
ASC is proud to announce that Laura Ling the keynote speaker for the annual luncheon. Over almost two decades, award-winning journalist and web and TV host, Laura Ling has dedicated herself to exposing the world to critical global issues, including slave labor in the Amazon, the drug war in Mexico, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey.
As the Director of Development for Discovery Digital Networks, Ling oversees the creation and production of original web series. She is also the host of Going Off Grid and Rituals With Laura Ling.
Prior to joining Discovery Digital Networks, Ling hosted two documentary series on the E! Network that investigated topics such as teen suicide and underground youth subcultures in America. Previously, as Vice President of Current TV’s journalism department, Ling created the critically acclaimed investigative documentary series, Vanguard, which received numerous awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont Award. As a correspondent for SoCal Connected, a news magazine series, Ling’s work was recognized with both an Emmy and a national Edward R. Murrow award.
In March 2009, Ling captured the world’s attention from a different standpoint, when she was arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days, after attempting to report on the trafficking of North Korean women. Granted a special pardon, she returned to the U.S. and documented her experience in her 2010 memoir, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home, penned with her sister, Lisa.
Ling captivates audiences with a raw and candid look inside the life of an international journalist, including the importance of exposing critical global issues, the challenges faced in various parts of the world, and what she learned in one of the world’s most recluse countries.
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Caren K. Lock is the Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel of TIAA. TIAA is a Fortune 100 financial services organization that is the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and governmental fields. In her role at TIAA, Caren is the primary interface for the company and its’ subsidiaries on all legislative, executive, administrative, and regulatory matters for her 20 states region. Issues affecting the company range from privacy, fiduciary rule, capital standards, to retirement security. At the company, Caren is active in gender and racial diversity initiatives. She was the former Corporate Co-Chair of the Women’s Employee Resource Group and is currently a member of the Denver Leadership Council and Dallas Leadership Council.
Prior to joining TIAA, Caren was General Counsel with a consumer financial company. Before entering the corporate world, Caren spent over a decade litigating complex business matters including copyright and trademark infringement, employment discrimination, shareholder and partnership disputes, aviation, and toxic tort.
Caren is the Board Chair and a member of the Executive Committee at the Texas Women’s Foundation. Caren is also an Executive Board member of the Texas State Bar College. Her community engagement includes past service on multiple nonprofit and bar association boards. Caren is a member of The Dallas Assembly and a graduate of The Leadership Dallas Program. In addition, Caren co-founded The Orchid Giving Circle in 2015 which provides community grants to support social change and services to the DFW Asian Community.
Caren’s community involvement and expertise in racial and gender equity issues led to her recent advisory board appointment to Kanary’s Inc., a technology company that aims to foster collaboration between employers and employees on diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. Kanary’s, Inc. uses a social enterprise platform to gather data and analytics on diversity and inclusion to help create a workplace environment where everyone belongs.
Master of Ceremonies
Jenny Anchondo is a Emmy-Award-winning news anchor, host and reporter. She has worked for CBS, NBC and Fox at TV stations all over the country. Most recently, she was the co-host of the nationally syndicated show, Morning Dose.
Previously, Jenny worked as an anchor and reporter for top-rated Fox 4 news, serving as the single host of the Saturday and Sunday morning broadcasts.
Along with her husband Heath, Jenny co-hosts the Second Shot podcast, which is an inspirational and motivational show that takes a “second shot” at the news stories of the day.
Jenny also works as a media coach and mentor to individuals and businesses looking to book interviews and effectively get their message across on camera.
She is a passionate volunteer and community servant. In addition to several philanthropic projects Jenny lends her time to, she has served on the boards for the Housing Crisis Center and Leukemia Texas. As a first generation college student, she is passionate about literacy and education. She has also served as a volunteer for Reading Partners, the Reading Seed and multiple other literacy-based organizations.
Jenny and Heath are new parents to 2-year-old Brighton Valentina.