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Mellissa Tong ’93

Mellissa Tong ’93 updates us: “In September I was selected to be one of six speakers for Sue Talks, a TED Talk-style presentation designed for women. I spoke about what it means to be and remain a disruptor. I moved to Los Angeles in 1991 by myself, carrying three suitcases and a one-way ticket, and have since charted a lot of unfamiliar territories. After finishing my MFA at CalArts, I started my career as an anchor, reporter, and producer. Later, I became a director and producer of TV commercials, indie feature films, and documentaries. I’ve been in two fields in which being different was not welcomed or celebrated at the time. I hope to inspire other women and girls to never give up their dreams, and to be disruptors in their industries.”