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Ascend LA Chapter: Inspiring Across Generation - Share Stories - Defy Perceptions - Inspire Change
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When: Saturday, July 12th, 2014
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Pacific Palms Resort
One Industry Hills Pkwy
City of Industry, California  91744
United States

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Los Angeles Metro Chapter
Inspiring Across Generation (IAG)
Share Stories - Defy Perceptions - Inspire Change

Sponsored by:

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pacific Palms Resort
One Industry Hills Pkwy
City of Industry, CA 91744
United States

Please join the Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter for our annual "Inspiring Across Generations" gala event. Join us on Saturday, July 12th, for inspirational thoughts from our keynote speaker, a discussion with a great executive panel, gala dinner, and networking opportunities. This year, in addition to our Women of Ascend panel, we will also showcase vignettes on the topics of "Career Choices" and "Office Politics" during our afternoon session and gala. We'll have Executives and Generation Y professionals provide their insights on these vignettes and share their personal experiences and career journeys.

Women of Ascend, (Sponsored by Deloitte, LLP):
We are pleased to offer a pre-IAG dinner session for women, by women, called the "Women of Ascend." The session will feature Pan-Asian female executives who will share their stories, discuss women's issues, and provide helpful perspectives.

Office Politics:
How do you deal with conflicts in a working relationship? What do you do if your coworker steals your idea and takes credit for the work you’ve done? What about a boss who plays favoritism in the workplace? These are examples of some of the office politics that are sometimes inevitable in a work environment. As Pan-Asians, learn how to work office politics to your advantage, how to bridge the gap on cultural differences in corporate America and manage your way up diplomatically without putting your career at risk and still earn respect from your peers, those whom you supervise, and those whom you report to in order to succeed in your role.

Career Choices:
Are you thinking about graduate school to further your career? Do you want to change careers and pursue something different? Do you see yourself working at the same place in the next 5 years? Are you a working mother juggling work/life balance? Whether you are a student entering the workforce or a working professional contemplating a change in career or working environment, there are options we should consider before making decisions and appropriate steps we should take to get to where we ultimately want to be.

Register by Friday, July 11th

  • $50 – Members
  • $75 – Non-Members
  • $20 – Member Student
  • $45 – Non-Member Student
Walk-in at the Door
  • $75 – Members
  • $100 – Non-Members
  • $30 – Member Student
  • $55 – Non-Member Student

*Registration may be complimentary if you are employed by one of our sponsors. For more information, please contact the Annual Event Chair, Vin Gee at or Branden Chhuor at, or Ascend LA Metro President, Thomas Phelps at

*Parking is complimentary for all participants

Attire: Business Formal / Evening Wear


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Registration
3:00 PM Workshop A: Women of Ascend Panel, (Sponsored by Deloitte, LLP):
Moderator: Kimberly Roush, All-Star Executive Coaching, Professional Certified Coach & Leadership Strategist


  • Barbara Lee, Warner Bros Corporate Application Services, Director, Project Management
  • Wynnie N. Phipps, Behr Process Corporation, Senior Director of People Services
  • Ria Berger, Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County, CEO
  • Jennifer Chu, Deloitte, Tax Partner
3:00 PM Workshop B: Career Choices Panel (Topic – M.B.A.):

Moderator #1: Heidi Li, VP of External Affairs (Membership), Ascend LA Metro Chapter
Moderator #2: Branden Chhuor, Realtor, Evergreen Realty


  • Jana Yamamoto, CAS Customer Support Finance Director, Boeing
  • Linh Luu, Manager, Forensic Technology Services, KPMG, LLP
  • Bernard Bedon, Vice President Human Resources, Amgen
4:00 PM Entertainment- Casino Night
5:00 PM IAG Dinner Registration / Networking/ Photo Booth / Cocktail Hour
6:00 PM Welcome from Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter
Emcee – Sanyee Yuan, Welcome – Vin Gee
6:30 PM Dinner and Keynote Speaker: Julia Gouw, President & COO, East West Bank
7:15 PM Office Politics Panel (2 Vignettes: Taking Credit & Favoritism):

Moderator #1: Karen Chung, Manager, Advisory Services, EY, LLP
Moderator #2: Jason Chen, Manager, Tax Services, KPMG, LLP


  • John Schweisberger, Chief Executive Officer, RBZ, LLP
  • Joy Dualan, Assurance Partner, PwC
  • Thomas Phelps, CIO & Chief Corporate Strategist, Laserfiche
8:30 PM Entertainment: Magic Show and Dance Performance
9:00 PM Recognition & Awards, Raffle Drawing & Prizes, Closing Remarks

**Tentative Agenda may be subject to changes

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About Ascend

Ascend is the premier non-profit professional organization that enables its members, corporate partners and the community to realize the leadership potential of Pan-Asians in global corporations.

Ascend plays a vital role in helping global companies and its members align their objectives for mutual success and has rapidly become one of the largest Pan-Asian professional membership organizations. Ascend's national and regional chapter programs help to:

  • Cultivate the leadership development and professional growth of members
  • Build eminence and visibility for Asians and to provide role models
  • Provide business growth opportunities for our members and corporate partners
  • Encourage the continuous presence and influence of Asians in the global economy
  • Bridge the "Cultural Difference” gap between Asian and Western cultures
  • Serve the public interest in the community
  • Provide thought leadership and mentoring

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