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Ascend NY Metro and PwC Event recap

Saturday, December 07, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ascend Metro New York
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Ascend NY Metro and PwC co-sponsored a panel discussion on Thursday, November 14. The event’s titled "Climbing the Corporate Ladder: The Pan Asian Perspective.” Wesley Hom, the Board Member and Officer of Ascend, was the moderator of the panel discussion. In this event, Ascend NY Metro was also honored to invite Afzal Tarar, Partner of Financial Service Advisory from PwC; Kathy McDermott, Tax IAS Partner of PwC; Annie Cheung, Former IBM Vice President, Smarter Planet Initiatives for IBM ASEAN; and Jeannie Diefenderfer, Experienced Senior Telecommunication Executive as our panelists for sharing their experiences.

The event was first started off with some industry background on how Asian professionals are performing in the U.S.; what are the challenges that Asian are experiencing in climbing the corporate ladder; and why there are not much Asian executives in Corporate America. Furthermore, the panelists shared the difficulties Asians are facing when getting sponsorships, and compared the difference between sponsorship and mentorship. Sponsorship means the sponsor is willing to give his / her political capital to support you, but mentors could be your colleagues, seniors, or anyone in the industry telling you what to do. Lastly, the panelists recommended the attendees to start thinking about what is meant to become an executive or partner; and what are the things that we might have to do in order to become director or partner. For example, you have to consistently deliver quality work, and build a strong personal branding.


Lastly, we would also like to thank PwC for the contribution and collaboration for this co-sponsored panel discussion. We would also like to thank Esther Jung, and all the volunteers in making this panel discussion a great success.

Thought of the day: "The large extent of success is from planning, thinking, and aspiration. Give passion on excelling the work you perform. Be the best that you can in the field. Don’t forget to recognize the work you perform, and learn how you could do better. And the last thing is don’t always forget to seek for opportunities!

Please see below for a few pictures from the event:



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