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Ascend NY Metro: Executive Women’s Panel Discussion: “The Club” - A Myth or A Must?

Thursday, March 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Ascend NY Metro: Executive Women's Panel Discussion: "The Club” - A Myth or A Must?

Ascend NY Metro hosted an Executive Women's Panel Discussion on March 19, 2014 at the New York Life Auditorium (51 Madison Ave) in which there were over 150 attendees. The discussion examined the workplace phenomenon called "The Club” – is it a myth or a must? (A club can be a nonprofit, a corporation or a group that shares common interests or it can be an elite group at the work place which can also be referred to as the "boys club”). The concept of a club is not something one would learn in college or business school but rather observed and experienced in the workplace. Senior executives offered their advice on how to break through and what you can do to further your career today. The Panel was moderated by Janet Wong,Ascend National Advisor and Retired Partner at KPMG.The panelists were:

  • Helen Wan Associate General Counsel at Time Inc. and author of the novel,"The Partner Track”
  • Sunny Sun Managing Director of Global Client Management, BNY Mellon
  • Melissa Kuan Managing Director, New York Life Investments
  • Farhad Zaman, Partner, Transaction Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Janet opened up the discussion by presenting a variety of questions to the panel. Some believed that belonging in a "club” certainly helped with advancing one's career, whether it be for networking purposes or gaining a supportive environment. Others believed that taking the time to develop broad relationships is just as important as joining a club. The discussion evolved to characteristics of the "club” such as its culture, diversity and purpose. Lastly, Farhad gave the audience a tip that he calls "SET” (S is to identify your sponsor, E is to engage in different opportunities (i.e. happy hour or alumni gathering) and T is to trust your own instinct and be yourself).

This panel discussion is a part of Ascend's Executive Insight for Women (EIW) program. EIW is an Ascend National developed program that helps mid-level Pan-Asian female mangers address common challenges as they rise within their respective organizations in corporate America. Developed by Pan-Asian female executives based on contemporary issues raised during focus groups conducted in 2013, EIW provides both conceptual frameworks and pragmatic, actionable advice on addressing issues with a deep understanding of the influence from Pan-Asian cultural values. There will be two upcoming sessions in April and May. Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to all the volunteers for their considerable efforts to make this event a success!


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