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Recent IAG Conferences in San Francisco and LA

Monday, July 14, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sofia Poyhonen
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Northern California Chapter: Inspiring Across Generations (IAG)
Growing Edge: Develop Your Explosive Potential!

The Ascend Northern California Chapter hosted the "Inspiring Across Generations” conference on June 7th in San Francisco with over 300 attendees. This year’s theme was Growing Edge: Develop Your Explosive Potential! with keynote speakers Dr. A.K. Pradeep, Chief Provocateur of Nielsen and Loretta Doon, Chief Executive Officer California Society of CPAs and CalCPA Education Foundation. More than 45 seasoned executive leaders representing leading Bay Area companies participated. The three topics covered were Political Savviness, Communications and the Art of Conversation, and Self-Awareness. Other conference highlights included fireside chats, panel discussions, small group mentoring & workshops, sponsor & career fair, wine tasting and networking, and a gala dinner reception. For more information, please click here or email Martine Pham at

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

The Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter hosted their annual "Inspiring Across Generations" gala event on July 12th in Los Angeles with more than 260 attendees and 54 companies represented. The event included inspirational thoughts from keynote speaker Julia Gouw, President & COO, East West Bank, three executive panel sessions, a gala dinner, and networking opportunities. This year, in addition to the Women of Ascend panel, there were two sessions on "Career Choices" and "Office Politics." Both Executives and Generation Y professionals provided their insights and shared their personal experiences and career journeys. For more information, please click here or email Martine Pham at

Attendees said:

“Amazing conference!”
“Well organized, informative, and inspiring! Should have more of these.”
“Kudos on your speakers: they are all engaging and informative.”
“I loved this event, it was fantastic.”
“Amazing keynote speech and fireside chat!”
“One of the best networking conferences I have attended: thank you for being inclusive and welcoming to non-Asian participants!”
“I feel that this event is good for minorities of all cultures (I am African-American).”
“Layout of event (panel in the morning, workshop in the afternoon) is very effective.”

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