Ascend Seattle started 2010 with a Lunar New Year event in February with
75 people in attendance enjoying the delicious food and wonderful entertainment
by the Seattle Chinese Orchestra.
In April they had their first professional development workshop of the
year titled "Successful Communication Across Generations." Dr. Jeff
Wilson, Ph.D, Senior Advisor of Boeing, talked about ways to better understand
and communicate with fellow professionals and managers from different
generations to the 67 people in attendance. There was also an insightful panel
discussion with John Song, CEO of Lift9, Dr. Chad Hattrup, Co-Founder of
Pathwise Leadership Development & Advising, and Kristyn Bonilla of Boeing.
Emily Rollins, Deloitte Partner provided valuable networking tips and
tricks at "Fine Art of Networking and Wine Tasting" event in June
2010 at Hotel 1000.
A second professional development
workshop took place in July 2010 Executive Presence & Professionalism -
"Take the Foreign out of International: How to Succeed at Work in the U.S.
and Asia.” Nancy Mueller, the speaker talked about understanding the
implications of our communication, both verbal and non-verbal.
The Diversity Career Expo and
Appreciation Gala took place in September. The career fair was a great success
with hundreds of eager, enthusiastic job-seeking professionals, students and
nearly 20 exhibitors. Seattle Ascend Chapter celebrated their first anniversary
during the Appreciation Gala. Nearly 150 of their members, sponsors, supporters,
and friends joined to hear from two fantastic keynote speakers with unique
perspectives on "re-energizing your career.” The speakers were Ben Huh,
CEO of The Cheezburger Network and, Glenn Cook, Director of Global Staffing of
The Boeing Company.
October, Kevin Akeroyd, the President of Jigsaw, delivered a 45-slide
presentation to a sold out crowd at the "Personal Branding" event
held at Banana Republic.In November, Karen Kang, Silicon Valley branding
expert, shared her secrets to leveraging your own ecosystem in establishing
your personal brand.
Seattle definitely had a busy year.