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July 2016 Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,
We are now just 3 (!!) weeks away from the 2016 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair taking place at Disneyland July 30-August 1. In line with this year’s theme, “Dare to Dream, Be Extraordinary, Ascend!”, I challenge all of us to dream a little bigger this year. While I know everyone will be busy during the convention, I still want to make sure I hear from you all. Let's be as interactive as possible. Be social using our hashtags found below, engage on our Convene app, and share your photos with us - don't forget to mention @AscendLeader! I hope to see you all at the Most Magical Place on Earth in a few weeks! 

I’m proud to announce Ascend’s First Annual Charity Golf Outing taking place on September 13 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. I have always dreamed of having an exclusive annual golf outing for the Pan-Asian Community and I look forward to making this a reality. And what better way to hold a Golf Outing than to help the Pan-Asian Community by raising funds for the Ascend Foundation to further the Foundation’s mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships with the goal of continually elevating the presence and influence of the Pan-Asian community. To register, please visit:

Below are some other key updates for July.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Join Us at the Most Magical Place on Earth!


Click here to register now!

Ride with Uber | Get a ride to or from the 2016 Ascend National Convention at Disneyland in California - First ride free up to $25. Sign up with the code ASCEND2016 at Valid for first-time riders only.

Suggested hotel | Ascend now has a room block with the Anaheim Marriott. We have arranged morning shuttle service from the Marriott to the Disneyland Hotel at specific times listed below for convention attendees only. Discounted Ascend rate is $189++. Limited number of rooms are available, so please book soon. Click here to book. Complimentary Shuttle to Disneyland Hotel for the following times:
• Saturday, 7/30 at 8am
• Saturday, 7/30 at 12noon
• Sunday, 7/31 at 9:30am
• Monday, 8/1 at 8:30am; and 10:30pm (return)

Speaker Highlight | We are proud to highlight a few of our exceptional speakers:

Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering; Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and S. Singh Mecker, Principal, Global Alliances Leader & US Advisory Innovation Leader, KPMG.

Catch a movie with FREE popcorn | Come watch Seoul Searching on Sunday, July 31 at 6pm at the Center Ballroom. Check out an exciting all-Asian cast just waiting to be discovered. Seoul Searching delivers an extended remix of heartfelt nostalgia, hilarity, and fun!

Convention app | Similar to last year, we are offering a free, easy-to-use convention mobile app called Convene. By using this app, you can research speakers ahead of time, connect with attendees and more! Content will be going live soon. Please note: this app can only be accessed by registered convention guests.

To all convention attendees | Disney is offering Ascend convention attendees discounted prices to their theme parks in Anaheim. The direct Ascend link for making Disney hotel reservations and for the ticket store is: We encourage you to take advantage of the savings by purchasing your tickets before 9 pm PST on 07/26/2016. Hurry before the savings end!

Looking to volunteer at the convention?Apply by emailing

Company sponsorship opportunities | Email



Ascend’s First Annual Charity Golf Outing

Join us at Ascend’s First Annual Charity Golf Outing taking place on September 13 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. The event was conceived to raise funds for the Ascend Foundation to further the Foundation’s mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships with the goal of continually elevating the presence and influence of the Pan-Asian community. The Charity Golf Outing presents a great opportunity for working professionals across different industries and companies to enjoy a wonderful round of golf, expand their professional and personal networks, rekindle with long-time acquaintances, and have fun!

To register, please visit:

AscendNAAMBA Conference: Sept. 9-10 in NYC - Presenting Tomorrow's Leaders Today!

Early bird rates end July 31. By registering for the conference now, you will have a chance to enter and win a vacation package to the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International! Total Retail Value: $2,500! Click here for complete details.

Click here to register!

AscendNAAMBA Scholarship applications are now open! Apply for the opportunity to be awarded scholarships from The Home Depot and PNC! For complete details and to apply, please click here.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know by emailing today.

Join the Conversation | AscendNAAMBA will now be posting social media updates through Ascend's social media platforms. If you haven't done so already, please follow @AscendLeader, like Ascend on Facebook, and join the Ascend LinkedIn group to continue receiving our updates.

For company sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at

We looking forward to seeing you in the city that never sleeps!

Join EY's virtual career fair Monday, August 1 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm EST.

Chat live with EY Recruiters about current opportunities for experienced professionals in Advisory, TAS, Assurance, Tax, FSO, and Core Business Services. EY will also have Campus Recruiters online to engage with students who are looking for possible internships and first year opportunities.

Find out more at: or contact Tonika Hammonds at


Partner Spotlight
Career Opportunities at The Walt Disney Company

Please see the following job opportunities from The Walt Disney Company:

Senior Manager, Business Operations & Finance – Global Travel

Senior Manager, Organizational Development

Accounting Rotation Program Analyst, January 2017

Accounting Rotation Program Analyst, July 2017


Learn How to Make Meetings More Effective and Radiate with Betty Liu!

Radiate is a multimedia company founded by Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu focused on helping managers excel and grow. Betty has been a great friend to Ascend and she wanted to share what Radiate has been up to! Below is the latest video teaching professionals just like yourself how to manage your team better. Below is a description of the video, please watch - it includes some terrific advice and a very funny moment!

Nobody likes sitting in a series of meetings all day, but it’s a necessary evil in corporate life. Without meetings, teams have little chance to brainstorm and work together. This video gives you much-needed practical advice to make your next meeting better from CEOs like Spencer Rascoff, Jack Welch, Kerry Trainor, and Jessica Herrin. They share tips ranging from letting people walk out to having food fights! Click here to watch the video.
For more great videos from Radiate, please visit and sign up for Betty's newsletter too!


Ascend Midwest Chapter: Inspiring Across Generations – The Power of Diversity

The Ascend Midwest Chapter had a successful Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) conference on June 9, 2016, hosted by Grant Thornton in Chicago, IL. The conference theme for this year, “The Power of Diversity”, kicked off with the insightful session “Unconscious Bias”, presented by University of Wisconsin’s Director of Diversity, Binnu Palta Hill. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion “Lessons from Climbing the Corporate Ladder” with executives from HSBC, Associated Bank, Bank of America, Boeing, Deloitte, and Wells Fargo. The conference finished strong with keynote speaker Linda Yu, a pioneer for Asian Americans in journalism and now one of Chicago’s most respected broadcasters. Her empowering stories inspired us all. Follow the Ascend Midwest Facebook page for photos from the event and info on upcoming events!

Ascend Inspirational Leader: Betty Ng, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Moody’s
"I am grateful for the inspiration, opportunities and supportive network of friends Ascend and Moody’s have provided me over the years. They continue to show me the impact we all can make—individually and collectively—as well as the importance of sharing our stories and learnings to help our communities. I hope you will find helpful “nuggets” in the mini-case study created with Ascend and Moody’s. They reflect many ideas I have developed with my role model and mom, Po-Ling, in the book we are writing together: remember to persevere for your priorities and passions; help others to succeed; lead, inspire, and network to make things happen; and take every opportunity to grow personally and professionally."

Click here to view the mini-case study.
  Ascend Executive Education - Advanced Leadership Program for Asian Americans at Stanford University GSB – August 7-12, 2016. Apply now!

You are an aspiring executive. How can you reach the highest levels of leadership? How do you compete…and win? In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Advanced Leadership Program was created to help accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of executives working in global companies. The program provides a rigorous curriculum to develop the leadership skills you need to succeed, combined with advice from senior executives and powerful networking and mentoring.

For more information, please contact Wes Hom, at, one of the co-developers of the program.

For an inspiring video about the program, please click here.

ALP is the highest rated executive program at Stanford.

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