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June 2015 Newsletter
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June Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,
I hope all is well and that everyone has been going to and/or getting involved with our local chapters. Many of the Ascend local chapters have been very active in expanding our local/regional offerings, including our Corporate Executive Initiative (CEI). We had a great launch event in Chicago and we’ve just launched the Corporate Executive Initiative in our Greater Washington Area chapter. For those not familiar with CEI, it is a by-invite-only initiative focused on the advancement of Pan-Asians to the highest levels of leadership. In the Greater Washington Area, they have an active and dedicated group of 11 executives who are in the process of developing programming, collateral, and local partnerships focused on inciting both individuals and institutions to enact change. For more information on the upcoming Greater Washington CEI, please click here. In addition, May and June have been very busy months as five of our local chapters held our regional Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) conferences around the country – the IAGs in New York, Houston, New Jersey, NorCal and LA had in total, over 1,000 registered participants!! I thank you for all that you do for Ascend and our Pan-Asian community!

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend
2015 Convention Updates
Back by popular demand, Ascend's "Doctors' Offices" are returning to the 8th Annual Ascend National Convention in New York City. Doctors’ Offices received rave reviews from mentors and mentees in previous conventions. Professional convention attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of the sessions and learn how to become a better leader and colleague! Add-on registration is required.

Don't forget to register for the Convention! Early bird rates end June 20.
Last call for Ascend Award Nominations! Submission deadline is extended to July 1. Click here to apply today.

Why Sponsor?
AscendNAAMBA takes pride in providing our partners with top-notch, qualified MBA/graduate talent. The 6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Inspiring Across Generations with Career Exposition is a must-attend premier business event for multinational corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations seeking Pan-Asian MBA/graduate talent, branding and professional development opportunities. We hope you can join us as a sponsor this year in Washington, D.C!
For sponsorship or scholarship opportunities, please email us at 
Ascend Houston IAG: Inspire for More
The Ascend Houston Chapter successfully held the annual Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference at the Asia Society Texas Center on May 30. This year's theme was centered around "Inspire for More". Through the motivational keynote speech by Nandita Berry, Former Texas Secretary of State; executive journey by Alex Peng, Vice President of Tax at Baker Hughes; success stories by Aziz Gilani, Partner at Mercury Funds; ethics lessons by Helen Sharkey, Ethics and Accountability; and practical advice by our elite group of panelists, Grace Han, Executive Counsel at GE Oil & Gas, Cathy Li, Business Planning Manager, Corporate Procurement at Chevron Corporation and Rahul Ramdas, Owner of Ramdas Accounting, facilitated by Chau Nguyen, Manager of Community Involvement, The Women’s Home, over 100 attendees felt energized and inspired to achieve their personal and professional goals. Contact to get more information about chapter activities.
Ascend & NACD NorCal: Leveraging The Silicon Valley Asian Talent for Innovating Boards 
The Ascend Pinnacle and NACD NorCal panel presentation, held at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. in Santa Clara, California, was a well attended event. Attendees included some of Silicon Valley's most innovative and ambitious Pan-Asian professionals. Led and hosted by S.K. Gupta, one of Ascend's National Executive Advisors, the panel discussed various ways on how to join the Board of Director level, what happens when you've been invited and how to maintain productivity and achievement on missions and visions when becoming a Board Member. Panelists were able to bring their personal stories and years of wisdom to the presentation prompting a lively question and answer session before ending the evening with a great networking hour.

Professional Chapter Spotlight
How Will You Master It?
On May 28, the Ascend LA Chapter proudly presented "Leading Change: How Will You Master It?" Change is inevitable and Ascend Executive Advisor, S.K Gupta taught attendees how to appreciate the challenges of leading change and the simple tools to make them sustainable. Sponsored by Microsoft and EY, this event held sessions on cybersecurity, what it's like to work at Microsoft and new Microsoft devices. 

Partner Spotlight
Career Opportunities at Bank of America
We strive to provide our partners with the best candidates. This month we would like to highlight the following openings at Bank of America:
  • Merrill Lynch Team Financial Advisor Program
  • PMD/Financial Advisor
  • Portfolio Trading - Senior Leasing PTA Specialist
 To apply to these positions, please click here.
Create a profile and upload your resume if you haven’t done so already.

Note: In the “Job Source Tracking” section, select Ascend as the diversity organization that referred you to the opportunity.

Partner Spotlight
Career Opportunities at Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 70% of the Fortune 500. At Deloitte, you’re encouraged to be your authentic self and tap into the Power of You. We’re looking forward to meeting you at the Ascend National Convention, if you’re interested in learning more about some opportunities at Deloitte, please click on the links below:
  • AERS Advisory Cyber Risk Manager (Various Locations): Click HERE for more information.
  • Deloitte Digital Customer and Digital Strategy Value Manager (Various Locations): Click HERE for more information.
  • Tax Systems Implementation Senior Consultant (Various Locations): Click HERE for more information.
To learn more about other opportunities, visit
Partner Spotlight
Career Opportunities at The Walt Disney Company
At Disney, we combine innovation with imagination to create magic! Now you have the opportunity to join the talented team that delivers that magic to audiences and guests around the world.

Visit to explore the possibilities and just imagine the stories you’ll be part of….

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Ascend Member's Corner: Alberto Wu, San Francisco State University Student Chapter
This month we are highlighting what impact being involved with Ascend has had on Alberto Wu. Alberto was the Chair of the Tech Committee for the Ascend NorCal: 2015 IAG Conference and has held a few officer positions in the Ascend San Francisco State University student chapter.
"Ascend has provided me with the platform to polish my confidence and leadership skills. After being able to take part in the numerous workshops, social events, and volunteer and mentorship opportunities that Ascend has to offer, I feel comfortable building meaningful relationships and learning from talented people at different career levels. Simply put, together we Ascend!"
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that your company offers. For more information email us at
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