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March Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

It's almost spring time and we are a little more than four months away from our National Convention in Disneyland. I am so excited to announce that registration for the National Convention is now LIVE. Please click here to register!

In other news, Ascend was featured in a recent Insight Into Diversity Partner Profile titled "Ascend Helps Pan-Asian Business Professionals Soar to New Heights". Click here to read the Partner Profile on page 11. In the article I emphasize the key role that Ascend's in-house research plays in dispelling the "model minority" myth and achieving progress.

Below are some other key updates for March.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend



Save the Date! 2016 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair, July 30 – August 1, Disneyland Hotel, CA

Join us on July 30-August 1 at Disneyland! Our theme this year is “Dare to Dream, Be Extraordinary, Ascend!”

REGISTRATION is now live! Click here to register today. Early bird rates end 5/1/16.

We look forward to seeing you at the most magical place on earth!

2016 Award nominations are open. Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination. 

To all convention attendees:
Disney is offering Ascend convention attendees discounted prices to their theme parks in Anaheim. On Sunday, March 27, 2016, the online Disney Ticket Store will automatically be updated with new ticket pricing. Disney is happy to extend current pricing to our convention attendees who purchase their tickets on or before Saturday, March 26, 2016 for purchases only through your on-line Disney Ticket Store. The direct Ascend link for making Disney hotel reservations and for the ticket store can be found here. Guidelines and restrictions can be found on the ticket site as well.
We encourage you to take advantage of the savings by purchasing your tickets on or before Saturday, March 26, 2016. Hurry before the savings end!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Convention team at


Ascend Foundation Recognized with the Eve of Change Award

Ascend Foundation - one of the research partners in the global research initiative Everest Project  - received the Eve of Change Award at Time Warner Center in New York last month. The unprecedented study found that female executives are at the center of change and innovation in corporate America. The study’s findings are the result of over two years of confidential interviews with 132 of some of the most senior-level female executives in the United States. Read more about the groundbreaking findings by downloading the full report at


7th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference & Career Exposition, September 9-10, NYC

Join us September 9-10 at the New York Hilton Midtown. More information coming soon. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at

Interested in being a resume coach or a volunteer? Let us know by emailing today.

We're Social! | Find us at @AscendNAAMBA on Twitter, like us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn!

Wes Hom, Ascend's Vice President & National Board Officer, featured in Asian American Life

Asian American Life is an in-depth news magazine program that addresses topical issues affecting the Asian American communities nationwide and profiles Asian American leaders. The March episode features an interview with Wes Hom, Ascend's Vice President & National Board Officer and former IBM Vice President, talking about the challenges of breaking the glass ceiling in the tech industry and what Ascend is doing to change the status quo. Watch the insightful episode here.



Ascend Inspirational Member: Vera Fair, Senior University Relations Campus Recruiter, Boeing

"Prior to joining Ascend, I had not met very many highly successful Asian leaders in business. It has been a life-changing experience being a part of Ascend and having the opportunity to meet and learn from incredibly successful Asian business leaders who are so willing to support, mentor, and help others learn how to be successful in the corporate world. Through my involvement with Ascend, I have been inspired by strong Asian role models who have demonstrated that we should dream big and it is possible for Asian leaders to succeed in the highest levels of business. Ascend has provided amazing professional development tools and an awesome support network of Asian professionals that have helped transform me into a better leader in the community and the business world. Thank you, Ascend!"



Partner Spotlight

Career Opportunities at Hershey

We strive to provide our partners with the best candidates. We would like to highlight the following openings at Hershey:

Marketing Manager, Brand Excellence & Multi-Cultural
Brand Manager
Senior Marketing Manager
Manager Commercial Innovation
Associate Brand Manager


Ascend Houston Chapter - March LEAD Series

The Ascend Houston office was grateful to have Chris Byrd, VP of Toast Master who works for EY's Advisory Practice and Dustin Peterson, a full time leadership trainer and coach, who presented at the Houston LEAD series session on March 9, 2016. Referencing their own personal experiences and the insights obtained from their roles in their professional fields, Chris and Dustin provided the packed house with great advice. Topics covered include building willpower and self-esteem as well as developing your true talent.


Happy Lunar New Year from Ascend LA!

On February 4, 2016, the Ascend LA Metro Chapter hosted the Annual Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner sponsored by KPMG, Deloitte, EY, PwC, Grant Thornton, Boeing, Microsoft, and Armanino. Over 170 professionals from 32 firms throughout the greater LA area were in attendance including 12 students from surrounding universities. With the theme of “Embracing Diversity to Advance Your Career” the Ascend LA Metro Chapter was honored to have both Sesilia Song, EY Partner and TaMiya Dickerson, Grant Thornton LLP Partner appear as keynote speakers. Throughout the celebration, Ascend LA raffled prizes during the night to include but not limited to a fully paid registration to the upcoming flagship Inspiring Across Generations event, tickets to Magic Castle as well as Amazon and Din Tai Fung gift cards. The Ascend LA Metro Chapter would like to personally thank the sponsors and all professionals and students who assisted to help make the event successful and memorable. #2016AscendLALNY

  It's tax time! Get your taxes filed for free

Calling all Ascend members and supporters: You probably didn't know that AARP can help you, your families, and your communities! Please help share this great service with those you may know where English is their second language or if they are low to moderate income.

IRS has nearly $1 billion in unclaimed refunds - make sure you get your money back!

Click here to find a site near you

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