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Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

It’s Asian Heritage Month and I hope you are all celebrating diversity, inclusion and achievement! I am very proud of our Ascend family and our chapters who have been very active in organizing and expanding our local/regional offerings, including the Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) conferences. I hope that all of you have been getting involved! The NY Metro chapter just hosted their wonderful IAG at Microsoft in New York City and next up we have New Jersey, Houston, Los Angeles and Midwest. I’m looking forward to hearing what great success stories these conferences will be! We are also seeing momentum rise as we get closer to the National Convention at Disneyland on July 30th. Make sure you book your room and travel if you haven’t already – I’m so excited to see you all on the west coast!

Below are some other key updates for May.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) regional conferences gather our corporate and community partners for a day of leadership, mentorship and relationship development programs providing insight and benefits for both students and seasoned professionals. Please check the listing below and help support your local chapter.

May 21: New Jersey
May 21: Houston
June 4: Los Angeles
June 9: Midwest

 Join Us at the Most Magical Place on Earth!


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

Early Bird Rates | Rates end on June 15! Click here to register today.

2016 Award Nominations | Submit your application by May 31. Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination. 

Ascend Corporate Scholarships | Apply by May 20 by clicking here.

Uber | We are happy to announce that Uber is Ascend's ride-sharing partner for 2016. More information, including promo code, will be coming soon.

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 9pm PST on July 26. Hurry before the savings end!

Calling all Students | Refer your friends to attend the National Convention for a chance to win a pair of Disney 1-Day Park Hopper tickets ($169 Value/each)! Two lucky student convention attendees will be eligible to win. For those who have already registered, do not worry—as you are still eligible. For complete details, please click here.

Company Sponsorship opportunities | Email 

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

Registration is now open! 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: $2,502 More information to come.
Click here to register!

AscendNAAMBA Scholarship applications are now open! Apply for the opportunity to be awarded scholarships from Home Depot and PNC. More information here.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know by emailing today.

Join the Conversation | Effective this month, 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 Big Apple!

  Introducing David Martinez, Chief Operating Officer, Ascend

We are pleased to announce that David Martinez has joined Ascend as our Chief Operating Officer. David comes to Ascend from Time Warner, Inc. where he was Executive Director, Internal Audit. David has extensive background in numerous areas including infrastructure development, process improvement, and IT audit, finance and operations. Prior to Time Warner, he held various positions at Level 3 Communications/Global Crossing as Vice President, Internal Audit, and EY as a Partner in Risk Advisory Services.

Please join us in welcoming David to the Ascend family!

Ascend Northern California 2016 Awards Gala
May 19, 2016, Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco

Join Ascend NorCal for a night of celebration during Asian-Pacific Heritage Month as they honor Northern California Pan-Asian business executive leadership, diversity and achievement! We are pleased to announce that Mayor Edwin Lee of San Francisco will be attending the Gala. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Chapter will recognize Loretta Doon, CEO, CalCPA; Thuan Pham, CTO, Uber; Erby Foster, Jr., Director of D&I, The Clorox Company; Fiona Ma, Chairwoman, California State Board of Equalization; with Richard Lui, NBC News, MSNBC News Anchor as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Richard Lui will also serve as Moderator discussing with the Honorees, on a panel to have a conversation and share perspectives on “Fostering diversity today for a better tomorrow.” If you are interested in attending, please register by May 17 (tomorrow) as there are limited seats available. More information on the event can be found here.

Ascend Midwest Chapter Presents: Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference - The Power of Diversity, June 9th, Chicago, IL 

Join the Ascend Midwest Chapter on June 9th at Grant Thornton in Chicago as they hold their IAG entitled "The Power of Diversity." Kicking off the event at 8:30am will be breakfast and networking followed by Board introductions and a panel discussion on "Lessons Learned from Climbing the Corporate Ladder." Linda Yu, one of Chicago's most respected and well-known broadcasters, will join as the Keynote Speaker. To register for this event, please click here.


Ascend Houston Chapter Presents: Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference, Saturday, May 21st, Houston, TX

On Saturday, May 21st, 2016, Ascend Houston Chapter will be hosting its annual Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) conference at the Norris Conference Center-City Centre. The Chapter has a full day planned of engaging and thought-provoking speeches and discussion led by prominent Houston business leaders. Their theme this year is “Go Beyond, Be Extraordinary,” which will explore how to push oneself to grow professionally and personally to become an extraordinary leader. In addition to attracting top business leaders, the conference will also bring together professionals and students representing the greater metropolitan Houston area, both members and non-members. To register for this event, please click here. The Houston Chapter looks forward to meeting you!

Ascend NY Metro Chapter hosts successful IAG on May 9th in Times Square

The month of May marks the celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, also known as Asian/Pacific Heritage Month. In the spirit of the achievements of many APIAs before us, the New York Metro Chapter held an Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) conference on May 9th, 2016. With over 280 registered guests, the event was hosted at Microsoft in Times Square bringing the theme of Power, Politics and Passion. The conference was kicked off by keynote speaker, Minerva Tantoco, who is New York City’s first ever Chief Technology Officer. This event had many distinguished guest speakers who were featured in three breakout sessions on Powering Up Your Career, Are you Media Ready? and Successfully Following Your Passion. Please visit the Ascend NY Metro page or Facebook page for more information.


Ascend Midwest: Cyber Security Professional Panel Event hosted by KPMG

Whether it be FORTUNE 500 organizations or an individual consumer, the threat of cyber-attacks is an overarching worry that faces us all. Ascend Midwest recently organized a successful Cybersecurity panel discussion event with over 50 participants hosted by KPMG, Chicago. Edward L. Goings (KPMG), Paul Edlund (Microsoft), Dan Wierzbicki (FBI) and Sean Renshaw (Stout Risius Ross, Inc) were the panelists for the event. They emphasized the importance of protecting our networks. “Simple things as checking our bank or credit card accounts, and always be cautious before clicking any links in e-mail are also recommended to protect our information,” said Forensic Technology Services, national principal in charge, Ed Goings.

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