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Membership FAQ

Membership FAQ

1. What is a non-member?

A non-member is an active member of the organization who attends Ascend events but has not registered to pay the yearly fee. Non-member status allows an individual to create a profile on our website and register for events but does not qualify them for member pricing and other members-only benefits and discounts.

2. How can I change from a non-member to member status?

Those who sign up on our website as non-members can upgrade at any time to a paid membership, at which point they qualify for all of the benefits of membership, including discounted pricing on all events and access to members-only events.

3. My membership is expired. How do I renew my membership?

Sign in and click on "Manage profile" on the right side. Scroll down to the membership field at the bottom and renew your membership at the appropriate level.

4. I just tried updating my profile but I am asked to update with more information. Why?

With our new system, we have asked our members for more information about their backgrounds so we can tailor our programs to the needs and backgrounds of our members. This information will not be shared with anyone. Only our national staff will have access to this data. Please make sure when updating your profile that you select which fields you'd like to be publicly available (contact information, bio information, etc.).

5. I am a part-time MBA student. Do I qualify for a student membership?

Our student memberships are intended for those individuals who are full-time students and are not working. As such, part-time or executive MBA students, recently unemployed individuals taking classes, or individuals who are currently working in a professional job do not qualify for student membership. If you have graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program and have some professional work experience, the only way to qualify for a student membership is to resume a full-time pursuit of a degree.

6. There is currently no local chapter at my school. How do I start one?

We are expanding quickly, so check back soon! At any time, feel free to contact us at or on 212-248-4888 to discuss how to set up a local chapter either at your school or in your region.

7. How do I volunteer for Ascend?

We always have opportunities for enthusiastic volunteers. Please check our volunteer page or contact us at or on 212-248-4888.

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