Ascend National Newsletter
Visit for more information April 2012

National ConventionStudent Leadership Conference
West Coast
Canada Opening
Ascend Goes to

Career Center

A lot has been going on at Ascend, and we are now global! Ascend Canada launched its first chapter in Toronto. Ascend and the Commonwealth Club of California hosted a standing-room-only interview with Prof. Amy Chua, "Tiger Mom” author. Ascend’s Executive Insight Series (EIS) has been extremely popular with the pre-executive crowd– the rave reviews and demand for this program has been keeping the Ascend team busy. Ascend delivered EIS to high-level Asian Executives at the White House, the New York Roundtable and several other corporate partners. The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia joined the Ascend Business School Alliance, Seattle University and Drexel University received student chapter status, and the Midwest Chapter hosted its 4th annual Student Leadership Conference.

Friday, July 27 - Monday, July 30, 2012

Ascend’s discounted rate is
$179 for registered attendees.

Reservation deadline:
June 22, 2012

301 E. North Water St., Chicago, IL 60611

Sheraton is proud to be Ascend’s hospitality sponsor.

Discount Flight Codes from
July 25 - August 2, 2012 (ORD, MID)

American Airlines 2672BW
Delta NM9BS Avis D470004

This 5th annual event celebrates "Transforming Leadership and You” in the Windy City, where Pan-Asian leaders – CXOs, executives, managers, professionals and students from around the country gather for 4 days of professional development, mentoring and relationship building. Featuring an Olympics/Casino Night kickoff on Friday, CPE-accredited educational and enlightening panels led by role models and experts address critical skills and business issues in a safe, supportive environment. Attendees can take advantage of the Saturday career fair, a Sunday Asian Consumer product showcase, and participate in mentoring and networking. The convention also features the Leadership and Scholarship Luncheons and the Monday Gala Dinner where exemplary leaders are recognized for their service to the community.

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Ascend Canada Opening
Ascend Midwest 4th Student Leadership Conference

Ascend Canada held its official launch in Toronto in early March. Over 300 executives, managers and professionals from more than 14 diverse companies attended the event. Keynote speakers included: Janice Fukakusa, CFO and CAO at RBC, Beth Wilson, Managing Partner at KPMG, Shailesh Kotwal, Executive Vice-President at TD Bank and Sunil Kapur of the law firm McCarthy Tetrault. We welcome our new partners to the north and embark on our international journey to bring greater value and access to our members!

In April, the Midwest Chapter hosted a successful conference attended by over 120 student leaders from five student chapters in Chicago. Participants engaged in professional development sessions and networked with local area professionals. Some of the popular sessions included "Effective Communication Techniques”, "Professional Presentation Skills”, "Networking & Interviewing Techniques” and "Leadership Styles: Which Leader are You?” Thanks to Deloitte, KPMG, EY, Grant Thornton and PWC for sponsoring the event.

Ascend Goes to Washington

In March, Ascend visited the White House and participated in the inaugural Asian American Government Executives Network - Senior Executive Series (AAGEN SES) Development Program. This program is part of Obama’s Executive Order to increase the participation of Asian Americans in federal programs. Only 20 pre-executives were selected from hundreds of applicants from government agencies such as the IRS, SSA, USAID, OMB, DOD, DOJ, HHS, EPA, DOC, and DOE.

Ascend’s Wes Hom and Larry Chang presented "Myths of Asian Leadership”, "Your Personal Brand”, and "Taking Risks”, popular modules from the Executive Insight Series (EIS). Feedback was extremely positive and there was great interest in signing up for other modules. Leaders of the AAGEN and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continue to explore partnership opportunities with Ascend to support the Pan-Asian community.

Ascend spoke with one of the executive pan-Asian mentors from a major government agency, who agreed with Ascend’s observations that many of the GS14 and GS15 senior managers are too focused on technical skills, prefer to work in silos and are not comfortable in navigating cross-functional settings. This executive also supports Ascend’s leadership philosophy for its uniqueness and tailored approach for Asian professionals, inspiring across generations.

West Coast Conference / IAG in Norcal

We are now accepting 2012 Award Nominations

We have the DNA to lead; learn more about the success stories and strategies to succeed using the secret sauce: R2 + N2

Your Leadership DNA, Made in America

Save the date:
Saturday, June 16, 2012

Intercontinental SF Hotel
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Morning Session Keynote Speaker:
Jan Yanehiro - Broadcaster/Business Woman
• Non-Verbal Communication - Executive Presence
• Personal Branding - A Successful Image
• Competing in the Borderless Economy - America Rocks!

Afternoon Session Keynote Speaker:
Lewis Chew - CFO National Semiconductor
Activate your leadership DNA
R2 - Resilient + Rebellious
N2 - Nature + Nurture

We invite you to nominate peers, mentors, colleagues, role models and leaders in your network, as well as ERG/BRG/Affinity groups that have made positive impact in supporting the Pan-Asian professional community. There are different awards for professionals at various stages of their careers. To view the award details, previous winners and to submit a nomination, visit

Career Center

Career experts agree that the best time to look for a new position is while you have one. Visit the Ascend Career Center and submit your resume today! Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to our recruiting partners. Members receive complimentary access to the newly improved Career Center and can upload multiple resumes, manage their career profile, view instructional videos on LinkedIn and related articles. Resumes are managed in-house to protect members’ privacy and will only be shared with organizations you select.

Current Job Board Highlights

Riverbed Technology
– Treasury Manager
– San Francisco, CA

Boutique Healthcare PR Firm
– Account Supervisor
– New York, NY

California Health Benefit Exchange
– Sacramento, CA

Fortress Investment Group LLC
– Private Equity Analyst
– New York, NY

– Auditors
– National

– VP Finance
– National

Johnson & Johnson
– Senior Diversity Specialist
– New Brunswick, NJ

University of Rhode Island
– Internal Auditor
– Kingston, RI

Enso Communications
– Senior Account Executive
– Los Angeles, CA

University of South Alabama
– Vice President, Research
– Mobile, AL

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