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Seattle - Diversity Career Expo 2011 & Appreciation Gala "Build Your Legacy"
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When: 10/8/2011
Career Expo 1:00pm - 5:00pm, Leadership Conference 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Gala 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Where: Meydenbauer Convention Center
11100 NE 6th Street
Bellevue, Washington  98004
United States
Contact: Ascend Seattle

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Ascend Seattle Chapter
Diversity and Career Expo 2011 and Appreciation Gala
Build Your Legacy

Ascend Seattle Chapter will host its annual Diversity Career Expo and Appreciation Gala on October 8, 2011. This year's theme is "Build Your Legacy" and will feature a leadership conference in addition to the diversity career expo and appreciation dinner gala.  This half-day event will be held at the Meydenbauer Convention Center, Bellevue, WA.

Build Your Legacy was developed with the idea that one shapes their career, not just for the present, but also to create a foundation for future generations.  We view this event as a vehicle to develop, refine and jumpstart careers.

Ascend is the premier professional organization dedicated to enabling its members, business partners and the community to leverage the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asians.  Founded in 2005, the organization focuses on inspiring people to achieve their aspirations to be a leader --- both professionally and personally without compromising their culture.  Since then, Ascend has expanded to include 11 professional chapters and 16 student chapters nationwide with over 4,500 members from 150 companies.

Ascend Seattle Chapter formed in September 2009 with 41 members and now has grown to hundreds of members, plus even more non-members who participate in events throughout the year.  The momentum of growth has continued to power the chapter in the Pacific Northwest with consistent programs and partnerships with other organizations.

Over 20 diversity employers are expected to exhibit and be hiring for positions ranging from entry to managerial. After the Expo, Ascend will host an appreciation dinner gala in honor of their membership and business leaders within the community. Both events are designed to be ideal opportunities to mingle and network with professionals from across Western Washington.


Diversity Career Expo

Admission to the Career Expo is FREE. No registration is required to attend. Vendors will include leaders and working professionals from corporate, small business, non-profit, academic, and governmental professional backgrounds.

Here's a list of exhibitors during the Career Expo:

- Microsoft Corporation
- Deloitte
- American Family Insurance
- Verizon Wireless
- Boeing
- State Farm
- Puget Sound Energy
- Liberty Mutual Agency Corporation
- Berlitz Language Inc
- Pirq
- T.D. Wang Advertising Group

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Leadership Conference

We will also hold a leadership conference from 2pm to 5pm. Our leadership conference will feature a panel of distinguished business professionals, and will feature the topics Using Unconventional Ways to Building Your Brand and Women of Ascend - Building Your Legacy. Cost is $35 for Members and $75 for Non-Members.

This is a unique opportunity to gain insights and guidance firsthand from well-respected senior executives and prominent leaders who understand the challenges of coming from a diverse background. As talent managers and role models in complex organizations, they can offer valuable perspectives to emerging leaders.

During the Mentoring Circles session, you and a small group will get to sit with a senior leader to discuss relevant topics and industry trends.Our select group of mentors includes accomplished senior executives, CEOs, entrepreneurs and professional services providers.

Our distinguished panel features:

  • Deloitte's corporate responsibility and sustainability leader, Suzanne Keel Eckmann
  • Marlene Yamashita, Boeing Director of Ethics and Business Conduct
  • Carolyn Kelly, President of the YMCA Board of Directors former President and Chief Operating Office of The Seattle Times
  • Real Estate mogul Thach Nguyen
  • Entrepreneur Kamala Saxton of Marination (Voted Best Food Truck in America)
  • blog editor and social media coordinator Makenzie Greenblat

Appreciation Gala

Join us as we celebrate a successful first year and recognize our founding Seattle chapter sponsors and the individuals who have made it possible. Our Gala will be a dinner event featuring key note speakers. This is an excellent opportunity to network with leaders in the community and mingle with Ascend members. Come and celebrate diversity leadership throughout Western Washington

Stay tuned for more details on our key note speaker and our key note topic of the evening.

Dinner Gala: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost:  $40 for Members, $75 for Non-members

Tickets for the Appreciation Gala can be purchased for $40 (member price) or $75 (non-members). Group rates are also available.

Key note speaker: James Sun, CEO of Pirq

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