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An introduction to the Executive Insight Series (EIS)

When: 4/25/2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Grant Thornton LLP
175 W. Jackson Boulevard
13th Floor Training Room
Chicago, Illinois  60604
United States
Contact: Julie Figueras

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Ascend Midwest Chapter Presents

"Myths of Asian Leadership”

Featuring Wesley J. Hom,

National Ascend Board Member and Former IBM VP & Managing Director

When working harder and running faster is not enough …

Come join us on Wednesday, April 25th 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Grant Thornton Chicago Office when we will shed light on misconceptions about Asian Americans and why so few Asians in corporate America reach the "C-suite”. How many corporate CEOs, CFOs, or CIOs, or Senior VPs are Asian? Far fewer than general demographics would suggest is possible. What is preventing Asians from achieving positions in the "C-Suite?”

We are excited to announce that Mr. Wesley J. Hom, National Ascend Board Member and Former IBM VP & Managing Director, will be joining us to talk about the "Myths of Asian leadership”.

Lessons learned from "Myths of Asian Leadership”

· Where are the Asians?

· Myths of Asian Excellence - Why so few Asians?

· Do you know the culture of your company and why it’s important to you?

· Are they impacting your success and careers?

Come learn what you can do to overcome these myths, limitations or excuses; and why "Managing Up” and managing your leadership team is so important to your careers.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25th 5:30PM – 7:30PM


5:30pm – 5:45pm: registration

5:45pm – 6:30pm: Wes’ presentation

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Q & A

7:00pm – 7:30pm: networking


Location: Grant Thornton LLP, 175 W. Jackson Boulevard, 13th Floor Training Room, Chicago, IL 60604


Admission is free for Ascend members, and $10 for non-members. Light Appetizers and beverages will be served.

For more information, contact Julie Figueras:


Wesley Hom

National Board Member and officer of Ascend

Former IBM Vice President and Managing Director

Management Consultant at Business Innovation Services, LLC.

Co developer of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Asian Leadership Program

Wes Hom was former IBM Vice President in the Systems and Technology Group with global responsibilities for overall execution of IBM's mainframe investments, strategies, sales and emerging markets initiatives.

Today he is a consultant with Business Innovation Services, LLC. helping investors and companies develop global strategies and plans to access next generation technologies and new business models. He advises on business development, diversity, and leadership development for domestic and emerging markets entities.

Previously Mr. Hom was based in Europe as the Managing Director and VP in the Industrial industry. He held a variety of executive line positions at IBM, including VP of Global Communications Industry, VP of the Capital Venture Group, and Executive Director for alliances between IBM and independent software vendors. Mr. Hom also served in Asia Pacific in various VP roles running industry solutions, software and networking lines of business. Before going overseas, he was an executive assistant in IBM’s corporate office serving the Chairman/CEO, Vice Chairman, CFO and SVP of Human resources.

Today, he also serves on the boards of non-profit organizations helping them develop new corporate partnerships, leadership training, mentoring, and diversity programs. He is on the national board of Ascend, a national Pan-Asian professional organization. He is also one of the founders of Ascend CEI (Corporate Executive Initiative) a national organization to recruit and engage a community of Asian American executives from large companies to actively assist executive development of high potential Asian American corporate leaders and the development of their respective constituent for business advancement. He is also co-developer of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Advance Leadership Program for Asian Executives.

He was senior chairman of IBM’s Asian Diversity efforts and served on the board of many professional organizations. He was recognized as one of the "2007 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” by the Asian American Business Development Center and received Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) 2008 Dynamic Achievers Award.

Mr. Hom is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business with BS/CS and MBA degrees. He was also a member of IBM’s Certified Client Director Profession through the Advance Management Program at Harvard’s Business School.

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