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Ascend LA Chapter: Inspiring Across Generation (“IAG”)
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This is our annual leadership conference focused on professional development, mentoring, and networking. Attendees will learn practical leadership tactics from other Pan-Asian executives. The program includes professional development opportunities for emerging managers and seasoned professionals, networking with community partners and corporate sponsors, and celebrating the accomplishments of the Los Angeles Chapter for FY 2013. This is the biggest event for our Los Angeles Chapter for the year

When: Saturday, June 29th, 2013
2:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Pacific Palms Hotel
One Industry Hills Parkway
City of Industry, California  91744
United States

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Los Angeles Metro Chapter
Inspiring Across Generations (IAG)
Reinvent . Rebrand . Reconnect
June 29, 2013, Saturday | 2:30pm - 9:00pm

Pacific Palms Resort
1 Industry Hills Pkwy, City of Industry, CA 91744
(626) 810-4455

Today's global business environment and fast-paced technological advances have changed the way people work, connect with others, and focus on technical skills. We must strategically reinvent and rebrand ourselves to stay relevant and be forward thinking, while reconnecting with our colleagues and those who have an impact on our careers.

Please join the Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter for our annual "Inspiring Across Generations" gala event. Join us on Saturday, June 29th, for inspirational thoughts from our keynote speaker, a discussion with a great executive panel, gala dinner, and networking opportunities.

Keynote Speaker

Women of Ascend, Sponsored by Deloitte LLP

This year, we are pleased to offer a pre-IAG dinner session for women, by women, called the "Women of Ascend." The session will feature Pan-Asian female executives who will share their stories, discuss women's issues, and provide helpful perspectives.

Cold Tofu Comedy Improv Workshop

Held in parallel to the "Women of Ascend" session will be an interactive communication skills building workshop hosted by Cold Tofu, the nation’s premier Asian American comedy improv and sketch group. This interactive, hands-on and fun workshop will help you learn how to improve your public speaking skills and enhance your self-confidence via team participation using comedy improv.

Please Join Us!

Whether you attend for only the Women of Ascend session, the dinner program or for the entire 1/2 day, this unique experience will help you reinvent, rebrand and reconnect with others as you focus on building your soft skills to help ascend your career to new heights.


Register by Friday, June 28th: $50 member | $75 non-member | $20 member-student | $45 non-member-student

Walk-In price: $75 member | $100 non-member | $30 member-student | $55 non-member-student

*Registration may be complimentary if you are employed by one of our sponsors. For more information, please contact the Annual Event Chair, Fred Tan at or Thomas Phelps IV, Ascend LA Metro President at

*Parking is complimentary for all participants

Attire: Business Formal / Evening Wear


2:30 PM – Option 1: Women of Ascend – Sponsored by Deloitte

                  Moderator: Wendy On, Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP


  • Jennifer Chu, Tax Partner, Deloitte LLP
  • Grace Wu, Executive Vice President, Casting, NBC Entertainment
  • Lannie Tonnu, CFO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Angie Chang, Director of Growth, Hackbright Academy; Co-Founder of Women 2.0
  • JoAnne Ko, VP of Corporate Audit, Tutor Perini Corporation

2:30 PM – Option 2: Cold Tofu Comedy Improv Communication Skills Workshop

                  Performers/Instructors (

  • Helen H. Ota, Artistic Director
  • Steve Brady
  • Corinne Chooey
  • Denise Iketani
5:00 PM – IAG Dinner Registration | Networking | Photo Booth

6:00 PM – Welcome from Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter
                   Entertainment Performance from Taiko Drummers

6:30 PM – Dinner and Keynote Speaker
                   Akihiko (Kiko) Washington, EVP, Worldwide Human Resources, Warner Bros. Entertainment

7:15 PM – Entertainment Performance by Martial Artists

7:30 PM – Executive Panelists
                   Moderator: Heidi Li, Ascend LA Metro VP of Membership
                   Kathy Nitta, Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP
                   Daryl Teshima, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

8:30 PM – Entertainment Performance by Cold Tofu Improv

8:55 PM – Raffle Drawing & Closing Remarks

**Tentative and subject to change

The Ascend IAG Annual Event is Sponsored by Boeing, Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG, Grant Thornton, PwC, Robert Half International, and 99 Ranch


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About Ascend

Ascend is the premier non-profit professional organization that enables its members, corporate partners and the community to realize the leadership potential of Pan-Asians in global corporations.

Ascend plays a vital role in helping global companies and its members align their objectives for mutual success and has rapidly become one of the largest Pan-Asian professional membership organizations. Ascend’s national and regional chapter programs help to:


  • Cultivate the leadership development and professional growth of members
  • Build eminence and visibility for Asians and to provide role models
  • Provide business growth opportunities for our members and corporate partners
  • Encourage the continuous presence and influence of Asians in the global economy
  • Bridge the "Cultural Difference” gap between Asian and Western cultures
  • Serve the public interest in the community
  • Provide thought leadership and mentoring

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