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Ascend 2016 Leadership Seminar: Diversity as a Competitive Advantage
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When: 03/24/2016
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Where: EY Los Angeles Office
Third Floor, Room 03.R306AB
725 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, California  90017
United States

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Ascend 2016 Leadership Seminar

Diversity as a Competitive Advantage

As the world becomes flatter and organizations transform themselves towards developing a globally inclusive workplace, find how you can contribute and take advantage of the opportunities.

EY, in association with Ascend, is hosting an interactive panel discussion on "Diversity as a Competitive Advantage" followed by a networking session with EY Leaders (Partners/Executive Directors/Principals) from the Advisory and Tax practice as well as EY Alumni/Clients.

Join us as we learn about their journeys to success, their competitive advantage(s) and what role diversity played in their success.

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM

EY Los Angeles Office
Third Floor, Room 03.R306AB
725 S. Figueroa St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Parking: The EY/Target parking garage (Fig@7th) is located next to the office building and will cost $13.
Limited parking validations will be provided to non-EY employees.

There are several other parking options available around the office that offer discounted parking ($5) after 5:00 p.m. such as:
- Standard Parking | 801 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
- Joe's | 724 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The EY office is located next to the 7th Street Metro station

Additional details

Member: $15
Non-member: $20

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Attire: Business Casual

06:00 PM - 06:30 PM Registration & Networking
06:30 PM - 07:15 PM Panel Discussion
07:15 PM - 07:30 PM Q&A
07:30 PM - 08:00 PM Networking

Come early to attend the happy hours networking sessions (hors d'oeuvre and light refreshments) during the event and connect with EY professionals, EY alumni and Ascend professionals.

Due to the nature of the workshop, seats are limited; so please make all efforts to attend after registration and let us know in advance if you need to cancel for any reason.

For more information
For questions regarding this event please reach out to Louie Tran at or Nitin Khanna at

About our panelists

Richard Lee
Director, IT Internal Audit
TrueCar, Inc.
Richard is the head of IT internal audit at TrueCar. Overall, he has over 15 years of diverse experience having worked with both large and small scale companies, as well as in consulting and industry.
Prior to TrueCar, Richard was a Senior Manager with EY in the Risk Assurance Practice based out of Los Angeles serving large media and entertainment companies. His other consulting experience includes PwC as well as Arthur Anderson.
In the industry, Richard worked with the Walt Disney Company as well as Fox Interactive Media. In between these two, he was the Director Of Compliance for
Richard is Certified Information Security Analyst and an alumnus of the University of California.

Vicki Lan
Head of SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting
DreamWorks Animation
Vicki Lan is the Head of SEC Reporting and Technical Accounting at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. in Glendale, California. During her six years at DreamWorks Animation, Vicki's primary responsibilities include preparation and filing of the Company's periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In addition, she is responsible for researching and advising on all technical accounting matters. She also led the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Vicki also advises the entire DreamWorks accounting organization on a number of areas, including stock-based compensation, international accounting and statutory reporting, and other financial reporting and general accounting matters.
Prior to joining DreamWorks, Vicki began her career in 2003 in Ernst & Young's Assurance practice in Irvine, California, where she audited companies across a wide range of industries including retail and consumer products, real estate and gaming. She also spent several years in Las Vegas as part of the team that established Ernst & Young's new office, which opened in 2003.
Vicki received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Redlands where she graduated Cum Laude and with Honors. She is also a Certified Public Accountant in California and Nevada.

Deep Ghumman
Performance Improvement
Deep is a principal of in the PI Advisory practice where he works with Fortune 500 companies. Over the last 16 years, Deep has been responsible for shaping and executing major transformation programs across sectors (Technology, Automotive, Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Consumer Products and Financial Services) in Europe, North America and Asia. Deep worked in the UK member firm of EY before transferring to Los Angeles, and previously worked in Switzerland and India. He studied Biotechnology at the King's College London, UK and is a Six Sigma practitioner and a PRINCE2 certified project manager. Prior to EY, Deep has lived and worked in Switzerland for 3 years, focusing on locally based global client in the region. He was a functional lead for Finance for a Pharma and Biotech company that designed and implemented a common SAP template for its European companies. The transformation for the client also led to the establishment of a pan-European Shared Service center in Hungary.

Sudarshan Jain
Sudarshan is a member of EY's Real Estate Tax group. He has 13 years of experience at EY, primarily in the real estate industry, providing services to prominent domestic and international real estate clients including public and private REITs. Sudarshan focuses on tax consulting and tax compliance and his areas of specialization include cross border transaction structuring, due diligence, tax modeling and tax reporting expertise. Sudarshan started working with the GTH in Bangalore, India in 2002 and moved to New York in 2005. After spending 10 years in NY, he moved to the Los Angeles office. Sudarshan graduated from Bangalore University, India, with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in California and an Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent.

About Ascend

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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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