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What it means to be a Pan-Asian in 2017
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Dear friends and colleagues,

I hope you all celebrated diversity, inclusion and achievement during this year’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month in May! Through the birth of my grandson Edward I’ve been thinking a lot about the world in which he will grow up, as an Asian American, and what it means to be an Asian American in the year 2017. The opportunities and challenges, how the world will evolve during his lifetime and how we can keep helping make change for the good. As you can see below, Edward is also part of the Ascend family!!! (and wearing the Ascend lifetime member pin :)

So as I think of change for the good and making a difference, I am so proud of our Ascend family and all the great activity that's going on and our achievements so far. What sets Ascend members apart is their unwavering passion for the Pan-Asian cause, intellectual curiosity and ability to execute. On that note, we are fortunate to have many dedicated members. There are three individuals in particular – Senior Executive Advisors of Ascend – I would like to thank who have been an integral part of Ascend for many years and through their Passion, hard work and Dedication (Ascend’s PhDs) have helped differentiate us and take Ascend to the next level, intellectually and programmatically and made us who we are today.

First, I want to thank S. K. Gupta, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ascend Pinnacle, for his passion and commitment to the cause of getting more Pan-Asians onto corporate boards. This year, Ascend Pinnacle hosted its Inaugural Asian Corporate Directors Summit at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, CA with over 80 experienced Asian corporate board directors attending. I want to thank Wes Hom, who I refer to as Ascend’s Chief Innovation Officer, for his innovative ideas and tireless work in the Professional Development space. His most recent work includes co-developing the first-of-its-kind program Elevate for millennials working in global corporations and he has also co-developed Ascend’s Executive Insight Series and the Advanced Leadership Program at Stanford University. And last but not least, I want to thank Buck Gee for co-authoring groundbreaking research, both the hit “Hidden in Plain Sight” and the more recent “Lost in Aggregation”. He’s also constantly working on new material – more on that soon (see below). As I mentioned above, there are so many people to thank for building Ascend into what it is today and I want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to you all! It gives me comfort in knowing there are so many Ascend family members who want to make a better world for Edward.

We also held a very successful inaugural Ascend Charity Golf Outing and raised over 140K for Ascend Foundation. I want to thank Hee Lee, Savio Chan and the whole golf committee for their hard work. I look forward to next year’s Outing, even though I played poorly (and I am not being humble).

As a reminder, our 2017 National Convention is less than two months away. I hope to see you all there in Houston. We have a few exciting initiatives launching at the convention – a new research project (of course, co-authored by Buck Gee) and the first live session of our Elevate Millennial Leadership Program. To register for the Convention, click
 this link.



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