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Our Vision: To enhance the presence and influence of current and future business leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and to serve as a collective voice for those business communities.

Our Mission: To be 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.


- Mentorship program

- Career Management

- Personal Financial Management

- Social Mixers

Student Chapters:

- Rutgers, The State University of NJ at New Brunswick

- Rutgers, The State University of NJ at Newark

Corporate Sponsors:

- Johnson & Johnson

- Ernst &  Young

- Deloittle & Touche


- PricewaterhouseCoopers

Objectives for 2013:

Events or Programs



Speaker events

Provide development opportunities for its members by providing access to senior executives and business leaders

At least 3 events spread across different locations in NJ, with at least one event being held by the Philadelphia satellite location

Panel discussion

Allow members to participate in discussions on current topics of interest to the Asian community

At least 1 event

Career management event

Networking opportunities, career choices and cross company collaboration

At least 1 event


To expand the membership base and support the next generation of Asian leaders entering the workforce

At least 25 mentors to cover at least 75 members

Membership drives

To expand the membership base

At least 100 new members

Awareness campaign

To expand the number of participating companies

At least 5 new companies

Student chapter interaction

To support the next generation of Asian leaders entering the workforce

Provide support for student events as needed


New Jersey Leadership Team:

Jay ChopraJohnson & Johnson
Executive VP
Srikant NagarajErnst & Young
Michelle ChengJohnson & Johnson
Lei PengUnilever
VP of Corporate Development
Joseph KuttamperoorDeloitte
VP of Membership
Andrea SelvarajaPwC
Co-VP of Event Planning
Doris ChernJohnson & Johnson
Co-VP of Event Planning
Suleen PatelErnst & Young
Co-VP of Student Affairs
Subba MarellapudiKPMG
Co-VP of Student Affairs
James CabralPwC
VP of Communications & Marketing
Vishal AgnihotriKPMG
Committee Leads:

Treasury Committee Lead
Krupali Patel
Johnson & Johnson
Corporate Development Committee Lead
Hitesh Ramani
Membership Committee Lead
Kate Chen
Event Planning Committee Co-Lead
Jeany Prasithpromot
Event Planning Committee Co-LeadPushkar Bedekar
Student Affairs Committee Co-Lead
Nancy Shah
Johnson & Johnson
Student Affairs Committee Co-LeadRatika Sachan
Communications & Marketing Committee Lead
Christina Wei
Bank of New York Mellon

Click Here to View Upcoming Events

August 14th, 2013: "Ascend NJ Chapter: Speed Mentoring" - Speed Mentoring is an efficient, face-to-face professional networking model that enables participants to be mentored through one-on-one focused conversations lasting a few minutes. It’s a fun, fast way to ask questions of experienced professionals. 

To register for this event, click here.

Recent Events:
April 25, 2013: NJ Chapter Board Members Michelle Cheng (left) and Christina Wei (right) with Louis D. Maiuri, Bank of New York Mellon Head of Global Financial Institutions, Deputy CEO of Asset Servicing, CEO of Alternative Investment Services and Head of Asset Servicing for Latin America
"Don't limit yourself to the path you think you want to take. More often than not, you will end up at a place you never imagined you'd be." - Louis D. Maiuri 
 April 6, 2013: Ascend Executive Insight Series (EIS) Training with Wes Hom


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