Frequently Asked Questions

Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street
Houston, TX 77010

Student programming at the convention will take place Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August, 19. Professional programming at the convention will take place Saturday, August 19 through Monday, August 21.

Click here to register online for the convention. Online registration will close at 11:00 PM EST on August, 17, 2017. On-site registration is available for an additional $100 surcharge. We recommend registering beforehand to avail of the regular rates. Rates can be found on our Register webpage. Click here to register online for the convention.

The confirmation email you receive upon completing registration will contain a link and reference number necessary to modify your registration.

The Ascend block at the Marriott Marquis Houston is currently sold out. Some rooms may be available as people’s plans change, so feel free to check back often. Rooms may also be available directly with Marriott at the market rate.

Check Availability for Discounted Rooms

There are also many hotels in the area that you may book on your own. Prevailing rates will apply. We recommend that you check for real-time information on sleeping room availability in downtown Houston. The following hotels are near the Marriott Marquis Houston and subject to availability: 

Hilton of the Americas
Hampton Inn Houston Downtown
Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Or click here to view additional hotels near the conference hotel.

Professional (Ascend members or non-members) registrations include all educational sessions (excludes private and invite-only sessions), all meal functions (excludes private and invite-only functions) and the Awards Dinner.

Daily Pass includes meal functions for that day, excluding the Awards Dinner.

Student Friday-Saturday pass (Ascend members or non-members) registrations include all educational sessions open to students, access to the career fair, resume coaching sessions and employer showcase sessions, and the opening reception on Saturday.

Career Fair only registrations include Saturday educational sessions, access to the career fair, employer showcase and resume coaching sessions; excludes all meal functions.


Students should plan to arrive with enough time to register and familiarize yourself with the convention hotel before sessions begin at 1 pm on Friday, August 18. Please allow time for your lunch before the session starts at 1pm.

Professionals interested in attending the Career Fair should plan to arrive on Friday, August 18 or on Saturday, August 19 with enough time to register and familiarize yourself with the convention hotel before the Career Fair begins at 8 am on Saturday, August 19.

Professionals not attending the Career Fair should allow enough time to register and familiarize yourself with the convention hotel before sessions begin at 1 pm on Saturday, August 19. Please allow time for your lunch before the session kicks off at 1pm.


Student programming concludes at 5:30 pm on Saturday, August 19.

Professional programming (Awards Dinner) concludes at 9:30 pm on Monday, August 21.

The convention is conveniently located in downtown Houston, accessibly by air and ground transport.

Check our Travel webpage for airline discount.

Nearby Airports

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - approx. 20 miles from the hotel

William P Hobby Airport (HOU) – approx. 10 miles from the hotel

Ellington Field (EFD) – 17.5 miles from the hotel

Valet and Self Parking are available at the hotel:

Valet Parking: $36 per day

Self Parking: $24 per day

Registration will be open starting Friday, August 18 on the fourth floor outside of the Texas Ballroom.

The agenda can be found on the Agenda webpage. Please check the Convene App for an up-to-date agenda.

The dress code for the convention is business attire. The President’s VIP Reception (invitation only) and the Awards Dinner call for business cocktail/festive ethnic attire.

We designed our convention to foster networking, therefore you will find the meal services to be more casual with less structured seating so attendees can mix and mingle. Our Convention app also allows for attendees to connect with each other and network on-site. Registered attendees will receive information on how to download and access the app.

List of employers currently scheduled to attend the Career Fair can be found on our Career Fair webpage.

You can learn more about available positions with our partners at the Career Fair. Please bring your resume with you to the career fair so you can share them with prospective employers.

Interviews are scheduled on site. Come to the career fair early ready to impress one of our many sponsors to snag a coveted interview appointment.

Yes, we offer CPE-eligible sessions at the convention. Please visit the Convene App for detailed CPE information on eligible sessions or visit

Attendees of the Ascend convention are invited to attend the reception. Visit their booth at the Career Fair on Saturday for more information.

Ascend Gives Back to the Houston Community in Partnership with United Way
Ascend is proud to partner with United Way of Greater Houston to give back to the local community. With your support, United Way of Greater Houston transforms individual lives and brings long-lasting, systemic change to tough issues, like family financial stability and academic success. One piece of United Way's work to help kids succeed in school is United Way Bright Beginnings, an early childhood education initiative made possible by a partnership with ExxonMobil. United Way Bright Beginnings helps children from lower-income families achieve social, emotional, physical and cognitive milestones and enter school ready to succeed. Bright Beginnings’ hands-on-curriculum and child-centered approach make a measurable difference in preparing children to start and succeed in school.
Since 2002, United Way Bright Beginnings has helped more than 10,000 children build a foundation for the future, with alumni outperforming their peers on achievement tests. The alphabet activity boards that you will make will be used in United Way Bright Beginnings classrooms throughout the Greater Houston area. The matching game helps students learn the difference between upper and lowercase letters and practice pre-literacy skills that are essential for learning to read. United Way Bright Beginnings students will be able to play the game independently and with their families.

Real Yoga and Meditation
Yoga isn't all about balancing on your head and twisting your limbs into all sorts of what appears to be unnatural positions (although that can be a lot of fun, and simultaneously strengthening and relaxing!). Similarly, meditation isn't just about sitting cross-legged chanting with your eyes closed. If you haven't tried yoga or meditation before, take this opportunity to give it a go with some business attire in this desk and airplane-lounge friendly session led by PwC Deals director, EVP of Operations for the Ascend New York Metro (NYM) Chapter and yoga instructor, Cecilia Tse. No prior experience is necessary.

Inclusive Listening: Tuning Your Ears to Accents
“Inclusive Listening” focuses on the listening side of communication. It systematically, and rapidly, ‘tunes the ear’ to unfamiliar accents. It minimizes the need for colleagues and clients to ask, or hear, the questions, “What did you say? Can you repeat that?” Mentors and coaches will also learn how to teach the pronunciation techniques for the 7-10 sounds that non-native English speakers find most difficult, and the ten most effective speaking techniques to use in multicultural, linguistically diverse organizations. Attendees will acquire the tools needed to remove barriers to participation, collaboration, and seamless knowledge transfer. “Inclusive Listening” enables every constituent of a multinational organization, native and non-native English speakers alike, to communicate their expertise with clarity, confidence, and ease.

If you have previously registered:

  1. Go to:
  2. Select “Modify Registration”
  3. Enter your email address and reference number. (Email if you need assistance finding your confirmation number.)
  4. Click “Continue” on the bottom of each page until you reach the “Select Agenda” page and add the Monday morning session you are interested in.
  5. Click “Continue” to complete the modification of your registration.

If you have not previously registered:
  1. Go to:
  2. Click "New Registration" and proceed through the registration process.
  3. When you reach the page titled "Select Agenda” page and add the Monday morning session you are interested in.
  4. Complete your registration.

Within the Marriott Marquis there are many dining options:
High Dive
Texas T
Walker Street Kitchen
Xochi by Hugo Ortega

Click here to learn more about each of the restaurants.

Consistent with Ascend's policy there will be no refunds offered for cancellations.

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