On behalf of Ascend, we invite you to submit nominations for the various leadership awards which will be presented at the 2018 National Convention & Career Fair taking place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018.

  • Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Awards

    • Inspirational Leader (CXOs & Executives)

    • High-Impact Leader (Senior Managers)

    • Rising Star (High-potential Managers)

  • Affinity/ERG Leadership Award (Group)

The Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Recognitions identify Inspirational Leaders (CXOs & executives), High-Impact Leaders (senior managers) and Rising Stars (high-potential managers) who have dedicated themselves to promoting Pan-Asian leadership in business and within the community. All industry sectors and functions are eligible. Beyond significant achievement of—or potential for—professional success, nominees should demonstrate engagement in the Pan-Asian community and volunteerism through mentoring, leadership development and board service.

The Ascend Affinity/Employee Resource Group (ERG) Leadership Award recognizes a Pan-Asian Affinity, ERG, Business Resource Group (BRG), or A Multicultural group that has shown outstanding leadership and initiative in promoting Pan-Asian visibility, diversity and value through one or more of the following areas: leadership development, talent acquisition, retention, cultural awareness in the business setting, marketing, business development, and community involvement. These groups are typically led by managers and professionals in the organization with an executive sponsor and are designed to further personal and professional development, networking, and sharing of best practices while promoting diversity and recognition of Pan-Asians inside and outside the organization.

Awardees must be present at the Ascend National Convention to receive the award.

Nominations are now closed.

The awards will be presented at our 2018 National Convention at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. We hope to see you there!

Past Award Winners

2017 Winners

Anindo Dutta, Group Vice President, Oracle Corporation

Ananda Kanapathy, Senior Director, Gas Field Operations North, PSE&G

Warren Kashiwagi, Partner (Retired), Crowe Horwath, LLP

Vivian Pham, Vice President, Community Relations Senior Consultant, Wells Fargo

S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pan Asian Network (PAN)

Pfizer Inc., Global Asian Alliance (GAA)

2016 Winners

  • Jenny Ming, President & Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Russe
  • Dr. Mahendra Lohani, Senior Vice President of Programs, Heifer International
  • Sudhir Kondisetty, Principal, RSM US
  • Kalpana Ramakrishnan, Partner, KPMG
  • Stella Cha, Manager, Advisory, EY

2015 Winners

  • Seong Ohm, Senior Vice President, Sam’s Club
  • Nelson J. Chai, President, CIT Group Inc.
  • Sara Kumiko Abiusi, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Yogesh Bahl, Managing Director, AlixPartners
  • Sodexo, Award received by Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President & Global Chief Diversity Officer
  • Esther Jeong, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Moody’s
  • Danny Wang, Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche LLP

2014 Winners

  • Norman Y. Mineta, Mineta Transportation Institute
  • Microsoft, The Asians Employee Resource Group (ERG)
  • Alka Patel, BNY Mellon
  • Thomas Phelps IV, Laserfiche
  • Phyllis J. Campbell, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Vivek Gurumurthy, Verizon
  • Michelle Cheng, Johnson & Johnson

2013 Winners

  • Ajay Banga, MasterCard
  • Sue-Jean Lin, Allergan
  • Anil Matai, Bank of America
  • Christine Park, BNY Mellon
  • Kathleen Nitta, Ernst & Young/li>