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IAG Post Conference April 20, 2013 - RECAP

Monday, June 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ascend Metro New York
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On April 20th 2013, Ascend New York Metro Chapter, New Jersey and Connecticut/Westchester chapters held its 2nd regional Inspiring Across Generation (IAG) conference at one of New York City’s iconic location, the Yankee Stadium. The theme for this year’s conference was Leadership in a Global Economy: Create, Connect and Collaborate. The goal of this event was to bring opportunities for dedicated individuals to network, build mentorship and develop essential skills for their future career. Over 700 professionals and students attended the event. Event sessions began with Executive Insight Series and Corporate Executive Initiative Seminar in the morning, followed by special guest presentations, panel discussions, mentoring circles, career fair and concluded with a merry networking reception. Along with 2009 World Series Champion, Hideki Matsui, over sixty business leaders joined the conference. The career Fair, partnered with Chinese American Insurance Association, was also held throughout the conference day. Over twenty sponsors were present.

The event was a great success and Ascend has received positive feedbacks from many participants.

"For all the sessions with various senior level speakers, they were really inspiring for young / early professionals like us. It is most useful and helpful in a way for us to set a correct attitude toward whatever work and jobs we are now with and give us some thoughts about how to manage our own career under post 2008 crisis. Mentor/mentee session was another highlight of the day. The set up enabled everyone to speak at the table. Mentors were extremely welcoming, nice and opened to share their point of views. However, the mentee set-up was a bit random as I found many fresh undergrads mixed with early professionals which made conversations jump around topics as those two groups had different focus for their stages. The end of day reception was definitely a great way of ending the day, for both organizer and participants. After talking to some of the participants, I feel Ascend is pretty successful in attracting college students as their network opportunities."

By Jiamin Yuan IAG professional participant

I’ve been a member of Ascend for a few years now and been proactively seeking for opportunities in participating professional events. When my company Ernst & Young offered the chance to sponsor me to attend the Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) event held in Yankee Stadium, I was very excited as this will be my first opportunity to attend such an iconic professional networking event in such an iconic location.

The event was well organized. There were knowledgeable volunteers working every spot in the event making sure it goes smoothly. The setting was very nice. Offering tea, coffee and snacks was very considerate. All sessions were timed appropriately.

The topics were relevant, especially to most of us who work in the complex global environment. We are all busy at our day-to-day assignments and head down to reach our daily achievements. Sometimes it’s easy to forget to take a step back and zoom out to assess long-terms goals and efforts. IAG offered such a privilege to hear from so many senior management personnel on how they made it to the leadership positions. So many valuable career lessons were shared in the panel discussions and networking events. I especially appreciate the opportunity to meet with so many professional women who are ambitious and goal-orientated.

I know I will take home with encouragements, power and thoughts. I will be better prepared for any challenges on the way.

By Christina Wang, IAG professional participant

It was my first time of attending the ASCEND event, which turned out a great experience to me. First of all, the event was excellently organized; a lot of leaders in the professional business world were invited and attended the events, such as Jim Turley, Global Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young, Wei Sun Christianson, Co-CEO Asia Pacific & CEO China, Morgan Stanley; Greg Fleming, President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. It showed ASCEND’s strong connections and networks in the business industry. Secondly, the event provided great opportunities for professionals and students to interact with those global leaders. Audiences can post or text questions to an electronic platform and their questions were answered by the global leaders right away. Thirdly, it was also great chance for students and professional to network. For example, I met couple of manager and senior managers from my company, Ernst & Young. It’s nice for me to catch up with them in the events. Overall, the IAG event fulfilled its mission and provided great opportunities for Pan-Asians in the United States to network.

By Jacky Li, IAG professional participant

IAG Conference is one of the best experiences I could ask for in joining Ascend. This event gave me the platform to connect with inspirational individuals I would have never met otherwise. It’s simply amazing to speak to and share experiences with this diverse population ranging from business executives to student leaders. Each person I met and many personal stories they shared have motivated me. These individuals took personal success to a whole new level by creating a community to lift young people like myself and providing guidance and supports along the way. And Yankee stadium is the best place to make all this happen.

By Ying Zhu, IAG student volunteer

We hope everyone enjoyed the IAG conference and truly had some insightful takeaways from the event. Ascend IAG committee would like to thank all sponsors, speakers, mentors, and everyone that attended the event. It was also a valuable experience for the IAG committee to organize this event for Asian professionals and students. We look forward to seeing you all in future Ascend events.

Below are some pictures from the event:



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