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April 2019 Newsletter
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April 2019 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

We are very proud of our Ascend family and all the great activity that's going on. During March 22-24, Ascend Pinnacle hosted its third Asian Corporate Directors Summit at The Ritz-Carlton in Westchester. This year's Summit featured key topics for corporate boards and placed an additional focus and effort on the pipeline of Asian board member candidates. Ascend Pinnacle Aspiring Directors Academy, held adjacent to the Summit, had an over 40% increase in the number of attendees from last year! In addition to Pinnacle's core goals of increasing the number of Asians on corporate boards and building a robust pipeline of future board leaders, we also look to disrupt the traditional board recruitment process and help ensure that diversity and inclusion is seen as a key business imperative. We want to thank everyone who made the event such a success!

We're seeing momentum rise as we get closer to the 2019 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair in Washington D.C and we're excited to announce that registration is now open! It is an honor to reveal our marquee speaker for the Convention and Ascend Icon Award Honoree is Dr. Indra Nooyi, the former CEO and Chairman of the Board at PepsiCo, currently serves on multiple other company boards including Amazon and until recently, one of the few female CEOs of a Fortune 100 company. Another highly anticipated event at the convention this year is our newest contest. Since last year’s Innovation Challenge was a huge success at our National Convention, this year we decided to craft a new challenge. We are excited to introduce and encourage everyone to take part in the 2019 Ascend Hackathon! You can find corresponding links and registration information for both the Convention and Hackathon with the rest of the national and local updates below.

Another event that we are looking forward to is the third annual Ascend Charity Golf outing at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in May. There are sponsorship opportunities still available and can be viewed in the Golf feature section below.

On the leadership training front, we're proud to launch the Asian American Executive Program Scholarship in collaboration with Stanford Graduate School of Business - a program that will create meaningful impact for future Asian American leaders. We encourage you to check out the application and program information in the remaining half of this jam-packed newsletter!

Last but not least, our chapters have been very active in organizing and expanding our local/regional offerings. Our newest chapter, Ascend Orange County, debuted with a fantastic event!


Read more about key updates for April below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend


Boardroom talks and candid dialogues dominated 2019 Asian Corporate Directors Summit!

Thank you to all our attendees, sponsors and speakers at the 2019 Asian Corporate Directors Summit! The event was successful in furthering the dialogue around strategic boardroom issues and covered a wide range of topics including maximizing value of the boardroom through diversity; governance in an era of disruptive risks; international corporate boards; and AI in the boardroom.

Among the top highlights includes attendees engaging in various networking opportunities and experiencing a fireside chat with Farooq Kathwari, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen in which he shed a light on Corporate Social Responsibility. Another highlight from that weekend is the exponential success reached by the Ascend Pinnacle Aspiring Directors Academy which experienced a 40 percent increase in attendance from last year!

We appreciate the great feedback from this event and look forward to continuing our collective goal and helping to shape the future for Pan-Asian board members. 

Read the official press release for the 2019 Summit here.

Click here to view the photos from the 2019 Summit.


Register for the 2019 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair!

Registration is now LIVE for our 2019 National Convention & Career Fair! Early bird rates end on June 1st and hotel rooms at the Ascend rate end on July 17th so register soon to take advantage of these special offers!

This year, the convention will be held in our nation's capital Washington D.C. on August 24 – 26, 2019 and it will be hosted by our Greater Washington chapter.

Marquee Speaker and Ascend Icon Award Honoree:
Indra Nooyi, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board at PepsiCo

Featured Speaker:
Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr., Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


For questions, please reach out to the convention team at


Ascend Scholarship Applications are now open!

The Ascend Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity to honor students for their academic excellence and contributions to the wider community.

Thank you to our partners AICPA, EY, PwC, Robert Half and RSM (new!) who will present our 2019 Scholars at the National Convention in Washington, DC.

Nominations close on June 30th.

Click here to apply.
To view the scholarship flyer, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Marie-Helene:


Register for the 2019 Ascend Hackathon:
$10,000 Grand Prize!

Leading up to the Ascend National Convention, Ascend has partnered with Tableau to host the 2019 Ascend Hackathon. Cultivate a dynamic team, address the following challenge using data visualization tools, and present your findings to compete for a $10,000 grand prize!

  • Team Size: 2-5 individuals
  • Deadline to Submit Initial Pitches: May 5th, 2019
  • Registration:

Challenge: How may we leverage various data sources to help identify key trends and patterns within the Asian American workforce? Pull insights from the data to provide three recommendations that will improve the progression of Asian Americans into executive ranks. 

All are encouraged to participate!


Registration for Ascend NorCal's First Ever Executive Forum Now Open Until 5/15/2019

We welcome you to join us at the Ascend NorCal Executive Forum next month in San Francisco! We are excited to connect Pan-Asian leaders from diverse organizations to see how we can empower and engage our diverse communities together. We will have cross-organization panelists and inspiring guest speakers to share their insights and engage our attendees in action-oriented discussions.

Ascend NorCal Chapter is delighted to announce the Gold & Silver Level Sponsors of the Executive Forum this month. Gold Sponsors include: The Clorox Company, Deloitte, Robert Half International and KPMG. Silver Sponsors include: BDO USA, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and NBCUniversal. Thank you to all the sponsors for your contributions and support!

This event is open to executive leaders, board level and next generation leadership attendees only.

Register here

Table registration still available.
Please contact Ascend West Coast Executive Director,, for more details.


Tee up to support Ascend Foundation!

Our 3rd Annual Ascend Charity Golf Outing will be held at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club on June 4, 2019! The Golf Outing is held to raise funds in order to advance Ascend Foundation's mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships. Along with golfing, this event is a great opportunity to network and build relationships.
The Golf committee is actively seeking volunteers and sponsors for this important and fun filled event for the Ascend Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please contact or visit

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please visit to see our available packages.

2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship to Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business

In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ascend created the Asian American Executive Program to accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of executives and senior professionals. Asian American executives who are interested in advancing their leadership in business are highly encouraged to apply to this program. Learn more about the program here.

Ascend Foundation 501(c)(3) proudly announces the 2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship to Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business Program! This scholarship will be awarded to the most competitive candidates in the United States or Canada who have been accepted to the 2019 Asian American Executive Program to be held on August 4 – 9, 2019 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Each scholarship will cover 50% of the program fee. The program fee includes tuition, private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.

Click here to apply and for more information.

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact 


 Ascend debuts newest Professional Chapter: in the OC!

On March 19th, 2019, Ascend debuted our newest chapter, Ascend Orange County, with the Ascend OC Chapter Inaugural Celebration. The event was attended by 250 professionals from numerous leading corporations in the region.

The celebration was held at PIMCO in Newport Beach, California and included an introduction of the new chapter and board of directors, as well as a fireside chat with two keynote speakers.The keynote speakers included: Katherine Le (Mortgage Service Providers) and Sung-Hee Suh (PIMCO), and was Moderated by David Oh (PIMCO). The theme was “The Dynamics of Transformational Leadership,” in which the inspiring speakers shared their stories and experiences in tackling stereotypes and resolving challenges.

To read our official press release on this new Chapter, click HERE.


 Check out the latest Ascend Events happening in your local area!

Come and see what Ascend's nationwide chapters have in store for you! Our chapters hold various events where you can learn new skills such as how to network and build professional relationships!

Click HERE to see what events are happening in your area and across the country!

Be a part of a community that promotes Diversity and Inclusion and give back!

Join Ascend as a Lifetime Member! Click here to learn about the value of membership. 

If you are looking to give back to the Pan-Asian community, please send us an email to to get involved!

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