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August 2019 Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,


We are now several days (!!) away from the 2019 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair taking place at the Washington Hilton in our nation's capital on August 24 - August 26, 2019. This year’s Convention focuses on the theme ‘Endless Possibilities’ and will highlight the endless ways Pan-Asians can learn, innovate, accelerate and lead.

The Convention will foster relationship building and important dialogue among the more than 2000 registered participants and the prominent speakers and mentors, including Dr. Indra Nooyi, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, PepsiCo, Commissioner Robert J. Jackson Jr. of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Farooq Kathwari, CEO, Ethan Allen and many more!

We look forward to seeing you all in Washington D.C. this week!


Read more about key updates for August below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend

2019 National Convention and Career Fair Updates

Counting down to the 2019 National Convention and Career Fair!

There is still time to register for our signature event! With upcoming highlights including the Women in Leadership Symposium, multiple Ascend Talks and networking opportunities, there is something for students, graduates and business professionals of all levels! Book your ticket now for the 2019 National Convention & Career Fair!

Convention News | Keep up with the latest news and updates through our convention website:

Agenda | The latest details of our convention agenda is now LIVE! To view information on speakers, sessions and more, click here.

Connect with us! | Use #ascendDC2019, #ascend2019 and #ascendleadership when sharing your photos at the convention! We will like and retweet our favorite ones!

Convention App | Similar to last year, we are offering a free, easy-to-use convention mobile app called Convene. By using this app, you can research speakers ahead of time, connect with fellow attendees, and more! All registered attendees will receive an email with information about how to download the app during the week of August 19th.

For questions, please contact


Marquee Speaker:
Dr. Indra Nooyi
Former CEO and Chairman of the Board


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


Featured Speaker:
Farooq Kathwari
Chairman, President & CEO
Ethan Allen

National & Local Updates

2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship Winner

After reviewing an incredibly talented pool of applicants for the 2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship to Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business Program, we are proud to reveal the winner is Sui Lin Yap, Product Management Lead at Google!

Her personal experiences served as the inspiration behind her ideas and shaped her commitment to elevate the Pan-Asian community. Congratulations Sui Lin and we look forward to seeing your innovative ideas come to fruition!


Ascend NorCal Second 2019 IAG Conference at Oracle

On July 26th, the Ascend NorCal Chapter held its second 2019 Inspiring Across Generations Conference at Oracle Santa Clara Campus. The conference opened with a powerful fireside chat with Enda Hu, Vice President at Oracle. Insightful panelists including Win Chang, Zhe Wu, Keilesh Karavadra and Chris Cheng shared their personal stories and important lessons. Attendees related to instances such as when Kailesh spoke about bamboo needing time to grow underneath the ground and then bursting out 10ft in one day and Jay spoke about not putting all your hopes on your ambitions but also making sure you live a full life today.

Other highlights included two interactive Own the Room Sessions with Amy Wong and an Executive Office Hour where attendees were able to meet and connect with the event speakers and Ascend Board Members and Leaders.

OC Chapter Fireside Chat with William Wang, CEO of Vizio RECAP

On July 29th, the Ascend OC Chapter held its second major event since launching earlier this year. The event, held at Capital Group’s Irvine campus, featured a fireside chat on Entrepreneurial Leadership with William Wang, Founder & CEO of VIZIO, moderated by chapter Co-President Steve Taw. After the chat, attendees participated in a creative and entertaining icebreaker activity: “The Ascend OC Angels Aquarium.” Groups were created then tasked with pitching a new product or feature for VIZIO to a panel of judges, including William.

The winning idea: TV setting that puts limits on screen time for children and encourages exercising/going outside. This kicked off a networking happy hour that featured lively discussion between attendees from the 41 firms represented. The event was a fantastic follow up to its kickoff in March and we’re excited to keep its momentum going for the rest of the year!


Cognizant Softvision
Designing Experiences. Engineering Outcomes.

Cognizant Softvision is proud to announce that it will be a sponsor of this year’s Ascend National Convention & Career Fair. As a global company, Cognizant Softvision embodies cultural diversity every minute of every day.

Cognizant Softvision is a leading product engineering company, creating impactful end to end digital products and solutions that connect brands with customers.

Delivering sustainable innovation, agility and a connection that inspires engagement and business transformation, we’ve worked with some of the world’s largest leading brands. Cognizant Softvision has over 10,000 product, design and engineering professionals across a network of 25 studios in 10 countries and 5 continents.


 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!




We would also like to remind everyone to take advantage of any matching grants programs that your company offers.
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