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December 2019 Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!

Reflecting back, 2019 has been another outstanding year for Ascend. We held numerous successful events including the Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Directors Summit in March, the Ascend Foundation Annual Charity Golf Outing, and the Ascend National Convention & Career Fair in August, not to mention all the exciting Chapter level events. We expanded our focus to build a broader, aligned executive community, the Ascend Executive Network (AEN) and launched the first Ascend Executive Network Symposium. All in all, we are extremely proud of our accomplishments and thank you for sharing our vision and supporting our mission.

As we look forward to 2020, we will be sharing more information about all the events we have planned including the highly anticipated Ascend A-list Awards Dinner in March, an event set to benefit the Ascend Foundation! Our chapters have been busy closing out the year with their IAG's and holiday parties all while preparing new programs and events for the new year.

We also want to highlight the significance of 2020 as it is the start of a new decade and with it, comes the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census is a count of every person living in all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories. It is important to complete the census because it will provide information that helps communities, businesses and researchers and contribute to the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds each year. For more information, visit


Read more about key updates for December below.

With all good wishes to you and your family this holiday season,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend

National & Local Updates
  Save the date: 2020 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair

With the new year around the corner, we are excited to reveal the dates for our 2020 National Convention!

2020 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair
August 24-26 | Disneyland - Anaheim, CA

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information! For questions, please email the convention team at

Relive the excitement from our last convention, watch the 2019 National Convention highlights video.


Ascend Executive Network 2nd annual CXO Masterclass

On November 19th, over 80 Pan-Asian executives gathered together at the second annual Ascend Executive Network (AEN) CXO Masterclass event in NYC. This invitation-only event for executives, themed "Helping Asian Executives Thrive in the C-Suite" attracted a wonderful group turnout. In addition to hearing best practices from a plenary session panel led by five senior-level executives and board directors, the attendees connected in more intimate breakout groups organized by functional verticals (CFOs, CROs, CEOs/CSOs/COOs, CIOs/CTOs, CHROs).These CXO verticals discussed function-specific trends, hot topics, and the successes and challenges faced in rising to the C-suite. 

If you’re an executive who missed the event, you can access the best practices from the plenary session in this article. We look forward to working with you to increase Pan-Asian diversity in the C-suite and increasing our impact as a collective AEN community.


Save the Date: 2020 Ascend Pinnacle
Asian Corporate Directors Summit

We are thrilled to announce Ascend Pinnacle's fourth annual Asian Corporate Directors Summit! This invitation-only event will be taking place on the West Coast in 2020 and planning is currently underway. 

Invitations to Board Directors are being prepared. If you are familiar with Ascend Pinnacle and would like to introduce us to new Asian American Board Directors, please email

 Ascend Pinnacle 4th Annual Asian Corporate Directors Summit
May 15-17, 2020 || The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA
*Experienced Board Directors only*


Ascend Houston IAG Conference
"Reimagining Leadership: What makes a modern-day leader"

The Ascend Houston Chapter hosted a successful Inspiring Across Generations Conference (IAG) on Saturday, November 9th at The JW Marriott Houston by the Galleria. The event had a great turnout with over 130 professionals in attendance for this year’s theme “Reimagining Leadership: What makes a modern-day leader”.

The speakers focused on modern-day leadership in a variety of areas, ranging from corporate, military, entrepreneurial, non-profit, professional learning, and self-development topics. In addition, the chapter hosted a successful ERG/BRG Leaders Roundtable discussion as well as a pre-launch of their mentorship circles program. Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, attendees, supporters, and volunteers!


Ascend Greater Philadelphia launches ERG/BRG Leaders Forum at their IAG

Ascend Greater Philadelphia held its 2019 IAG Symposium on Nov 6th. Approximately 175 attendees including Ascend President Jeff Chin, gathered at the world renowned Barnes Foundation for a day centered on the theme "IGNITE!" which focused on personal success strategies in high performing organizations.

Among the top highlights include keynote speaker Dr. Vanessa Chan, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania and opening remarks by Kelvin Luan (CFO, TD Bank and former President of Ascend Canada). This year, the Greater Philadelphia chapter introduced an ERG/BRG Leadership session, an initiative that they are rolling out in 2020. Thank you to all the attendees and speakers for making this event a wonderful success!


2020 Census: Shape your future

As we enter a new decade, Ascend would like to remind you about the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census and your participation.

Every 10 years, the United States counts everyone living in the country on April 1, no matter where they are from, what language they speak, or why they are in the country. The data collected is important because the once-a-decade census provides information that helps communities, businesses and researchers and the information from the census will inform the distribution of federal funds each year.

Responding is safe. Your personal information is confidential and protected by law. Your responses will only be used to produce statistics. For more information, visit


 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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