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

As we celebrate the Lunar New Year, we hope the Year of the Pig is a happy and prosperous one for you.

There's a lot to be excited about. A big part of why we founded Ascend was to create meaningful impact for our community and we're pleased to see the effect our Ascend Foundation research has had in raising awareness around the importance of diversity in business and on boards. In January, Facebook's Global Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams referenced her Harvard Business Review article and cited our research during her fireside chat at the KPMG Board Leadership Conference. Further, we are finding that our research may be contributing to change at organizations like Google. In their annual diversity report, Google honestly acknowledges that their diversity and inclusion strategy is not good enough. They present a model that Buck Gee and Denise Peck, Ascend executive advisors and Ascend Foundation research authors, believe "appears to break through the minimal compliance approach with a commitment to not only attract a diverse workforce, but also equitably develop and progress underrepresented talent at all levels." Read their analysis here.

Ascend is growing fast and a testament to this are all the world-class events and programming we have planned for this year at both the National and Chapter level. We are thrilled to announce that we have a new Chapter! Please welcome the Orange County Chapter in Southern California to the Ascend family. We're also gearing up for the 3rd Annual Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Board Summit in March, our Golf Outing in June and the National Convention in August. We look forward to your engagement on both the national and local chapter levels!

Read more about key updates for February below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend



Gearing up for our 2019 Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Directors Summit!

We are nearly one month away from Ascend Pinnacle's 3rd Annual Asian Corporate Directors Summit! Our third annual summit is shaping up to be another success with many Fortune 500 board directors scheduled to attend. This event is open for qualified Pinnacle members and by invitation only. If you are familiar with Pinnacle and would like to introduce us to new Asian American Board Directors, please email

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If your company is interested, please email

Click here for more information on the Summit.


(photo by Anastasiia Sapon)

Facebook Global Chief Diversity Officer cites Ascend Foundation Research

It's exciting to see how Ascend Foundation's research, "Hidden in Plain Sight" and "Lost in Aggregation" is continuing to raise awareness of the need to improve upward management mobility for minority men and women. We are thankful that our peers are putting a spotlight on our research as well! At the January 2019 KPMG Board Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, Facebook's Global Chief Diversity Officer Maxine Williams comprehensively spoke about diversity and talent in the workforce. Her fireside chat was based on her article "Numbers Only Take Us So Far" published by Harvard Business Review, in which she cites findings from Ascend Foundation research.

Read the full article here:


Mark your calendar for the 2019 Ascend National Convention!

Make sure you save the date for our 2019 Ascend National Convention! 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. Stay tuned for upcoming registration information and early bird rates!

For questions, please reach out to the convention team at

In the meantime, take a look back at the 2018 Ascend Convention highlights video.

Ascend truly appreciates Ascend Charity Golf Outing Volunteers with a fun Par-Tee

On January 24, 2019, Ascend sponsors, honorees, volunteers, and golf committee members enjoyed an evening of good cheer to celebrate the successful fundraising of $140,000 for Ascend Foundation in 2018. We are so thankful to the entire volunteer golf team and kicked off the new year announcing the upcoming 3rd Annual Ascend Charity Golf Outing to be held at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club on June 4, 2019.
The Golf committee is actively seeking volunteers and sponsors for this important and fun filled event for the Ascend Foundation. For more information, please contact or visit

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

LA Metro Chapter holds first Lunar New Year Event at Professional Venue: MARSH

Time to usher in the Year of the Pig! The Ascend Los Angeles chapter invites you to an exclusive Lunar New Year celebration at MARSH on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:00PM PST.  

Stress and conflicts are common challenges in the workplace. It is important to acknowledge the headwind it creates, but also to manage it before it hinders your well-being and productivity. Our seasoned moderators will facilitate a thought-provoking discussion and encourage live peer-coaching among professionals who have experienced similar challenges.

Click HERE to register and attend.


#TeamHilton partners with Ascend!

Hilton’s culture of hospitality is grounded in our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and that is why we strongly believe in recruiting and retaining talented Team Members who represent the many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our organization. This is one of the many reasons why Team Members love working for Hilton!

Want to join our team? We are proud to partner with Ascend to highlight exciting opportunities available in our Finance and Accounting department!

Click here to check out open positions and join the team that was named #1 Best Workplace for Diversity by Great Places to Work!


Corporate Executive Initiative (CEI): Change Management Event

Ascend New York Metro Corporate Executive Initiative will hold an event on March 11th focused on the topic of Change Management. The discussion will include practical insights and approaches to help prepare executives for navigating challenges related to managing change.

To register or for more information, click here.


Welcome Ascend Orange County Chapter!

The Orange County (OC) Chapter of Ascend held their inaugural kick-off event in December 2018. Led by Khanh Tran, CEO of Aviation Capital Group, and Steve Taw, Principal Operating Officer of Technology & Operations, Capital Group and comprised of Board Members from Boeing, Deloitte, PIMCO, PwC and KPMG, the senior leadership team welcomes you to join in the March 19 celebratory opening event.

Registration and details for the event, can be found HEREFor more information about the OC Chapter, contact Ascend’s West Coast Executive Director, Livia Ching-Gerring at

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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