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

Happy Lunar New Year!

I would like to officially announce Anna Mok as the President Elect of Ascend. I know Anna will work tirelessly to ensure Ascend's continued success and that we are in great hands moving forward. Please join me in congratulating Anna! Together, we are humbled to serve you and the Ascend community as we move the organization to new heights. We have record numbers of members both on the national and regional level, incredible success with our professional development and leadership training programs and our marquee events.

I am so excited about all the things we have planned for this year, including Pinnacle's Asian Corporate Directors Summit and the 2019 Ascend National Convention in Washington D.C. as well as all the Chapter activities and events throughout North America.

Onwards! Read more about key updates for January below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


Anna Mok - President Elect

Congratulations to Anna Mok, President Elect of Ascend! Anna's continual leadership and engagement as the Executive Vice President at Ascend over the years are integral to our growth and success. We are looking forward to working with her in furthering our mission and reaching our goals.



2019 Ascend National Convention

Buzz is already building for our 2019 Ascend National Convention held in our nation's capital Washington D.C. on August 24 – 26, 2019. The 2019 Convention is hosted by our Greater Washington Chapter (GWC)Stay tuned for more information! 

For questions, please reach out to the convention team at

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

Ascend Pinnacle Summit 2019!

With planning underway and invitations going out, excitement is building for the 3rd annual Asian Corporate Directors Summit! This invitation only event is scheduled for March 22-24, 2019 at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester in White Plains, NY. Various Fortune 500 board directors are scheduled to attend followed by members of our sponsors and partners.

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


Introducing Our 2018 CELP Graduates & Coaches

The Corporate Executive Leadership Program (CELP) is a professional development and mentoring program conceived by the Ascend Greater Washington Chapter Corporate Executive Initiative. CELP is a high touch, 3-month program that provides candidates in senior leadership roles with mentoring from DC area Pan-Asian executives. The program is designed to help professionals get to the next level in their careers, be that Partner, Principal, Managing Director, Vice President, or equivalent senior-level executive within their organization. 

Congratulations to the graduates and coaches!


Ascend New York Metro: RSM & Ascend Lunar New Year celebration

Ascend NYM and RSM are planning to have a celebration of the Lunar New Year on February 12, 2019! It will take place at the RSM NYC Office.

Registration for this event is now open! Click here to register or for more information, Lunar New Year Event


Ascend NorCal Holiday Party 2018

Ascend NorCal held their annual holiday party on December 18th at the San Francisco Luxury High Rise LUMINA to celebrate a full year of highly rated programming and to throw a final fundraiser for 2018. During the party, legacy regional members and new friends were able to mix and mingle with staff and Board Members of NorCal. The incoming 2019-2020 freshmen Board were also announced at the event. The highlights of the evening were the catered Dungeness crab, salad and garlic pasta served in the Private Dining Room and a festive raffle that raised funds for the Chapter. 

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!

2019 Chapter Presidents 

Here is the updated list of Ascend Chapter Presidents of 2019!

Ascend Chapter President/Co-President
Charlotte Huy H. Dinh
Connecticut & Westchester Henry Hu
Rohit Prabhu
Greater Atlanta Suraj Amarnani
Greater Philadelphia Elaine Cheong
Greater Washington Zach Heng
Houston Linda Luong
Los Angeles Metro Kevin Ma(Interim)
Midwest/Chicago Kate Seitz
RoseAnn Abraham
New England Adrian Leung
New Jersey Ananda Kanapathy
New York Metro Christine del Rosario
North Texas Lana Tran
Northern California Darcy Lopes
Seattle Zhe (Jay) Wu
Toronto, Canada Kelvin Tran
(In transition)
Twin Cities, MN Vivian Chow
Vancouver, Canada Kerby Sit
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