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January 2020 Newsletter
January 2020 Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Happy New Year and Lunar New Year! We hope the Year of the Rat is a happy and prosperous one for you and your loved ones!

I am thrilled to be the new Ascend President. A huge thanks to Jeff Chin, Founding President of Ascend for his many years of support, dedication and leadership towards building up and strengthening Ascend and the Ascend family to where it stands today. Jeff has become a dear friend and mentor and I look forward to his continued counsel as I lead this great organization.

I have been engaged with Ascend and its team since its founding years and continue to be amazed and proud of the power behind the Ascend community. I hope to bring my vision for Ascend to fruition and work with you to make this next decade an even greater one for you and Ascend.

This month is all about building a momentous start to the new year! Chapters are planning new programs and events which means more opportunities for you to be involved. While you gear up for the latest announcements from your regional chapters, mark your calendars for our signature events!

Read more about key updates for 2020 below.

Warmest Regards,

Anna W. Mok
President, Ascend

National & Local Updates

Ascend A-list Awards 2020

Ascend is expanding its recognition of Pan-Asian leadership by hosting the Ascend A-list Awards! Through this focused annual event, Ascend seeks to recognize and spotlight the transformative contributions of highly accomplished and impactful Pan-Asian business leaders representing a wide spectrum of industries in diverse sectors.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Ascend Foundation. More information for tickets and registration will be announced next month, stay tuned!

Date: March 19, 2020
Location: JW Marriot Essex House in New York City

 Ascend Pinnacle 4th Asian Corporate Directors Summit and Aspiring Directors Academy

We are excited to announce Ascend Pinnacle's fourth Asian Corporate Directors Summit and Aspiring Directors Academy! These invitation-only events will be taking place in Silicon Valley in 2020.

Invitations to eligible corporate Board Directors are being prepared and we are seeking nominations for the Aspiring Directors Academy. If you are familiar with Ascend Pinnacle and would like to introduce us to Asian American Corporate Board Directors or are interested in sponsoring, please email

4th Annual Aspiring Directors Academy
(Lead Founding Sponsor: EY)
May 14-15, 2020 || The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA
*Nominate an Aspiring Board Candidate by sending to

4th Annual Asian Corporate Directors Summit
(Lead Founding Sponsor: Deloitte)
May 15-17, 2020 || The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA
Experienced Board Directors only

*Nominations for Aspiring Directors Academy can be self-nominated or nominated by their company and must meet the following criteria:
1) Within 3 levels of CEO
2) Must be Board ready within 1-3 years


The Last 2019 Inspiring Across Generations Conference Co-Hosted by Ascend NorCal and Google

On December 6th, Ascend NorCal Chapter closed out 2019 with its Inspiring Across Generations Conference at the Google office in San Francisco. The conference kicked off with an insightful fireside chat with Margaret Lee, Director of User Experience Design at Google followed by a diverse panel of leaders featuring Nicola D’Souza (EY), Ryan Luo (Google), and Collen Qiu (former Tesla executive) in which they discussed their journey as Pan-Asians in the corporate world.

Attendees enjoyed a workshop held by Ching Valdezco, Director and Executive Coach of Exec-Comm, who led multiple negotiation exercises including different approaches and being right versus being effective. Attendees and featured guests then had the opportunity to network with one another and discuss their main takeaways from the event over happy hour as the event concluded.


Asian American Career Ceilings: How Serious is the Problem?

Join the February 4th webcast examining the challenges and barriers to advancement faced by Chinese Americans and other Asian Americans in the U.S.

Buck Gee, Ascend Executive Advisor and co-author of Ascend Foundation research and Harrison Lung, Partner, McKinsey & Company, will share perspectives as panelists in a session moderated by Peter Young, CEO and President, Young & Partners. This webcast is hosted by Committee of 100.

Register here.


Ascend's 4th Annual Charity Golf Outing

The Fourth Annual Ascend Charity Golf Outing will be held on June 2, 2020. The Golf Outing raises funds 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.

So polish up your clubs, wedges, and putters and save the date for this par-fect event!

Date: June 2, 2020
Location: Manhattan Woods Golf Club

Interested in being a sponsor for this event? Check out sponsorship packages here or contact


Save the date: 2020 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair

We invite you to bring family, friends and colleagues to the 2020 Ascend National Convention at Disneyland! It's the most magical place on Earth and we're building up excitement behind the scenes!

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

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the convention? Contact our convention team at

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


Lunar New Year Celebration on Madison Avenue (NYC)

On February 1st, the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District and participating Madison Avenue retailers will be celebrating the Year of the Rat with a centuries old tradition by installing a wishing tree on Madison Avenue. Since ancient times, hanging wishes on trees for the New Year is synonymous with luck and good fortune and is believed to encourage dreams to come true. Join Ascend members, family, and friends in this fun social activity! All are welcome to participate in the cultural festivities and learn more about the Lunar New Year.

For more information or to register, 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 workplace 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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