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

First off, we're excited to announce the expanded focus on our Ascend Executive Network (AEN). The vision of the Ascend Executive Network is to connect, inspire, and prepare Pan-Asian executives for executive leadership and board positions while advocating for the Pan-Asian community. The first Ascend Executive Network Symposium will be held on August 26th at the Ascend National Convention. Read more about AEN here.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new LA Metro chapter President Glen Hamakawa, a partner at EY in the Southern California region. At EY, Glen provided Executive Sponsorship and Mentorship to the company's internal Pan Asian Professional Network and joins the LA Metro Chapter after serving as Chairman of the Board for the Japan America Society of Southern California. Welcome Glen!

For Pan-Asian executives who want to skyrocket their career, the Asian American Executive Program at Stanford University is only two months away – apply for the program and the Ascend Executive Scholarship today or refer a colleague (see details below).

Finally, we look forward to seeing you at the 2019 National Convention & Career Fair in Washington, D.C. on August 24-26, 2019. This year's theme is "Endless Possibilities" and we have an amazing lineup of speakers and programming planned. Please see convention highlights below and register today!


Read more about key updates for June below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend

2019 National Convention and Career Fair Updates

National Convention and Career Fair Highlights

Don't miss the chance to expand your network, meet with various employers and learn professional skills that can help you excel in your career!
Book your ticket now for our 2019 National Convention & Career Fair in Washington, D.C. on August 24-26, 2019.

Marquee Speaker: Dr. Indra Nooyi, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board at PepsiCo
Featured Speaker: Commissioner Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

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

Informational Webinar || Click here to watch Ascend leaders speak about what to expect from this year's convention and career fair.

For convention related questions, email

Last chance to apply for Ascend Scholarships!

The Ascend Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity to honor students for their academic excellence and contributions to the wider community.

Thank you to our partners AICPA, EY, PwC, Robert Half and RSM (new!) who will present our 2019 Scholars at the National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Nominations close on June 30th! Click here to apply.

For questions, contact Marie-Helene:


Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Awards: Final Call for nominations!

We are very excited to continue honoring individuals and groups for elevating Pan-Asian visibility, diversity and value through the IAG and Affinity / ERG Awards.

Please click here to view the different Award categories and nominate!

Award Nominations close on July 1st!

For questions, email Marie-Helene:

Finalists Selected for 2019 Ascend Hackathon

Out of over 40 registered teams, the top five finalists have been selected to present their findings at this year’s Ascend Hackathon! These top finalists will share their research with convention attendees and highly respected judges at the 2019 Ascend National Convention to compete for the $10,000 grand prize!

Visit the Ascend Hackathon site to learn more about the event, finalists, judges and more:

National & Local Updates

A TEE-rific turnout for our 2019 Charity Golf Outing!

This year's Charity Golf Outing was a hole in one! More than 100 participants descended to the Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack, New York for a day of golf, networking and gathering together to raise funds for the Ascend Foundation 501(c)(3).

The event's honorees, Jun Li (Partner - Americas FSO WAM Sector Co-Leader - EY), Kristie Wong (Managing Director in Finance - Barclays) and K. Calvin Hwang (Co-Founder & Chief Experience and Brand Officer - CityMD) received the Ascend Trailblazer Awards. The event raised approximately $140,000 to further the mission of the Ascend Foundation.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support for the Ascend Foundation!
Read the full press release here.

View the 2019 Golf Outing photos here.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Initiative update: Volunteer Day with Ascend Houston and the Alliance

On May 18th, Ascend Houston in partnership with Alliance for Multicultural Community services gathered in Rosharon, Texas to help community members devastated by Hurricane Harvey. With over 30 volunteers, the team helped rebuild greenhouses that were severely damaged and the main source of income for 2 Pan-Asian families. Since 2018, Ascend and Ascend Houston Chapter has supported the relief and recovery efforts. Thank you to everyone involved who made the day a success and who continue to participate in this important work!

Watch the volunteers in action and hear from Linda Luong, President of the Houston chapter:

2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship to Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business

In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ascend created the Asian American Executive Program to accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of executives and senior professionals. Asian American executives who are interested can learn more about the program here.

Ascend Foundation 501(c)(3) proudly announces the 2019 Ascend Executive Scholarship to Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business Program!

Click here for more information and to apply

If you have any questions, email 


Ascend NorCal helmed a successful First Executive Forum in its Chapter History

Ascend NorCal held its first Executive Forum on May 17th at the Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco. Sponsored by 16 companies, the Forum attracted nearly 200 executive and board level attendees from various companies. Faye Sahai and Shawn Mattar co-chaired the forum. Emceed by Dion Lim, the Executive Forum kicked off with an executive cross-organizational panel discussion featuring David Jeng (Monte Jade West), Jordan Kang (The Korean Center), Lisa Lum (AAMA), and Frank H. Wu (C100). Guest speakers, Jia Jiang and Sonia Lo, followed with engaging and inspiring talks sharing personal stories featuring challenges they overcame and professional achievements.

Click here to see the news feature on the event.


How will you press for progress?

As a longtime supporter of Ascend, EY shares its vision of assisting Pan-Asian American professionals in achieving their potential in professional services. We are honored to be a Platinum Sponsor of Ascend’s 2019 National Convention, and our commitment to Ascend reinforces our pledge to maintain an inclusive work environment that values the diversity of all our people.

At EY, we do everything we can to empower people to make an impact every day. We are proud to work with the innovators and game changers of today to create new legacies for the world.

Start your EY experience:
Join our talent community:
Learn more:


 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!

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