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

It’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month and we hope you are all celebrating diversity, inclusion and achievement! These are the principles Ascend was built on. To reinforce and share our commitment, we've joined The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. What better time to focus on empowering our community! You personally can act on driving more inclusive behaviors by taking the "I Act On Pledge" (see below). Let’s leverage the strength of our diverse backgrounds, today and every day.

In other news, we're gearing up for the 2019 Ascend Charity Golf Outing on June 4th at Manhattan Woods Golf Club - looking forward to seeing you all there. Our chapters have been very active in organizing and expanding our local and regional offerings – we hope that all of you have been getting involved. As we look ahead, please join us at the Ascend National Convention in Washington, D.C. on August 24-26, 2019. There is so much in store for our convention so make sure you book your room and travel if you haven't already!


Read more about key updates for May below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend

2019 National Convention and Career Fair Updates


Early bird rate ending soon! Save $100 when you register before June 1st.

Our 2019 National Convention & Career Fair will take place in Washington, D.C. on August 24-26, 2019. REGISTER NOW to take advantage of special offers such as early bird rates (ending June 1st) and hotel rooms at the Ascend rate (ending on July 17th).

Find the latest convention updates here:
For questions, email

If you're new to Ascend, join our webinar to learn more about the convention!
On June 11th, we will broadcast an informational webinar about the 2019 National Convention based on the theme "Endless Possibilities"
Click here to sign up and for more details


Ascend Scholarship Applications are open!

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

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.
Have a question? Contact Marie-Helene:


Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Awards: Nominations are now open!

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.

During this year's Convention, participants will engage in numerous programs surrounding the theme 'Endless Possibilities' and we are very proud to recognize leaders for their endless dedication to promoting Pan-Asians within their business and the community.

Please click here to view the different Award categories and nominate!
For questions, contact Marie-Helene:

2019 Ascend Hackathon

On August 24-26, the Hackathon finalists will descend upon Washington D.C. to present their findings at the 2019 Ascend National Convention and compete for a $10,000 grand prize. The finalist teams will be announced on June 9th so stay tuned! But who will determine who gets that prize?

Visit our Hackathon site to learn more about our judges:

National & Local Updates

Putter up on June 4th to support Ascend Foundation!

Mark your calendar for June 4th! Our 3rd Annual Ascend Charity Golf Outing will be held at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club on June 4, 2019! The Golf Outing is held to raise funds in order 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.
The Golf Committee is seeking volunteers and sponsors for this important and fun filled event for the Ascend Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please contact or visit

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 celebrates Asian Heritage Month!
  • Jeff Chin joins CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion™

In the spirit of Asian Heritage Month, Jeff encourages everyone to join the initiative and take the I Act On Pledge. Read more about it here.

  • See what Ascend's nationwide chapters are celebrating Asian Heritage Month with various events and we encourage you to attend! 

    Click HERE to see what events are happening in your area and across the country!

Excellent turnout for NorCal's End of the Busy Season Networking Mixer!

On Thursday, April 18th, 2019, the Ascend NorCal Chapter held its annual networking mixer in the peninsula named the Ascend NorCal’s Celebrating End of Busy Season Networking Mixer! Over 30 professionals from diverse companies attended the event. The event was held at Mandarin Roots in Palo Alto. The mixer opened with the co-chairs Justin Quan and Elena Lee welcoming the attendees, followed by NorCal Board Members Larry Chang and Denise Peck, expressing the engaging impact of the Ascend community, and the importance of developing leadership skills as well as soft skills in your professional career. The event closed with an hour of networking. The mixer was a highly successful event!

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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