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September 2019 Newsletter
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September 2019 Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Thank you to each and everyone of you who attended our 2019 Ascend National Convention - we're proud to be part of the Ascend community. The Ascend National Convention, now in its 12th year continues to build relationships and highlights our core focus areas of leveraging and elevating different viewpoints and experiences and the Pan-Asian experience in North America and globally.

Congratulations to all the award winners, the DC Chapter and a special shoutout to Dr. Indra Nooyi, Former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at PepsiCo, SEC Commissioner Robert Jackson Jr., and Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President and CEO, Ethan Allen for your tireless commitment to purpose-driven leadership, elevating our community, and unlocking creativity through diversity of thought. We also would like to share our appreciation and thank all of our partners and sponsors for the on-going support and commitment to the Ascend mission and our community. You have helped make Ascend what it is today. 

Please save the date for the 2020 Ascend National Convention and Career Fair on Monday, August 24 through Wednesday, August 26 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California!

With the fall season upon us and on the heels of the National Convention, we are continuing full speed ahead with Chapter IAGs, workshops, networking events and holiday parties.

Read more about key updates for September below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Anna Mok
President Elect, Ascend

National & Local Updates


Ascend 2019 National Convention & Career Fair in
Washington, D.C. was a huge success!

We are beyond amazed and proud of this year's convention! Top highlights include a Career Fair filled with engaging conversations between recruiters and candidates, our Women in Leadership Symposium where attendees heard from a panel of women from The Walt Disney Company discuss the importance of diversity in entertainment and the inaugural Ascend Executive Network Symposium to expand focus on Pan-Asians in broader diversity and multicultural organizations at the executive level.

Throughout the weekend, Ascend Talks with Major General Miyako Schanely Commander, 416th Theater Engineer Command, U.S. Army Reserve, Sandra Leung Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Suneet Dua Chief Product Officer, PwC and our fireside chats with Dr. Nooyi and CNBC's Melissa Lee, SEC Commissioner Jackson and Lisa Erickson, and Farooq Kathwari and Robina Singh, captivated and left our attendees feeling inspired. Professional breakouts reflected the theme "Endless Possibilities" by featuring in-depth discussions encompassing Pan-Asian leadership, storytelling, digitally and culturally resilient organizations, global inclusion, leading with imagination, influence and impact, the new generation of talent, and diversity and inclusion on the board level.

We cover all the highlights from this year in our press release

Relive the excitement through our highlights video

View the convention photos here

Congratulations to all the winners!

At the Ascend 2019 Awards Dinner, Ascend continued the tradition of recognizing business leaders and organizations who have made significant contributions to the Pan-Asian community and we awarded the Ascend Hackathon Challenge winner.

2019 Ascend Award Winners:

  • Ascend Icon Award: Dr. Indra Nooyi
  • Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Inspirational Leader Award: Yie-Hsin Hung, CEO of New York Life Investment Management
  • Ascend IAG High-Impact Leader Award: Kate Seitz, RSM US LLP
  • Ascend IAG Rising Star Award: Zach Heng, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Ascend IAG Rising Star Award: Ashley Wu, Deloitte
  • Ascend Affinity/ERG Leadership Award: Accenture Asian Pacific American ERG
  • Ascend Affinity/ERG Leadership Award: JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s ASPIRE
  • 2019 Ascend Hackathon Challenge Winner: Team Guidehouse

Ascend NJ Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference

The Annual Ascend NJ IAG will be held on October 5th at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, NJ. Revolving around the theme "Finding Your Purpose: Setting Your Direction in Life and in Your Career", this event will cover a variety of topics and provides plenty of opportunities to network, learn from and meet with a dynamic lineup of speakers. Sign up today!

To register or for more information, click here.


Southwest Airlines' commitment to diversity and giving back

At Southwest Airlines, diversity means having a modern and multi-faceted workforce which gives us a key competitive advantage in the national marketplace. Our network is comprised of Employees representing a variety of backgrounds whose individual experiences help form our unique Corporate Culture. Fostering an environment that encourages diversity of ideas, knowledge and actions is paramount to our operational excellence. Read more about our Diversity Council and our dedicated outreach for the LGBTQ, Hispanic, Disability, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islander communities. Southwest is highly recognized for its triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet.

Learn more about how the carrier gives back to communities across the world by visiting


 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!




We would also like to remind everyone to take advantage of any matching grants programs that your company offers.
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