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April 2016 Newsletter
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April Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

It's been a busy month for us at Ascend! We have four Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conferences coming up - I encourage you all to attend these great events. The dates are listed below.

Below are some other key updates for April.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) regional conferences gather our corporate and community partners for a day of leadership, mentorship and relationship development programs providing insight and benefits for both students and seasoned professionals. Please check the listing below and help support your local chapter.

May 9: New York City
May 21: New Jersey
June 4: Los Angeles
June 9: Midwest




2016 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair, July 30 – August 1, Disneyland Hotel, CA

Join us on July 30-August 1 at Disneyland! Our theme this year is “Dare to Dream, Be Extraordinary, Ascend!”

REGISTRATION is now live! Click here to register today. Early bird rates end May 1, 2016.

2016 Award nominations are open. Click here to learn more and to submit a nomination. Submission Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

To all convention attendees:
Disney is offering Ascend convention attendees discounted prices to their theme parks in Anaheim. The direct Ascend link for making Disney hotel reservations and for the ticket store is:

We encourage you to take advantage of the savings by purchasing your tickets before 9 pm PST on 7/26/2016. Hurry before the savings end!

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Convention team at 

We look forward to seeing you at the most magical place on earth!


Third Annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards illuminate the impact of inclusion

On April 4, 2016, over 250 guests celebrated the following honourees at the third annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto:

• TD Executive of the Year – Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post Corp.
• Manulife Mentor of the Year – Marc-André Blanchard, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
• RBC Rising Star of the Year – Manisha Dias, Senior Actuarial Associate, Manulife Financial
• Ascend Canada Volunteer of the Year Award – Ruby Dhillon, Intermediate Financial Analyst, TD Securities

Featured speakers included Ascend Canada President and SVP, Chief Auditor of TD Bank Group, Kelvin Tran, and Frank Vettesse, Managing Partner and Chief Executive, Deloitte Canada. The event was a great success and a true celebration of inclusion, generosity of spirit and goodwill.

Women of ALPFA, NABA and Ascend present: Changing Demographics at Allstate Insurance

The Changing Demographics sold out event hosted by Allstate Insurance had over 270 registered participants and 8 speakers celebrating women and diversity, including Lily Tang, Ascend Board Member and Co-Founder of The Everest Project. This year's topic was Changing Demographics – Promoting Women’s Leadership. The event's speakers and breakout leaders highlighted women of influence, known and respected for their ground breaking work aimed at women in corporate America. Their efforts serve as important contributions to changing the profile of corporate leadership and highlight the changing demographics in the country. The event was a great opportunity for the ALPFA, NABA, and Ascend organizations to pool their resources and for Allstate Insurance to show its support of Diversity.


7th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference & Career Exposition, September 9-10, NYC

Join us September 9-10 at the New York Hilton Midtown. More information coming soon. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at Click here to check out our new conference website!

Interested in being a resume coach or a volunteer? Let us know by emailing today.

We looking forward to seeing you in the Big Apple!

Ascend Inspirational Member and AARP Tax-Aide Volunteer: Mary Geong 

After working 20 years with the Franchise Tax Board in CA as a tax auditor/specialist, Mary Geong decided to retire five years ago and started her own tax business. She was part of the Committee that formed the NorCal Ascend Chapter in 2007 and expresses, “It was amazing to witness the formation and fruition of such a wonderful organization that helps Pan-Asians achieve their full potential and helps them reach new professional heights.” As a volunteer with Ascend for the past 10 years, Mary has had the opportunity to meet many wonderful talented people who have helped her with her own business, as well as personal development. As part of Ascend’s desire to give back to the community, Mary recruited Ascend students and professionals to volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide this year, in support of Ascend’s partnership with AARP. The partnership allows Ascend to get this program into the community so more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders can make use of it. Mary shares, “It is so rewarding to get a refund for someone who needs it the most and see them leave with a smile on their face.”




Ascend Inspirational Member: Ashok Shenoy,
Senior Director, Head of Finance Change
Corporate & Institutional Banking, RBS

"I have been involved with Ascend since March 2007, and it has been an extremely amazing and enriching experience to work with the Ascend team and community. My first volunteer assignment with Ascend was to organize a boat cruise around Manhattan. Little did I realize that I would sail away and find new shores through Ascend. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity organize Ascend’s first IAG conference, co-chair three National Conventions and head the Ascend Connecticut/Westchester Chapter. I am humbled to have worked with such a talented and dedicated group of executives, professionals and students in the Ascend community. Giving back should be an essential part of one’s life goals, no matter what stage of your career you are in. This is a rewarding experience in many ways, which not only helps hone your leadership skills, but also allows you to build a great network and provide a platform for career success. As Jeff Chin once said, “I can stand tall and hold my head high because I am standing on the shoulders of giants.” Ascend is that giant for me and can be one for you as well. Get involved!"



Ascend Student Member: Kashif Molwani, President, Ascend Georgia State University Chapter

“Ascend has been a crucial part of my life, as joining Ascend was the first leadership experience of my college career. Being part of Ascend taught me professionalism, how to build a network, and most importantly, how to take advantage of that network to start my own career. Ascend provides members the opportunity to make an impact in the Pan-Asian community by hosting seminars, national conventions, and more. I am proud to be a member of Ascend and look forward to staying a part of this family for years to come.” To learn more about Kashif, please click here.

Partner Spotlight
Career Opportunities at NBCUniversal

We strive to provide our partners with the best candidates. We would like to highlight the following opening at NBCUniversal:

NBCUniversal is seeking a Manager of Technical Accounting and Policy to join their corporate finance team in NY. This position has visibility to all businesses within the NBC portfolio. This candidate would need to have recent experience in Big 4 audit. Please see link to application below:


Ascend Houston Chapter holds Networking Breakfast with Shariq Yosufzai of Chevron

Ascend Houston Chapter in partnership with Chevron Asian Employee Network Houston Chapter held "Reflections on Innovative Leadership" session with Shariq Yosufzai, VP of Office of Global Diversity, Chevron on April 13, 2016. It was a tremendous success with a turn-out of 65+ attendees. Referencing his own personal experiences and the insights obtained from his role in Chevron, Shariq provided the packed house with great advice. Topics covered include innovative leadership and importance of diversity in the corporate world.


First Advance Movie Screening at Ascend NorCal: Batman vs. Superman

Ascend and CalCPA joined together to offer a fun evening at the movies on March 24, 2016. The event was planned to offer busy Bay Area Ascend Members a break during busy season and from crunching numbers. A private screening room for 100 at Regal Theaters in Jack London Square in Oakland was rented out to play Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Though tickets went on sale less than three weeks before, the event sold out quickly. Members brought partners, spouses, and kids to enjoy the show. NorCal leadership attending that evening included NorCal Board Members Rick Gutierrez and his wife, Rajiv Thadani and his two children. All attendees received a gift bag of Ascend and CalCPA promotional items. The film officially came out the next day in theaters across the nation.

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