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April 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

It's almost show time! Our Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Directors Summit takes place this weekend in Palo Alto and the Elevate Millennial Leadership Program airs its next episode on April 19th - you can register for the broadcast here!

I'm also excited about the 2017 Ascend Charity Golf Outing held on May 23rd at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. Mercedes Benz Manhattan has provided us a hole-in-one car and we have some great raffle prizes (listed below).

Read more about key updates for April below.

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 8: Midwest
May 22: NY Metro

June 17: New Jersey
July 22: LA Metro


Elevate, Ascend Millennial Leadership Program:
New Episode airs on Wed April 19, 12pm EST / 9am PST!

We are excited to announce that a new episode of Elevate, our first-of-its-kind leadership program for millennials, will be airing on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 12pm noon EST / 9am PST. Elevate offers advice on skills and meaningful behaviors needed for success, such as effective communications, situation handling, influencing team members and decision-making.

April 19th Episode Topic: INFLUENCE WITHOUT AUTHORITY - Getting Things Done Across Multiple Functions

Talk Show Host:
Denise Peck, Executive Advisor, Ascend

Guest Commentators:
Gayatri Soi, Senior Consultant, EY
Johnson Wu, Director, Intarcia Therapeutics

Register here!


Ascend Charity Golf Outing: Score a Hole-in-One and Win a Brand New Mercedes!* | Honoree: Andrew Y. Chin, AB

We are excited to announce that Mercedes Benz Manhattan will provide a hole-in-one car for the Ascend Charity Golf Outing taking place on May 23, 2017 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. The honoree is Andrew Y. Chin, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research, AB.

You'll also have a chance to win 2 New York Yankee tickets - second row (full view into Yankees Dugout), 2 tickets to the 2017 PGA Championship in August, 2 PGA Tour access tickets to the President's Cup Tournament and other giveaways (see list of raffle items below).

Raffle items:

2 New York Yankee tickets | Second row, full view into Yankees Dugout
1 Foursome | Manhattan Woods Golf Club
2 PGA Tour access tickets to the President's Cup Tournament | Liberty National | Jersey City | September 26-August 1, 2017
2 PGA of America Championship tickets | Quail Hollow Club | Charlotte |
August 7-13, 2017
Wine | Campo Del Drago | Brunello Di Montalcine 2011
Bag from Solo / Briggs & Riley Travelware
Peter Millar shoe bag for every golfer
Free golf balls and hats

The Charity Golf Outing presents a great opportunity for working professionals across different industries and companies to enjoy a wonderful round of golf, expand their professional and personal networks, rekindle with long-time acquaintances, and have fun!

To register, please visit:

*2-year lease (not full value).


2017 Ascend National Convention - Register today!

Registration is now open for the 2017 Ascend National Convention! This year's convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August
19-21, 2017

Early bird rates will end June 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing!

Register here!


Ascend Partners with The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Ascend is proud to announce a partnership with The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the advocate for the profession of directorship, to serve as a catalyst to increase the number of diversity directors in today’s boardrooms. In response to the increasing demand for diverse director candidates, Ascend, through its Pan-Asian corporate board initiative, Pinnacle, will work with NACD Board Recruitment Services to identify highly qualified candidates for boards who have engaged NACD’s recruitment services.

“Many studies have demonstrated that companies gain a competitive advantage when the perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences of the directors around the table align with the company's long-term strategic goals,” said S. K. Gupta, managing director and cofounder, Ascend Pinnacle. “We are excited to partner with NACD Board Recruitment Services to advance the contributions that Pan-Asian leaders can make to the highest level of corporate leadership.”

Click here for the full press release.

Asian Corporate Directors Summit in Palo Alto, CA

This weekend, the Asian Corporate Directors Summit will take place at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, CA from April 21 - 23, 2017. Ascend Pinnacle is also hosting an Aspiring Directors Workshop on April 21 in partnership with Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance. We are pleased to announce Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as the keynote speaker at the Summit. Other speakers include Raj Gupta, Sara Mathew, John W. Rogers, Jr., Raj Sisodia, Michael Montelongo, Maggie Wilderotter, Mukesh Aghi, Dion Weisler, Irene Britt and more. The audience will be 70+ experienced public company Asian Corporate Directors from across the country and 20+ senior executives.

We thank Deloitte for being the Summit's Founding Partner and for its continued support. We also thank our Event Sponsors including U.S. Bank, Time Warner Inc., BNY Mellon, Equilar, and Archegos Capital Management, Reception Partner Delphi and supporters like NACD, Nasdaq and Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance. Click here for more information on the Summit.


Join the 11th Annual Japan Day @ Central Park on Sunday, May 14, 2017!

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 | Time: 9:30AM - 4:00PM (Subject to Change) |
Location: Bandshell Area, Central Park (Main Entrance on 69th street and 5th Avenue)

Founded in 2007, Japan Day @ Central Park is an annual event designed by the Japanese community of New York to promote a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture and to say “Thank you, New York!” It has received official support by the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Central Park Conservancy, and many other Japanese and American corporations. The event kicks off with the rousing Japan Run, a 4-mile mini-marathon and Kids' Races, hosted by New York Road Runners. The event continues with the Japan Day Festival featuring wide range of Japanese traditional and family-friendly activities, free samplings of popular Japanese cuisine, and powerful stage performances throughout the day.
For more information, please visit:

Ascend Executive Education - Advanced Leadership Program for Asian Americans at Stanford University GSB – August 6-11, 2017. Apply now!

Curriculum. Confidence. Connections. Community. In six days you’ll learn global business leadership skills from world-class Graduate School of Business faculty. You’ll meet successful Asian-American leaders and hear how they have overcome obstacles. You’ll have a unique opportunity to build a strong community based on shared experiences. And together you’ll develop a personal action plan to transform classroom learning into personal and professional success.

In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Advanced Leadership Program was created to help accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of executives working in global companies. The program provides a rigorous curriculum to develop the leadership skills you need to succeed, combined with advice from senior executives and powerful networking and mentoring.

For more information, please contact Wes Hom, at, one of the co-developers of the program.

For an inspiring video about the program, please click here.

Ascend Philadelphia Chapter: Leading the Change

Ascend Philadelphia chapter had a very successful event on March 23rd sponsored by Comcast and Robert Half attended by over 125 professionals. The event theme was ‘Leading the Change’ consisting of leadership lessons shared by John Titus, Comcast Executive Director of Supply Chain Operations and Former Navy Captain and Stephanie Naznitsky, Regional VP at Robert Half. Stephanie opened the event and shared her perspectives on acquiring the right talent and managing their potential. John spoke about the keys to building and leadership development in order to drive high performance. The speakers did an excellent job and delivered presentations that had the audience at the edge of their seats.


Ascend Atlanta Chapter Celebrates Holi

The Atlanta Chapter of Ascend hosted a celebration of Holi, a Hindu spring festival of colors! This networking event, called Guaca-Holi, was held at Bhojanic Restaurant on March 23, 2017. Also thanks all who came to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the chapter! The event's distinguished speaker Dr. Sri Ramamoorti spoke of envisioning your future by targeting, aligning, and managing yourself towards your personal philosophy of life. The Chapter President Suraj Amarnai gave a motivating speech addressing the new developments for the chapter including new board members and a series of exciting events to come. We also had authentic home-cooked Chinese food and over 30 people attended this kickoff event for the year. We also had a wonderful time playing networking Bingo and the three first to Bingo won a beautiful gift of lucky bamboo plants. The Atlanta Chapter encourages you to join their events and experience the opportunity to network with professionals and share experiences!


Member of the Month: Julie Ho, Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; President, Ascend Houston Chapter

"I was invited to join Ascend four years ago without much knowledge of the power of this great organization. As I got more involved with Ascend, I became more impressed with the reach and influence of the programs, the quality of the leaders and members in the organization, and the philosophy of helping Pan-Asians be successful from cradle to retirement. Stories from the Inspiring Across Generations conference speakers were especially impactful and inspiring to me. It has been rewarding to work alongside proven leaders at all levels and give back to the next generation of leaders. I am thrilled that the National Convention is coming to Houston this year. It will definitely expand Ascend’s footprint in the lone star state."

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