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April 2018 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

What a month! We just finished a super successful second Ascend Pinnacle Summit held at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco with key speakers Mellody Hobson, Gary Locke, Emily Chang, Peter Gleason and many others. Kudos to the Pinnacle team for a job well done! Special shoutout to S. K. Gupta, Anna Mok, Irene Chang Britt and Janet Wong.

I'm excited to announce marquee speakers we have lined up for the Ascend National Convention: Daniel Kan & Justin Kan (young billionaires!), Jeff Wong, CIO at EY, Andrea Jung from Grameen America (former Avon CEO) and Emily Chang.

I also want to encourage you all to take part in the Ascend Innovation challenge - you'll find more details and the registration link below. The Awards and Scholarships are also open! Apply below.

Last but not least, we're getting ready for the Ascend Charity Golf outing in June at Manhattan Woods Golf Club.

Read more about key updates for April below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


Ascend Pinnacle hosts highly successful second Asian Corporate Directors Summit

On April 6-8, Ascend Pinnacle hosted its second Asian Corporate Directors Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The by-invitation event was the largest gathering of Asian American experienced corporate directors with 100+ experienced directors and senior corporate executives in attendance. Companies who were represented at the Summit show a combined Market Cap of about 1.5 Trillion dollars. Attendees got to experience a Fireside Chat with Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments and Board Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co., The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation, which was moderated by Irene Chang-Britt. Other key speakers included Emily Chang, Author, BROTOPIA and Host, Bloomberg-TV Technology, Gary Locke, Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Former Governor of Washington and Former Secretary of Commerce, this year's award winner Sara Mathew, Phyllis Campbell, Dinesh Lathi and Ira Ehrenpreis just to name a few. The positive feedback has been overwhelming and we are excited to be shaping the future of Pan-Asians and their positive impacts in corporations. 

Click here to view the photos from the Summit.

  2018 Ascend National Convention - Excited to announce marquee speakers

Registration is now open for the 2018 Ascend National Convention. This year's convention will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018 (Monday to Wednesday).

We're excited to announce the following marquee speakers:

  • Daniel Kan & Justin Kan (young billionaires!)
  • Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY
  • Andrea Jung, President & CEO, Grameen America (former Avon CEO)
  • Emily Chang, Author; Anchor at Bloomberg TV

Early bird rates will end June 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing! Also, don't forget to book your hotel room before they sell out.


For questions, please reach out to the convention team at

Join us at the 2018 Ascend Charity Golf Outing!

The 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing will take place at the exclusive Manhattan Woods Golf Club on June 5, 2018. Ascend Charity Golf Outing provides a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and build your network. The event was conceived to raise funds for the Ascend Foundation to further the Foundation’s mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships.

We're proud to announce Lesley Ma, Global CIO at Cadillac as our honoree. Richard K. Lui, News Anchor at MSNBC and NBC News will be the dinner MC.

Join us for a fun day of golf, great food, and relationship building!

For more information and to sign up, please visit:


Take part in the Ascend Innovation Challenge!

Do you have a creative idea for innovating diversity and inclusion? Here is an opportunity for you to submit your innovation for a chance to pitch your idea on the main stage of Ascend's Innovation Challenge 2018 and win a $10,000 cash prize, complimentary tickets to the Ascend Gala, being mentored by senior executives, and social recognition on website, Facebook, and others.

The competition consists of 3 rounds. The deadline for submitting 1st round application is May 25th. For complete rules and regulations, please visit or you can reach us at

Link to apply:


Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) and Affinity / ERG Leadership Awards - Presented at 2018 Ascend National Convention in San Francisco


2018 Ascend Award nominations are now open! Visit our website to submit nominationsand be part of a decade plus Ascend tradition of honoring leaders and groups from across industries.

Contact: Marie-Helene:


Ascend Scholarship Applications are now open! Presented at 2018 Ascend National Convention in San Francisco

The Ascend Scholarship Programis a unique opportunity to honor students for their academic excellence and contributions to the wider community. This year, we continue our long-standing partnerships with AICPA, EY, PwC and Robert Half to offer scholarships to Ascend members. 

Apply here!


Contact: Marie-Helene:


Over 300 leaders from Corporate Canada celebrated five incredible leaders at the Ascend Canada Leadership Awards gala

More than 300 executives, decision-makers, and professionals from Canada's biggest companies gathered on April 3 to celebrate recipients of the annual Ascend Canada Leadership Awards gala. Our Canadian chapter recognized five leaders from rising star to chief executive officer. Among them, Tina Lee was recognized as Executive of the Year for her leadership at T&T Supermarkets, the largest Asian grocery store in Canada. The gala also featured a fireside chat with Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Board at RBC, who spoke about her career, diversity and inclusion, and the importance of women in leadership.

Click here to learn more about the award winners.


Launch of Abacus, an English-language news brand covering the China tech industry

Ascend recently attended the New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell Ceremony to celebrate the launch of Abacus, an English-language news brand covering the China tech industry. Abacus is a part of South China Morning Post.

Guests enjoyed breakfast and the excitement of the bell ringing at the legendary NYSE floor on Wall Street.

Visit the Abacus website to find out more:



Ascend Executive Education: Advanced Leadership Program for Asian Americans at Stanford University – August 5-10, 2018. Apply now!

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. This will be our 10th class since inception.

Curriculum. Confidence. Connections. Community. In six intense days, you’ll learn global business leadership skills from Stanford GSB faculty. You’ll meet successful Asian-American leaders and hear personal stories from the C-suite. You’ll have a unique opportunity to build a strong community based on shared experiences, and develop a personal action plan to transform classroom learning into personal and professional success.


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

Get an inside look at ALP and hear how it has transformed the lives and careers of past participants, see the video here.

Join Ascend as a Lifetime Member!

Do you like being a part of a community that promotes diversity and inclusion?

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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