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August 2015 Newsletter
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August Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,
12 days from now we will be kicking off our 10-year Anniversary. 10 years ago, we had a vision and I am so proud of how far our vision has come. While I know everyone will be busy during the convention, I still want to make sure I hear from you all. Let's be as interactive as possible. Be social using our hashtags found below, engage with a new app called Convene, and share your photos with us - don't forget to tag @AscendLeader! I hope to see you all in New York City next week - networking, getting inspired, learning how to be agile, innovative and bold and most of all, having fun!

Here's to the next #10YearsofAscend! 

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend



Ascend Story | For our 10-year Anniversary, we want your Ascend story!

Send us a video or short paragraph about your experience with Ascend, how Ascend has helped you, and how you have given back. Best stories or videos will be featured at the convention! Please send a short 1 minute video – OR –  a short 100-150 word statement. Submit all videos and written stories to Deadline has been extended to August 20. First 30 submissions will automatically win a special gift at the National Convention! Click here for more details.

Convene App | This year we are introducing a free, new, easy-to-use convention app called Convene by Thomson Reuters. Please note: this app can only be accessed by registered convention guests.  

Benefit and Awards Dinner |If you are attending the Benefit and Awards Dinner on Monday, August 31, the dress code is black tie optional or festive ethnic attire. 

Broadway Show Ticket Raffle |Please join us 8am-9:30am on Sunday, August 30 at the Breakfast and Keynote for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Allegiance, a new musical starring George Takei ("Star Trek") and Lea Salonga (Miss SaigonLes Miserables). Performances begin October 6th. Tickets are donated by the Producers of Allegiance and will be raffled off at the end of the session.

Speaker Spotlight | We are proud to highlight a few of our exceptional speakers. 

  • 8.29.15 | Joe Jordan, Inspirational Speaker, Author of “Living a Life of Significance”, will speak at our "Living a Life of Significance" session. 
  • 8.30.15 | Carolyn Slaski, Americas Vice Chair – Talent at EY, will join us as Keynote speaker at the EY Scholarship Luncheon. 
  • 8.31.15 | Dennis N. T. Perkins, CEO of The Syncretics Group, will join us at our "Teamwork at the Edge" session.
  • 8.31.15 | Our very own Milan Shah, Partner at PwC and President of the Ascend New York Metro Chapter, will host the "Breakfast & Keynote: Being Bold for Major Impact." 

We are also happy to have Moderators Betty Liu, anchor and Editor-at-Large of "Bloomberg Markets", and Richard Lui, Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News, with us as we celebrate this special milestone.   

Join Lyft to Earn Free Rides |Looking for a ride from the airport or train station to the convention? All convention attendees will receive future communications on how to earn free rides to and from the convention with Lyft.

Register NOW for FREE Convention Social Activities |Join your fellow Ascend members and Convention attendees on Sunday, August 30th to stretch your muscles, mind, and network:

  • Meditation with Art of Living (Regent Room, Hilton) - Register here
  • Dance Fusion (Sutton Room, Hilton) - Register here
  • Ascend After Party & Networking (Supernova Bar, Novotel Hotel) - Register here


6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Nov. 13-14 

There is still time to become a sponsor at the 6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Inspiring Across Generations with Career Exposition. Please email if your company is interested. 

Are you an undergraduate or MBA/graduate student? If so, we invite you to apply for the 2015 AscendNAAMBA Scholarship, Sponsored by PNC Financial Services. Click here to apply.

Interested in volunteering at the conference? Email us at today!
We hope to see you in Washington, D.C. this November 13-14!

Partner Spotlight
Join EY's Virtual Career Fair 
Friday, Aug. 28, from 10am - 5pm EDT
Chat live with EY Recruiters about current opportunities for experienced professionals in Advisory, TAS, Assurance, Tax, FSO, and Core Business Services. EY will also have Campus Recruiters online to engage with students who are looking for possible internships and first year opportunities.

Find out more at: or contact Tonika Hammonds at

You Can Make a Big Difference as a Volunteer
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available nationwide to help millions of taxpayers get the tax credits and deductions they deserve. The program is free and supported through local volunteers like you!
As a Tax-Aide volunteer, many of the taxpayers you will help are low-to moderate income and 60+ years and older. Training is provided locally and there are a variety of volunteer roles to choose from.

To learn more about the program and to sign-up, please visit

Comcast NBCUniversal Private Networking Event in NYC on 8/28
This invitation-only networking event will introduce you to Comcast NBCUniversal finance and accounting leaders, Ascend professional members and experienced industry professionals and experts. It's a great opportunity to learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal and network with industry leaders. Space is very limited. If interested, please email your resume to by August 24. If selected, you will receive an official invitation.

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National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in partnership with Ascend

Ascend’s partner, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), has offered all Ascend members a 20% discount for its Annual Conference, called 2015 Global Board Leaders’ Summit, in Washington, D.C., September 26-29. This includes their first-ever Diversity Symposium on September 26. If you are interested in attending the Summit, please contact Elizabeth Makris at or by calling 202-803-6766 by August 31. For the first time, there are 7 Pan-Asian speakers at the Summit. Ascend Pinnacle will also be hosting a networking dinner for all Pan-Asian attendees on Monday, September 28.

Ascend Member's Corner: Jennifer Moy, MBA Student at Stony Brook University

This month we are highlighting what impact being involved with Ascend has had on Jennifer Moy. Jennifer has interned at Ascend HQ and now secured a full time position at Deloitte next fall.

"My involvement with Ascend has been the most valuable and rewarding virtue throughout my academic career. The attendance at Ascend’s National Convention and local chapter events has taught me the art of networking, communication and teamwork. Not only did I acquire critical skill sets, I was able to gain inside knowledge about the Big 4 through consistent interaction with professionals. This ultimately led me to secure a full time position from Deloitte. I owe my accomplishment to everyone in my Ascend family."
We would also like to remind everyone to take advantage of any matching grants programs
that your company offers. For more information email us at
Ascend National Headquarters
120 Wall Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10005 |  212-248-4888 |

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