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August 2016 Newsletter
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August 2016 Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,
I want to thank you for joining us at the 2016 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair themed "Dare To Dream, Be Extraordinary, Ascend!" on July 30 – August 1, 2016 at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim. From beginning to end, I was blown away by the dedication, energy and excitement. A huge thank you goes to our partners, speakers, members, and supporters! We hope you left the convention feeling inspired and looking to make a difference. And I hope you made some noise!! As David Pang, Ascend Board Member and Partner at KPMG said "The value of diversity is undeniable and it is a business imperative – it is not only the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do." So let's make our Pan-Asian voice heard! Start by joining your local Ascend chapter, becoming a member, or volunteering at a local Ascend event.

And please join us at The 7th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference & Career Exposition at New York Hilton Midtown, September 9-10, 2016. You won't want to miss it!

Below are some other key updates for August.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Thank you for attending the 2016 Ascend National Convention and Career Fair!


Your participation helped make this year’s convention a great success and we are thankful to those who joined us!

Video | Click here to watch the Convention highlights video.

Photos | To view convention photos by day, please click the following links:

Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Monday

Post-Convention Survey | In order to make next year’s convention even more successful, please click the following link: to complete our post-convention survey. By returning your completed survey by Wednesday, August 24, 5pm ET, you will be eligible to win 1 of 2 signed and numbered limited-edition Giclee prints, recreated from an original illustration created by Disney storybook artists for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan – a true collectors item!

CPE Credit | Those of you who attended sessions with CPE credit have received an email with next steps.

Ride with Uber | Get a ride to or from the 2016 AscendNAAMBA Conference and Career Expo in New York City - First ride free up to $25. Sign up with the code ASCEND2016 at Valid for first-time riders only.

AscendNAAMBA Conference: Sept. 9-10 in NYC - Presenting Tomorrow's Leaders Today!

Click here to register! 

Early bird rates end August 22. By registering for the conference now, you will have a chance to enter and win a vacation package to the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from MGM Resorts International! Total Retail Value: $2,500! Click here for complete details.

We are also raffling off AUTOGRAPHED NEW YORK KNICKS MEMORABILIA! See details below.

Speaker Highlight | Arturo Nunez, Head of Marketing, Latin America, Apple; Celeste Warren, Vice President, HR and Chief Diversity Officer, Merck; and Chris Park, Vice President, Asia Pacific, Major League Baseball (MLB)

AscendNAAMBA Scholarship applications are now open! Apply for the opportunity to be awarded scholarships from The Home Depot and PNC! For complete details and to apply, please click here.

Join the Conversation | AscendNAAMBA now posts social media updates through Ascend's social media platforms. If you haven't done so already, please follow @AscendLeader, like Ascend on Facebook, and join the Ascend LinkedIn group to continue receiving our updates. Be sure to use #NAAMBA2016!

For company sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at

We looking forward to seeing you in the city that never sleeps!


AscendNAAMBA Conference Raffles with Great Prizes: Las Vegas Getaway and Autographed New York Knicks Items!

We are excited to share that we have great items we will be raffling off throughout the conference:

1) Las Vegas Getaway!

*2 night stay in a Bellagio Fountain View Suite, including VIP transportation upon arrival and departure to/from McCarran International Airport (LAS)
*$400 Food & Beverage credit to be used at any Bellagio restaurant
*Two tickets to "O" by Cirque Du Soleil

2) Autographed New York Knicks Items!

*Cleanthony Early jersey
*Willis Reed basketball
*Carmelo Anthony photo

Click here for complete details.

Ascend Inspirational Leader: Jenny Ming, President & Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Russe
"When I reflect on my career, I never passed on the opportunity to grow and push myself to learn new ways to both lead and work and to always remain curious about my customer. When I left my first position at Mervyn’s for The Gap, I experienced an entirely new way of merchandising and what it truly meant to be obsessed with creating great product for the customer. From there, I took a calculated risk in starting a new brand, Old Navy. Growing a new business alongside a team of dynamic, innovative people taught me never to settle and to be brave in trying new things. My move from the President of Old Navy to the CEO of Charlotte Russe, has presented me with yet another set of challenges, that while not always comfortable has helped me grow in ways that I could have never anticipated."

Get Engaged!

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Join our group on LinkedIn!

Watch our videos on YouTube!

Follow us on Instagram!
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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