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August  2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

The Ascend 2017 National Convention & Career Fair in Houston, Texas takes place this week(!!) on August 19-21, 2017. In line with this year’s theme, Power Up, I challenge all of us to think about ways in which we can power up our careers and reach new heights. The theme puts the focus on our leadership capabilities, competitive advantage, and continual innovation that help accelerate and fuel our personal and organizational growth and performance long into the future.

I know you will all be busy during the convention, but I still want to make sure I hear from you all. Let's be as interactive as possible. Most importantly, download the Convene App in the App Store or the Google Play Store and search for Ascend National Convention. Tweet @AscendLeader – tell us what you’re learning, post photos, and connect by using our official hashtags #AscendLeadership and #Ascend2017. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in Houston!

Below are some other key updates for August.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend



Registration is open for the 2017 Ascend National Convention! This year's convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August 19-21, 2017. Click here to register now! Online registration will close on August 17th at 11:00pm EST.
On-site registration includes a $100 surcharge.

Hotel | The Ascend block at the Marriott Marquis Houston is sold out. Some rooms may be available directly with Marriott at the market rate. There are also many hotels in the area that you may book on your own. Prevailing rates will apply. We recommend that you check for real-time information on sleeping room availability in downtown Houston. The following hotels are near the Marriott Marquis Houston and subject to availability: Hilton of the Americas | Hampton Inn Houston Downtown | Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Convene App | Similar to last year, we are offering a free, easy-to-use convention mobile app called Convene. By using this app, you can research speakers ahead of time, connect with fellow attendees, and more! Download it today.

Real Yoga and Meditation | *Only open to registered convention attendees.* Head over to Convene to sign up! 

Ascend Gives back to the Houston community in Partnership with United Way | *Only open to registered convention attendees.* We encourage you to bring your friends and colleagues to join us in creating alphabet activity boards for local children. This is a great opportunity to network and contribute to the local Houston community. Head over to Convene to sign up. See you there!

Speaker highlight | We are proud to highlight a few of our exceptional speakers: Duy-Loan Le, Board Director, National Instruments, Ballard Power Systems, eSilicon, Medigram; Christine Ha, Celebrity Cook & Author; Joe Adams, Managing Partner and CEO, RSM US; and Soyeon Yi, Biotechnologist, Astronaut.

Employer Showcases | We invite you to take part in our Employer Showcase series, which are hour long sessions featuring specific Ascend employer partners. All conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the following companies during their respective Employer Showcase all taking place on Saturday, August 19: Allstate (9am), Liberty Mutual (10:30am), United Airlines (2:30pm), and Medtronic (4pm).

Connect with us! | Please use #AscendLeadership and #Ascend2017 when posting photos at the convention! We will like and re-tweet our favorite ones!


  Ascend NorCal holds its first 2017 IAG at Facebook Headquarters

With 200 registered guests, professionals and university students across the Bay Area gathered on August 12th at Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park for Ascend NorCal's first half-day IAG conference in a series of three. Highlights include keynote speaker Buck Gee’s (Ascend Executive Advisor, Former VP/GM of Cisco Systems) discussion on personal value and influence in the office and the executive panel’s insightful thoughts on recent generational differences in the workplace. Attendees also elevated their industry skills through break-out sessions which emphasized personal branding, communication and leadership styles as well as a communication workshop led by an award winning coach from Own the Room. Attendees also had a chance to test drive the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset Platform at the end of a robust day of learning activities. Photos here.


Ascend LA Metro Chapter Celebrates 10 Years of Diversity and Leadership Advocacy

In July, more than 250 professionals and students from prominent firms and universities joined us for a full-day conference. From the hand-picked executive panelists and speakers in the afternoon to the unique opportunity to network with top professionals afterwards, the conference was kicked off on an energetic note. During dinner, both the keynote speaker, Ramsey Jay, Jr., and executive speakers, Nanxi Liu (Enplug, Co-founder, CEO) and Danny Le (Partner, KPMG) kept the energy flowing by sharing insightful stories and lessons of success. Throughout the event, attendees really learned how to Envision, Believe and Achieve all their personal and professional goals. Photos here.

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