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August 2018 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

The 2018 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair in San Francisco takes place next week(!!) on August 20-22, 2018. This year’s theme Innovate & Evolve 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 would also like to take this time to announce the planned retirement of Managing Director & Co-Founder of Ascend Pinnacle S. K. Gupta. S. K. served in his role for over 5 years and is credited with being a driving force of Ascend Pinnacle along with co-founder Anna W. Mok, growing the membership as well as leading the Asian Corporate Directors Summit. Under his leadership Ascend Pinnacle has become the largest network of experienced Asian American Corporate Directors.We thank S. K. for his numerous innovative contributions to Ascend, while leading the Ascend Pinnacle Initiative – he really moved the dial. We wish S. K. all the best in his retirement!! 

Lastly, 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, share your convention experience in San Francisco and connect by using our official hashtags #AscendLeadership and #Ascend2018. I’m looking forward to seeing you all in San Francisco!

Below are some other key updates for August.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


National Convention & Career Fair Highlights

Registration is open for the 2018 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair! This year's convention will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018. Click here to register now! (Online registration will close on August 17th at 11:00pm PST.)

Travel | Visit our website for details and instructions.

Speaker Highlight | We are proud to highlight a few of our amazing speakers:

Justin Kan, CEO, Atrium & Dan Kan, Co-Founder and COO, Cruise Automation (young billionaires!)
Andrea Jung, President & CEO, Grameen America (former Avon CEO)
Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Producer, Bloomberg Technology
Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY
Brian Wong, Founder and CEO, Kiip

        Employer Showcases | We invite you to take part in our Employer Showcase series, which are hour long sessions featuring specific Ascend employer partners. All convention attendees will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the following companies during their respective Employer Showcase, all taking place on Sunday, August 19: United Airlines (4pm), Allstate (4pm), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) (5:15pm).

        Yoga Session @ Convention | Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm 
        Come stretch your muscles physically and mentally at a mid-convention yoga session. All are welcome and no prior experience is necessary. Yoga mats are provided. Bring water and dress in appropriate attire. *Only open to registered convention attendees, pre-registration required.*

        Convention 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! 

        Connect with us! | Please use #AscendLeadership and #Ascend2018 when posting photos at the Convention! We will like and re-tweet our favorite ones!

        Company sponsorship opportunities | Email:

        For questions, please reach out to the planning team at


        National Convention Speaker Spotlight: Andrea Jung, President and CEO, Grameen America

        Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. She is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., where she served as CEO from 1999 through April 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through 2012. Throughout her career, she ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business," Forbes’ "Most Powerful Women in the World," and the Financial Times' "Top Women in World Business."

        You can see Andrea at this year's National Convention at the Ascend Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 22nd!


        National Convention Speaker Spotlight: Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY

        Jeff joined EY in 2015 and brings deep experience across strategy, investing and building new ventures globally. His role is to leverage his experience working in technology in Silicon Valley to challenge everything, from the way EY operates internally to how the organization delivers services to its clients. Jeff works across the entire organization to help identify, share and scale the best ideas. Throughout his career, he built new businesses across a variety of concepts, including local commerce, B2B exchanges, services, mobile and big data. He has an AB in Economics, a Master’s in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and an MBA, all from Stanford University.

        You can see Jeff at this year's National Convention at the Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday August, 21st!


        Partner Spotlight
        Career Opportunities at Grant Thornton -  Stop by Booth 101 at the Career Fair at the Ascend National Convention to Learn More!

        Please see the following career opportunities from Grant Thornton:

        1. ‘Grow with Grant Thornton’ is Grant Thornton’s Summer Leadership Program for sophomore and junior University candidates.

        2. Cyber Security Senior - We are looking for MBA graduates to join our Cyber Risk Advisory team to support clients across our portfolio.

        3. Risk Advisory Services Senior Associate - We are looking for MBA graduates to join our Risk Advisory team to support clients across our portfolio.

        Stop by booth 101 at the Career Fair to learn more or visit:



        Ascend Volunteer Mixer at Twitter HQ

        On July 9th, Ascend held a Volunteer Mixer at the Twitter office in San Francisco. Members of both the student and professional chapters had the opportunity to learn what the upcoming National Convention at the Marriott Marquis Hotel will entail, and how they can contribute by volunteering. Ascend is collaborating with Twitter’s employee resource group, Twitter Asians to form a team of competent volunteers. By collaborating with other Asian organizations, Ascend hopes to expand its network, and share its opportunities and events with non-Ascend members. After the information session, everyone had a blast networking with each other while enjoying great food. 

        NorCal IAG at Chevron HQ

        Another event from July for the NorCal Chapter was Ascend’s IAG Conference that was held at the Chevron headquarters in San Ramon on July 27th. During the event, Abiel Wong represented Chevron as a keynote speaker by sharing his experiences working in law. The panelist session included Carlos Miguel Lasa from Twitter, Jeena Lee from Chevron, Olga Mack from QuantStamp, and Amy Wieman from Grant Thornton. The four panelists led a very successful and engaging session while sharing stories about their personal lives and work life balance. In addition to sharing experiences, the conference also included an interactive workshop called Own the Room, led by Amy Wong, to sharpen the audience’s communication skills by showing how to deliver an effective speech and incorporating vocalization exercises.

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