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December 2016 Newsletter
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December 2016 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Happy Holidays!

2016 has been a very exciting year for Ascend. Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting our Pan-Asian community at the 2016 National Convention in Disneyland, at our AscendNAAMBA Conference in New York and numerous other events throughout the year. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished and look forward to seeing you all in Houston, Texas on August 19-21 for the 2017 National Convention!

I also wanted to announce the exciting launch of Elevate, a new leadership program tailored for millennials working in global corporations launching in Q1 2017. This program consists of short, compelling and interactive leadership development sessions for millennials – delivered virtually and accessible anywhere in the world. For partnership opportunities, contact Anna Wei at and for more information, contact Robina Singh at

Also, as you do your year-end giving, please keep the Ascend Foundation in mind – click here for instructions.

Read more about key updates for December below.

Lastly, I want to wish you and your families happy holidays and may 2017 be prosperous and bring you joy, peace and happiness.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend




Elevate Launching Q1 2017!

Ascend is excited to announce a new leadership program for millennials launching in the 1st Quarter of 2017. This virtual leadership program is delivered through state-of-the-art interactive video and cloud-based technologies. Elevate offers advice on skills and meaningful behaviors needed for success, such as effective communications, handling challenging situations, influencing team members and effective decision-making. Topics include: How can you use influence without authority, how do you gain a voice at the table and how to learn the art of storytelling?

Registration opens soon!

Watch this space for more details!


SAVE THE DATE! 2017 Ascend National Convention

Save the date! The 2017 Ascend National Convention will be held at the brand new Marriott Marquis Houston, set to open by the end of this year, on August 19-21, 2017

2017 Highlights include:

  • Attend world-class leadership and professional programs, including highly popular Ascend Talks
  • Network and reconnect with friends and colleagues
  • Explore Houston, the fourth most populous city in the nation
  • Tour the 17 block theatre district and unique museums
  • Visit the newly opened Marriott Marquis featuring many new amenities such as a rooftop pool and more!

Ascend HQ Office Has Moved!

After many years on 120 Wall Street, the Ascend Headquarters Office has moved to midtown Manhattan, to 30th Street. Our new address is:

247 West 30th Street, 12th floor, New York NY, 10001. (We're between 7th and 8th Avenues.)



Greater Washington Chapter hosts Successful November 2016 IAG

The 5th Annual Ascend Greater Washington Chapter (GWC) Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference was held on November 12, 2016 at the Hyatt Arlington. “Agile, Innovative, Bold" was the conference theme. Approximately 210 guests attended the event, which was covered by TV Asia, an information and entertainment channel for the South-Asian community in North America. Our list of dynamic speakers included Major General Linda L. Singh, Retired Managing Director, Accenture; Young Bang, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton; Bhushan Deodhar, Chief Executive Officer, Shankara, Inc. and Kimo Kippen, Chief Learning Officer, Hilton Worldwide. Accenture's DC Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group, in addition to several exceptional individuals, were recognized during the Awards luncheon for their exemplary contributions. The inspirational day concluded with a networking reception.

November Executive Insight Series (EIS) held in Boston

Congratulations to the first class of Ascend’s Executive Insight Series held in Boston on November 4th and 5th hosted by State Street. There were 20 attendees from State Street, KPMG, Wellington Management and the Commonwealth Compact over the 2-day training event and had active participation for all the modules (Risk Taking, Managing Up, Personal Branding, Power & Influence, and Selling/Communicating Your Story). The first module, Myths of Asian Leadership, laid out the challenge for Pan-Asians in the US Corporate world. The stats are available externally from various US Federal sources, but the presentation as laid out was eye opening in many ways. All the attendees are encouraged to speak to their organizations, specifically their management chain, and share what they learned and use some of the tools described in the training. In the next few quarters, the chapter will follow up with this class on the use of these insights.

Ascend "Power" Member Series: Saguna Hitapot Anderson, Recruiting Manager, Capital One; Past President & Board Member, Ascend Greater Washington Chapter

We at Ascend want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that our members provide. We will be highlighting individuals who have gone above and beyond and are such great assets to the Ascend community. This month, we feature Saguna Hitapot Anderson, Recruiting Manager, Capital One; Past President & Board Member, Ascend Greater Washington Chapter:

When the Ascend Greater Washington Chapter was getting started, I thought it would be a great opportunity to build up my networking skills and meet some like-minded individuals who were interested in the topic of Diversity & Inclusion. I did not expect to have the opportunity to build my leadership skills and gain so much advice and guidance from mentors and leaders as well. As an active chapter member, the pride and confidence that I have gained from working alongside some amazing individuals who are just as passionate about making a difference in the Pan-Asian business community has been the biggest reward.

We thank you for all that you have done!

  Partner Spotlight 
Career Opportunities at The Walt Disney Company

Please see the following job opportunities from The Walt Disney Company:

Senior Financial Reporting Analyst – Req ID 402172BR
Manager, Deal Analysis& Development Finance - Req ID 405519BR
Senior Financial Systems Analyst – Req # 413890BR
Supervisor Tax Provision: Req # 415720BR

Please visit to view all job descriptions!

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