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December 2018 Newsletter
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December 2018 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Happy Holidays!

2018 has been a very exciting year for Ascend. Thank you to each and every one of you for supporting our Pan-Asian community. This was the best year yet!

Our growth has been tremendous, we’ve accomplished a lot and we’ve touched the lives on so many people.
We had an incredible National Convention in San Francisco, a very successful Pinnacle Summit, Annual Golf Outing and numerous other events throughout the year. I am so proud of everything we have accomplished. Read more about key updates for December below.

Lastly, I want to wish you and your families happy holidays and may 2019 be prosperous and bring you joy, peace and happiness.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend



SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Ascend National Convention

Buzz is already building for our 2019 Ascend National Convention held in our nation's capital Washington D.C. on August 24 – 26, 2019. The 2019 Convention is hosted by our Greater Washington Chapter (GWC).
Stay tuned for more information!

For questions, please reach out to the convention team at

In the meantime, take a look a the 2018 Ascend Convention highlights video.


Ascend Pinnacle Summit



  Greater Philadelphia hosted its 10th annual symposium on Power, Presence and Style

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter had a huge success with an unprecedented 170+ in attendance for the 10th Ascend Greater Philadelphia Symposium event on Power, Presence and Style, held at the iconic Franklin Institute on Thursday, November 8th. Nydia Han, an amazing story teller, shared her career journey in her inimitable style and her “6 life lessons”. Various panelist speakers spoke about their inspiring stories and points of view on mastering the art and science of charisma, steps to achieving extraordinary executive presence, emotional intelligence, and vocal empowerment. With the help of generous sponsors and the Pan-Asian business community, the Chapter is thrilled to bring more meaningful events down the road!

Ascend LA Metro partners with ADP on Presenting Inspiring Leaders

Ending an eventful year of insightful programming for the LA Metro region of Ascend, the regional chapter partnered with the Southern California ADP Pan-Asian BRG alliance (A.S.I.A. “Aspiring Success in Assiciates”) to deliver a panel on inspiring leadership at ADP HQ in La Palma, California on November 14th. Included on the Panel were Andrea Bereal, General Manager/VP of Small Business Services ADP, Julie Farraj, DVP/GM Wage Garnishments, Employment Verification & Unemployment Claims ADP, Karen Chung, Director of Internal Audit STAAR Surgical Company and Immediate Past President Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter and Nacho Andrade, Principal Product Manager, Product Management ADP, with Livia Ching-Gerring, West Executive Director Ascend, moderating. The panel of five outstanding professionals from diverse leadership backgrounds shared to members in the audience, how to pick yourself up after failure, who were their foundational inspirations when they were young professionals and personal stories and knowledge on how to inspire others around you. Special thanks goes to the ADP planning team for working so hard to help create a purposeful event.


Member of the Month: Rachel McKenna,
Senior at The University of Texas at Dallas and Ascend Scholarship Winner

My experience with Ascend has been nothing short of amazing! Entering college, I knew I wanted to join an organization where I would have
the opportunity to grow professionally while learning about career paths within the field of Accounting. Ascend has given me the platform
to do that while meeting professionals, students, and also developing as a leader throughout my time in college. With Ascend, I have found a community of individuals who have similar goals to my own and we motivate one other to be the best version of ourselves.


Ascend Seattle Chapter event at Amazon

Ascend Seattle Chapter provided a great opportunity for Ascend members to learn about the Diversity & Inclusion at Amazon at an event hosted on November 28, 2018, at Amazon-Amelia. A group of senior leaders at Amazon discussed the importance of diversity, offered insights into building inclusive teams, and as well as a diverse career. They also shared the extended efforts that Amazon’s Accounting and Finance teams are doing to drive diversity, both in numbers and in voices. This event offered Ascend Accounting and finance professionals a wonderful platform to share their experiences and build connections. The Keynote Speakers were: Shelley Reynolds, VP, Worldwide Controller and Lorenzo Patton, VP, Finance Operations Services.

Be a part of a community that promotes Diversity and Inclusion and give back!

Join Ascend as a Lifetime Member! Click here to learn about the value of membership.

If you are looking to give back to the Pan-Asian community, please send us an email to to get involved!

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