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February 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

It's almost spring time and we have many exciting events coming up! We are a little more than six months away from our 2017 National Convention in Houston, Texas and I'm thrilled to announce that registration for the convention opens next week! We are also two months away from Ascend Pinnacle's Asian Corporate Directors Summit held in April in Palo Alto and three months away from our 2017 Ascend Charity Golf Outing. I hope you can make it!

Read more about key updates for February below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


Check Out the New Ascend Video!

We are proud to share with you our new video featuring inspiring Ascend members and supporters who discuss the opportunities and challenges Pan-Asians face as they rise up in their professional lives as well as the value of being part of the Ascend family.

Click here to see the new Ascend video!


2017 Ascend National Convention - Registration opens next week!

We're getting closer to the 2017 Ascend National Convention! This year's convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August
19-21, 2017
. Early bird rates will end June 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing!

Registration opens next week - watch your inboxes!

Asian Corporate Directors Summit this April in Palo Alto

Our first Asian Corporate Directors Summit will be the largest gathering of Asian American experienced corporate directors from across the country. Over 75 experienced directors and 20+ senior executives will be in attendance. April 21-23 at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, this invitation-only event will be the first of its kind. Within this event, we will be holding a 6-hour Aspiring Directors Workshop in partnership with Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance on Friday, April 21 at the Stanford Faculty Club. If increasing Asian American directors in public companies is of interest to you or your company, please contact us at today. Click here for more information on the Summit.


Ascend recognized at California Commission On Asian And Pacific Islander American Affairs Hearing

Ascend was recognized for its leadership and commitment to the advancement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the state of California at Santa Clara University on February 10, 2017. Two Ascend executive advisors and key members Buck Gee and S. K. Gupta testified to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. The event's theme was "Empowering & Engaging AAPIs in Light of Federal Challenges".

Ascend was recognized for "exemplary leadership and commitment in service and advocacy for the social, economic, health, education, and civic advancement of AAPIs in the state of California".

The mission of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs is to elevate the political, economic, and social issues of Asians and Pacific Islanders by contributing to and strengthening how state government addresses the needs, issues, and concerns of the diverse and complex Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.

Ascend Charity Golf Outing honoree announced:
Jeff Shen, Managing Director, Head of Emerging Markets and Co-Head of Scientific Active Equity group at BlackRock

Join us at the Ascend Charity Golf Outing taking place on May 23, 2017 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. The event was conceived to raise funds for the Ascend Foundation to further the Foundation’s mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships with the goal of continually elevating the presence and influence of the Pan-Asian community.

The event's honoree is Jeff Shen, PhD, Managing Director, and Head of BlackRock's Emerging Markets and Co-Head of Investments for BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity. He is a member of the Global Operating Committee, Human Capital Committee and Asia Pacific Operating Committee.

The Charity Golf Outing presents a great opportunity for working professionals across different industries and companies to enjoy a wonderful round of golf, expand their professional and personal networks, rekindle with long-time acquaintances, and have fun!

To register, please visit:

Ascend LA Metro Chapter Celebrates The Year of the Rooster

In the spirit of Lunar New Year, the Los Angeles Metro Chapter hosted a celebration dinner on February 2nd with the theme of “Thriving in a Global Economy”. With over 240 guests, the conference was kicked off by a 10-course dinner, accompanied by a series of Lunar New Year games. Our keynote speakers, Sophie Tsao, VP, Global Marketplace, Newegg and Chan Fong, Tax Partner, PwC, then inspired us with their experiences with globalization and the importance of sustaining strong relationships with those around us. The networking hour after the event provided an excellent opportunity for both students and professionals to mix and share their experiences. Email the chapter at to get involved!


Member of the Month: Lana Tran, Advisory Manager, PwC; President, Ascend North Texas Chapter

This month we are highlighting what impact being involved with Ascend has had on Lana Tran. She is very active within Ascend and is currently the President of the Ascend North Texas Chapter. Lana also co-leads the PwC North Texas Pan Asian Community and is part of PwC’s People and Organization Advisory practice.

“Being a part of Ascend has allowed me to coach and mentor others as well as be mentored by some very accomplished professionals giving back to help others Ascend in their careers. Ascend has provided me opportunities to benefit from and lead a number of high quality professional development programs. It has also enabled me to work with a number of passionate leaders to grow our Ascend chapter and advance the North Texas Pan-Asian Community.”

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