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

Happy Lunar New Year!! I hope you're having a wonderful time ringing in the Year of the Dog.

I also hope you've all been watching the Olympics and witnessed the incredible athletes and of course all the Asian American athletes who are competing in the games! I've loved watching Chloe Kim and her proud dad as well as Nathan Chen and the Shibutani siblings.

On the Ascend front, there's a lot to be excited about! Ascend is growing, we keep innovating and continue to enhance the presence and influence of Pan-Asians everywhere. A testament to this are all the world-class events and programming we have coming up this year. I hope you all get involved both on the national and local chapter levels!

Lastly, I'm thrilled to announce that registration for the National Convention in San Francisco is now LIVE! You can REGISTER HERE!

Read more about key updates for February below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

  REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE! 2018 Ascend National Convention 

Registration is now open for the 2018Ascend National Convention. This year's convention will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018 (Monday to Wednesday).

Early bird rates will end June 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing! Also, don't forget to book your hotel room before they sell out.


For questions, please reach out to the convention team at


Take part in Elevate on March 7th! Now CPE eligible

We are excited to announce that a new episode of Elevate, our leadership program for millennials, will be airing on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 9 am PST/12 pm EST (the episode will run for 50-60 minutes). 

Episode Topic: Securing Credit and Recognition - What happens when you get thrown under the bus

Special price: $50 dollars.

Larry Chang, Executive Advisor, Ascend; Board Member, Silicon Valley FACES; Former Independent Consultant, Haier;
Retired Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Supply Chain, Hewlett Packard

Louis Ng, FinTech and Client Partnership Leader, Slalom Consulting
Bing Han, Social Selling & Social Media Enablement Manager, Adobe

If you register for the March 7th episode you will be granted access to watch the prior Influence Without Authority episode (access until March 31st). 



2018 Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Directors Summit, held April 6-7, 2018 in Palo Alto

Ascend Pinnacle's second Asian Corporate Directors Summit will be held April 6-7, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA. This invitation-only event 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. Within this event, we will be holding an Aspiring Directors Workshop in partnership with Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance on Friday, April 6. If you would like to nominate a candidate for this event, please reach out to

Also, if you're an Asian Board Director and in the New York area, we're having a private Ascend Pinnacle Dinner & Roundtable on Wednesday, February 28. For more information, please email

Click here for more information on the Summit.


Ascend GW's Inaugural Lunar New Banquet

On February 10th, the Greater Washington Chapter hosted a sold-out, Lunar New Year Banquet in its inaugural year hosting over 170 professionals and students from around DC to usher the Year of the Dog. In partnership with the showcase sponsor, HSBC, proceeds supported local non-profit, Asian American Lead, as we highlighted a few of the chapter’s marquee events and flagship programs like the Corporate Executive Leadership Program and the annual Inspiring Across Generations conference. This event also showcased local talent like an opening Lion Dance by the Jow Ga Shaolin Institute and a martial arts demonstration by the O-mei Wushu Center. Special thanks to Wes Hom, Anna Wei, and Amy Shang for attending on behalf of Ascend National.

  Ascend LA Metro Celebrates the Year of The Dog

This month, the Los Angeles Metro Chapter hosted its fifth annual Lunar New Year (LNY) celebration that gathered over 220 guests to the heart of San Gabriel Valley. While enjoying a delicious ten-course meal, guests heard inspiring personal anecdotes from executive speakers, Debbie Kim (Tax Partner, EY) and Anwer Khan (Managing Director, Deloitte) regarding the effective uses of "allyship". Guests were also able to connect and engage with each other through the LNY themed games and networking. Throughout the evening, both professionals and students were able to build new connections as well as strengthen existing ones. 

Join us at the 2018 Ascend Charity Golf Outing

The 2nd Annual Charity Golf Outing will take place at the exclusive Manhattan Woods Golf Club on June 5, 2018. Ascend Charity Golf Outing provides a great opportunity to support a worthy cause and build your network. The event was conceived to raise funds for the Ascend Foundation to further the Foundation’s mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships.

Join us for a fun day of golf, great food, and relationship building!

For more information and to sign up, please visit:

Member of the Month: Zach Heng, Associate Manager, Booz Allen Hamilton; VP of Marketing, Ascend Greater Washington Chapter

"My involvement with Ascend has been incredibly insightful and fulfilling. It has been insightful in two ways: (1) Being a more educated leader in the Pan-Asian community to engage in better dialogues with non-Pan Asian communities; and (2) discovering that one does not have to follow or conform to a single career path, but multiple can be maintained simultaneously. It has been fulfilling in that it has given me a platform to strengthen my professional skills as the [Greater Washington] chapter’s VP of Marketing while also building relationships with the area’s Pan-Asian organizations and broadening Ascend’s presence. I'm grateful for the opportunities the organization has given me and I'm proud of the work I’ve accomplished in both my formal and informal capacities within Ascend."

Join Ascend as a Lifetime Member!

Do you like being a part of a community that promotes diversity and inclusion?

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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