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January 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Happy Year of the Rooster!

I am so excited about all the things we have planned for this year, including Pinnacle's Asian Corporate Directors Summit, the Elevate Millennial Leadership Program, the 2017 Ascend Golf Outing and the 2017 Ascend National Convention in Houston, Texas on August 19-21 as well as all the Chapter activities and events throughout North America.

I also want to highlight a new offering from Ascend - a video series of tips for the workplace! This month we feature Irene Chang Britt, Board Director, Dunkin' Brands and Tailored Brands, discussing agility and how being nimble will propel you to new professional heights.

Read more about key updates for January below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


Be Agile with Irene Chang Britt

See Irene Chang Britt, Board Director, Dunkin' Brands and Tailored Brands, discuss agility and how being being creative, resourceful and adaptable will help you take your career to the next level.

To watch the teaser, click here.

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!

More details coming soon!!

Calling all Golfers! Grab three friends and purchase a foursome at the 2017 Ascend Charity Golf outing

Join us at the 2017 Ascend Charity Golf Outing taking place on May 23, 2017 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club and get a group of four together and purchase a foursome. 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.


• Round of golf for four (4) with caddy and carts
• Bag drop and bag tags
• Locker room towel service
• Unlimited use of driving range and practice facilities
• Unlimited range balls
• Club yardage books
• Breakfast — continental
• Lunch — grab-and-go
• Cocktail reception and awards dinner
• Welcome gift bag for each Player
• Four (4) raffle tickets

To register, please visit:


Ascend Foundation's Hidden in Plain Sight report featured in Harvard Business Review

Take a look at this great read from the Harvard Business Review titled "Why Aren’t There More Asian Americans in Leadership Positions?" featuring Ascend Foundation’s highly cited 2015 research “Hidden in Plain Sight – Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley”. The article presents social and cultural research on Asian Americans in business, asks why there are so few Asian Americans in leadership positions and offers useful recommendations.

Read the insightful article HERE.

Ascend NorCal hosts a private screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

On December 16th, in partnership with CalCPA, Ascend NorCal Chapter reserved one theater at the Regal Jack London Stadium 9 Cinema Complex (in Oakland, California) for a private screening of Rogue One. Members and one guest each were treated to a VIP experience in watching Lucasfilm's newest installment of the Star Wars saga. The event was a hit in bringing together more than 200 Ascend and CalCPA members to start the holidays with an epic space battle. Ascend NorCal was able to raise funds for the event through subsidized ticket sales and bring awareness of Ascend to members' guests by running a membership drive during check-in. For those in the Bay Area interested in Ascend, click HERE to join Ascend and get exclusive access to these type of events in 2017.


Ascend NorCal Holiday Party 2016: Unicorn Pan-Asian Cuisine, Charity Raffle & Karaoke

Ascend NorCal decided to host their holiday party on December 5th at a new venue in 2016. Unicorn Pan-Asian Restaurant located in the heart of the San Francisco FIDI (Financial District) was brought to our attention by NorCal Board Member, Rick Gutierrez. Rick had a personal connection with the owner of Unicorn, Kiet. And Kiet was able to offer Ascend NorCal a signature drink menu, flavors from all across Asia and a karaoke option for the party. So we went with all three. Darcy Lopes, Livia Ching-Gerring and Mary Geong, Leadership of the NorCal Chapter also ran a gift raffle with all proceeds going to Ascend Foundation. There were over 15 prizes attendees could purchase raffle tickets for, including two leadership mentoring sessions with Larry Chang and Denise Peck, long time Executive Board Members of Ascend. The night ended with the more than a fair share of the 80 attendees singing late into the night.

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