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

Happy Year of the Dog!

I am so excited about all the things we have planned for this year, including Ascend Pinnacle's second Asian Corporate Directors Summit, the Elevate Millennial Leadership Program, the 2018 Ascend Golf Outing and the 2018 Ascend National Convention in San Francisco, August 20-22, 2018 as well as all the Chapter activities and events throughout North America.

Lastly, on behalf of the Ascend family, I would like to offer our condolences on the passing of Mayor Edwin Lee, the 43rd and first Asian American mayor of San Francisco last month.

Read more about key updates for January below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Ascend National Convention

Buzz is already building for our 2018 Ascend National Convention held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018 (Monday to Wednesday).

2018 Highlights include:
• Attend world-class leadership and professional development programs, including highly popular Ascend Talks
• Network and reconnect with friends and colleagues
• Explore San Francisco, the tech capital of the world

Stay tuned for more information! For questions, please reach out to the convention team at

  Save the Date for 2018 Ascend Pinnacle Summit!

We are thrilled to announce Ascend Pinnacle's second Asian Corporate Directors Summit! The 2018 Summit will be held April 6-7, 2018 - again at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA. This invitation-only event is geared to be another home run and planning is already underway! Invitations to Board Directors are currently being sent, but if you are familiar with Pinnacle and would like to introduce us to new Asian American Board Directors, please email


Save the Date! 2018 Ascend Charity Golf Outing

We're excited to announce that 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:

Elevate Ascend Millennial Leadership Program: 
New Episode airs on
March 7th, 2018 at 9 am PST/12 pm EST!

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 (episode will run for 50-60 minutes). Elevate offers advice on skills and meaningful behaviors needed for success, such as effective communications, situation handling, influencing team members and decision-making.

March 7th Episode Topic: Securing Credit and Recognition



2017 Ascend NorCal Holiday Party at SF Marriott Marquis

On December 8th, 2017, Ascend Northern California held its annual Holiday Party in celebration of yet another successful programming year. This event was held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Event participants were able to check out the venue nine months before this year's upcoming Ascend National Convention. Highlights included a silent auction with items donated by partners of Ascend NorCal, NorCal Ascend Student Chapters (SFSU, UCB and UCD) and other organizations, with proceeds going to the Ascend Foundation. The event ended with 140 participants networking and enjoying the company of every one who contributed in making this year a success for Ascend Northern California! View photos HERE.

  Our Condolences on the Passing of Mayor Edwin Lee

The Ascend family is deeply saddened about the passing of Mayor Edwin Lee, the 43rd and first Asian American mayor of San Francisco last month. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Mayor Lee made history as the first Chinese American elected mayor of San Francisco. Coming from a working-class family in Seattle, he dedicated his life to public service and the community as an affordable housing advocate early on in his career.

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