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July 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

We are one month (!!) away from the 2017 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair taking place in Houston, Texas August 19-21, 2017. In line with this year’s theme, “Power Up” I challenge all of us to think about ways we can power up our careers and reach new heights. I invite you to visit our newly redesigned convention homepage by clicking here. I hope to see you all in Houston next month!

Read more about key updates for July below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) regional conferences gather our corporate and community partners for a day of leadership, mentorship and relationship development programs providing insight and benefits for both students and seasoned professionals. Please check the listing below and help support your local chapter.

July 22: LA Metro



Registration is open for the 2017 Ascend National Convention! This year's convention will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August 19-21, 2017. Click here to register now!

Hotel | The Ascend block at the Marriott Marquis Houston is sold out. Some rooms may be available directly with Marriott at the market rate. There are also many hotels in the area that you may book on your own. Prevailing rates will apply. We recommend that you check for real-time information on sleeping room availability in downtown Houston. The following hotels are near the Marriott Marquis Houston and subject to availability: Hilton of the Americas | Hampton Inn Houston Downtown | Four Seasons Hotel Houston

Yoga Session @ Convention - Monday, August 21 | 10 am - 10:45 am | *Only open to registered convention attendees.* To register for the Yoga Session, please visit: . Please RSVP by 7/31.

Speaker highlight | We are proud to highlight a few of our exceptional speakers: Duy-Loan Le, Board Director, National Instruments, Ballard Power Systems, eSilicon, Medigram; Christine Ha, Celebrity Cook & Author; Joe Adams, Managing Partner and CEO, RSM US; and Soyeon Yi, Biotechnologist, Astronaut.

Convention app | Similar to last year, we are offering a free, easy-to-use convention mobile app called Convene. By using this app, you can research speakers ahead of time, connect with fellow attendees, and more! Please note: This app can only be accessed by registered convention guests.

Employer Showcases | We invite you to take part in our Employer Showcase series, which are hour long sessions featuring specific Ascend employer partners. All conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the following companies during their respective Employer Showcase all taking place on Saturday, August 19: Allstate (9am), Liberty Mutual (10:30am), United Airlines (2:30pm), and Medtronic (4pm).

Connect with us! | Please use #AscendLeadership and #Ascend2017 when posting photos at the convention! We will like and re-tweet our favorite ones!

Company sponsorship opportunities | Email


Liberty Mutual Insurance Networking Reception at the Convention

Liberty Mutual Insurance is excited to host a networking reception for all convention participants to mix and mingle with fellow attendees on Sunday, August 20, 5:30-7:30pm. Liberty Mutual representatives will also be available to speak about the company, including culture and career opportunities. So come join us for an evening of networking, entertainment and complimentary food & beverages…and also mystery giveaways! Stay tuned for an RSVP link. 

In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, Mass., today Liberty Mutual is a diversified insurer with operations in 30 countries and economies around the world. The company is the fourth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S., based on 2016 direct written premium data, and also ranks 75th on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S., based on 2016 revenue. Liberty Mutual employs more than 50,000 people in over 800 offices throughout the world.


Elevate, Ascend Millennial Leadership Program:
New Episode airs on July 19, 12pm EST / 9am PST!

We are excited to announce that a new episode of Elevate, our first-of-its-kind leadership program for millennials, will be airing on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 12pm noon EST / 9am PST. Elevate offers advice on skills and meaningful behaviors needed for success, such as effective communications, situation handling, influencing team members and decision-making.

July 19 Episode Topic: INFLUENCE WITHOUT AUTHORITY - Getting Things Done Across Multiple Functions

Millennial commentators: Andrew Line, Analytics Manager, PwC & Allison Wiener, Data Science Analyst, The Clorox Company

For more information, visit:


Greater Atlanta Chapter Celebrates Asian American Pacific Heritage Month

The Greater Atlanta chapter celebrated the Asian Heritage Month with a Speaker Series on May 22nd, “The Five Myths of Asian Leader” hosted and sponsored by UPS with an attendance of over 70 professionals. Joined by UPS Chief Sales and Solutions Officer, Kate Gutmann spoke to leveraging diversity & inclusion in the organizations. "One of the most important, of which is helping us compete in a global marketplace is bringing a diverse set of ideas and insights to the job". Wes Hom, former IBM executive and current Ascend Vice President of External Affairs spoke to the myths that hindered great leadership. "Intelligence and hard work are not the only aspects that leaders portray, they are involved and can adapt in the office environment."


Experience the power of being you at RSM

Since its start just a few years ago, RSM’s Culture, Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) program has grown tremendously. With a focus on the Power of Being You, senior leaders have made CDI a priority and understand its importance to the firm and the middle market clients they serve. Their inclusive culture encourages everyone at RSM to bring their authentic self to work where more than 2,200 employees are members in one or more of their 11 employee network groups, including over 400 employees in their Asian ENG group, Inspirasian. Learn more at


Ascend Northern California Explores New Paths and Trails

Ascend Northern California Chapter members embarked on a 5-mile adventure on June 24, 2017, hiking the Donner Creek Loop Trail in Clayton, California. Organizer, Andrew Eng, and other professionals from all over the Bay Area gathered early in the morning to hike under the dry heat in search of a waterfall. Although there was only a sighting of a nearly dried up waterfall after many hills and switchbacks, everyone got to experience breathtaking views of the region and connect on a personal level. Ascend members networked throughout the trail and enjoyed a well-deserved lunch afterward.


LA Metro's Annual Inspiring Across Generations Conference

Please join the Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter for our annual Inspiring Across Generations Conference on Saturday, July 22 for inspirational thoughts from our keynote speaker, a discussion with a great executive panel, gala dinner and networking opportunities. This year, in addition to our panel, we will also showcase various exciting topics during our afternoon session with executives and top professionals sharing their insightful stories and advice of how to succeed within their related industry and field. For more information of this event and to register, please click here.

AICPA Global Diversity Webcast Series

AICPA provides regular webinars that highlight diversity and inclusion best practices and feature renowned speakers who are experts in their fields. Coming soon:

Developing your Global Mindset

Date: 10/19/2017

Presenter: Kim Drumgo, Directory of Diversity and Inclusion at AICPA

Register Here

Ascend Executive Education - Advanced Leadership Program for Asian Americans at Stanford University GSB – August 6-11, 2017. Apply now!

In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Advanced Leadership Program was created to help accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of executives working in global companies. The program provides a rigorous curriculum to develop the leadership skills you need to succeed, combined with advice from senior executives and powerful networking and mentoring.

Curriculum. Confidence. Connections. Community. In six days you’ll learn global business leadership skills from world-class Graduate School of Business faculty. You’ll meet successful Asian-American leaders and hear how they have overcome obstacles. You’ll have a unique opportunity to build a strong community based on shared experiences. And together you’ll develop a personal action plan to transform classroom learning into personal and professional success.

For more information, please contact Wes Hom, at, one of the co-developers of the program.

For an inspiring video about the program, please click here.

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