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

We are one month (!!) away from the 2018 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair taking place in San Francisco on August 20-22, 2018. In line with this year’s theme, “Innovate & Evolve” I challenge all of us to think about ways we can challenge conventional notions of how things have been done before and make original, unexpected innovations happen. I hope to see you all in the tech capital of the world San Francisco next month!

Read more about key updates for July below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


National Convention & Career Fair Highlights

Registration is open for the 2018 Ascend National Convention & Career Fair! This year's convention will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018. Click here to register now!

Hotel | The Ascend block at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis is sold out. Book your discounted hotel room today for the National Convention at the InterContinental Hotel OR Hotel Zelos before they sell out. Limited supply. Visit our website for details and instructions.

InterContinental Hotel: Discount available until July 19th or until sold out
Hotel Zelos: Discount available until July 27th or until sold out

Speaker Highlight | We are proud to highlight a few of our exceptional speakers:

Justin Kan, CEO, Atrium & Dan Kan, Co-Founder and COO, Cruise Automation (young billionaires!)
Andrea Jung, President & CEO, Grameen America (former Avon CEO)
Emily Chang, Anchor and Executive Producer, Bloomberg Technology
Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY
Brian Wong, Founder and CEO, Kiip

        Employer Showcases | We invite you to take part in our Employer Showcase series, which are hour long sessions featuring specific Ascend employer partners. All convention attendees will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the following companies during their respective Employer Showcase all taking place on Sunday, August 19: United Airlines (4pm), Allstate (4pm), and Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) (5:15pm).

        Yoga Session @ Convention | Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm *Only open to registered convention attendees.*

        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.

        Connect with us! | Please use #AscendLeadership and #Ascend2018 when posting photos at the Convention! We will like and re-tweet our favorite ones!

        Company sponsorship opportunities | Email:

        For questions, please reach out to the planning team at


        National Convention Speaker Spotlight: Justin and Dan Kan, Young Billionaires!

        Entrepreneurship runs in the family for Justin Kan and Daniel Kan, the brothers who each founded companies in their 20s and sold the startups for around $1 billion. Justin launched the startup formerly known as, now known as Twitch, while he was studying physics and psychology at Yale. His brother, Daniel, joined up with Twitch co-founder Kyle Vogt to make self-driving cars a reality at Cruise Automation. Video-streaming site Twitch sold to Amazon for $970 million in cash in 2014, while General Motors bought Cruise for over $1 billion in cash and stock in 2016. The brothers learned how to be entrepreneurs and leaders from the way their mom assigned chores, Justin said.

        You can see the two brothers at this year's National Convention!


        Last chance to apply! Advanced Leadership Program at Stanford University on August 5-10, 2018

        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. This will be our 10th class since inception. In six intense days, you’ll learn global business leadership skills from Stanford GSB faculty and meet successful Asian-American leaders and hear personal stories from the C-suite.

        APPLY NOW!

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


        Ascend Team Member of the Month: Sarah Chen, West Coast Marketing & Graphic Design Intern: Ascending Through My Internship

        "Ascend holds many meanings for me - lifelong friends, knowledgeable mentors, professional guidance and finally, a positive network of people who keep me driven and inspired to accomplish more. Prior to Ascend, I had dabbled in many industries, trying to figure out what I wanted to do. Having this internship not only allowed me to learn the soft skills I need for my career, but to also hone in on other key skill sets and interests. I was able to connect with professionals in a broad range of industries to finally ask the questions I had otherwise been asking Google. Ultimately, Ascend allowed me to figure out the ultimate question of what I wanted to do after I graduate and helped pave the path to do so."

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