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June 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

I am very proud of our Ascend family and all the great activity that's going on and our achievements so far. We held our inaugural Ascend Charity Golf Outing at the Manhattan Woods Golf Club in May and raised over $140K for Ascend Foundation! Ascend NorCal, NY Metro, North Texas and New England Chapters all held very successful events - congratulations to all!

Finally, if you haven't done so already, please make sure you register for this year's Ascend National Convention at the new Marriott Marquis Houston on August 19-21, 2017. We have extended the professional early bird rates until July 15th! Register here!

Read more about key updates for June 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.

June 17: New Jersey
July 22: LA Metro


Inaugural Ascend Charity Golf Outing raised over $140K for the Ascend Foundation

Ascend hosted their inaugural charity golf tournament at the fairways of Manhattan Woods Golf Club at West Nyack, NY. 19 teams from some of the largest Fortune 500 and other prominent professional services firms competed for the coveted prizes. The event's honorees, Andrew Y. Chin, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research, AB and Qingji Yang, Ph.D., Principal, EY, both received the Ascend Trailblazer Awards.

The event raised over $140,000 to further Ascend Foundation's mission of advocacy, thought leadership, education and scholarships. The hole-in-one prize, a brand-new Mercedes-Benz convertible sponsored by Mercedes Benz of Manhattan, and the display of the prestigious Presidents Cup of PGA added another level of excitement to the already sold-out tournament.

Click here for photos of the event.

Click here for a video RSM's Randy Singh created. Thank you Randy!


2017 Ascend National Convention - Early Bird Rates Extended to July 15th!

Register now for the 2017 Ascend National Convention held at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August 19-21, 2017. This year's theme is Power Up.

Early bird rates are EXTENDED to July 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing!

2017 Convention Highlights

• Attend world-class leadership and professional programs, including highly popular Ascend Talks
• Be inspired by thought leaders and industry luminaries
• Meet new and like-minded individuals

Register here!


Ascend NorCal's Second Annual Executive Celebration Gala

On May 18th, the Ascend NorCal Chapter hosted its annual Executive Celebration Gala. Over 200 executive leaders from top companies and Pan-Asian business organizations throughout the Bay Area were in attendance. Sydnie Kohara, former CNBC anchor, joined us as the evening’s emcee. The gala’s theme, “Voicing Diverse Ideas for Leaders to Emerge” was embodied by this year’s honorees, Yul Kwon of Facebook, Faye Sahai of AIG, and Tiffany Siu of Google. Our honorees engaged attendees with thought-provoking personal journey acceptance speeches that provided insight on their career paths and embracing diversity. The Chapter also awarded three students from SFSU, UC Berkeley and UC Davis with scholarships in memory of Susan Wade, and sponsored by Ernst & Young and Chevron. We concluded the night with dancing and networking. Photos and videos can be found here.

  New York Metro's IAG Conference on 5/22 was a proven success!

On May 22, our New York Metro Chapter held the annual IAG regional conference at the beautiful New York Life office. With 200 sponsors, members and guest speakers, the New York Metro Chapter hosted a half day of leadership, mentorship and relationship development, offering great networking opportunities across all industries and across all levels. This year’s event theme was “Fast Forward 2020: Unconventional Leadership and Disruption”. In today’s era of fundamental change with political, social, financial and technological conditions evolving at a high speed, it is important to understand what skills are necessary to provide the resilience required to navigate disruptions we may face. Through engaging and interactive panel discussions, our speakers and moderators took us on a journey through their own personal stories and shared what disruption they have encountered in their career journey, and how they overcame it. If you are interested in learning more about the New York Metro chapter, please contact

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.

Click here to register!

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


Agenda features Ascend Pinnacle Summit

Agenda, the Financial Times board publication, recently featured the Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Directors Summit and interviewed S. K. Gupta, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Ascend Pinnacle and Wade Loo, Independent Director, Guidance Software and Ascend Executive Advisor. The article titled “Asian Director Group Kicks Off Board Mission” discusses the reasons behind Ascend launching Pinnacle, the successful inaugural Summit and some cultural traits that can keep Asian executives from reaching corporate boards.

Wade Loo, who headed the Aspiring Directors Workshop at the Pinnacle Summit, said: “Pan-Asians have a tendency to defer to superiors, whereas when you move up the chain in corporate America they want you to speak your mind and they don’t mind conflict. Ascend is trying to help Pan-Asians be successful in corporate America by understanding differences between their culture and American corporate culture.”

S. K. discussed the Pinnacle pull and push model. We pull from those who are already on boards and push to get aspiring candidates in corporate board seats. 


Ascend North Texas celebrates APAHM at Dr Pepper Snapple Group

The Ascend North Texas Professional Chapter broke new ground in the DFW metroplex by partnering with first-time Ascend sponsor Dr Pepper Snapple Group to celebrate APAHM. The new sponsorship yielded an exciting panel discussion on "Bridging Cultural Differences" hosted at Dr Pepper Snapple Group's Plano campus on May 18 and attended by 100+ Ascend professional members and supporters from companies throughout North Texas. The event was moderated by Terri Harrell, VP Corporate HR & Diversity at DPSG and the panel featured four leaders from DPSG's Marketing, Finance and Product Development groups. The leaders shared their unique experiences on how they leverage cultural differences and diverse backgrounds in the workforce to position DPSG for success in a competitive business environment.


Asian American Heritage Month Celebration at the State Street Financial Center

The New England chapter held its Asian American Heritage Month Celebration at the State Street Financial Center which was a sold-out event on May18th! They had a phenomenal evening with local Asian Pacific American leaders from the arts, business, entrepreneurship, and politics sharing inspiring stories of their achievement and celebrating their cultural heritage with an engaged audience. They also raised hundreds of dollars for the Boston Asian American Film Festival. Thank you to all of you who attended the event and to the five sponsoring companies – State Street, Deloitte, EY, KPMG, and PwC – for making this event such a great success!

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: How to Grow Your Practice in a Changing Environment: Technology and Generational Impact

Date: 9/20/2017

Presenter: Tariq Khan, Global Diversity Marketing

Register here

Want to skyrocket your career? Ascend Advanced Leadership Program at Stanford University is only two months away – Register Now!

In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) was created to help accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of executives working in global companies. The program dates are August 6-11, 2017. ALP provides a rigorous curriculum to develop the leadership skills you need to succeed, combined with advice from senior executives and powerful networking and mentoring.

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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