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March 2018 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Things are in full swing here at Ascend. We're gearing up for the second Ascend Pinnacle Summit that's only 3 weeks away and I wanted to make a special mention of the Advanced Leadership Program that we created in collaboration with Stanford University, this August will be our 10th class since inception and below you can find info on how to apply.

It also makes me so proud to see our Ascend Foundation research continue raise awareness of the need to improve upward management mobility for minority men and women. This month, the report was referenced in both HBR and USA Today. I really believe there's power in our unified voice and together we can make a difference.

Lastly, as I mentioned last month, the Convention registration is now live - you can register here!

Read more about key updates for March below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend

  2018 Ascend National Convention - Register now!

Registration is now open for the 2018 Ascend National Convention. This year's convention will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018 (Monday to Wednesday).

Early bird rates will end June 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing! Also, don't forget to book your hotel room before they sell out.


For questions, please reach out to the convention team at


2018 Ascend Pinnacle Asian Corporate Directors Summit, April 6-8, 2018 in Palo Alto

Ascend Pinnacle's second Asian Corporate Directors Summit will be held April 6-8, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA. This invitation-only event will be the largest gathering of Asian American experienced corporate directors from across the country. Over 80 experienced directors and 20+ senior executives will be in attendance. We are pleased to announce Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, as the keynote speaker at the Summit. Other speakers include Gary Locke, Former U.S. Ambassador to China, Former Governor of Washington and Former Secretary of Commerce, Peter Gleason, President & CEO at the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Emily Chang, Author, BROTOPIA and Host, Bloomberg-TV Technology. Directors from Dunkin’ Brands, E*Trade, Lyft, Genpact, Freddie Mac and more are scheduled to attend. The Summit is sponsored by Deloitte, Archegos Capital Management, Time Warner, Equilar, Southwest Airlines, Tiffany & Co. and others. 

Click here for more information on the Summit.

Within this event, we will be holding an Aspiring Directors Workshop in partnership with Stanford’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance on Friday, April 6. If you would like to nominate a candidate for this event, please reach out to



Ascend Executive Education: Advanced Leadership Program for Asian Americans at Stanford University – August 5-10, 2018. 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. This will be our 10th class since inception.

Curriculum. Confidence. Connections. Community. In six intense days, you’ll learn global business leadership skills from Stanford GSB faculty. You’ll meet successful Asian-American leaders and hear personal stories from the C-suite. You’ll have a unique opportunity to build a strong community based on shared experiences, and 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.

Get an inside look at ALP and hear how it has transformed the lives and careers of past participants, see the video here.


Ascend Foundation research in the news

We're pleased to announce that Ascend Foundation's most recent research report "The Illusion of Asian Success: Scant Progress for Minorities in Cracking the Glass Ceiling from 2007-2015" continues to raise much needed awareness of the need to improve upward management mobility for minority men and women. The research was referenced in both the Harvard Business Review and USA Today this month. We're hopeful that we will begin to see some real change.

Click here to read the HRB article.

Click here to read the USA Today article.

Visit our website to read the full report.


Partner Spotlight: Southwest Airlines 

In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 56,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 100 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet.


Member of the Month: Selina Tan, West Coast Region Intern, Ascend

"Joining Ascend has been the most pivotal decision I’ve made during my college career. Upon joining, I’ve met countless individuals who have not only inspired me to excel but also supported me. Over the last year, I became more involved with Ascend, by becoming Ascend SFSU’s Vice President and also the Data & Memberships Intern for Ascend West Coast. Ascend has given me many opportunities to develop essential leadership skills. As someone who received an infinite amount of support from Ascend, I hope to provide the same opportunities that were presented to me, and inspire others to also grow professionally."



Join us at the 2018 Ascend Charity Golf Outing

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.

We're proud to announce Richard Lui, Journalist and News Anchor at MSNBC and NBC News as the dinner MC.

Join us for a fun day of golf, great food, and relationship building!

For more information and to sign up, please visit:

Join Ascend as a Lifetime Member!

Do you like being a part of a community that promotes diversity and inclusion?

Join Ascend as a Lifetime Member! Click here to learn about the value of membership. If you are looking to give back to the Pan-Asian community, please send us an email to to get involved!

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