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May 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

It’s Asian Pacific Heritage Month and I hope you are all celebrating diversity, inclusion and achievement! I am very proud of our Ascend family and all the great activity that's going on. During April 21-23, Ascend Pinnacle hosted its first-ever Asian Corporate Directors Summit at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, CA. Over 80 experienced Asian corporate board directors and 25 senior executives joined the Summit which ended up being beyond our expectations! Companies who were represented at the Summit show a combined Market Cap of nearly 1.3 trillion dollars. We're also gearing up for the inaugural 2017 Ascend Charity Golf Outing on May 23, 2017 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club - I hope to see you all there!

Our chapters have been very active in organizing and expanding our local/regional offerings, including the Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) conferences. I hope that all of you have been getting involved! Ascend NorCal Chapter will host their Executive Celebration Gala on May 18th, the NY Metro chapter will host their IAG on May 22nd and next up we have New Jersey and Los Angeles Metro. I’m looking forward to hearing what great success stories these conferences will be! We are also seeing momentum rise as we get closer to the National Convention at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August 19-21, 2017. Make sure you book your room and travel if you haven’t already!

Read more about key updates for May 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.

May 22: NY Metro
June 17: New Jersey
July 22: LA Metro

Ascend Pinnacle hosts first-ever highly successful Asian Corporate Directors Summit 

During April 21-23, Ascend Pinnacle hosted its first-ever Asian Corporate Directors Summit at the Four Seasons in Palo Alto, CA. Over 80 experienced Asian corporate board directors and 25 senior executives joined the Summit which ended up being beyond our expectations! Companies who were represented at the Summit show a combined Market Cap of nearly 1.3 trillion dollars! Attendees got to experience a Fireside Chat with Meg Whitman, President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Chairman of the Board, HP Inc., which was moderated by Raj Gupta. Other key speakers included Phyllis Campbell, Sara Mathew, John W. Rogers, Jr., Bernard J. Tyson, Sam Balaji, James H. Quigley, and Jenny Ming, just to name a few. The positive feedback has been overwhelming and we cannot be more proud of this momentous occasion. Click here to watch a recap video. Summit photos can be viewed by clicking the following links: Friday | Saturday | Sunday

Ascend Charity Golf Outing May 23, 2017 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club!

The inaugural Ascend Charity Golf Outing will be held on May 23, 2017 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club. We are excited to announce that Mercedes Benz will provide a hole-in-one car and you'll also have a chance to win 2 New York Yankees tickets – second row (full view into Yankees dugout), 2 PGA Tour access tickets to the President’s Cup tournament and 2 PGA of America Championship tickets and many other great prizes!!

The event's honorees are Andrew Y. Chin, Chief Risk Officer and Head of Quantitative Research, AB and Qingji Yang, Ph.D., Principal, EY.

The Charity Golf Outing presents a great opportunity for working professionals across different industries and companies to enjoy a wonderful round of golf, expand their professional and personal networks, rekindle with long-time acquaintances, and have fun!

To register, click here.


2017 Ascend National Convention - Register today!

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

Early bird rates will end June 15th, so be sure to register soon to utilize special pricing!

Register here!


Ascend NorCal Executive Celebration Gala - May 18th - Honoring Facebook, AIG and Google!

Join Ascend NorCal for a night of celebration during Asian-Pacific Heritage Month on May 18 as they honor Northern California Pan-Asian business executive leadership, diversity and achievement! This year’s Gala will focus on “Voicing Diverse Ideas for Leaders to Emerge.” To celebrate this year, the chapter will be honoring Yul Kwon of Facebook, Faye Sahai of AIG and Tiffany Siu of Google. Sydnie Kohara, former CNBC & CBS News Anchor, will be joining us for the evening as our celebrity emcee to help celebrate and honor our guests. If you are interested in attending, please register by May 16. More information about the event can be found at Follow our event on social media through the #AscendNorCal hashtag!


Anna Mok receives CalCPA 2017 Women to Watch Award

Anna Mok, Partner at Deloitte & Touche, Executive Vice President of Ascend and Co-Founder of Ascend Pinnacle was announced as one of the recipients of the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA) 2017 Women to Watch Awards. The recipients are judged on criteria including demonstrated leadership, involvement with educational institutions, and overall contributions to the profession as well as mentorship and contributed articles and written works and public service.


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.


Ascend Inspirational Leader: Sandra Leung, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Sandra Leung has broken through many barriers throughout her life, she credits her pioneering career to her willingness to push the boundaries of her comfort zone. Sandra, growing up as one of 10 children born to Chinese immigrants, was no stranger to hard work. After earning her law degree from Boston College Law School, Sandra became the first Asian-American female prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Sandra later joined Bristol-Myers Squibb as a staff attorney, and eventually rose to become the first Asian-American female General Counsel of a Fortune 200 Company. For her significant accomplishments, Sandra was awarded AALDEF's 2009 Justice in Action award and recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 50 General Counsel in 2014 and 2016. On career advice, Sandra reflected, "I forced myself to get outside my comfort zone. Sometimes you take two steps backward to go four steps forward." Networking was also instrumental, "Schmooze with people, present yourself, talk about your accomplishments, look people in the eye, and find something in common to talk to people about."

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