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May 2018 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

This May marks the 40th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and I hope you are all celebrating diversity, inclusion and achievement!

To understand the significance of this milestone, I encourage us to look back at the origins of APAHM:

  • June 1977: Reps. Frank Horton (NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (CA) - our 2014 Ascend Lifetime Achievement Award Winner - introduce a House resolution to proclaim the seven day period beginning May 4, 1979 as “Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week.”
  • July 1977: Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduce a similar bill in the Senate with the revision to rename the community “Asian/Pacific.”
  • October 5, 1978: President Jimmy Carter signs a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.
  • May 9, 1990: President George H.W. Bush signs into law extending the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration.
  • October 1992: President George H.W. Bush signs into law proclaiming the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Read more about key updates for May below.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend



Last chance to join us at the 2018 Ascend Charity Golf Outing held on June 5, 2018!

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 Lesley Ma, Global CIO, Cadillac and Rajive Johri, Board Director, ConAgra Brands as our honorees. Richard Lui, News Anchor at MSNBC and NBC News will be the dinner MC.

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



Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) and Affinity / ERG Leadership Awards - Presented at 2018 Ascend National Convention in San Francisco


2018 Ascend Award nominations are now open! Visit our website to submit nominationsand be part of a decade plus Ascend tradition of honoring leaders and groups from across industries.

Contact: Marie-Helene: 
Ascend Scholarship Applications are now open! Presented at 2018 Ascend National Convention in San Francisco

The Ascend Scholarship Programis a unique opportunity to honor students for their academic excellence and contributions to the wider community. This year, we continue our long-standing partnerships with AICPA, EY, PwC and Robert Half to offer scholarships to Ascend members. 

Apply here!

Contact: Marie-Helene:



Ascend Foundation in the news

Ascend Foundation research continues to receive coverage in our nation's top publications - the most recent is a US News & World report article on African-American financial inequality that cites our research into #diversity research into lack of diversity in tech company managerial levels. Read the in-depth article here.

Our research was also featured in a recent San Francisco Business Journal article discussing an Oakland-based tech startup that aims to give businesses and employees more tools for dealing with workplace harassment. Read the article here.



Advanced Leadership Program 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.

  2018 Ascend National Convention - Register Today!

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.

We're excited to announce the following marquee speakers:

  • Daniel Kan & Justin Kan (young billionaires!)
  • Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer, EY
  • Andrea Jung, President & CEO, Grameen America (former Avon CEO)
  • Emily Chang, Author; Anchor at Bloomberg TV

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


New Ascend videos are now live!

Check out our brand new videos:

The first one showcases the breadth of our offerings as a lifecycle organization from leadership and professional development to inspiring events and thought leadership:

The second one is a video we've put together of the successful second Pinnacle Summit:



Ascend CEI Bay Area Event: Growing up Asian...

Ascend CEI Bay Area assembled a group to discuss growing up Asian American in the US from multiple generations and perspectives from high school to retired. Special Thank you to facilitator Anna Mok and panel: Eric Vallone, Jordan Mok, Scott Hwaynate, Pearl Xie, and Justine Tao & co-hosts: Denise Peck and Faye Sahai.

· Justine Tao, an Ascend UC Davis student leader mentioned, “It was great seeing everyone, from different generations and backgrounds, come together to discuss growing up Asian-American and being Asian-American in the workplace. Hearing from people’s perspectives has made me realized how there are still barriers in workplaces for Asian Americans promotions.”

· Scott Hwaynate, young professional & 1st Ascend event, " It is inspiring to meet executives from successful companies who care about our growth as students. Not only do students want to learn from professionals, but professionals also care what the younger generation thinks."

Take part in the Ascend Innovation Challenge!

Do you have a creative idea for innovating diversity and inclusion? Here is an opportunity for you to submit your innovation for a chance to pitch your idea on the main stage of Ascend's Innovation Challenge 2018 and win a $10,000 cash prize, complimentary tickets to the Ascend Gala, being mentored by senior executives, and social recognition on website, Facebook, and others.

The competition consists of 3 rounds. The deadline for submitting 1st round application is May 25th. For complete rules and regulations, please visit or you can reach us at

Link to apply:


Drexel University Establishes the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute

We're excited to announce that Drexel University's LeBow College of Business will establish the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute. Raj Gupta was last year's Ascend Pinnacle/Deloitte Excellence in Leadership Award winner at the inaugural Pinnacle Summit.

The Gupta Institute will house the existing Center for Corporate Governance and the new Center for Nonprofit Governance, each providing world-renowned business leaders with dynamic governance insights.

Read about the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute here.


Ascend Team Member of the Month: Robina Singh, National Director, Membership Operations; Chapter Liaison, Ascend

"Witnessing visionary leadership powered by passion and deep commitment to give back to the community, qualities unique to Ascend, inspire me in countless ways. Opportunities to work on dynamic projects alongside incredibly talented professionals, have helped me develop and strengthen leadership skills.

“…to leave the world a bit better; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” For me, these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson epitomize the true measure of success. Testimonies from members who credit us for invaluable resources and life-long connections, make me feel proud that I am playing a small role in setting them on a path towards personal growth and professional progress. I am grateful to be a part of the Ascend Family and of the life-long friendships that I have garnered in the last five years."

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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