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November 2015 Newsletter
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November Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Thank you again for attending the 6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference in conjunction with the Ascend Greater Washington Chapter's Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference in Washington, D.C. in November 13-14, 2015. What a great event and wonderful turnout! Developing MBAs, students and professionals is a critical part of Ascend's mission as a lifecycle organization and students are key in building future Pan-Asian leaders.

As you do your year-end giving, please keep the Ascend Foundation in mind. For those EY professionals who are eligible, the EY Foundation will match individual gifts to the Ascend Foundation. Please click here for instructions.

The holiday season is almost upon us and I want to wish each and every one of you and your families happy holidays.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend
6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Inspiring Across Generations (IAG)
with Career Exposition


Your participation helped make this year’s conference a great success and we are thankful to those who joined us!

Video Message | We are proud to have received a video message from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono which was featured at the Mentoring Breakfast. Click here to watch it.
Photos | Click here and enjoy: Friday, 11/13 | Saturday, 11/14 | Benefit & Awards Dinner
Video | Will be available soon.
Program Book | Our 2015 Program Book is available to view by clicking here.

Post-conference Survey | All conference guests should have received a separate email containing our post-conference survey. Please complete it by 5pm (EST) on Tuesday, December 1.

CPE Credit | Many conference sessions were eligible for CPE credit. If you attended those sessions, you must complete a survey for each session in order to generate a certificate. Information regarding CPE surveys will be sent to conference guests via separate email shortly.

Congratulations to all Award & Scholarship Winners!

We're Social! | Find us at @AscendNAAMBA on Twitter, like us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn!

Ascend Inspirational Leader: Buck Gee
We are delighted to announce that Buck Gee, Ascend Executive Advisor, has been honored with the OCA (Asian Pacific American Advocates) Executive Excellence Award. Buck has been a long-time supporter of Ascend - he is a Member of the Board of Ascend Northern California and a co-author of the Ascend Foundation report “Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley”. In 2010, he co-founded the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian American Executives (ALP), an executive education program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business along with Wes Hom, Ascend Board member and Vice President of External Affairs. The OCA Award recognizes Buck as a leader who has been exemplary in his ability to not only lead and inspire, but to serve as a role model for other executives and professionals in the Asian Pacific American community. He has also gone on to courageously give back to the community, empowering the next generation of APAs. Buck was also featured in the New York Times recently, as well as Denise Peck, co-author of the Hidden in Plain Sight report. We thank Buck for all that he has done for Ascend and for the Pan-Asian community throughout the years!
The Good Dinosaur in theaters November 25th!

We are so excited to announce that our partner Disney's upcoming Disney-PIXAR animated movie, The Good Dinosaur was directed by fellow Pan-Asian Peter Sohn and the accompanying short film also features a lead Asian character. Read Peter Sohn's interview here and go see the movie! More on this in our December newsletter.

Take a look at these inspirational Ascend videos!

Ascend is blessed with an unmatched sense of devotion, perseverance and talent from our members, volunteers and staff.

Take a look at these inspirational videos featuring different members of the Ascend family:

  1. Ascend Through the Years & Tribute to our Founders
  2. My Ascend Stories - Part 1
  3. My Ascend Stories - Part 2

Ascend Connecticut & Westchester Chapter

Ascend Connecticut & Westchester chapter hosted an event on June 25th at the Deloitte office in Stamford, CT. Ascend and Deloitte collaborated to organize an evening with two sessions: "New Accounting Standards" by Jiaojiao Tian, Senior Manager, Deloitte, and "Mindful Leadership and Building Resilient Teams" by Donna Volpita, Coach and Author.

Join the chapter at their next event on December 9th at the UConn Stamford auditorium in Stamford, CT. Ascend, MBIA and IBM are collaborating to organize two sessions: An insightful panel discussion on Information Security, with executive panelists from MBIA, IBM and GE Capital and a fun class on Bollywood Dancing, choreographed by the dancing duo of Raj and Ram.

For more information and to register, click here.

Partner Spotlight
Career Opportunities at Bank of America
We strive to provide our partners with the best candidates. We would like to highlight the following openings at Bank of America: Note: In the “Job Source Tracking” section, select Ascend as the diversity organization that referred you to the opportunity.
Thank you for attending the Ascend Seattle gala

Thank you to all those who attended the annual Ascend Seattle gala. Marc Anthony Nicolas’s message “Follow your Passion” resonated with many. Here are some messages they received about the event: “What a night to remember. Keynote speaker Marc Anthony Nicolas shared a powerful message and moving speech.” “Thank you for an amazing time on Saturday.” “What an inspiring speaker!” “It was an absolute honor to meet Marc.”

If you missed it, here’s a link to the pictures courtesy of Justin Hebert Photography and an article about Marc's life story. The chapter also recognized the following former and current board members for their years of service with Ascend. They are part of the Hall of Fame.
Gold (Seven years): Emily Rollins, Diana Nguyen
Silver (Five years): Audrey Hara, Maureen Francisco, Rich Asiodche

If you are looking to get more involved with Ascend Seattle, please email Maureen Francisco at

Thank you for signing up to volunteer with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP foundation will be in touch with you shortly, if they are not already.

Ascend Foundation's partnership with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide continues. Stay tuned as we prepare for the April 15th tax deadline!

Unlock your ride credit with Lyft!

Our $20 new user code, ASCEND2015, is still active and will expire on 12/31/15. This is valid for new users only, nationwide. Download the Lyft app, enter the code in 'Payment' section, and request your ride!

We would also like to remind everyone to take advantage of any matching grants programs
that your company offers. For more information email us at
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