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October 2015 Newsletter
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October Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

Thank you again for attending our largest Ascend National Convention yet with 3,000+ registered participants! Next stop: 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. Registration is LIVE! Click here to register today. In other news, I am so proud that our Ascend Foundation's research study Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley is featured in this month's The Economist. It just goes to show the importance of what we are all striving towards - enhancing the presence and influence of Pan-Asians across the board. To keep the momentum going, I want to see you all in D.C. in November at the AscendNAAMBA Conference!

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) with Career Exposition, November 13-14, Washington D.C.

We are less than one month away from kicking off the conference! This event is not just for MBA's - it is open to everyone: undergraduate students, professionals and senior executives. We are not just finance and accounting - recruiters are looking for talent in marketing, technology, engineering, healthcare, and MORE!

The Ascend Greater Washington Chapter (GWC) is proud to collaborate with AscendNAAMBA to host this year's conference. In addition to NAAMBA programming, the GWC will provide attendees professional programming designed for all levels from students to young professionals at the entry to senior level executives. The participants will hear from successful speakers and panelists who will share their stories and lessons learned regarding topics related to professional development and leadership.Click here to register today

Limited Student Pass for $40 |  For student members or non-members. Includes Mentoring Breakfast, Career Exposition, Employer Showcases and Life ReImagined Session only. No other promotional discounts apply. Offer ends 10/31/15. If you are a student and interested in attending, please click here to learn more.

Partner with us | There is still time to become a sponsor at the conference. Please email if your company is interested. 

Benefit & Awards Dinner | Join us at our coveted Benefit & Awards Dinner as we celebrate leadership and honor exceptional talent at 7:00pm - 9:30pm on Saturday, November 14. The dress code is business cocktail attire. You must buy a Dinner ticket to attend.

Convene App | Similar to the Ascend convention, we are introducing a free, easy-to-use convention app called Convene by Thomson Reuters. Note: this app can only be accessed by registered conference guests.  

Asian MBA Job Board | Visit Employer Connection to learn more! Are you a job seeker? Employers are looking through our Resume Database now, so be sure to upload your resume today!

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 ONLY New Users, nationwide. For existing users at the NAAMBA Conference, Lyft is offering 20% off your ride when using code 20ASCEND - offer valid 11/9-11/16 to/from select D.C spots. Download the Lyft app, enter the code in 'Payment' section, and request your ride! 

We're Social! |  Find us at @AscendNAAMBA and use #NAAMBA2015 in your tweets, Instagrams, and Facebook posts!

Ascend Foundation study featured in The Economist
Ascend Foundation's research study Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley is featured in a recent The Economist article titled "The model minority is losing patience". The three authors and Ascend Executive Advisors, Buck Gee, Denise Peck and Janet Wong, are quoted in the article suggesting that cultural patterns may contribute to Asian Americans' under-representation at the top. “There’s a natural order of human relationships in Confucianism,” says Ms Peck. “You don’t argue, you don’t contradict authority.” Andy Hahn, a partner in Duane Morris and Ascend Board member is also quoted. Perceptions that Asian-Americans are being treated unfairly, especially in the workplace, may push more of them into politics. “There’s a growing community angst,” says Mr Hahn of the belief among Asian-Americans that they are being discriminated against.
Read the full insightful article here

Click here for the Hidden in Plain Sight study.

Ascend Inspirational Leader: Irene Chang Britt
"After a very fulfilling three decade career in Fortune 500 companies, culminating in my role as President, Pepperidge Farm Inc., I've made a switch into more full time corporate governance as an independent director and a speaker on governance topics. Which also leaves me more time to devote to the other things that I like to do, such as mentoring young female leaders and trying to help the Asian business community. That's why I love being involved with Ascend and Pinnacle, helping out however I can. In fact, I just became a Lifetime Ascend member, and I'm very proud to have made that commitment to an organization that I believe in."

Follow Your Passion: Seattle Ascend 2015 Gala

Date/Time: Saturday, October 24th6:30 - 8:30PM
Speaker: Marc Anthony Nicholas, Lifestyle Network, On Your Marc
Location: Meydenbauer Center (11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004)

Marc Anthony Nicholas is one of the producers of CBS's The Talk. As a Filipino American, he came from humble beginnings. Marc became a pharmacist to appease his parents yet the managers would tell him to stop entertaining the customers, and soon after he realized that this career path wasn't for him. So Marc followed his dreams to make people smile for a living and now he has the #1 talk show on the Lifestyle Network, On Your Marc! Enjoy his passion discovery along with lots of musical entertainment and premier networking. You don’t want to miss it! Click here for more information.

Successful 2 years! Vancouver Chapter, Ascend Canada
The Vancouver Chapter of Ascend Canada is located on Canada’s beautiful West Coast, an area with an abundance of mountains, forests, rugged coastlines (and rain!). Although the Vancouver Chapter was only started in November 2013, they’ve managed to grow to over 300 members. Some of the types of events that they’ve held to date include informal networking sessions, “soft skills” sessions, “speed mentoring” workshops, a boat cruise and the Executive Insight SeriesTM (EIS). Learn more about Ascend Canada 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.

Partner Spotlight
Director of Marketing, Johnson&Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is recruiting for a Director of Marketing, Franchise Development - 000010JZ. Please click on the link below to review the full job description and qualifications as well as to apply directly to the position.
Ascend invites you to volunteer with AARP Foundation

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program was a huge hit at our 10-Year Anniversary Ascend National Convention  – we signed up a record number of volunteer recruits! Remember, one of the most powerful ways to understand and experience the types of leadership skills needed to rise to executive ranks is to do volunteer work early in your career. 

Sign up at

Ascend NorCal/Visa LEAD Event: Emotional Intelligence & Purposeful Leadership Workshop

Ascend NorCal partnered with Visa to host a LEAD panel event at the Visa Headquarters in Foster City for a half-day session on September 24th. A panel which was led by Livia Ching-Gerring, Ascend West Coast Executive Director, included guest speakers Glenn Osaka, Ascend NorCal Executive Advisor and High Tech Consultant, Len Shen, Visa's Senior VP of Compliance and Sonal Singla, Visa's VP of Global Business Transformation, started off the LEAD discussion on why and how EI/EQ is important for professionals both in life and in their career on the path towards leadership. The panel workshop also included mentoring tables with the speakers to discuss deeper the questions and concerns attendees had regarding the topic learned from the panel.

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
Ascend National Headquarters
120 Wall Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10005 |  212-248-4888 |

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