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September 2015 Newsletter
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September Edition

Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,
Thank you for celebrating our 10th Anniversary with us at the 8th Annual Ascend National Convention & Career Fair themed What Success Looks Like - Agile, Innovative, Bold on August 29 – 31, 2015 at the New York Hilton Midtown. We are proud to announce that this year's convention was our largest yet with 3,000+ registered participants. Wow! From beginning to end, I was impressed with the overall energy and excitement. A BIG thank you goes to our partners, speakers, members, and supporters! We hope you left the convention feeling inspired and looking to make a difference. As our inspirational speaker Joe Jordan said "When you change the way you see things, the things you see change" - so let's change the world together! Start by joining your local Ascend chapter, becoming a member, or volunteering at a local Ascend event.

Please join me in Washington, D.C. this November 13-14 for the 6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference in conjunction with the Ascend Greater Washington Chapter's Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference. Registration is now LIVE - Click here to register.

Let's continue this momentum into next year at the Disneyland Hotel July 30- August 1, 2016!

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend


Your participation helped make this year’s convention a great success and we are thankful to those who joined us!
Video | Re-live some of the highlights from this year’s convention by watching this video. Stay tuned for further videos from the convention in the coming weeks! 

Photos | Please click here to view convention photos sorted by day. Links are located on the bottom of the homepage.

Survey and CPE credit | In order to make next year’s convention even more successful, please click here to complete our post-convention survey.  Please complete by 5pm (EDT) on Wednesday, September 30 and be eligible to win a $50 gift card from Amazon. Deadline is extended for CPE Credit.  Please click here to access the online surveys, which MUST be completed by September 30.

Unlock your ride credit with Lyft! | Our referral code, Ascend2015, is still active and will expire on 12/31/15. Please note this is valid for ONLY New Users and not for existing users. Download the Lyft app, enter the code in 'Payment' section, and request your ride!

6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Nov. 13-14

Registration is OPEN | Click here to register today.

Partner with us | There is still time to become a sponsor at the 6th Annual AscendNAAMBA Conference: Inspiring Across Generations with Career Exposition. Please email if your company is interested.

Scholarships | Are you an undergraduate or MBA/graduate student and a US Citizen/Permanent Resident? If so, we invite you to apply for the 2015 AscendNAAMBA Scholarship, Sponsored by PNC Financial Services. Deadline is extended to 9/30. Click here to apply.

Volunteering | Interested in volunteering at the conference? Email us at

Resume Coaches | Email if you would like to be a resume coach on Saturday, Nov. 14 during the Career Expo. Limited spots available.

Asian MBA Job Board | Visit Employer Connection to learn more! Are you a job seeker? Be sure to upload your resume today!

We hope to see you in our nation's capital this November!

You Can Make a Big Difference as a Volunteer
Ascend is looking for highly motivated, energetic volunteers who can make a difference in the lives of others by helping to provide free, high quality tax preparation services. Training is provided and many different volunteer roles are available. To find out more about volunteering with AARP Foundation Tax-Aide in your community, please visit,

Ascend NorCal IAG Volunteer Appreciation
Ascend NorCal Leadership wanted to appreciate all the hard work that went into the planning and execution of the June 13 NorCal IAG - "Knife's Edge". The event was held at Omescape, a real room escape game that incorporates "real-life social involvement". Twenty-five Ascend NorCal Volunteers and Leaders came to enjoy two rounds of the highly-rated escape games at Omescape. Ascend NorCal is proud of the work we do throughout the year, but the IAG is one of, if not biggest, events of the year and always takes a lot of manpower to make it successful. We hope to make the Volunteer Appreciation Event a tradition for many more years to come.

Calling all Executives: Invitation to Everest Survey
Ascend Foundation is partnering with The Everest Project, a nonprofit research initiative that is completing a study focused on women leading change and innovation in Corporate America. Having interviewed over 400 executives, Everest is now surveying women from companies and organizations across five affinity groups - Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Pan-Asian, and White. The ideal survey participant is an executive who sits within 1-5 levels of the CEO. The survey will take about 15 minutes. We are asking each Survey Subject to select a colleague to complete a 10 minute companion survey. That colleague should be a peer who is familiar with the Survey Subject’s leadership.

Our voices need to be heard. Take the Everest Survey today.

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.
To apply to these positions, please click here. Create a profile and upload your resume if you haven’t done so already.

Note: In the “Job Source Tracking” section, select Ascend as the diversity organization that referred you to the opportunity.

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Ascend Member's Corner: Rose Zu, New York Metro Chapter
This month we are highlighting what impact being involved with Ascend has had on Rose Zu. Rose is Manager, Transaction Services, Global Trade and Receivables Finance at HSBC.
"I have been fortunate enough to attend EIS and this year's national convention through HSBC's generous sponsorship. Attending these programs has provided invaluable perspective, inspiration, and role models to look up to as I begin year four of my working life. Thanks to what I learned at EIS, I was able to gain a promotion earlier this year and am now leading a team of six (and growing!). To give back, I supported Ascend's Instagram and Facebook accounts during the national convention this year, putting into practice what I am learning as a student at NYU's M.S. in Corporate Communications program."
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
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