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September 2017 Newsletter
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September 2017 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

First and foremost I want us to take a moment to send good thoughts to the members, friends and colleagues impacted by the recent events in Houston. Just a week before they graciously hosted over 2,000 of us for the 2017 Ascend National Convention, Houston was hit by one of the most powerful and devastating hurricanes ever along with debilitating floods. Tragedies like these should bring communities together, and from the bottom of my heart I want to thank everyone who joined the Ascend family in raising much needed funds to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. The raised funds were directed through Ascend Foundation, our 501c(3) non-profit, to local organizations who will work with our Houston chapter leaders and members for the benefit of the community. 100% of the funds you donated to the Ascend Foundation for this effort went to the Houston community. 

I'm so proud of our Ascend Family!

Read more about our successful National Convention and other key updates for September 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.

November 3: NorCal


2017 Ascend National Convention in Houston was a Big Success!

Ascend celebrated its 2017 National Convention at the Marriott Marquis Houston on August 19-21, 2017. This year’s convention theme was “Power Up” – a theme that was explored extensively throughout the event. Ascend featured some truly inspirational speakers from diverse fields ranging from Christine Ha, celebrity cook and author who talked about her vision loss to Soyeon Yi, South Korea’s first astronaut who recounted surviving a life-threatening accident in space. Joe Adams, Managing Partner and CEO of RSM US LLP spoke about the power of being you. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President of Global Diversity at Chevron Corporation gave a passionate Awards Dinner speech about the dearth of Pan-Asians in leadership positions. Yash Semlani, the 11-year old entrepreneur, community leader and Houston’s Inaugural Young Ambassador discussed his impressive achievements and non-profit work. This year, the convention featured a third edition of the hugely popular Ascend Talks, with trailblazing speakers including Duy-Loan Le, an engineer and the first woman and Asian elected as a Texas Instruments Senior Fellow, and a partnership with United Way Houston where convention attendees gave back to the Houston public schools.

Photos are live!

Photos sorted by day:
Friday |  Saturday | Sunday | Monday

2017 Ascend National Convention Highlights Video is now available!


Save the Date for 2018 Ascend Pinnacle Summit!

We are thrilled to announce Ascend Pinnacle's second Asian Corporate Directors Summit! The 2018 Summit will be held April 6-7, 2018 - again at the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA. This invitation-only event is geared to be another home run and planning is already underway! Invitations to Board Directors will be sent later this year, but if you are familiar with Pinnacle and would like to introduce us to new Asian American Board Directors, please email


Ascend Elevate Millennial Leadership Program: New Episode airs on November 8, 2017!

We are excited to announce that a new episode of Elevate, our first-of-its-kind leadership program for millennials, will be airing on November 8, 2017. Elevate offers advice on skills and meaningful behaviors needed for success, such as effective communications, situation handling, influencing team members and decision-making.

Episode Topic: Getting Credit and Recognition

To register, CLICK HERE.

For more information, visit: 


  NorCal Chapter executes an inspiring second half day IAG at Deloitte

The second segment of Ascend NorCal’s IAG conference in a series of three attracted over 100 guests of professionals and university students from around the Bay Area on September 8th at Deloitte’s San Francisco office. Highlights included keynote speaker Vice Chairman of US Technology, Media, and Telecommunications, Deloitte LLP Sandy Shirai’s discussion on her personal journey and the challenges she had to overcome to be successful. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a mentoring break-out session designed to improve their soft skills, and experienced an interactive communication workshop led by an award-winning coach from Own the Room. Photos can be viewed here.

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