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September 2018 Newsletter
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September 2018 Edition
Dear Ascend Members and Supporters,

I want to thank you for attending the 2018 National Convention at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018! We hope you had a great experience – engaged with senior executives and professionals, took in the career development advice from our mentors and our amazing lineup of speakers, connected with recruiters, and networked with other attendees – together we will build powerful networks. Of course, I also want to thank our partners, Ascend would not be where we are today without your support.

Fall is upon us and we have many exciting events, programs and initiatives in store for you. We also look forward to seeing you next year for our 2019 Ascend National Convention in Washington D.C. on August 24 – 26, 2019! The planning is underway and we will share more details soon.

Below are some other key updates for September.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Chin
President, Ascend




2018 Ascend National Convention in San Francisco was a Big Success!

Ascend celebrated its 2018 National Convention at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis on August 20-22, 2018. This year’s convention theme was “Innovate & Evolve" – a theme that was explored extensively throughout the event. This year's Ascend Convention featured some truly inspirational speakers including Grameen CEO Andrea Jung, former Avon CEO and one of the most prominent Asian business leaders and women's issues supporter in conversation with Emily Chang of Bloomberg. Andrea received the Ascend Icon Award at the Awards Dinner. Her talk focused on supporting women and fostering the next generation of leaders. The audience were inspired by the hugely successful, billionaire serial entrepreneurs, Justin and Daniel Kan who shared the origin stories for their respective businesses, life lessons learned from their entrepreneurial parents and grandparents and how they got to where they are today. Brian Wong, CEO of Kiip talked about taking risks and being bold and shared his 'cheat codes' with the audience. Jeff Wong, Global Chief Innovation Officer at EY talked about embracing innovation. In line with our theme, this year's convention featured sessions on blockchain, AI and autonomous vehicles – technologies that will continue to drive change in business and in our personal lives.

The Convention photos are live!

2018 Ascend National Convention Highlights Video is now available!


Big Congratulations to All 2018 Ascend Award Winners!

At the 2018 Ascend Awards Dinner, Ascend continued the tradition of recognizing business leaders and organizations who have made significant contributions to the Pan-Asian community.

2018 Ascend Award Winners:

  • Ascend Icon Award: Andrea Jung
  • Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Inspirational Leader Award: Anne Chow, National Business, AT&T Business
  • Ascend IAG High-Impact Leader Award: Binita Pradhan, Partner, BDO
  • Ascend IAG Rising Star Award: Yimei Lin
  • Ascend IAG Rising Star Award: Judy To
  • Ascend Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award: MetLife
  • Ascend Affinity/ERG Leadership Award: BNY Mellon's IMPACT
  • Ascend Affinity/ERG Leadership Award: Oracle's Professional Asian Leadership (OPAL)

Vicky Nguyen, Author & Senior Investigative Reporter at NBC Bay Area served as the evening's Master of Ceremonies.



Upcoming Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conferences

A number of our chapters are hosting their annual Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conferences - see dates/times below:

Ascend North Texas: Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) | 10/27/2018

Ascend Greater Philadelphia: Inspiring Across Generations - “Power, Presence & Style” | 11/8/2018

Ascend NorCal: 2nd Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference Hosted by Google | 11/9/2018

Ascend Greater Atlanta Symposium IAG - Journey to Senior leadership | 11/10/2018

For more information and to register, visit our website!

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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