The 2016 Ascend National Convention to Take Place at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA on July 30th to August 1st, 2016

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Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, to appear as a keynote speaker at the Ascend Benefit & Awards Dinner where Jenny Ming CEO of Charlotte Russe will receive Deloitte's Ascend Leadership Award

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Jeff Chin, the Ascend National President, said: “Pan-Asians and Ascend are well positioned for future growth in North America and internationally with our vision to enhance the presence and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders.

Ascend, the largest non-profit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals in North America is holding its 2016 National Convention at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim on July 30th to August 1st. The Ascend Convention will be the largest gathering of Pan-Asian business leaders, professionals and students in North America with an expected 3,000 registered participants.

The convention theme this year is “Dare to Dream, Be Extraordinary, Ascend!” which speaks to the importance of dreaming big, becoming the best one can be, and reaching new heights. All industries are going through transformative change, and the attendees will hear actionable insights and latest trends from expert speakers, engage in these conversations and be at the forefront of change and innovation in their own organizations. Our three-day convention includes innovative, engaging programming, professional enhancement opportunities to develop the leadership skills of our attendees, combined with powerful networking and mentoring tailored for all attendees – from university students to professionals to senior executives and corporate board members. The career fair offers a fantastic opportunity for students and professionals to meet with various companies, learn about their career offerings, as well as network with industry leaders and key decision makers.

Jeff Chin, the Ascend National President, said: “Pan-Asians and Ascend are well positioned for future growth in North America and internationally with our vision to enhance the presence and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders and serve as a collective voice for Pan-Asian business communities. I am so excited that Ascend is back at the most magical place on earth, Disneyland! Come join us and bring your family to the Disneyland Hotel and experience the premier Ascend event of the year. ”

We are honored to have numerous trailblazers, senior executives, entrepreneurs and entertainers across industries speak at our convention, such as Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; S. Singh Mecker, Principal, Global Alliances Leader & US Advisory Innovation Leader, KPMG; Jenny Ming, President and Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Russe Inc. (who will also receive Deloitte's Ascend Leadership Award); Nora Wu, Former Vice Chairwoman, Global Human Capital Leader, PwC; Nanxi Liu, Chief Executive Officer, Enplug; Jim Moffatt, Chief Executive Officer, Global Consulting, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte LLP (Deloitte U.S.); Amanda K. Packel, Deputy Director, Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Co-Director, Stanford Directors’ College; Angela Sun, Sportscaster, Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker; and Justin Chon, Actor. Ascend is also proud to announce Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering as the Awards and Benefit Dinner keynote speaker. At the Dinner, Ascend will continue the tradition of honoring business leaders who have made significant contributions to the Pan-Asian community.

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Ascend (@AscendLeader) is the largest, non-profit Pan-Asian membership organization for business professionals in North America. Established in 2005, Ascend’s reach includes 60,000+ senior executives, professionals, and MBA/undergraduate students involved in its 50+ chapters in the United States and Canada. As a career lifecycle organization, it offers robust leadership and professional development programs designed to cultivate Pan-Asian talent by supporting its members in reaching their career potential and by supporting its corporate partners to develop a strong, diverse, and inclusive workforce to achieve business growth. Visit http://www.ascendleadership.org for more information.

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