Winter 2017 Newsletter


Adding New Flavor

Welcoming new board members

We begin 2017 welcoming new leadership to our executive board. With unprecedented interest, the board was tasked with selecting from nearly 30 highly qualified candidates to succeed some of Ascend’s most valued leaders. We’re excited to introduce Ascend GW’s newest board members!

  • President: Johnny Yu, Deloitte
  • Treasurer: Sophie Ding, Ernst & Young
  • VP of Operations: Liz Benson, Deloitte
  • VPs of Corporate Sponsorship:
    • Hemant Shah, RSM
    • Jeannette Chu, PwC
    • Wendy Chan, Accenture
  • VPs of Student Affairs:
    • Amanda Suller, Booz Allen Hamilton
    • Yishu Wang, KPMG
  • VP of Membership: Yogeeta Gandhi, Deloitte

View Full Executive Board

Immense gratitude to the outgoing board members for their contributions and continued support:

  • Wayne Fong, DRT Strategies
  • Tristan Nery, KPMG
  • Kimberly Tran, US Dept of Interior
  • Lily Cao, Ernst & Young
  • Clifford Kim, Deloitte
  • Hyojoo Choi, USCIS

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Committee Highlight

Corporate Executive Initiative – Yoko Jolly & Brian Kelly

The Corporate Executive Initiative (CEI) has 3 over-arching objectives: (1) Increase the pipeline for Pan Asian Leaders; (2) Promote thought leadership; (3) Build the Pan Asian executive network.

  • Obj 1: Harness the passion and imagination of Pan-Asian senior executives to provide stewardship in developing the next generation of Pan-Asian leaders, both in ASCEND and in their own organizations
  • Obj 2: Engage Pan-Asian senior executives in thoughtful and meaningful dialogue on subjects of relevance to their careers, passions, and aspirations, especially related to the Pan-Asian community
  • Obj 3: Provide a convenient, enjoyable, and engaging environment for Pan-Asian senior executives to exchange ideas, expand their networks, and develop personal and professional relationships with peers in the Pan-Asian professional community

Brian KellyCEI’s most recent achievement is piloting the first cohort of the 4-month Corporate Executive Leadership Program (CELP) which concluded on January 9, 2017. This cohort was an engaged, curious, and committed group of senior leaders who will now take these lessons to apply within their organizations and throughout the Pan Asian community. This is an important milestone for Ascend GW and the Corporate Executive Initiative as we build upon the program to become one of the chapter’s flagship offerings to develop more Pan Asian leaders and executives. This program could not have been possible without the support of Accenture and Ascend National for their sponsorship of CELP. Many thanks to the Ascend GW CEI Executives for their leadership and continued support and to the CELP Volunteer Support Team for their hard work, dedication, and leadership in making CELP v1.0 a huge success we can all celebrate. We look forward to bringing the next CELP offering later this year.

Interested in supporting the CEI committee?
Contact Yoko Jolly and Brian Kelly.

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Event Spotlight

5th Annual IAG Conference

IAG Conference

(Nov 12, 2017) Ascend GW’s 5th Annual “Inspiring Across Generations” had record-breaking attendance hosting nearly 250 professionals and students from public and private sectors to share knowledge and experiences towards a common goal: enhance careers, develop personally and professionally, and cultivate relationships in the Pan-Asian business community. None of it could have been possible without the support from our incredible sponsors.

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, we were honored to have keynote speakers who served in our armed forces — General Linda Singh (Retired Managing Director, Accenture) and Captain Young Bang (Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton).

Video Recap | Photo Gallery | Photo Booth

Interested in helping plan the next IAG Conference? Email Ascend GW!

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More Than Networking

LNY Celebrations with DC’s AAPI Community

lny_jan_26On January 26th, Ascend GW partnered with the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (DCMOAPIA) along with the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Filipino Young Professional-DC, NOVAL-DC, OCA-DC, and the Taiwanese American Professionals-DC to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

View Event Pictures Here

lny_jan28On January 28th, Ascend GW helped host the area’s biggest Lunar New Year party partnering with some of DC’s largest AAPI organizations: Taiwanese American Professionals-DC, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, NOVAL-DC, OCA-DC, National Association of Asian American Professional-DC, Filipino Young Professional-DC, and Asian American Action-Fund. With over 300 in attendance, the event featured signature performances from the Tai Yim Kung Fu School, Emerald Dove Dance Academy, and Culture Shock Dance Troupe in addition to appearances by local AAPI artists and their original artwork.
View Event Pictures Here

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Investing in the Future

2nd Annual Consulting Boot Camp

From January 28th to February 4th, the Ascend Greater Washington Chapter held the 2nd Annual Consulting Boot Camp sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton. Held at the University of Maryland College Park, 48 students from the University of Maryland, George Washington University, American University, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University and Rutgers University participated in a case study competition designed to test the students ability to apply common consulting skills like extract insights, collaborate in teams, and deliver client-ready presentations. During the program, professional volunteers from Booz Allen Hamilton, KPMG, Deloitte and PwC served as coaches and actively taught their students about teamwork, research, storyboarding, data visualization, interviewing clients, and public speaking. Directors from Accenture, Freddie Mac, and Booz Allen Hamilton role-played as the client and voted for the best team for a cash prize of $500 and 3-year memberships to Ascend.

Video Recap | View Photos

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Bringing Home Hardware

President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)

PVSA2016 was a busy year for Ascend GW and we are grateful to our members who donate their time annually. We are proud to announce 7 Silver Level awardees (100+ hours) and 8 Bronze Level awardees (250+ hours) with combined service exceeding 3,200 hours. So whether it is mentoring, assisting with our community outreach programs, or supporting membership development, thanks to ALL of our volunteers for their hard work and contributions in support of Ascend’s mission every year. Learn more about PVSA here

View Full List of Awardees

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Get Involved


Membership in Ascend has many benefits like unique opportunities to meet industry-leading executives, invaluable mentoring relationships, and local networking events that may lead to your next career adventure.

Join or Renew Today and see how Ascend can enhance your career!

Already a member? Great! We’d love for you to join one of our committees to strengthen the Pan-Asian professional community. We have plenty of great volunteer opportunities and would love to see you get involved!

Let us know what you’re passionate about!

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