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Ascend Inspiring Across Generations Conference

Evolving to Succeed: How to Navigate the

New Normal

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Event Details:

Date: December 10 and 11
Venue: Via Zoom


You are invited to join Ascend SoCal for the 2020 Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference, presented jointly by the Ascend Los Angeles Metro and Ascend Orange County chapters! The IAG Conference is a regional conference that brings executives and experienced professionals together for interactive breakout sessions and engaging speaker presentations.


This year's theme is Evolving to Succeed: Navigating the New Normal. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it, whether at work or in our personal lives. Through this IAG, we hope that the sessions inspire you to transform yourself into the professional that you want to be. The speaker sessions and panel discussions will highlight the importance of mindset changes, tips for adapting/adjusting, and more. We will also turn a focus towards tailoring ERGs/BRGs to meet employee needs and practice inclusive leadership during these challenging times."


Individual Member Ticket $50

Individual Non- Member Ticket Price $75

Ascend Membership+IAG Ticket $150

Event Agenda:

Day 1 - Thursday, December 10, 2020

4:00PM - 4:10PM PT: 

Opening Remarks

4:10PM - 4:20PM PT: 

Icebreaker Activity

4:20PM - 5:05PM PT: 

Overcoming Them (Keynote)

Thuy Vu, Co-Founder and President, Global Mentor Network

Moderated by Lillian Lin, Senior Vice President and Investment Grade Portfolio Manager, PIMCO

Overcoming You (Keynote)

Deborah Png, Executive Director for International Productions, Sony Pictures Television

Moderated by Peter Yo, Assistant Vice President and Branch Director, Robert Half Legal

5:05PM - 5:50PM PT: 

5:50PM - 6:00PM PT: 

Closing Remarks

6:00PM - 6:45PM PT: 

Happy Hour

6:45PM - 7:00PM PT: 

Ascend After Dark

Day 2 - Friday, December 11, 2020

Opening Remarks

1:00PM - 1:05PM PT: 

Interactive Activity

1:05PM - 1:30PM PT: 

Leveling Up ERGs/BRGs to Meet Employee Needs (Panel Discussion)

Panelist: Henry Brandt, Southwest Market Diversity & Inclusion Leader, PwC

Panelist: Jamie Hernandez, Senior Manager, Production & Operation, NBCUniversal

Panelist: Tejas Shah, Lead Continuous Improvement Consultant, ADP

Moderated by Kevin Ma, International Tax Senior Manager, EY

1:30PM -2:15PM PT: 

2:15PM - 2:45PM PT: 

Breakout Sessions

2:45PM - 3:15PM PT: 


3:15PM - 3:50PM PT: 

Pan-Asians in Corporate America (Fireside Chat)

Wes Hom, Former Vice President and Global Managing Director, IBM; Co-Developer and Executive Advisor, Ascend

Moderated by Glen Hamakawa, Retired Partner, EY

Closing Remarks

3:50PM - 4:00PM PT: 

Keynote Speakers:

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Thuy Vu

Co-Founder and President

Global Mentor Network

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Deborah Png

Executive Director for International Productions, Sony Pictures Television

Speakers and Panelists:

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Henry Brandt

Southwest Market Diversity & Inclusion Leader, PwC

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Lillian Lin

Senior Vice President and Investment Grade Portfolio Manager, PIMCO


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Glen Hamakawa

Retired Partner, EY​; President of Ascend Los Angeles Metro


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Kevin Ma

International Tax Senior

Manager, EY

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Jamie Hernandez

Senior Manager, Production & Operation, NBCUniversal


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Tejas Shah

Lead Continuous Improvement Consultant, ADP


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Wes Hom

Former Vice President and Global Managing Director, IBM; 

Co-Developer and Executive Advisor, Ascend


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Peter Yo

Assistant Vice President and Branch Director

Robert Half Legal

IAG Planning Committee:

Angelica Tolentino, PwC

David Oh, PIMCO

Glen Hamakawa, Ascend

Goldy Lim, PwC

Jessica Lee, PwC

Kevin Ma, EY

Lillian Lin, PIMCO

Margareth Widjaja, KPMG

Michelle Wu, Ascend

Peter Yo, Robert Half

Philip Tam, Accenture

Pratima Rao, eMembler

Rachel Huey, Ascend

Samin Rai, PIMCO

Sara Kim, EY

Shuxin Zheng, PwC

Sophia Hu, Deloitte

Tejas Shah, ADP

Vera Fair, Boeing

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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