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Ascend Newsletter February 2014

  1. 1. Ascend Newsletter | Feb 2013 Ascend Seattle Chapter Public Page Facebook LinkedIn Ascend Website Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube We hope you had a great holiday break! We kicked off our first event of the year with a Fireside Chat with Brian Ma on "How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur". Brian spoke to a lively audience of more than 80 Ascend Seattle members and guests at the Bellevue Marriott. We learned about how he recently sold his company (a price-alert tool) to eBay, as well as how he ventured onto a new path for his next start-up company: (an iPhone app that allows nearby professionals to connect). And, of course, we spent some time networking with other Ascend members and guests, and enjoyed great wine and appetizers! We are very excited about our upcoming events for 2014! You can find out about our next events in this newsletter, as well as by visiting the Ascend Seattle Chapter website. Maureen Francisco & Jon Tam Ascend Seattle Chapter Co-Presidents Upcoming Events Ask The Panel: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Career Path Featuring Jon Tam (co-Founder -, Trina Horner (Cloud Services Director—Microsoft), and Benjamin Lynch (Tax Partner—KPMG) Ascend Seattle Date/Time: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:00—8:00 PM Location: Woodmark Hotel—Bayshore Room 1200 Carillion Point Kirkland, WA 98033 Cost: Free for Ascend Members / $30 Non-Ascend Members Ask The Panel: How to make the right choices for your career path What is the right career path to support your long-term goals? How can you make strategic decisions related to your trajectory and career path? See what our expert panelists from around the country have to say about making the right choices to reach your potential. We have also set apart time for networking with other members of Ascend and the panelists of this event, so don’t leave without a business card in your hand! ————————————————————————————————————— Mentorship Round Table Discussion Featuring Jana Yamamoto, Finance Director at Boeing Date/Time: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:00—2:00 PM Location: Street Bean Cafe 2702 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98121 Cost: $10 Ascend Members / $20 Non-Ascend Members Come join us and get one-on-one career advice and much more from our featured mentor, Jana Yamamoto, who is a Finance Director at Boeing and currently serving as CFO for the Commercial Aviation Services - Customer Support business at Boeing. In this role, she is responsible for the leadership of financial planning and reporting, cost management, accounting, estimating and pricing for CAS Customer Support. Participation Guidelines:  Specifically designed for professionals with less than 10 years work experience.  This event is not for employment searching purposes.  Registration is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.  No refunds. Questions about this event? Contact: Lily (Lee) Lawson at —————————————————————————————————————————————- Executive Insight for Women (EIW) Date/Time: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 9:00 AM—4:30 PM* Location: Deloitte Offices 925 4th Ave, Suite 3300 Seattle, WA 98104 Cost: Introductory rate for members/sponsored participants $400./ Non-members $500. The Seattle Ascend Chapter is excited to host "Executive Insight for Women" (EIW). EIW is an Ascend National developed program "Created by Women, For Women, Taught by Women" to help mid-level female managers address common challenges as they transition to senior management or VP level. *This event will include lunch and a networking reception. Because this is a high-quality and focused professional development workshop, check with your company/ firm for sponsorship opportunities. Space is limited, so register early! Ascend Student Chapters Update Students at both the University of Washington and Seattle University have kicked off their winter quarters with a rush of events, continuing the momentum built in their respective institutions in the Fall quarter. These events included a fashion show to teach members how to dress for different business occasions, lessons on finance, as well as a service event with the YWCA, on top of their standard general meetings. Events coming up at UW include a networking event with other diversity organizations on campus, as well as lessons on available options at public accounting firms with KPMG. In addition, Ascend UW is looking for your help as mentors with a kickoff event slated for the middle of February. See details below for more information on signing up to be a mentor. Make sure you keep up with the action by following their respective Facebook pages at Ascend UWand Ascend SU. Help Shape the Future of Tomorrow – Become a Mentor! Ascend University of Washington will be kicking off their mentorship program in February and are looking for professionals to give back by sharing their experience to eager young minds at Foster’s School of Business. Registration will close on February 7, so don’t delay! You should have received an additional email with more details on the program. Reach out to the officers at Ascend UW if you have any questions at ( or sign up now and shape the future ! A s c e n d S e at t l e Ascend Event Highlight: Fireside Chat with Brian Ma On January 16, 2014, Ascend Seattle hosted its first event of 2014 with entrepreneur, Brian Ma. We had approximately 70 members and guests attend the event at the Courtyard Bellevue Marriot, and Brian was gracious enough to answer questions around different kinds of investors, how to form a solid pitch, what to say (and what not to say), and how to build a team that works passionately towards a common goal. Thank you again for your words of wisdom Brian! Ascend Member Highlight Member: Julie Hsu UW Student Chapter Secretary/Treasurer What is your professional background (prior work experience)? My first internship was at Pacific Accounting Services in Guam, USA. This past summer, I interned at Frank, Rimerman + Co in Palo Alto, CA. I will be starting my career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose, CA. How long have you been a member of Ascend? I’ve been a member of Ascend for 10 months. Why did you join Ascend? I joined Ascend because it has great professional and career development events in a more personal setting. Also, during an information session, one of the Student Affairs Committee members challenged me to step up as a leader if I wanted to be competitive and successful in the working world. What has Ascend been able to do for you? Ascend has helped me develop leadership and soft skills, build friendships, and broaden my professional network. While I was in the Bay Area this summer, I met up with a Big 4 director and some students from the Berkeley Chapter. Ascend’s network is huge and continuing to grow. What advice do you have for other members of Ascend? Take advantage of the benefits of being a member by going to the events and meeting new people. Don’t be afraid to speak up and take risks. Ascend Membership Interested in Ascend? We want to remind everyone about telling others to join Ascend. Your membership is very important to the health of our Seattle chapter and enable us to continue having meaningful events to break through the “bamboo ceiling”. If you are interested in learning about how to get more involved as a member, become a member, or simply find out more about the organization, click here. Feel free to also contact our Membership Chair Chris Nee ( to find out more. Professional Membership is $125/year Student Membership is $ 25/year Being a member of Ascend also offers benefits and discounts from major organizations including the AICPA, Becker, Delta, UPS and much more. Find all the benefits here. S p e c i a l T h a n k s To O u r S p o n s o r s