Ascend Newsletter | Feb 2013
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 decide.com (a price-alert tool) to eBay, as well as how he ventured onto a
new path for his next start-up company: weavenow.us (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
Ask The Panel: How to Make the Right Choices for Your Career Path
Featuring Jon Tam (co-Founder - Gametiime.com), Trina Horner (Cloud
Services Director—Microsoft), and Benjamin Lynch (Tax Partner—KPMG)
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.
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.
Questions about this event? Contact: Lily (Lee) Lawson at email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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