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Building Connections: Transforming Leaders


Event Details:

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time: 2:30PM - 5:30PM ET

Venue: Hybrid - in-person and virtual Atlanta, Charlotte and Florida


  • Atlanta, GA: Coca-Cola Headquarter, 1 Coca-Cola PLZ Tec 243D, Atlanta, GA 30313

       Room Share A + Share B

  • Charlotte, NC: Bank of America – Wake Forest University Charlotte Center (WFUCC), 200 North College St, Charlotte, NC 28202​

       1st floor, Room 114



Admission: Member: Complimentary  I  Non Member: $50 |  Student Non-Member: $25 | Ascend Membership + IAG Ticket: $150


We are excited to bring back the annual Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Symposium on September 29, 2022!

Join us for this hybrid in-person and virtual event featuring keynote by c-suite executives, discussion on connecting with our customers internally and externally, and showcasing the leadership of our chapter’s pan-Asian professionals.

All participates will have a chance to win a prize as a thank you for supporting our chapter. Four gift cards will be provided in total, one per location and one for our virtual participants.


2:30 PM - 2:35 PM ETWelcome & Introduction

2:35 PM - 3:40 PM ET: Executive Panel: Journey to the Top


What can we do to get into leadership roles, the C-Suite and corporate boards? Three executive panelists will share their career journeys, discuss the Asian American glass ceiling and how they were able to break the ceiling.

3:45 PM - 4:25 PM ET: Myths of Asian Leadership

AAPI professionals seem well-represented. We’re highly employed and we’re high earners. But why are so few Asians at the top? Currently, only 2% of C-level roles, 4.6% of executive roles, and 5.9% of managerial roles are held by AAPI people. This session examines the myths and stereotypes that could be associated with Asian culture and how they impact the careers and leadership behaviors of AAPI talents.

4:35 PM - 5:15 PM ET: Customer Experience in the Digital Era

In a highly digital and competitive era, where the consumers are increasingly multi connected and with even higher expectations, it is essential that leaders understand the importance of transforming the customer experience through actions and insights that engage the consumer with the brand, satisfy them and increase their revenues. As part of a digital strategy, how can corporations ensure the sustainability of the digital customer experience?

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM ET: Debrief and Conclusion

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM ET: Networking Happy Hour


Ashish Gupta.jfif

Ashish Gupta


NextEra Energy

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Ben Hall.jfif

Ben Hall

Global CIO

Krispy Kreme

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Hong Lin.jfif

Hong Lin

Group Director

Strategic Insights and

Analysis, Coca-Cola

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Linda Yang.jfif

Linda Yang

Former CIO

Discover Claims

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