Who We Are
Ascend is the largest Pan-Asian business professional membership organization in North America. Our mission is to drive workplace and societal impact by developing and elevating all Asian and Pacific Islander (API) business leaders and empowering them to become catalysts for change.
20 Professional Chapters
Our growing number of professional chapters include a membership base of corporate executives, managers and professionals across various industries. In an effort to cultivate and advance Pan-Asian professionals, our chapters organize a variety of local events and social mixers, and deliver local programs such as professional development workshops, regional conferences and mentoring programs. Chapters also encourage and promote civic engagement through community service.
45+ Student Chapters
Student chapters bring unique value to the members by creating a platform for career development and to build a network of mentors and coaches. With focus on fostering the next generation of Pan-Asian leaders, student chapters organize networking events, resume writing sessions, mock-interviews, company visits, and deliver programs focused on leadership training, and provide resume and interview critiques. Ascend also offers student scholarship and education programs through the Ascend Foundation.
Ascend offers impactful career lifecycle and cross-industry leadership programs and networks that foster community and engagement for Pan-Asian business professionals and students, corporate partners, and the community at large.
Ascend serves members across various professions and industries and is designed to develop business leaders at all career stages.
Supporting Pan-Asian business professionals through all stages of the career lifecycle
Informing and educating the broader corporate community outside of Ascend
Providing tools for societal change through fact-based research
Enhance the presence and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders and serve as a collective voice for Pan-Asian business communities.
Be the premier professional organization dedicated to enabling its members, corporate partners and the professional Pan-Asian community to leverage the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asian professionals worldwide.
Connect Pan-Asian leaders across industries through a network of seasoned professionals and emerging leaders. Enable young professionals and emerging leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve new professional heights. Assist our partners and sponsors to achieve their business growth through world-class diversity and inclusion practices
Membership is open to individuals of all ethnicities and business backgrounds. The majority of our members come from fields where there is a high concentration of Pan-Asians – accounting, financial services, technology, engineering, professional services, and others in business, government, and academia.