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Ascend Inspiring Across Generations (IAG)


Event Details:

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022

Time:12:00PM - 6:00PM PT

Venue: PwC San Francisco Office, 405 Howard St Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105

Admission: Member: $100 I  Ascend Membership + IAG Ticket $150

Attire: Business Casual


Please join PWC and the Clorox Company at Ascend NorCal Chapter’s Inspiring Across Generations event at PWC’s downtown SF office on Oct 20th 12pm - 4pm (+ Happy Hour networking afterwards).


This return to our in-person IAG will feature various perspectives and engaging breakout sessions around Belonging. Please mark your calendars!

Complimentary Zoom meeting for Ascend members for 1:00 – 2:00 PM PT Panel Discussion only.


11:00 AM - 1:00PM PT: Registration


12:00 PM - 1:00PM PT: Registration and Networking lunch


1:00 PM - 1:10PM PT: Opening Kats and Allan


1:10 PM - 2:00PM PT: Main panel discussion


2:00 PM - 2:50PM PT: Three concurrent sessions (A)

2:50 PM - 3:15PM PT: Break

3:15 PM - 4:00PM PT: Two concurrent sessions (B)


4:00 PM - 4:10PM PT: Break

4:10 PM - 4:40PM PT: Feeding our Sense of Belonging

  •  Kats - Feed our Future

  •  Viet Nguyen , Owner of Gao Viet Kitchen/Ben Tre

  •  Andrew Chau - Boba Guys

5:00 PM - 6:30PM PT: Happy Hour

Main Panel Discussion​

Hidden challenges of Asian Americans in the workplace the "Other Side" of Asian Americans in the workplace

Concurrent Sessions A

(A) Concurrent session #1

How You See Me

In this session, we will discuss being Asian professionals and how we see ourselves in the workplace, in our personal life , and in the outside world. Join us for a candid discussion to share your perspectives and hear your peers and colleagues' stories and experiences.

  •  Jen Wallner, PwC

  •  Jamie Pan, Sr Regulatory Specialist, Clorox

(A) Concurrent session #2

How to Communicate the Value You Offer at Work and Create a Compelling Personal Statement

Develop your personal mission statement!  This will communicate the vision and value that you bring to the workplace, rather than just the job that you get paid do. It also will convey your personality.  And have fun doing it by making a bracelet!  Pre-read article:

  •  Nicole Wong, Learning and Development Director, PwC

(A) Concurrent session #3

 Workshop (explore how to develop quiet leadership skills)

Explore how you can find success as a quiet leader. In this workshop, you will explore how to have your voice heard even when other voices seem to be louder. We will also practice how to make space for folks who have a more reserved working style, and empower them in your organization.

  •  Nicola M, Deloitte

  •  Kelly Ling, DoorDash

  •  Facilitator - David Zhong, Clorox

Concurrent Sessions B

(B) Concurrent session #1

Emotional Intelligence: Hard Lessons We Learned Along the Way

What's just as important as Intellectual Intelligence?  Emotional Intelligence!  Understand why "how much you care" is just as important as "how much you know". In this session we'll share personal obstacles and provide a framework for how to overcome and strengthen emotional intelligence.

  •  Jordan Kang, Clorox

  •  Kimberly Ocampo-Shah , Emotional Content Productions

(B) Concurrent session #2

Stay true to yourself, Journey of Entrepreneurship

In this session, I will get the speakers to talk about their journeys as entrepreneurs.  Kevin will share his journey of mental health and sobriety and what it means to belong (non-alcholic drinkers in a social setting).  Katherine will talk about her experiences of being true to the mission of the companies she started e.g. sometimes declining the funding if the investors' values do not match the company's mission/values.

  •  Katherine Li, Propelland

  •  Kevin Kreider, Sans Beverage

  •  Facilitator – Priscilla Lim, JP Morgan


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Jane Allen

PWC Partner, and US Board Member


Maria Febre

Head of Employee Belonging


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Kats Furuyama

Co-President, Ascend NorCal

HR Business Partner, Robert Half

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Jordan Kang

Sr. Strategic Project Manager


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Kevin Kreider


Taejin Beverage and Entertainment

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Katherine Li

Head of  Ventures



Kelly Ling

Leadership Coach

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Priscilla Lim

Executive Director

JP Morgan Chase


Nicola M

IBM Alliance Manager



Kimberly Ocampo


Emotional Content Productions

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Apur Patel

VP & Assoc General Counsel


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Jamie Pan

Sr Regulatory Specialist


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Jen Wallner

Trust Solutions Director


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Nicole Wong

Learning and Development Director


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David Zhong

Research & Development Scientist




Win Chang

Solution Engineering Director


Our Presenting Partners

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Ascend NorCal Corporate Partners

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