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Unlocking Opportunities, Building Connections: Embrace the Power of Networking to Ascend


Event Details:

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM PT

Venue: AIG San Francisco 1 Montgomery St. Suite 2500, San Francisco, CA 94104

Admission: Complimentary

Attire: Business Casual


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Registration, Networking, Food, and Beverage

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Program with Alex Chester-Iwata and Dhaval Patel

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: Networking, Food, and Beverage


Join us at our Ascend NorCal networking event at AIG’s San Francisco office, "Unlocking Opportunities, Building Connections: Embrace the Power of Networking to Ascend." Delve into the world of networking with Alex Chester-Iwata and Dhaval Patel. Prepare to be inspired as these influential individuals guide you on a journey of empowerment and show you how networking can elevate your ascent to success. Don't miss this exceptional event at AIG, where doors to endless possibilities await.


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Alex Chester-Iwata

Actor and the Co-Founder/CEO

Mixed Asian Media 

Alex (she/her) is an Actor and the Co-Founder/CEO of Mixed Asian Media - A website and community for mixed APIs, recognized by the Nielsen Consumer Report on Asian Americans. Alex received the 2023 Women of Distinction of Assembly 69th of California award and last year was one of the Asian Hustle Network’s top 50 Unsung Heros. Some acting credits include: Broadway’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gillian in This Space Between Us Off Broadway’s Keen Company. TV credits include: New Amsterdam, The Good Fight, and The Closer. Alex is a board member of ACE Next Gen's NYC Chapter and of Strong Asian Lead. She is a community leader for the Lunar Collective and she is also part of the 2023 Jews of Color cohort The Workshop, she also also serves on the advisory board of her alma mater St. Mary's LEAP Program and is a member of Gold House. @AlexFChester @MixedAsianMedia.

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Dhaval Patel

Founder & CEO Lotus

Over his 8 years at Apple, Dhaval Patel managed a division for iPhone, Watch, and AirPods. His specialization lies in Human Interface Technology - specifically in Sensing, Haptics, and Power. With 37 patents to his name, Dhaval has been recognized as an "Individual of Extraordinary Ability" by the US Government (USCIS).  Dhaval holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, with minors in both Aerospace Engineering and Finance, along with a certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship. He is now the Founder & CEO of a startup called Lotus, whose mission is to build technology usable by everyone, by optimizing for disability first. To that end, he has built The Lotus Ring that controls objects at home by pointing

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Josh Dator

Underwriting Analyst, AIGRM


After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Providence College last year, Josh Dator joined AIG’s Risk Management (AIGRM) division as part of their two-year underwriting analyst program. With AIGRM, Josh provides customized workers’ compensation, auto liability, and general liability/products liability program structures for sophisticated organizations that retain portions of their risk via deductibles, self-insured retentions ($250K and higher), captives, and retrospective programs, as well as the ability to utilize large guaranteed cost programs ($2M or more in guaranteed cost programs). In addition to Mathematics, Josh also double minored in History and Anthropology. Having served on the executive board of Providence College’s Asian American Association, Josh continues his efforts to both promote and support the local AAPI community as President of AIG SF’s Asian Leadership Network ERG.


Program Sponsor

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We strongly encourage all guests to be vaccinated and to wear masks during our events when they are not actively eating or drinking. We request that attendees take a Covid test before they attend our events and that they not attend an event should they test positive or if they experience Covid symptoms prior to the event.

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