Our Executive Team

Executive Team

Our
Committees
Led by President, Johnny Yu, our passionate board is comprised of 7 major committees:

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach committee drives deeper connection with our community by establishing new community partnerships, strengthening our established community partnerships, and coordinating various philanthropy initiatives. The committee hosts many events throughout the year supporting various organizations like AALead, Delta Success, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Corporate Executive Initiative

The Corporate Executive Initiative (CEI) has 3 over-arching objectives:

  1. Increase the pipeline for Pan Asian Leaders by harnessing the passion and imagination of Pan-Asian senior executives to provide stewardship in developing the next generation of Pan-Asian leaders, both in ASCEND and in their own organizations
  2. Promote thought leadership by engaging Pan-Asian senior executives in thoughtful and meaningful dialogue on subjects of relevance to their careers, passions, and aspirations, especially related to the Pan-Asian community
  3. Build the Pan Asian executive network by providing a convenient, enjoyable, and engaging environment for Pan-Asian senior executives to exchange ideas, expand their networks, and develop personal and professional relationships with peers in the Pan-Asian professional community

Corporate Sponsorship

The Corporate Sponsorship committee is responsible for maintaining relationships with current corporate partners as well as building new relationships with potential corporate partners in the Greater Washington area. Through these partnerships, our members can learn about and build relationships with industry experts and executives in the public and private sectors, from start-ups to large corporations. It is with the support of our corporate partners that we can provide the meaningful programs and initiatives that help drive towards our mission of becoming the premier Pan-Asian professional organization to enable its members and the AAPI community to achieve new professional heights.

Marketing

As a critical function of the chapter supporting every committee across the organization, the Marketing committee ensures that members, potential members, and friends of Ascend are informed about all chapter programming and initiatives. The committee leads all communication efforts, chapter branding, and external engagement, which include managing the email list, website, and social media accounts.

Membership Outreach

Like the soul of any nonprofit organization, our Membership Outreach committee is the heartbeat of the chapter. This committee’s primary objectives include membership growth and retention. These objectives are achieved through analyzing member feedback, networking happy hours, recruitment drives, and driving the value of membership by ensuring the proper resources are available and accessible to all members.

Professional Development

An integral part of Ascend’s national mission, the Professional Development committee serves as the cornerstone of our annual programming addressing topics like market disruptions and career-changing innovation then connecting the organization’s members with industry leaders who have effectively navigated both of those areas. The committee’s marquee event is the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month celebration which takes place every year in May.

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs committee provides guidance, resources, and partnership opportunities for the surrounding student chapters — University of Maryland (College Park), Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and George Mason University! While most student events are focused on preparing to enter their professional lives, the committee also provides experiential learning opportunities for students to learn more about their field of interest in a fully engaged, hands-on environment. For example, the annual Consulting Boot Camp is an opportunity for professionals to guide student teams during a week-long consulting project judged by a panel of business executives.

Led by President, Johnny Yu, our passionate board is comprised of 7 major committees:

Community Outreach

The Community Outreach committee drives deeper connection with our community by establishing new community partnerships, strengthening our established community partnerships, and coordinating various philanthropy initiatives. The committee hosts many events throughout the year supporting various organizations like AALead, Delta Success, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Corporate Executive Initiative

The Corporate Executive Initiative (CEI) has 3 over-arching objectives:

  1. Increase the pipeline for Pan Asian Leaders by harnessing the passion and imagination of Pan-Asian senior executives to provide stewardship in developing the next generation of Pan-Asian leaders, both in ASCEND and in their own organizations
  2. Promote thought leadership by engaging Pan-Asian senior executives in thoughtful and meaningful dialogue on subjects of relevance to their careers, passions, and aspirations, especially related to the Pan-Asian community
  3. Build the Pan Asian executive network by providing a convenient, enjoyable, and engaging environment for Pan-Asian senior executives to exchange ideas, expand their networks, and develop personal and professional relationships with peers in the Pan-Asian professional community

Corporate Sponsorship

The Corporate Sponsorship committee is responsible for maintaining relationships with current corporate partners as well as building new relationships with potential corporate partners in the Greater Washington area. Through these partnerships, our members can learn about and build relationships with industry experts and executives in the public and private sectors, from start-ups to large corporations. It is with the support of our corporate partners that we can provide the meaningful programs and initiatives that help drive towards our mission of becoming the premier Pan-Asian professional organization to enable its members and the AAPI community to achieve new professional heights.

Marketing

As a critical function of the chapter supporting every committee across the organization, the Marketing committee ensures that members, potential members, and friends of Ascend are informed about all chapter programming and initiatives. The committee leads all communication efforts, chapter branding, and external engagement, which include managing the email list, website, and social media accounts.

Membership Outreach

Like the soul of any nonprofit organization, our Membership Outreach committee is the heartbeat of the chapter. This committee’s primary objectives include membership growth and retention. These objectives are achieved through analyzing member feedback, networking happy hours, recruitment drives, and driving the value of membership by ensuring the proper resources are available and accessible to all members.

Professional Development

An integral part of Ascend’s national mission, the Professional Development committee serves as the cornerstone of our annual programming addressing topics like market disruptions and career-changing innovation then connecting the organization’s members with industry leaders who have effectively navigated both of those areas. The committee’s marquee event is the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month celebration which takes place every year in May.

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs committee provides guidance, resources, and partnership opportunities for the surrounding student chapters — University of Maryland (College Park), Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and George Mason University! While most student events are focused on preparing to enter their professional lives, the committee also provides experiential learning opportunities for students to learn more about their field of interest in a fully engaged, hands-on environment. For example, the annual Consulting Boot Camp is an opportunity for professionals to guide student teams during a week-long consulting project judged by a panel of business executives.

Our board of directors:
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Deloitte

Winsong Heng

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PwC

Rakesh Bhatia

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PwC

Yogesh Gupta

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Accenture

Sara Abiusi

Our executive board:

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Deloitte

Johnny Yu

President
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KPMG

Jessica Blazer

Secretary
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Ernst & Young

Sophie Ding

Treasurer
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Deloitte

Liz Benson

VP of Operations
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Booz Allen Hamilton

Zach Heng

VP of Marketing
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Deloitte

Lucas Wang

VP of Membership Outreach
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Deloitte

Yogeeta Gandhi

VP of Membership Outreach
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Accenture

Tony Wong

VP of Community Outreach
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Deloitte

Charles Chiang

VP of Student Affairs
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KPMG

Yishu Wang

VP of Student Affairs
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Deloitte

Amanda Suller

VP of Student Affairs
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RSM

Hemant Shah

VP of Corporate Sponsorship
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PwC

Jeannette Chu

VP of Corporate Sponsorship
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Accenture

Wendy Chan

VP of Corporate Sponsorship
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Accenture

Ameer Ali

VP of Professional Development
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PwC

Ihita Kabir

VP of Professional Development
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Accenture

Yoko Jolly

VP of Corporate Executive Initiative
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Strengths Strategy

Brian Kelly

VP of Corporate Executive Initiative
Our Team
Our board of directors:
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Deloitte

Winsong Heng

null

PwC

Rakesh Bhatia

null

PwC

Yogesh Gupta

null

Accenture

Sara Abiusi

Our executive board:

null

Deloitte

Johnny Yu

President
null

KPMG

Jessica Blazer

Secretary
null

Ernst & Young

Sophie Ding

Treasurer
null

Deloitte

Liz Benson

VP of Operations
null

Booz Allen Hamilton

Zach Heng

VP of Marketing
null

Deloitte

Lucas Wang

VP of Membership Outreach
null

Deloitte

Yogeeta Gandhi

VP of Membership Outreach
null

Accenture

Tony Wong

VP of Community Outreach
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Deloitte

Charles Chiang

VP of Student Affairs
null

KPMG

Yishu Wang

VP of Student Affairs
null

Deloitte

Amanda Suller

VP of Student Affairs
null

RSM

Hermant Shah

VP of Corporate Sponsorship
null

PwC

Jeannette Chu

VP of Corporate Sponsorship
null

Accenture

Wendy Chan

VP of Corporate Sponsorship
null

Accenture

Ameer Ali

VP of Professional Development
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PwC

Ihita Kabir

VP of Professional Development
null

Accenture

Yoko Jolly

VP of Corporate Executive Initiative
null

Strengths Strategy

Brian Kelly

VP of Corporate Executive Initiative
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