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June 2022 Newsletter

Ascend has launched the 10x25 Initiative with the goal of having at least 10% of Fortune 1000 board directors be Asian American/Pacific Islanders by 2025. Ascend Here.

6/29 Monthly Member Meetup

Foodie Tour at Purple Patch in D.C.

Our Ascend GW Marketing team has been on the hunt for amazing food locations throughout the local area. We've shared these on our social media and YouTube channel through our Foodie Tour campaign. Now we're bringing Foodie Tours to our members! Tracy Jacquez, Ascend GW’s VP of Marketing, will be hosting this member event at Purple Patch! This member meet-up is a casual gathering for anyone who enjoys good conversation and delicious Filipino food. The first 20 members who register will have a meal on us! Not a member? Consider becoming a member today! The menu will be specially crafted by Chef/Owner Patrice Cleary. Please indicate any dietary restrictions in the RSVP. Event Details: Purple Patch, 3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010 June 29, 2022; 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for the 6/25 Unity March

The recent rise in hate-driven attacks affect the lives and well-being of not only Asian Americans, but also Black, Latino, LGBTQ, and other marginalized communities. And the birth of the Stop Asian Hate movement has activated a collective Asian American voice demanding an end to the threats against our personal sense of safety and wellness. That is why over 60 major Asian American serving organizations have come together to organize a historic event to rally our communities and demand action. We invite you to join the Unity March on the National Mall in Washington DC from 12 - 3 pm to demand full inclusion in our democracy, justice, and representation.

Save the Date - 7/10 Event with AASuccess

Join Ascend GW's community partner AASuccess at the 2022 AASuccess Mental Health Conference. The event is free and open to all ages. Register by July 3rd.


2022 DC Dragon Boat Race

Ascend GW's Executive VP of External Affairs, Tina Cooper, and Team Legacy finished with a Bronze in the Open Division A - Major Finals in both the 200m and 500m races for the 2022 DC Dragon Boat Races! Team Legacy has consistently placed in the top three for these races for the last few years.

The team name, Legacy, is derived from "Qu-Yuan’s Legacy", the Chinese poet whose story inspired The Dragon Boat Festival and the rice dumpling custom. In 278 BCE, Qu-Yuan drowned himself to express his anguish over the devastation suffered by his state, Chu, at the hands of the neighboring state, Qin. Local villagers rushed out in boats to rescue him, but were unsuccessful. The villagers tossed rice, wrapped in bamboo leaves, into the river as offerings to the spirit of Qu-Yuan and to feed the river fish to prevent them from devouring his body. The racing of the boats to save Qu-Yuan, combined with the beating of drums to scare away the fish, intertwined with the rice offering, turned into a Chinese and Asian tradition of making zongzi rice dumplings and Dragon Boat races in May/June. Check out more photos of the Dragon Boat Race in the photo gallery on the Ascend GW website.

Ascend GW AAPI Heritage Month Campaign

Thank you to all who submitted stories celebrating their AAPI Heritage on behalf of the Ascend GW AAPIHM Campaign! Check out these stories on our Instagram highlights and be inspired by all the local restaurant recommendations! Please continue tagging @ascendgw on social media and engage with our community!

Local AAPI Celebrations

Throughout AAPI Heritage Month, Ascend GW had been engaged in supporting multiple celebrations in the DC Metro area. The picture on the left is the APA Heritage Month Celebration sponsored by National China Garden Foundation, American Health & Wellness Institute, Asian American Government Executive Network, and Ascend GW. Pictured with the Ascend GW board members is the celebrated Filipina Chef Patrice Cleary of Purple Patch DC. Pictured on the right is Ascend GW Chapter President Zach Heng with basketball star, Jeremy Lin, at The Asian American Foundation event that highlighted key Asian American figures.

Check out our Photo Gallery on the Ascend GW website for more photos and videos.

Are you a member of Ascend? Your membership allows you to take advantage of professional development opportunities, mentoring programs, discounts to events, access to multiple programs, and the ability to participate in our exclusive networking community!

We invite members to visit our website and create a member profile for access to members only content, including our job board and replays of events like 2021 IAG and Women of Ascend: The Myth of the Bamboo Ceiling!

To become a member of Ascend, visit to sign up today!

How Do I Get Involved? Reach out to our Committee VPs:

Community Relations: Aimee Liu Corporate Relations: Andy Ngo Marketing: Tracy Jacquez Internal Affairs: Ihita Kabir

Membership: Mike Luu Programs: Zoomie Zein Student Affairs: Susan Park

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