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2019 Executive Insight for Pan-Asian Women (EIW) 

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Event Details:

Date: March 11-12, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: State Street

Business Casual




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Ascend created The Executive Insight for Pan-Asian Women (EIW) program to help mid-level Pan-Asian female managers address common challenges as they rise within their respective organizations in corporate America.


Developed by Pan-Asian female executives based on contemporary issues raised during focus groups, this program provides both conceptual frameworks and pragmatic, actionable advice on addressing these issues with a deep understanding of the influence from Pan-Asian cultural values.



  • Executive values and leadership skills demanded by large North American corporations

  • The role of cultural heritage and how it may help or hinder their effectiveness

  • Dealing with stereotypes about Pan-Asian women

  • Developing “executive presence” skills, including impactful communications

  • How Pan-Asian women can navigate sensitive issues in relationships with mentors and sponsors

  • Being more comfortable with participating in informal cross-cultural groups in the workplace

  • Handling work-life balance challenges


Pan-Asian female executives who encountered and overcame many of these issues in their careers instruct this program. These executives will share their experiences, lessons learned, and personal insight along with their own career journeys. Ascend designed the program to be interactive, with mini-lectures, discussions, and role-play exercises. Participants should expect to leave with a heightened awareness of the choices and skills they will need to develop and demonstrate to be more effective and successful in their unique career journeys. The EIW program can be delivered over two consecutive or non-consecutive days.

EIW Sessions Co-Led By:

Janet Wong
Board director and audit committee chairman for Enviva Partners (NYSE: EVA). Executive Advisor, Ascend; Former Partner, KPMG

Janet S. Wong, CPA, is an independent Board Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Enviva Partners, a global energy company (NYSE: EVA).  In December 2018, Directors and Boards magazine named her as a “Director to Watch.” She serves on the Advisory Board of BigControls, a cloud-based software company. Janet is a CPA and a retired partner with KPMG where she was based in its Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.


She volunteers as a Senior Executive Advisor to Ascend where she leads Ascend Pinnacle, the largest network of experienced Pan-Asian corporate board directors.


Janet also serves as a Trustee for the Computer History Museum, Board Director for the Southwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association, and the Louisiana Tech University Foundation Board. She is a past recipient of the Louisiana Tech College of Business Alumni of the Year award, Silicon Valley Business Times Women of Distinction award, and the Ascend Inspirational Leadership Award.

Check out Janet's LinkedIn Profile here.

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Amy Shang

Former HSBC - EVP, Strategic Implementation (Regulation) for North America; Ascend National Board Member.

Amy spent over 20 years in the financial services industry, with significant time spent infront office, support and consulting roles. EVP, Strategic Implementation (Regulation) for HSBC, North America, where she was responsible for coordinating key regulatory responses for the Bank including managing the implementation of the Dodd-Frank legislation. Prior to HSBC, she held positions at Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, Bank of America and MMG Partners. Amy is a strong advocate for enhancing workplace diversity. While at HSBC, she was a member of US Diversity Council and served as Chairperson to the employee networking group for Asians and Pacific Islanders. Amy holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Stanford University.

Check out Amy's LinkedIn Profile 

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