Who We Are
Ascend is the largest Pan-Asian business professional membership organization in North America. Our mission is to drive workplace and societal impact by developing and elevating all Asian and Pacific Islander (API) business leaders and empowering them to become catalysts for change.
Ascend reaches 60,000 people with 45+ student chapters and 20 professional chapters located in both the United States and Canada around major business hubs and educational institutions.
We offer robust professional development and career enhancement programs designed to cultivate Pan-Asian talent. In addition, the National Association of Asian MBAs (NAAMBA), Ascend’s national organization for MBA professionals and students, fosters Competent, Committed, Competitive, and Collaborative global MBA leaders to fulfill diverse talent pipelines.
Ascend Foundation's research provides the basis to the development of our leadership and development programs.
Enhance the presence and influence of current and future Pan-Asian business leaders and serve as a collective voice for Pan-Asian business communities.
Be the premier professional organization dedicated to enabling its members, corporate partners and the professional Pan-Asian community to leverage the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asian professionals worldwide.
Connect Pan-Asian leaders across industries through a network of seasoned professionals and emerging leaders. Enable young professionals and emerging leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve new professional heights. Assist our partners and sponsors to achieve their business growth through world-class diversity and inclusion practices
Membership is open to individuals of all ethnicities and business backgrounds. The majority of our members come from fields where there is a high concentration of Pan-Asians – accounting, financial services, technology, engineering, professional services, and others in business, government, and academia.