Professional Chapter

Our growing number of professional chapters include a membership base of corporate executives, managers and professionals across various industries. In an effort to cultivate and advance Pan-Asian professionals, our chapters organize a variety of local events and social mixers, and deliver local programs such as professional development workshops, regional conferences and mentoring programs. They also encourage and promote civic engagement through community service.

Our Vision

To enhance the presence and influence of current and future business leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and to serve as a collective voice for those business communities.

Our Mission

To be the premier professional organization dedicated to enabling its members, business partners and the community to leverage the leadership and global business potential of Pan-Asians.

Our Future

Ascend plays a vital role in helping global companies and our members align their objectives for mutual success and we have rapidly become one of the largest Pan-Asian professional membership organizations. Our national and regional chapter programs help us:

  • Cultivate the leadership development and professional growth of members
  • Build eminence and visibility for Asians and to provide role models
  • Provide business growth opportunities for our members and corporate partners
  • Encourage the continuous presence and influence of Asians in the global economy
  • Bridge the “Cultural Difference” gap between Asian and Western cultures
  • Serve the public interest in the community and
  • Provide thought leadership

Our Community

The Asian American and Pacific Islander population in the U.S. (hereafter referred to as “Asians”) is a rapidly growing, affluent and highly educated population. Asian Americans have cultural origins from more than thirty-two ethnic groups. Of those, six major groups account for more than 95 percent of the Asian Americans in the United States: Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.

The role that this group plays in the global marketplace continues to grow with the economic growth of Asia, especially China, India and Southeast Asia.

The convergence of all these indicators demonstrates that Asian professionals are a critical element of business growth strategies and represent a pipeline of strong talent for companies.