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Ascend Solidarity Statement

June 3, 2020
Ascend stands in solidarity against racism and violence. The tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and other acts of bias and violence against Blacks have shaken our country to its core. We are seeing with alarming frequency incidents that shed light on the inequality, racism, institutional bias and prejudice that many fellow Americans have endured for generations. There is no place for this. Each of these instances reaffirms to me the need for greater empathy, enlightment and understanding, and the continued importance of closing the economic gaps that impact our workforce. We need to do much more collectively by listening to each other, acknowledging the work that we as a society must do, and taking action in a positive and constructive way. We cannot be complacent and must not be mere bystanders.
Covid-19 has impacted all of us in ways we could never have imagined. It has devastated our Black, Latinx, and Native American communities at disproportionate rates and brought abuse to our Asian American community. Recent heartbreaking events, together with the global COVID-19 pandemic, amplify the need for Ascend members to exercise resiliency and resolve and do better for our communities. Ascend doesn’t have all the answers to solve for these highly complex and nuanced societal issues, but I do know that we have an important role to play. With our collaboration partners and 100+ supporting companies, we adopted our joint 5-Point Action Agenda. The core tenets of Promote Inclusion, Raise Awareness, Denounce Bias, Support Communities, and Give Donations apply now more than ever to our vulnerable and hurting communities. We are here for our black friends and colleagues, our corporate partners, members and the community at large to work together on solutions to make the change we want and need.
I am in active discussions with key CEO driven coalitions such as CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, senior company executives, our partners and Ascend members on how, as leaders, we will become more race conversant and reduce inequities in the workplace. On Friday, June 5th, Ascend will be hosting the first in a series of Ascend Dialogs to discuss how we can work together as a pan-Asian and broader community to mobilize and accelerate change in our workplaces and beyond.
As each of us internalizes and tries to make sense of what has happened, I personally urge you to:
  • Learn and increase fluency about the human experiences and history of the Black community and other communities of color
  • Elevate your understanding of our commonalities and appreciate our differences
  • Adopt our 5-point Action Agenda and develop your personal actions
  • Devise strategies for candid conversations with friends, family, and colleagues about racial injustice and disparities
Together we can accelerate change, begin the healing process and make meaningful and sustainable contributions to build a more equitable and inclusive society. Now more than ever, we need to ascend to the challenges before us.
Anna W. Mok
President, Ascend
President, Ascend Foundation

Message from Ascend LA Metro Chapter President


To the Los Angeles Metro Ascend Community
Happy New Year! It was such a historical moment to view the Inauguration which took place in January. How proud we are of Kamala Harris who became the first woman, the first Black and the first South Asian to become the Vice President of the United States.

Happy New Year again! The Ascend LA Metro will be celebrating the Lunar New Year as we enter into the “Year of the Ox”. Our chapter will be teaming with NBCUniveral to sponsor our Lunar New Year event titled “Lunar New Year CelebrAsian 2021” which will feature Dr. Tiffany Moon from “ The Real Housewives of Dallas”. This virtual event will take place on Tuesday, February 9th from 5:30 PM and will certainly be a fun event to begin our year with all of you. If you are interested in attending, please click here to be a part of what I promise will be an entertaining evening.

Later in February, we will have a “kick-off” event where we will unveil our calendar of events for the rest of the calendar year. Given the virtual nature that we live in now, our plan is to have at least one event per month to ensure that all of you can become engaged in what we do. Our expected theme for the kick-off event will be mental wellness. Please be on the lookout for this event once the date becomes finalized.

Some of you may have participated in our #AscendTogether Forum which took place on January 27th and was a program put on by our National Ascend group. The forum was meant to facilitate an open dialogue so each of us could express our own thought about recent U.S. events that would allow us to create holistic Pan Asian Leaders. Ascend has become more proactive over that past year discussing social issues both externally and within our membership. These discussions have allowed many of us to learn, to express our thoughts, and to teach – all in a safe environment.

We continue to find ways to reach you whether it be Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. In any event, we have heard from a lot of you and know that many of you have gotten a lot of benefit from your association with Ascend over the years, whether as a student, a young professional, or even a seasoned professional. The power of our organization is our network and the willingness of many of you to help others out within our network. So please, renew your membership, and help us continue to grow our future Pan Asian leaders.

See you around!

Glen Hamakawa
LA Metro Chapter President
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Glen Hamakawa


Ascend LA Metro

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