Message from Ascend LA Metro Chapter President

To the Los Angeles Metro Ascend Community,
I hope many of you have begun to enjoy the “opening up” of Southern California as we slowly begin to make progress with COVID. The moratorium for physical events for the LA Metro Chapter of Ascend were lifted on April 1 so as discussed later, we did not miss a beat.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month took place this past May and I hope you enjoyed the many activities that took place during the month. Here at Ascend, we would like to acknowledge all of the great contributions and the influence of the AAPI community to the history, culture and achievements in the United States. 
On May 5, we kicked off AAPI Heritage month with an event titled “Asian Representation in Entertainment” which was held at the Le Meridien Hotel in Arcadia. This event featured a keynote speech by former California State Controller John Chiang who spoke about the need for Pan Asian empowerment in our community, which was followed by a panel of entertainment industry experts including a producer, an actor, and executives giving us an inside view of Pan Asian representation in today’s media and the impact on their careers. Our focus or theme of the event was “If we cannot see it, how can we be it?” This wonderful event could not have taken place without the sponsorship of Julia Gouw who has become quite a friend of Ascend. Please 
click here to view pictures.
On April 1, we had our “Welcome to Spring” social at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles. For the LA Metro Chapter, this event marked our first physical gathering since January of 2019. For me personally, it was great to see many of you (and we did have a big crowd) and I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and the networking that cannot take place in the same manner in a virtual setting. Networking is a hallmark of Ascend programming and an important component of our mission to have success here in America.
On April 13, we had the opportunity to host a dinner of our sponsors to thank them for their support of our chapter during the difficult pandemic period. It was really nice to gather our sponsors in a casual setting and have great dialogue so that we could listen and exchange ideas so we can better serve all of you in the future from a chapter perspective. 
I often speak about Ascends 10 x 25 initiative whereby Ascend has an aspirational goal to have 10% of the Fortune 1000 boards to be populated by Pan Asians by 2025 – which is not too far away. At the National level, Ascend has received the support of many large and influential companies, but as we all know, we must also do our part to be prepared for the opportunities when they arrive. My hope is each of you will utilize organizations like Ascend and your personal network to enhance your professional development.
Please be on the lookout for future events through our frequent emails or visits to our website. There is a lot of great programming also being offered virtually from Ascend National. Either way, let’s all continue on this journey to success together.
Glen Hamakawa
LA Metro Chapter President
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Glen Hamakawa


Ascend LA Metro

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