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2019 Lunar New Year

Navigating Power & Conflict

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Event Details:

Date:  Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: Marsh, 633 W. Fifth St., (In the U.S. Bank Tower), Los Angeles, CA 90071

Admission: Ascend Members: $70 | Non-members: $100

Attire: Business casual


Time to usher in the Year of the Pig! The Ascend Los Angeles chapter invites you to an exclusive Lunar New Year celebration at MARSH on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 4:00PM PST.  


Stress and conflicts are common challenges in the workplace. It is important to acknowledge the headwind it creates, but also to manage it before it hinders your well-being and productivity. Our seasoned moderators will facilitate a thought-provoking discussion and encourage live peer-coaching among professionals who have experienced similar challenges.


4:00 - 4:30 PM Registration & Networking
4:30 - 4:35 PM Opening Remarks
4:35 - 5:30 PM Panel Session
5:30 - 5:55 PM Close-Up with Julia Gouw
5:55 - 6:00 PM Closing Remarks & Questions
6:00 - 7:00 PM Raffle Prizes, Food, and Networking
There are limited seats available. Please register online to reserve your spot!

Keynote Speaker
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Julia Gouw

Julia S. Gouw is Retired President and Chief Operating Officer of East West Bank – one of the top 30 largest banks in the nation that serves as the financial bridge between U.S. and China. Prior to joining East West Bank in 1989, Gouw was a Senior Audit Manager with the accounting firm KPMG.
Gouw was ranked one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” five times by American Banker magazine and has received the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award two times in recognition of her achievements and philanthropic contributions.
Gouw was appointed as a Commissioner of Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) in September 2016. The OIAA provides overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of Ontario International Airport in Southern California.

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Ronald Reeves

Ronald Reeves is currently Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the United States, Canada, Latin America & Caribbean for AIG. He has been in his current role for three years and has worked for AIG for 19 years. He is responsible for partnering with AIG’s leaders, managers and employees to design, develop and implement a sustainable and measurable D&I strategy that focuses on talent, workplace and the marketplace.
With over 20 years of insurance industry experience, he has extensive global leadership and management development experience. Ronald is passionate about diversity & inclusion, leadership/executive development as well as improving sales revenue/production.


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Rudy Medina


Rudy Medina serves as the Southern California market president for U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States. Medina leads the market in company-wide efforts and activities while directing commercial banking in the greater Southern California area. Medina has over 35 years of banking and financial services experience in California and joins U.S. Bank from Bank of America, where he served as chief operating officer, business banking division.
Medina is active in the community and currently serves as a board member for the Pacific Coast Banking School and the California Bankers Association. Locally, Medina is on the boards of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Central City Association of Los Angeles, Town Hall-Los Angeles, and more.

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Vicki Ariyasu

With her extensive academic and entertainment background, Vicki Ariyasu is making a difference for the millions of kids and families who watch Disney Junior and Disney Channel. She leads the Educational Resource Group, a team responsible for the integration of early childhood educational content, prosocial engagement, and inclusion across intellectual properties and brand extensions.

She established the Disney Junior Advisory Board, a council of prominent multidisciplinary academics, experts, and cultural consultants. She has managed partnerships with UNICEF, Girls Scouts, Google, XPRIZE, NASA, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Hollywood Health & Society, many children’s museums and science discovery centers.

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Livia Ching-Gerring

Livia is responsible for the strategy and operations of the Pacific Northwest Region for Ascend, a not-for-profit focused on promoting Pan-Asian executives in corporate America. Her passion lies in supporting community vision and mission to move corporate and organizational practices towards a more inclusive working and leadership culture.

She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) - Accounting Career Awareness Program, San Francisco/Bay Area Chapter and is a current Co-President and Executive Council Member of Ellevate Network's San Francisco and Silicon Valley Chapters.​

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Terri Luong

Terri Luong joined Marsh in July 2014 as a Producer and Client Executive. As a Producer, she is responsible for strategically building business relationships with existing and prospective clients, with the objective of delivering innovative risk solutions. In the role of Client Executive, Terri is the first point of contact on the account, and charged with thoroughly understanding the goals and objectives of her clients. Through leadership of the internal team, she ensures all deliverables are met. 
As a Chinese-American, Terri leverages her background when engaging with the local business community through her involvement as Co-President of the Asian Business League of Southern California.  Utilizing this platform, Terri has garnered clients from all sectors of business, including construction, real estate, banking, and supermarkets, by embracing the diverse communities of Los Angeles and Orange County.

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