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Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference

From Inclusion to Innovation

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Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Venue:  JW Marriott, Downtown Houston 
806 Main St. Houston, TX 77002
Admission:  Member $75 I Non-Member $150
Student Member $25 I Student Non-Member $40
Attire: Business Casual

October 27, 2018 marks Ascend Houston Chapter’s "Inspiring Across Generations" conference. This year’s conference theme is From Inclusion to Innovation. Today’s global business environment and technological advances have changed the way people work, connect with each other, and leverage technical skills. We must strategically lead new initiatives to stay relevant and be forward thinking while inspiring those around us to further expand their capabilities. Together through our cross-functional senior executive panel and speakers representing various industries, we will learn and discuss the inclusion unlocks innovation and drives market growth.

Event Agenda:

  • 8:15 AM - 8:55 AM Registration and Breakfast

  • 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Welcome - Ascend President - Linda Luong

  • 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Breakfast Keynote - Sayun Sukduang

  • 10:15 AM - 10:25 AM Break / Networking

  • 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM Diversity & Inclusion Panel

  • 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM Ascend Talk - Judy Le: From Inclusion to Innovation: From Safe Space to Brave Space

  • 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM Break

  • 11:45 AM - 11:55 AM Hurricane Harvey Check Presentation

  • 11:55 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch Keynote - Thomas Nguyen: Finding Your Passion and Success that Follows

  • 12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Leadership Coaching Sessions

  • 1:15 PM - 1:25 PM Break

  • 1:25 PM - 3:00 PM Ascend Talks

  1. Ascend Talk - MJ Khan: Journey to Success - Leadership tips

  2. Ascend Talk - Linda Toyota: Succeeding through Diversity & Inclusion

  3. Ascend Talk - Pradeep Anand: Being Different Promotes Innovation

  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Thank You + Structured Networking HH

Keynote Speaker:



Sayun Sukduang

CEO of Engie Resources North America

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Thomas Nguyen,

Co-Founder and

CEO of Peli Peli Restaurant Group

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Ascend Talks

Ascend Talk # 1

From Inclusion to Innovation: From Safe Space to Brave Space

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Judy Le

President and Co-Founder of TakeRoot

Ascend Talk # 2

Journey to Success –

Leadership Tips 

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M. J. Khan
First Muslim Member of Houston City Council

Ascend Talk # 3

.Succeeding through Diversity & Inclusion

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Linda Toyota

Board member Greater Houston Convention and Visitor Bureau

Ascend Talk # 4

Being Different Promotes Innovation

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Pradeep Anand

Partner at Verisei Consulting

Executive Panel

The Importance of How Diversity and Inclusion Drives Innovation


Shern-Min Chow
Anchor & Reporter at
Dustin Ruffatto

EY Southwest Region Inclusiveness and Flexibility Leader

Mandy Hwang

Managing Director of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics

Karen Costa
RSM Central Region Leader of CDI & Tax Partner
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Kristen Yoshida

KPMG Principal of Tax/Transfer Pricing Services

Sarinya Hartgrove

Vice President – CDO/CLO BNY Mellon Corporate Trust

Leadership Coaching

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Bobby Bui

Managing Director, State and Local Tax, KPMG LLP

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Richard Dyo

Partner, ABIO CPA

 Sarinya Hartgrove

Vice President, CDO/CLO BNY Mellon Corporate Trust

 Mandy Hwang

Managing Director, Transactions and Business Analytics, Deloitte

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Virginia Li

Tax Partner and Houston Tax Partner Leader, RSM US LLP

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Steve Lyell

Managing Director, State and Local Tax, KPMG LLP

 Thomas Nguyen

Co-Founder/CEO, Peli Peli

Dustin Ruffatto

Southwestern region Inclusiveness and Flexibility Leader, EY

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Linda Toyota

Board member Greater  Houston Convention and Visitor Bureau

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Billy Williams

Audit Partner, KPMG LLP

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 Sophie Zhang

Director, Deals Practice, PwC

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