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Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference

Reimagining Leadership: What Makes a Modern-Day Leader

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Event Details:

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Venue:  JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria 
5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056
Admission:  Members $50 I Non-Members $75 I Student Members $25 I Student Non-Members $40
Parking: Self-Parking or Valet
Attire: Business Casual
Breakfast and lunch will be included. Drinks (water, coffee and tea) will also be provided throughout the day.
Complimentary headshots will be provided to all attendees!
Raffle prizes being given out throughout the day!

With rapidly changing times and today’s highly interconnected and increasingly complex world, the defining characteristics of a leader in today’s world have also demanded a change. The hierarchical model simply doesn’t work anymore, and it has been replaced by learning organizations that are filled with knowledge workers who don’t respond to “top down” leadership. In response to these changes, a new generation of leaders is reshaping the best-led global companies. Their approach is not shareholder, customer or employee first; it is people first. Modern-day leaders view leadership as more than the behaviors, traits, and styles of individuals; they view leadership as a property of any social network.  No longer solely the domain of those “in charge,” leadership is something in which everyone participates. Our Modern-Day leaders distribute their leadership powers to those who have the will, skill, ability and desire to lead.


Come join us for a day full of learning, sharing and networking as we engage in discussions around what it actually takes to be a Modern-Day leader and the various facets of leadership.

Event Agenda:

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: President’s Opening Remarks
9:00 AM - 9:45 AM: Ascend Talk #1
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM: Break
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Ascend Talk #2
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Leadership Panel Discussion
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM: Break
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM: Lunch & Ascend Talk #3 and Ascend Talk #4
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM: Break 
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM: Leadership Mentoring Circles
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM: ERG/BRG Leaders Roundtable (By Invite Only)
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Ascend Talk #5
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM: Ascend Talk #6
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Ascend Talk #7
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Closing Remarks

Ascend Talks

Ascend Talk # 1

The Personal side of Leadership 

Dr. Christopher Govekar

Chief Executive Officer

75th Innovation Command

Ascend Talk # 2

Authentic Leadership: Lessons Learnt as Today’s AAPI Leader 

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Sue Ann Hong

Chief Executive Director

Center for Asian Pacific American Women

Ascend Talk # 3

.Leadership in the Corporate World

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Sanjiv Shah

Managing Director and Co-head

Simmons Energy, a Division of Piper Jaffray

Ascend Talk # 4

.Leading in the Digital Age

Jason Bollinger

Certified Professional Coach

Capella Coaching

Ascend Talk # 5

Mind Management and Leadership Success

Aurva Kapoor

Inner Transformation, Breath-work and Meditation Expert

The Art of Living

Ascend Talk # 6

What I Learnt about Leadership when I am alone 

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Youngro Lee

Co-founder and CEO


Ascend Talk # 7

.Bringing Communities Together to Make a Difference

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Mandy Kao

President, Titan Management and

Founder, Mandy Kao Foundation

Executive Panel

What Makes a Modern-Day Leader


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Farrukh Seyar
Managing Partner

HT Shaikh Seyar LLP

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Elaine Loo

Principal, Human Capital


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Steve Lyell

Managing Director, State & Local Taxes


Deborah Byers

Managing Partner, Oil & Gas Leader

Ernst & Young

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Nazif Sharique

Partner, Risk Consulting


Leadership Mentoring Circles

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Dr. Rubina F. Malik
CEO & Strategic Advisor
Malik Global Solutions
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Yolande Athiade

Managing Director, Sales and Local Tax


Jason Bollinger 
Professional Coach &
Leadership Consultant
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Bobby Bui
Managing Director, Sales and Local Tax
Steve Lyell

Managing Director, State & Local Taxes


Don Nguyen

Chief Accounting Officer & Controller

Castleton Resources

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 Sruti Ramaswamy

Small Business Owner

Bricks4Kidz, Cypress TX

 Sujaya S Rao

Director, Division Research Development

The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Franscisca Wahjudi
Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting
Kristin Yoshida
Principal Tax/Transfer Pricing Services
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Sincia Yuebo Shi
Founder & President
SYB Solutions LLC

Other Speakers

Opening Remarks

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Linda Leung
President, Ascend Houston

Opening Remarks

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Rashmi Chand

 IAG Dean, Ascend Houston


Opening Remarks

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Jennifer Lee
IAG Assistant Dean, Ascend Houston
Siegfried Group
Kristin Yoshida
Board Advisor, Ascend Houston

Closing Remarks


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Thank You To Our Sponsors

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