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Emotional Intelligence- Bottom-Up Leadership

Be an Everyday Leader

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You may have heard of emotional intelligence, but do you know how to optimize emotional intelligence to be an everyday leader at your workplace and in your community? How do you bring your whole self to work and be an effective leader? How do you recognize others' emotions and focus on a common vision?

Join us for an interactive, in-person session with our diverse panel of professionals bringing their experiences in different fields to discuss the importance of emotional intelligence and the role it plays in cultivating the leader within you.

Space is limited! Register now to attend Ascend Houston's first in-person professional development event of 2022 and network with local professionals! We will have food from burger-chan and giveaway prizes of Ascend swag! 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM CT
Venue: burger-chan
5353 W Alabama St Suite 110, Houston, TX 77056
Admission: Members $10  I  Non-Members $20


6:30 PM - 6:45 PM: Welcome, Introductions, and Food Served
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM: Panel Discussion
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM: Q&A/Closing Remarks


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Cara Sylvers
Senior Manager, Protiviti 

Cara has 8 years of experience across external audit, O&G industry and consulting. She has been with Protiviti for 4 years leading projects in SOX Compliance, Internal Audit and Business Process Improvement. Additionally, Cara has been a leader and advocate for DEI throughout her career by leveraging her passion for cultural awareness to help foster an inclusive environment where all people feel a sense of belonging. Her hobbies include cooking, collecting vinyl records and home DIY projects.


Tam Vo
Board Member, Ascend Houston

For two decades, Tam served corporate clients in negotiating state and local government tax incentive. In that role, Tam guided C-suite executives, senior leadership, PR firms, and lobbyists in developing negotiations and communications strategies. Last year, Tam left his role as a regional service line leader at Grant Thornton to pursue his passion in health coaching and community service while devoting more time to intentional living with his young kids. 


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Summer Xiao
Deputy CIO for Enterprise Applications and PMO, City of Houston

Summer Xiao is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Applications and Project Management Office at the City of Houston. Her teams provide value-add technology services for multiple city departments and strive to make a positive impact to city operations and city services through digital transformation. 

Prior to joining the City of Houston, Summer was a solution delivery director for a business technology consulting firm. Her past experience also includes being responsible for the entire IT operations at an advertising company. Summer has years of business and IT experience working in various industries and developing efficient teams that deliver technology solutions which increase revenue, reduce cost, and maximize efficiency.

Summer Xiao graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a BBA in Management Information Systems. 

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Mandy Hwang
Managing Director, BDO

Mandy is an data analytics professional assisting clients in recovering from, and avoiding, significant business events across diverse industries for over 25 years.  Recently,  she has been involved in ASCEND’s mentoring program.

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