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Ascend Texas Chapters' Inspiring Across Generations Conference 2021

ReSolutions: Inspire Resilience with Mindful Solutions  

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Event Details:

Date: November 10,11,12
Venue: Webinar on Hubilo Platform


The Ascend Texas chapters are excited to bring you this year’s Inspiring Across Generations conference with the theme: ReSolutions: Inspire Resilience with Mindful Solutions.

The most successful modern-day leaders will focus on sustaining superior performance by supporting people to navigate through barriers and stereotypes present in the workplace, being resilient and resourceful in the face of unexpected challenges, and breaking down the bamboo ceiling in professional development by encouraging growth for not only themselves but everyone around them.

The virtual IAG Conference will convene powerful speakers, engaging panel discussions, interactive mentoring circles and unique networking opportunities across the Texas region.

Join us on November 10-12 with a mindset ready to accelerate your career and professional network!


  • Members: $50   

  • Non-members: $75

  • Ascend Membership and IAG ticket: $150

  • UCP: $100

  • UCP + Membership: $200

  • Corporate Ticket Bundle: Register at least five attendees from your organization and pay $50 each! (5 tickets for $250)

  • Student: We will have an allotment of tickets reserved for our affiliated student chapters. Please contact your student chapter for the registration code.

Event Agenda:

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Resilience - Transcending Diversity in Everyday Lives

11:00AM - 11:15AM CT: 

President's Opening Remarks

11:15AM - 12:00PM CT: 

Opening Keynote

12:05PM - 12:05PM CT: 


12:05PM - 12:55PM CT: 

Executive Panel: Resiliency and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)


12:55PM - 1:00PM CT: 

Day 2 - Thursday, November 11, 2021

Resilience - Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

11:05AM - 11:50AM CT: 

BRG Leaders Panel

11:50AM - 12:00PM CT: 


12:00PM - 12:55PM CT: 

 Mentoring Circles

12:55PM - 1:00PM CT: 


Day 3 - Friday, November 12, 2021

11:05AM - 11:50PM CT: 

Leadership Ascend Talks

11:50AM - 12:00PM CT: 


12:00PM - 12:55PM CT: 

The Pastry Warrior with Gracie Nguyen - Baking Session 

12:55PM - 1:00PM CT: 


Resilience - Finding New Pathways

Day 1: Resilience - Transcending Diversity in Everyday Lives

Opening Keynote:

Karen Ideno
Group Vice President. Private Label
Toyota Financial Services

Karen Ideno is group vice president at Toyota, overseeing the company’s private label financial solution for Mazda. In this capacity, she serves as group vice president, sales, product & marketing for Mazda Financial Services. Ideno is responsible for all Mazda Financial Services’ sales and marketing activities, including sales support, product development, market planning, branding, remarketing, analytics, and insurance operations. Ideno reports to Pete Carey, Toyota group vice president and president of Mazda Financial Services.

Full bio

Executive Panel: Resiliency and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Speakers & Moderator


Kristin Yoshida
Ascend Leadership
Board Member, Crescendum
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Anjit Bajwa

EVS Tax Partner


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Becky Caleb

Senior VP Enterprise Transaction Services Technology

Bank of America

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Jimmy Cheung

SVP of Technology and Engineering

Experian Consumer Services, North America

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Taimur Ghazi

Director, Risk Consulting


Day 2: Resilience - Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling

BRG Leaders Panel:


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David Chen

Vice President

Sixth Street

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Soumava Dey

Actuarial BI Analyst/Manager 


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Pankaj Sarda

Global Head of Lending Operations, Transaction Banking

Goldman Sachs

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Elaine Zhou

Associate Director


Mentoring Circles:


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Greg Hsiao

Associate Consultant


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Seenu Akunuri



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Chris Chew Tsing-Li

Audit Partner


Kenny Dao

Application Sales Manager


Anand Gopalakrishnan

Sr. Software Development Manager, Product Cyber Security

General Motors

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Angela Yeh Lee

EPS Director of Product Operations


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Steve Lyell

Tax Partner


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Lisa Ong

President and Founder

Wishing Out Loud LLC

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Manoj Prakasam

Enterprise Agile Coach

Bank of America

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Caroline Riskey

Managing Director, Corporate Treasury

Goldman Sachs

Emily Rollins

Public Board Director

Dolby Laboratories, Xometry, McAfee and Science 37

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Rahul Sahni

Vice President

Bank of America

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Lana Tran

Global Human Capital Strategy & Transformation Leader

Baker McKenzie

Day 3: Resilience - Finding New Pathways

Leadership Ascend Talks:


Jade Huang

Regional Vice President


Anu Mandapati

Vice President, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Talking Talent

Susan Pham

Senior CX Program Manager


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Ram Ramanujam

Program Management Director

General Motors Electric Vehicles “Ultium” and “Hydrotec” Propulsion Systems

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Derek Wang

Senior Cyber Consultant


Summer Xiao

Deputy CIO Enterprise Applications/PMO

City of Houston

The Pastry Warrior with Gracie Nguyen - Baking Session:


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Gracie Nguyen

The Pastry Warrior

LIVE baking demonstration with recipe shared to recreate on your own time.

Presenting Sponsor:


Platinum Sponsors for IAG 2021:

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Diamond Sponsor for IAG 2021:

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Gold Sponsors for IAG 2021:

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Silver Sponsors for IAG 2021:

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