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Aspiring to Ascend Above & Beyond

Join the Ascend OC and the Merage Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Initiative for a special collaborative panel and networking event!
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Event Details

Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM PT 

Venue: UCI Paul Merage School of Business (Auditorium & Courtyard) 

Admission: Complimentary

Attire: Business Casual


Join the Ascend OC and the Merage Asian/Pacific Islander (API) Initiative for a special collaborative panel and networking event seeking to empower early career professionals with tangible tips for career success. 


5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: 

Panel Discussion  

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: 


Felicia Peng

Vice President


As Vice President of Strategic Housing Sales, Felicia Peng leads a sales team focused on collaborating, innovating and solving challenges to deliver growth with our strategic mortgage and rental partners. She is a versatile, results-driven and goaloriented sales and product marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in the competitive and highly regulated information and financial services industry. Prior to her current sales management and business development focus at Experian Mortgage, Felicia was responsible for product management and development of Experian’s prospecting and acquisition suite of credit services. She led a team focused on product innovation and go-to-market programs that helped lenders refine their credit marketing strategies and exceed their acquisition and prospecting goals. Before joining Experian in 2004, Felicia spent four years in the investment management industry in Toronto, Canada, and Connecticut. She holds a Master of Business Adminstration, Marketing and Strategic Management degree from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Kaamini Sheth Srinivasan

Strategic Sourcing

Capital Group

Kamini Sheth Srinivasan - Strategic Sourcing Lead at The Capital Group Companies (CG) – Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (SSnP) partners with senior leaders across Client Groups and suppliers as a trusted advisor for 3rd Party Sourcing and Vendor Management. Her passion for DE&I within CG spans as a Global Lead to CG SPICE [BRC - Business Resource Community] and member/lead to various other CG DE&I communities Kamini serves as VP National Programs, Co-VP Sponsor Relations and Chief of Staff for Ascend OC Chapter. Kamini lives in Irvine, CA with her spouse and 7-year-old daughter. She enjoys cooking, walking, traveling, and listening to music.

Cindy Tjoe




Michael Tsai

Senior Director

EY Parthenon



VJ Panaguiton

Senior Consultant


VJ has previously had experience in Investment Banking M&A and now M&A Consulting at Deloitte Consulting. VJ services Private Equity and TMT clients on all things sell-side and buy-side activities such as M&A strategy, due-diligence, value capture / creation, and more. VJ is also very active in the DEI community being a part of the M&A DEI and Ascend External Partnerships in Deloitte Consulting. Additionally, he is also an active member of the Ascend OC Social Committee.

Program Partner

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Safety of our guests is paramount to Ascend. Attendees are responsible for monitoring their own condition and agree to comply with the safety, hygiene and CDC identified pandemic level communicable illnesses (including COVID-19) guidelines established by relevant health authorities. We request that attendees not attend an event should they test positive or if they experience COVID symptoms prior to the event.

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