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Ascend OC - IAG Conference 2024

Leading Together to Break, Make, Create
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Event Details

Date: Saturday, September 21, 2024

Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM PT

Venue: The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, 686 Anton Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Admission: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Sign up before July 31st to receive $20 off!

  • Members: $150 I  Non-Members: $200  

  • Non-Members + Professional Membership (1-Year): $275 

  • Student Members: $50 

  • Non-Member Ascend Student Members: $75 

  • Non-Member Ascend Student + Student Membership: $90  

Attire: Business Professional


Ascend is the premier global network championing Pan-Asian professionals, dedicated to nurturing, elevating, and empowering tomorrow's API leaders. Our annual conference is a cornerstone of this mission, uniting voices from diverse backgrounds to spark change, share wisdom, and inspire our community.


Join us for an unforgettable day as we dive into this year's theme: "Leading Together to Break, Make, Create." Explore groundbreaking topics such as AI, innovation, allyship, and overcoming the bamboo ceiling.


Hear from our esteemed speakers, who will share their remarkable journeys and wealth of expertise. Gain insights from their stories of inspiration and challenges, and receive valuable advice for navigating the professional world.


Keep an eye on your inbox for the formal invitation, which will include detailed speaker bios, the event timeline, and additional information.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ascend OC's 2024 IAG Conference, where we will celebrate the power of Leading Together to Break, Make, and Create.


  • Break: Shattering barriers and overcoming challenges, such as the bamboo ceiling, that hinder professional growth and equality.

  • Make: Building innovative solutions and fostering creativity in fields like AI and technology to drive progress and transformation.

  • Create: Empowering individuals and communities to create inclusive environments and forge strong alliances through allyship and collaboration.


Save the date and mark your calendars for this exceptional occasion. We can't wait to see you there!


Keynote Speaker


Stephen Choi

Vice President


Dr. Romanos Daniel



Shefali Dua

Product Leader

Amazon Web Services, AI

Program Host

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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