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Inspiring Across Generations

(IAG) Conference

The Power of Relationships


Event Details:

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Venue: American Airlines Training & Conference Center, 4501 Highway 360, Fort Worth, TX 76155

(5 miles south of DFW Airport) 
Admission:  Professional Members $40 I Non-members: $50 I Student Members: $40 I One - Year Ascend Membership + IAG Admission: $150
Attire: Business Casual

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We are thrilled to announce that registration is now open for this flagship Ascend North Texas regional conference. Act soon and save your seat at the table to hear and learn from some of the best C-level and Senior Executives who serve world class companies in North Texas. This year’s theme “The Power of Relationships” will feature industry leaders from the vibrant DFW business scene who will share their wisdom and insights on how to build, sustain and leverage relationships to help you ascend in your career.

Executive Insights Panel: The Power of Relationships

The panel moderated by Yogesh Bahl, Managing Director of AlixPartners, will dive deeper into the conference theme of “The Power of Relationships” and provide their wisdom and insights on how to build, sustain and leverage relationships to help you ascend in your career.

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Yogesh Bahl

Managing Partner 

AlixPartners, LLP

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Martina Luna

Tax Partner


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Neelu Sethi


Reddy Ice

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Christopher Yang

Deputy General Counsel

 Toyota Motor Corporation Chief International Counsel & Assistant General Counsel

Toyota Motor North America

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Ascend Talks

We are thrilled to introduce to you “Ascend Talks” where inspirational senior business executives share personal perspectives on the key theme of the conference.

Ascend Talk 1

Importance of Building Relationships

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Kenji Hashimoto

Senior Vice President Finance & Corporate Development

American Airlines

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Ascend Talk 2

Value of Business Resource Groups

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Greg Endo


Deloitte & Touche, LLP

North Texas Asian BRG Sponsor

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Ascend Talk 3

The Whole Truth About the Path to Partnership

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Thear Suzuki

Americas Advisory Talent Leader


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Ascend Talk 4

Networking with a Purpose

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Abhi Ingle

Senior Vice President - Digital, Distribution and Channel Marketing

AT&T Services, Inc.

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Breakout Session: From Met to Net - Mastering the 4 Steps to Priceless Professional Relationships
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You can’t achieve your best without learning the all-important art of connecting. Dean Lindsay’s rip-roaring programs are filled with fresh insights to build meaningful, profitable, win-win relationships for business and life. 

Dean Lindsay

Noted Author & Authority on INFLUENCE, CONNECTION & the CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE ✩  C-Suite Network TV Host

Breakout Session: The (Fun!) Neuroscience of Conversations
- Building Trust

Sandi Mitchell


APEX Leadership Mastery

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Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ) is a new take on an old adage: “Talk with  me and I’ll listen, talk to  me and I’ll tune you out.” Being able to communicate effectively with people is one of the most important aspects of a leader’s skill set. C-IQ gives a framework that enables us to utilize our “executive brain” to help build common goals throughout an organization. It helps build trust, the most basic human instinct, which creates the foundation needed to transform cultures and companies. Trust enables conversations to connect teams for higher performance and purpose, enabling them to innovate faster and easier. Words create worlds. So think about the world (or culture) of your business, of your team. Do your words create innovation, co-creation, good decisions…or conflict, chaos, and wasted resource? Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of “Drive,” says “If you’re not getting the results you want, maybe it’s time to give your C-IQ’ a boost.” This experience uses neuroscience, social science, and a dose of folk wisdom relevant to enhancing your professional and personal communication lives.

Ascend North Texas IAG 2018 MC
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Sam Liu

Director of Business Development

WanHao North America

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Sam Liu is the Director of Business Development for WanHao North America, a 3D Printer manufacturer and brand retailer.  An ardent community activist and entrepreneur, Sam has successful tenures in Business Development and Investor Relations with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) in Shanghai, and as a private global sourcing consultant with EV Tech, an electric vehicle and renewable energy engineering firm. Originally born in Taipei, Taiwan, Sam grew up in Texas and has always considered Dallas to be home. 


Agenda is subject to change.

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