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Ascend North Texas Inspiring Across Generations (IAG Conference)
Connect | Belong | Ascend


Event Details:

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2022

Time: 8:30AM - 5:00PM CT

Venue: Toyota Headquarters Sequoia C1-1B-02

Admission: Ascend members: $30 |  Non-Ascend Members: $200

Attire: Business Casual


Join Ascend North Texas as we host our annual Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference back in person at the Toyota HQ in Plano! Join us to be empowered to connect, belong and Ascend!


8:30 AM - 9:30AM CT: 

Morning Networking, Breakfast & Registration

10:00 AM - 10:10AM CT: 

IAG Opening by the North Texas Chapter

10:10 AM - 10:55AM CT: 

11:05 AM - 12:00PM CT: 

12:15 PM - 1:30PM CT:  

Networking Lunch  & ERG/BRG Panel Networking Lunch

1:30 PM - 2:25PM CT: 

2:25 PM - 2:45PM CT: Bollywood Dancing with  Milaana Dance

3:30 PM - 4:00PM CT: Closing Remarks by Chapter President

4:00 PM CT: Afternoon Networking

Toyota Welcome Remarks

Toyota Welcome Remarks


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Tellis Bethel is group vice president and chief social innovation officer for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). Bringing his personal passion for advancing equity to the role, he oversees TMNA’s strategic partnerships, philanthropic efforts, and diversity and inclusion activities. With the goal of ensuring mobility for all, Bethel directs initiatives to expand access to opportunities and create a culture of inclusion that strengthens both communities and TMNA.

Tellis Bethel

Group Vice President and Chief Social Innovation Officer

Toyota Motor North America

Opening Toyota Panel 
"Accelerating A Culture of Inclusion in a Hybrid Environment"

Opening Toyota Panel


Pocha Bromiley

Senior Manager, Finance Transformation Consulting Practice


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Sandra "Sandy" Ahn

General Manager,

Dealer Lending Practice

Toyota Motor Credit Corporation


Anna Hung

Chief of Staff to the CFO 

Toyota Motors North America 

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Julia Wang

Senior Manager, Organizational Effectiveness & Business Initiatives

Toyota Motor North America 

Ascend Morning Panel 
"New Models of Growth & Innovation"

Ascend Morning Panel


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Lana Tran

Human Capital Transformation Leader

Baker McKenzie

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Jun Anderson

Region Business Development Manager

Liberty Mutual


Shuba Balasubramanian

Principal Risk & Financial Advisory 


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John Lee

Partner, Business Tax Services


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Puneet Newaskar

MVP, Head of Performing Loans

Capital One 

Networking Table Topics Lunch (Open to all attendees)

  • Facilitated networking table topics over lunch


"ERG/BRG Lunch" (Invite Only)


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Join us to hear the latest from Deloitte's Linda Bohnert on ERG and BRG best practices from their cutting-edge research and bold points of view.  Learn how to engage your members and sponsor and ideas for impactful events that can help business and community leaders drive meaningful change in workforces, marketplaces, and society. 

Linda Bohnert

Managing Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Afternoon Panel 
"Career Tune Up: Fueling for Success"

Afternoon Panel

Many of us will change jobs and career paths. Many of us may encounter unexpected career speed bumps. Maybe you are at a career crossroads and trying to determine your next steps. Or do you love what you do but are not feeling excited about your job? Or maybe your strengths and experiences are underutilized, and you seek new stretch roles or challenges?
Join us to hear lessons learned from others from their own experiences and advice they share with their mentees.


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Lisa M. Ong

President and Founder

Wishing Out Loud LLC

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Latoria "Tori" Farmer

Managing Director,

Diversity, Equity & inclusion, 


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Jennifer Jao

General ManagerITx, Design, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain (DMSC) 

Toyota Motors North America 

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Anish Shah

Partner, Energy, Utilities & Mining


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Chintan Thakkar

Director, Risk & Compliance 


Closing Ascend Talk
"Going Places Together"

Closing Ascend Talk


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Shiv guides business leaders to manage through disruption and increase 
enterprise value. His distinguished track record of performance improvement and 
turnarounds for both healthy and distressed companies draws upon more than 27 
years of global engineering and consulting experience across numerous sectors, 
with an emphasis on automotive, industrial and chemical companies.

Shiv co-leads the Asia region for AlixPartners and is also the local market leader 
for Greater China & Singapore.

Shiv Shivaraman

Managing Director

Alix Partners

Presenting Partner

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Gold Partners

Silver Partners


IAG Partners

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ERG/BRG Leaders Luncheon Partner

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Recording of the 2022 IAG Conference

Recording of 2022 IAG Conference
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Check out photos from the Conference below:

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