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Ascend North Texas Inspiring Across Generations – IAG Conference

I Ascend, We Ascend


Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023

Time: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM CT

Venue: Bank of America - 7105 Corporate Drive, Plano TX 75024

Admission: Members: $100  I  Non-Members : $150

Attire: Business Casual


8:00 AM - 8:50 AM: 

Morning Networking / Breakfast / Registration Checkin

9:10 AM - 9:20 AM: 

BoFA Welcome Remarks

Becky Caleb 

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM: 

IAG Opening by the North Texas Chapter

Caroline Riskey & Shuba Balasubramanian

9:25 AM - 9:55 AM: 

Ascend Talk #1 (Authentically networking)

Rachel Simon

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM: 

C-Suite Fire Side Chat

Chris Yang (Toyota)
Sonal Shah (Texas Tribune)

10:55 AM - 11:40 AM: 

Panel #1 (Unique Career Choices: Asian Reach)

Nikky Phinyawatana (Asian Mint Founder and CEO)
Jin Ya Huang - BBBB
Tammy Meinershagen (Moderator)
Valmiki "Val" Mukherjee (Cyber security)

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM: 

Ascend Talk #2 (Happy Employees make successful business)

Dr. Raj Ragunathan (Happiness)
Shekar Katuri (Moderator)

12:20 PM - 1:35 PM: 

Networking Lunch & BRG/ERG Leaders Lunch

Winston Lam
- Emily Lin,
- Melody Vo, Palo Alto Networks
- Mai Nguyen, Crowe

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM: 

Sponsor Panel  (We Ascend - sponsorship)

Chintan Thakkar (Protiviti) - Moderator
Alix Partners - Job Chan
RSM - Christina Churchill
Chase - Subhashini Tripuraneni 

2:40 PM - 2:55 PM: 

Closing Remarks


We are excited to invite you to join us at the 2023 Inspiring Across Generations conference. This year’s theme “I Ascend, We Ascend" will feature industry leaders from the vibrant DFW business scene who will share their wisdom and insights to provide current and aspiring leaders effective strategies and tactics to help “I Ascend, We Ascend".

Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Raj Raghunathan

Professor of Business
University of  Texas, Austin
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    Rachel B. Simon

    Executive, Speaker, Author

      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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