Please join Ascend New England for our annual "Inspiring Across Generations" conference on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 for a day of leadership and professional development followed by a networking reception. 

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 This year, our theme is "Now is the Time" and we are excited to bring together speakers that will share their own unique journeys. They navigated through through their own experiences and challenges have become successful leaders in their industry. Come be a part of the discussion to reflect on your own journey, surround yourself with like-minded individuals, and be inspired to take action and define your own path.

Check out some of our discussion topics below: 

    • What it means to be Female and Pan-Asian in the Workplace - What are some unique experiences that Female Pan-Asians experience and how do we overcome these and succeed?
    • Bridging Eastern and Western Identities - How does our Eastern identity impact Western expectations and how do we blend the two?
    • Re-Model Minority - What are some Pan-Asian stereotypes that influence our experiences and what do we do?
    • Re-calibrating Your Perception of Being a Transformative Leader - Being a manager is different than being a leader. Knowing that people leave managers, not companies, learn about how to be a manager worth staying for.
    • Retelling Your Narrative - How does someone find the strength and courage to explore a road less traveled?
    • Social Responsibility - Even through the hardest time, people find ways to give back.
    • Rising To and Through the Ceiling - Find out what it took to overcome challenges to become an executive in 2018 and lead from the top, including the ever changing journey, expectations, and growth needed for future leaders. 

What are you waiting for?

     Join us on Saturday, December 1st from 12:30-7:00 pm at the Boston College High School. 

    We look forward to seeing you!

    2018 Inspiring Across Generations  Conference

    ​Saturday, December 1 ,2018

    ​Time: 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    ​Venue: Boston College High School

    ​150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston MA

    Refreshments will be served

What will you get?

Gain powerful insights and advice from next level leadership

Level up your skills

Expand your professional network

Don't miss your chance, be bold and brilliant. Additional event details to follow.

Members: Free

Non Member Student: $15

Non Member Professional: $50


Judy Shen-Filerman
Judy Shen-Filerman is CEO and Leadership Sherpa of Dreambridge Partners, a cross-cultural leadership training and consulting firm, focused on galvanizing Best Self, Belonging and Collaboration as key drivers for organizational innovation and productivity. Judy’s mission is to catalyze leaders of all backgrounds to be their very best and to help organizations build a workplace ecosystem that allows all individuals to thrive.  Judy is passionate is to help “culture-crossers” (women, minorities and global professionals) express their Best Self.
Lauren Cheung
Lauren Cheung is a Chinese-Japanese filmmaker and animator based in NYC. She works as an assistant to a film director and has been published in the New York Times for her science animations. She worked as a Director’s Guild of America Trainee on several TV shows such as Law & Order SVU and The Americans. Her latest short film, Bloom, showed at the Boston Asian American Film Festival and the Herstory Cinephilia Society. She graduated from Brown University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. 
Madge M. Meyer
Madge M. Meyer - a public speaker, award-winning author, and the founder of “Madge Meyer Consulting, LLC” - is known for her unique yet practical approach to advancing innovation and leadership throughout entire organizations. Her book, which is titled “The Innovator’s Path” and subtitled “How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business as Usual”,  in 2013 and is a 2014 Axiom Business Book Award winner in the Success/Motivation/Coaching category.
Rati Thanawala
Rati Thanawala is an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University. She has spent 39 years in the high-tech industry, the last 17 as an executive at Bell Labs. 
At Bell Labs she pioneered the creation of techno-economic models for making complex  risk/revenue/ performance tradeoffs in  emerging communication networking technologies. She established a global organization of 150 experts in 13 countries and founded a business unit called Bell Labs Consulting that advises CEO's and Boards of companies globally on building future communication networks. 
Richard (Ruey-ching) 
Richard (Ruey-ching) is an Executive Director, Clinical Supply Operations, Global Clinical Supply, Medicinal Sciences in WRD. Richard earned a BS in Pharmacy from Taiwan National University in 1984, Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutics from the University of Iowa in 1992, and MS degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University in 2018. He also has an MBA degree. Prior to his current position, Richard has been the head of clinical supply manufacturing organization for 8 years (Groton, CT from 2007 to 2011 and Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor, MI from 2003 to 2007).
Pauline Huie
Pauline Huie is an organizational development and talent management professional who has over 20 years of corporate experience with broad business acumen. She has worked in various industries, ranging from healthcare, hi-tech to banking and financial services for companies such as Merck, Gillette, Dale Carnegie, and Partners Healthcare. She is an experienced manager, leading and managing various sales teams as well as learning and talent development functions.
She is currently a Sr. Organizational Development consultant at UMass Memorial
Brittany Loring
Brittany Loring was critically injured in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.  In June of 2013, she founded a nonprofit called the Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery to provide financial support for individuals injured in traumatic events such as natural disasters, car accidents, and acts of terror, among others.  The Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery hosts a 5k/10k race each year and has a Boston Marathon team each year.  To date, the Brittany Fund has provided over 73 beneficiaries with checks and given out more than $180,000.  You can check out for more information and to find out about future events. 
Mon Chau
Mon Chau is a new Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP where she serves some of the firm’s largest investment management clients. Outside of the firm, Mon serves as an Executive Advisor for Ascend NE, and as a vice-chair for the annual City Year Women’s Leadership Breakfast. Mon was honored by the Boston Business Journal 40 under 40 for her community involvement. 

Mon is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and is licensed in Massachusetts. Mon graduated from BU with a BS in Business Administration, Accounting, and minor in Chinese.
Pauline Mak
Pauline Mak is a partner in KPMG LLP's Boston federal tax practice.  Pauline has 29 years of experience serving technology, life sciences, and manufacturing clients in Massachusetts and California. She is experienced in both transactional and operational tax issues relating to publicly and privately held companies with multistate and international operations.

 Pauline has extensive experience with ASC 740,

Accounting for Income Taxes, including tax accounting issues related to uncertainty in income taxes, business combinations, and share based payments. 

Karen Weisbach
Karen currently leads the global People Partner function at bluebird bio, driving talent strategies in a quickly scaling organization with an emphasis on experience, engagement and team performance. 
She is motivated by driving change in dynamic, fast-paced, innovative companies with strong cultures. Her multicultural background has influenced her appreciation for diverse perspectives, inclusive environments and helping others find creative solutions.

Outside of work she’s a wife to a scientist, a mom to a 4-year old adventurer and avid reader.
James Loo
James Loo works in management consulting for Deloitte. His leadership was recently awarded for saving 30+ lives via his role in a cancer cure CAR T clinical trial. Prior experience includes leading his family owned life-sciences corporation with operations in 40 countries, private equity at Blackstone, and serving in intelligence services for the U.S. Government. He leads Deloitte’s Asian BRG and is a board officer for Ascend NE. Community roles include serving on the steering committee of the Dana Farber

Unmask Cancer Fund and as an advisor to the 2019 Harvard Chan School of Public Health Practicum.

Our Corporate Sponsors

We would like to thank our corporate sponsors for supporting us with our mission and making this event a reality.

Bartholomew Jae


Adrian Leung


Melinda Ng


Carolyn Connolly


Matthew Seto


Alan Chung


Prashant Arya


Yerim Kim


Damen Man