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Annual Ascend National Convention

Inaugural Ascend Executive Network (AEN) Symposium

08-26-2019

As the NY lead for the Ascend Executive Network, Robert Chen and the AEN team will share an update with corporate senior leaders on the state of Pan-Asian representations at the corporate C-suite and board of directors level.

They will discuss the initiatives that are gaining traction to increase Pan-Asian diversity in the C-suite and the vision for moving the needle on this issue.

  • Robert Chen

    Robert Chen leverages his business, science, and cross-cultural background to help Fortune 500 business leaders and their teams communicate and lead more effectively. He works with top firms within a diverse set of industries ranging from financial services to management consulting to healthcare. Robert’s specialities include: executive presence, deepening client relationships, and designing and delivering impactful presentations. He coaches professionals in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Internally, he leads Exec-Comm’s talent management function.

    Robert began his career as an equities trader with Centurion Securities before sharpening his international business and project management skills at a multinational manufacturing company in China. After returning to the United States, Robert pursued his passion for developing others as a corporate trainer at Healthfirst. He continues to help people reach their full potential through his book, articles, and courses at Embrace Possibility, a digital media site he founded.

    Robert has an MBA from Wharton and double majored in Chemistry and Economics from Cornell University. He is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Executive Coaching approach. Robert gives back to the Pan-Asian community by chairing a group of senior executives dedicated to increasing diversity in the C-suite. He enjoys immersing himself in different cultures and took an around-the-world trip spanning all seven continents before having kids. Now that he is settled in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Jake and Jonah, he spends much of his time as a member of either the Avengers or Justice League.  


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