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Who We Are

Established in 2005, Ascend is the largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America, reaching 60,000 people with 34 student chapters and 17 professional chapters spread across the US and Canada with Ascend UMD being one of them. Here, you will learn how to develop job search strategies, improve communication skills, and discover leadership potential with a network of fellow students and alumni.

What We Do

What We Do

Corporate OVerviews

Events hosted by business recruiters that provide a great opportunity for students to learn more about a certain firm and a chance to talk and ask questions to the recruiter without the hectic atmosphere of the Career Fair.

Honing Professional Skills

We host resume reviews and mock interviews to increase the readiness for our members. These events are hosted once or twice a year with the help of our network of recruiters and professionals.   

Social Events

Ascend hosts social events to help members socialize in a casual environment. We also have a mentor/mentee system so general members can get to know our executive board members. 



Some events are sponsored with other business club at Smith such as ALPFA, NABA, or WBA as well as professional organizations like Ascend Greater Washington (GW). These events form connections among members of other clubs and pave way to more networking opportunities. 


At Ascend, we strive to always give back to community. Throughout the year, we participate in volunteering events hosted by the community, other organizations, or from Ascend GW. 

Parent Chapters

Parent Chapters


Ascend National

The largest non-profit Pan-Asian organization in the US and Canada for business professionals and aspiring business leaders.


Ascend Greater Washington

Ascend's professional chapter in the Greater Washington area.

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