Ascend is very active in putting programs that benefit both their student and professional members. I have derived a lot of value by being a Professional Ascend member since joining the organization in January 2010.
The Ascend National Convention is their flagship event. The Convention features panel discussions, sessions on leadership topics, professional networking, case competitions and corporate and career fair just to name a few. Besides the main national event, there are also regional conferences and local chapter events.
The professional Ascend members are helpful and approachable. This provides a great opportunity for students to build their professional network and seek mentorship. There are multiple avenues to become involved with Ascend from volunteering at events to joining a committee. The National Convention serves a great opportunity for volunteers to become involved with Ascend and also gives them a chance to meet professionals.
Ascend offers a wide array of programs for professionals. From the Signature Series, Business Roundtables to the Lead Series and Executive Insight Series, professionals have various ways to get involved with Ascend. The Mentorship program is a great way for professionals to contribute to Ascend. The professional mentors can work with students and young professionals and provide them guidance and invaluable assistance.
Ascend is a community of professionals and students who are there to help each other grow and succeed in the corporate world. The organization also provides multiple avenues for students and professionals to meet through social mixers, picnics and other out of the office events.
So join Ascend and be involved.