Ascend Dialogs: A Conversation on Race

Join us for a discussion about Race and Racism 

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Event Details:

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET

Via Zoom



Kenneth Wong

Advisory Board Member – Ascend Greater Philadelphia

Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army

The multi-dimensional Kenneth Wong represents the promise, as well as the reality of one of America’s founding principles as he opens new avenues for business opportunity and active civic engagement.


Mr. Wong is a principal in NavPac Advisors, LLC that brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to both the US and China markets. NavPac Advisors, LLC, under the leadership of Mr. Wong, assists US entities navigate through the complexities of developing strategies and building working relationships in China. In a very short period of time, entities in China realized that NavPac Advisors, LLC could do the same for them in the US market. Today, NavPac Advisors, LLC successfully “navigates entities across the Pacific” utilizing their many skills and established relationships to achieve their clients’ goals and objectives.


For over 30 years, Mr. Wong can be credited with combining his business acumen, cross-cultural facility and focused management tactics to establish CIG Asia, Ltd., a successful Philadelphia, PA-based national property and casualty insurance brokerage firm.  Under his direction as president, the company provides its diverse client base with the coverage and advice required to weather the vagaries of a complex business environment.


In 2009, Mr. Wong with the assistance of some Wall Street colleagues, founded Covenant Group of China, a US based publicly traded holding company that is partnering with China based SME’s that are successfully operating in the booming China domestic economy. Mr. Wong served as the president of Covenant Group of China. In addition to knowledge of the China domestic market trends, Mr. Wong has a very strong working relationship with the People’s Republic of China government both in the United States and in China.


Mr. Wong’s commitment to full inclusion of Asian Americans and new Americans living, working and doing business in the United States in general, and the Delaware Valley, in particular, has landed him in numerous leadership positions.  As example, Mr. Wong, from 2004-2007, was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as a commissioner on the President’s Advisory Commission for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where he focused on economic strategies and community development. Through Mr. Wong’s efforts, both in Washington, DC and across the Nation many doors of opportunity have been opened for Asian American economic development for large and small businesses.


In May of 2012, Governor Tom Corbett of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointed Mr. Wong to the Chairmanship of his Advisory Commission for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. Mr. Wong’s agenda includes both Economic and Leadership Development for the Asian American & Pacific Islander also a member of the Executive Board of the Hong Kong Business Association Worldwide Federation.


On April 19, 2017, Mr. Wong was appointed by Acting Secretary of the Army, Mr. Robert Speer, as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army. In this role, Mr. Wong is a liaison between the Office of the Secretary of the Army and the citizens of the United States.


Locally, his civic participation includes service on the boards of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA; Williamson College School of the Trades; the American Red Cross for Eastern Pennsylvania and serving as the chair of the Services to the Armed Forces Committee; The Philadelphia Sports Congress; the Multicultural Affairs Congress; the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network; Philadelphia Hospitality; the Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau; Board of Managers of the Central High School of Philadelphia; American Heritage Federal Credit Union; Chairman of the Board of USA Badminton- National Governing Body of Badminton- Member of the US Olympic Committee and member of the American Legion Benjamin Franklin Post 405. Mr. Wong also proudly serves as a senior advisor to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Ascend, a national Pan Asian professional organization with the mission of developing effective leaders and promoting Asian Americans in corporate America.


 Sudhir K. Kondisetty

Advisory Board Member – Ascend Greater Philadelphia,

Principal, Risk Advisory Services, RSM US, LLP

Sudhir Kondisetty leads the Philadelphia region risk advisory practice. In this role, Sudhir oversees projects over a wide range of services, including internal audit/SOX, IT risk, financial regulatory compliance, security, enterprise risk management, etc. Additionally, Sudhir serves as the Office Managing Partner of the Philadelphia office. He also serves as the national leader for IT risk, setting the strategy and focus for the firm’s IT risk services. Lastly, Sudhir serves as an elected member of RSM’s Board of Directors.


Prior to leading the risk advisory practice, Sudhir was involved in leading IT risk advisory projects, including IT risk assessments, IT general controls reviews, network infrastructure security testing, Sarbanes-Oxley IT reviews, Payment Card Industry (PCI) audits, Service Organization Control (SOC) attestation engagements and IT project management. He has over 20 years of consulting experience in various industries.



Elaine Cheong

President Ascend Greater Philadelphia

Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America

Elaine Cheong is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America responsible for developing client relationship strategies to drive its domestic and international commercial banking business. With over 25 years in banking, she currently leads a team of product partners who consults with clients on capital market structures, credit, treasury, global supply chain finance and risk management solutions to successfully grow their businesses. She has held senior client account management roles with large multinational banks in Australia, U.K. and Singapore. Elaine was born in Malaysia and moved to the United States in 1998. Through her current role as President of Ascend Greater Philadelphia Chapter she helped to firmly establish the presence of Asian American professionals in Philadelphia by providing an eco-system for people to connect, grow and be inspired. Elaine chairs the Asian employee resource group at Bank of America. She also serves on the bank’s Diversity & Inclusion Council. She graduated from Monash University, Australia with a Bachelor in Economics and holds a graduate diploma in Corporate Finance from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is married with two children and lives in Pennington, New Jersey. Pennington, New Jersey.