Inspiring Across Generations (IAG) Conference 2016

Fitting in, Standing Out, and Elevating Others

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Event Details:

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Venue: PwC Office, Two Commerce Square, Philadelphia PA 19103

Admission: Ascend member $35  I  Non-Ascend member $50  I  Student $25


The modern corporate world generally celebrates those who stand out from the pack, rewarding them with promotions and salary increases. Yet fitting into a company’s culture is also important. It creates a larger, motivating sense of identity for employees that enables them to be productive members of the organization. The result is conflicting identity pressures on workers:  how do you fit in and stand out at the same time?



5:00 pm Registration
5:30 pm Keynote Presentation
6:20 pm Buffet Dinner
6:45 pm Panelist Discussion
7:45 pm Networking

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Keynote Speaker

Stephen Tang
President and CEO 
University City Science Center

Steve Tang became President and CEO of the University City Science Center, the nation’s oldest and largest urban research park, in 2008.  Dr. Tang is the first president in the Science Center’s history to have not only led a company through venture funding and an initial public offering, but to also serve as a senior executive with a large life sciences company as it acquired and integrated smaller start-ups. 

In September 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reappointed Dr. Tang to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE).Previously, Tang served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Innovation Advisory Board. Dr. Tang also serves on several state-wide, regional and local Boards of Directors.

. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia region’s good government advocate, and along with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, co-chairs the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, which bridges the gap between government and the private sector.

Dr. Tang earned a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.


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Yasmine Mustafa, CEO of Roar for Good

Fueled by a passion to empower women in all areas of life, Yasmine founded the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Develop It while running her first software company which was acquired in late 2011. She is currently the CEO of ROAR for Good (, a social impact company aimed at decreasing the incidents of assault against women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. In addition, Yasmine serves on the advisory board of TechGirlz, an organization focused on encouraging middle-school girls to pursue careers in technology and CodedbyKids, a non-profit providing free tech education programs to disadvantaged inner city youth.

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Philip Jaurigue,  Founder, Owner, President & CEO of Sabre Systems

Phil founded Sabre in 1989 and has served as its president since its inception. Under his guidance and leadership, Sabre has grown into a highly successful technology and engineering services company and was inducted into the Philadelphia 100® Hall of Fame. Phil is a frequently scheduled speaker at the Wharton School of Business and the Entrepreneur’s Forum of Greater Philadelphia.  In 2002, he was awarded the Greater Philadelphia Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for IT Solutions. Phil is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned a Master Degree in Business Administration from Temple University in Computer Information Sciences.

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Mariam Shou, Director at PwC

Miriam has 10 years of experience with PwC as a data analytics specialist.  She specializes in harnessing insights through advanced analytics across various Fortune 500 companies and industries such as utilities, cable, and telecommunications.  At PwC, Miriam serves as the Philadelphia Pan Asian Community leader. With over 170 Pan Asian practitioners in the Philadelphia office, she and her team focus on expanding the pipeline for diverse staff, supporting the success of the current Pan Asian professionals to grow diverse leadership, and enhancing cultural dexterity for all of the PwC market.  Miriam earned her bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University. 

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Bassam Awadalia, Regional Sales Executive
at Bank of America

Bassam is responsible for driving client experience and responsible growth in 144 financial centers in the Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware markets.   Bassam joined the bank in August 2008.  Prior to joining Bank of America, he spent 10 years with Chevy Chase Bank, most recently as a Vice President and Regional Sales and Service Coach.  Bassam currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Junior Achievement of Delaware and Philabundance; located in the Philadelphia Metro area.  In addition, Bassam is the executive sponsor of the Philadelphia BPG chapter. Bassam earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the American University in Cairo.