Karin Timpone, CMO, MLB

"This is a unique forum for marketers to do it all — from sharpening specific skills to engage with others on big thinking. It is authentic, because as strategic partners, we marketers influence the topics to be covered as well as attendees to invite."
Carrie Ask, CEO, Helly Hansen
"Ascendant broadens people’s horizon. You stretch my thinking."


our mission:
empower the professional development of
exceptional progressive prominent individual leaders

In 2014, Ascendant Network identified that despite a myriad of professional marketing + retail networks and events there was an opportunity to create real communities of  like-minded executives. After 100s of interviews with industry leaders, and the support of a stellar founding council (+ led by all-women executive team), Ascendant was launched with a mission to lift exceptional individual leaders, and through them, their teams + the industry.

The goal from day one has always been to strive for 50/50 gender parity in the room + onstage, in order to offer a more authentic reflection of leadership and an alternative to the white, and often male bias of other groups. Today, 60% of speakers + members are female + diverse.

Anchored by the guidance of leading practitioners, Ascendant has built 3 successful + diverse professional communities focused on knowledge sharing + relationship building + professional development.

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