About Project Ascendance Summit

Beginning in 2018, Artemis Connection hosts our annual one-day Project Ascendance Summit in Seattle. We bring together a diverse group of influencers including business leaders, industry experts, community organizations, and policy makers to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and access from various angles. In 2018, we presented our initial Project Ascendance research findings and in 2019 we focused on the up-and-coming Generation Z’s debut in the workforce. 

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Statistically we are healthier, wealthier, wiser, and more connected than ever before. As our organizations and industries adapt to continuous advancements in technology, we are beginning to meet the up-and-coming talent of Generation Z. These digital natives will influence their workplaces - are you ready to welcome them in? 

Our 2019 gathering featured talks and panels from experts across industries on how they’re preparing to stay ahead of the curve through the 2020s. The speakers shared their predictions for the future of work and real-world examples of how companies are implementing strategies to keep them competitive over the next 5-10 years as Gen Z enters the workforce.



The Real Data on Gen Z: A review of the inherent Gen Z traits by Anne Boysen, Futurist & Strategic Foresight Consultant

  • 85% of the jobs that will exist 10 years from now are unknown today. Strategic Foresight Consultant Anne Boysen weighed in on the ever-shifting jobs landscape and debunk some Gen Z career expectation myths so you can begin preparing for the future now.

The Future of Recruiting and Retaining Talent: What you need to know to attract, engage, and retain top Gen Z talent by Dr. Marisa Herrera, VP Student Equity & Success at Shoreline Community College, Nicole Krantz, Human Resources Director at Zumiez, Devi Sandhu, HR & Equity Manager at Enviroissues, and Aparna Rae, Co-Founder Moving Beyond & Co-Founder Future  For Us

  • Gen Z makes up a quarter of the U.S. population and they're more diverse than any other generation before them. Understanding how to work with diverse teams and creating inclusive environments will be crucial for recruiting and retaining top talent. This panel explored the value Gen Z is projected to bring to the workforce and what employers can do to attract, hire, develop, engage and retain talent.

Developing Millennials to Attract Gen Z Talent by Amy Posey, Founder & CEO, SUPER*MEGA*BOSS, Himaja Ganti, Software Engineer at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Martha Segovia, Senior Analyst Reserve & Roastery Logistics at Starbucks, and Danylo Kurgan, Co-Founder of Obsidian Bot & Analyst at Artemis Connection

  • According to a recent survey conducted by EY, 77% of Gen Z say they prefer to have a Millennial manager over a Generation X or Baby Boomer manager. What are the new needs Gen Z are bringing to the workplace and how do we equip Millennials to be effective leaders? How can Gen X and Boomers re-tool their capabilities to meet the changing talent needs?

The Future of Diversity Through the Lens of Mobility: A prediction from Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America by Mike Dosenbach, Director Of Cloud & Connectivity at Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

  • Mercedes-Benz sees diversity as its key strategy for staying competitive in the next 5-10 years as the luxury car brand revolutionizes how we think about driving, luxury, and experiences today to attract a growingly diverse consumer. How is Mercedes-Benz building diverse teams to develop innovative new technologies and business models that will change the way we commute and think about mobility forever?

The Future of D&I and How to Act Now: An interview with CBS Diversity and Limeade by Lauren Franklin, Limeade Brand Manager and Jeanne Mau, SVP of Diversity Entertainment

  • 72% of working Americans today state that they would leave their current organization for one that is more inclusive (Deloitte 2017). But what about the next generation of workers? With Generation Z entering the workforce, are organizations prepared to provide the employee experience they expect? How has the current workforce shaped the D&I agenda in today’s workplace?

How to build high-performing teams to ensure success for the future by Mamtha Banerjee, Expedia Senior Director of Technology, Nicole Buchanan, Former ADA Developers Academy Executive Director, and Lakshmi Nidamartha, Amazon director of product and technology

  • Discussion on personal successes and failures in building high performing teams. What are the gaps companies aren't getting right and how can executives to entry-level employees make an impact?

The future of mentorship for a competitive advantage by Anna Robinson, Ceresa CEO & Founder and Beth Yehaskel, Ceresa professional training and coaching

  • Mentorship is broken for half of the population. Women are not receiving the mentorship needed to thrive and accelerate in their careers and companies will ultimately suffer for it. Millennials and Gen Z are actively seeking companies with women in leadership and organizations proactively encouraging mentorship opportunities. How are companies staying competitive by developing mentorship programs specifically targeted at women?

Empowering Gen Z to change the system by Lorraine Bardeen, Microsoft GM engineering

  • Entrepreneurialism isn’t just a Gen Z trait, it’s in their DNA. Seventy-two percent of Gen Zers in high school want to start their own company and 61 percent plan to start their business right after college. This entrepreneurial mindset enables Gen Z to not only be comfortable working in a space without rules-- but thrive! This mindset is particularly advantageous for technology development and innovation. How can we empower Gen Z and their entrepreneurial spirit for optimal competitive advantages through the lens of technology and innovation?

Fourth industrial revolution by Harini Gokul, Technology Leader & Investor

  • The 4th industrial revolution is technology-driven and human-centered. The culture of work is changing now more than ever. How do companies, employees and societies harness this disruption to realize competitive advantage? For leaders, this is a critical time to set the right tone at the top and invest in big bets that help your businesses and employees thrive in the future of work. Let us discuss the opportunity ahead, what causes anxiety and how do we get ahead of it.

Emerging Technologies: Gen Z's influence on the Federal Reserve Bank by Donna Leung, Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco IT Director

  • Every generation has different views and experiences with money. As Gen Z enters the workforce they will affect the macroeconomincal ecosystem of the future.


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