June 20, 2019 | University of Washington


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? We invite you to the Project Ascendance Summit focused on preparing for the future of competition as we approach the 2020s.

This event offers you the opportunity to come together with a diverse group of influencers including CEO’s, CTO’s, CMO’s, CHRO’s, technologists, consultants, Gen Z leaders, renowned futurists, and policy experts to discuss successful strategies, solutions, best practices, and partnerships that can keep your organization ahead of the curve through the 2020s.




Join us for a day dedicated to the future of competition with talks and panels from experts across industries on how they’re preparing to stay ahead of the curve. The Project Ascendance Summit is made up of keynotes, fireside chats, panels, and lightning talks to keep you engaged and learning. Speakers will share their predictions for the future of work and real-world examples for how companies are implementing strategies to keep them competitive over the next 5-10 years as Gen Z enters the workforce. Below is a sample of the featured sessions.



THE FUTURE OF RECRUITING AND RETAINING GEN Z TALENT FOR FUTURE GROWTH: A panel of HR and D&I executives on their planned strategies for recruiting and retaining Gen Z talent -- the most diverse workforce population in the U.S. This panel will explore the value Gen Z is projected to bring to the workforce and considerations employers can make now to attract, hire, develop, engage and retain them. PANELISTS: Devi Sundhu, HR & Equity Manager, EnviroIssues; Dr. Marisa Herrera, VP Student & Equity Success, Shoreline Community College; Nicole Krantz, Human Resources  Director, Zumiez



DEVELOPING MILLENNIALS TO ATTRACT GEN Z TALENT: This panel, led by Amy Posey SUPER*MEGA*BOSS facilitator, will explore the new needs of Gen Z from Millennials. Attendees will learn new tools to meet the needs of the up-and-coming generation.



THE FUTURE OF D&I AND HOW TO ACT NOW: Learn how you and your business can begin to implement D&I strategies to stay competitive through a conversation with Jeanne Mau, CBS Entertainment SVP of Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion and Lauren Ferguson, Limeade brand manager.



THE FUTURE OF MENTORSHIP FOR A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: 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. Hear examples from Ceresa CEO and Founder, Anna Robinson and CCO, Beth Yehaskel on how companies are developing mentorship programs specifically for women to stay competitive and how strategies differ across industry and size.



HOW TO BUILD HIGH PERFORMING TEAMS FOR FUTURE SUCCESS: A conversation with technology leaders on their successes and failures in building high performing teams. What are the gaps departments aren’t getting right and how can executives to entry-level employees make an impact?



EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: GEN Z'S INFLUENCE ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK: Every generation has different views and experiences with money. As Generation Z enters the workforce they will affect the macro-economical ecosystem of the future. VP Information & Technology Services of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco shares how the bank is developing new technologies that will have an impact on how businesses and consumers interact with money in the future.



JOBS OF THE FUTURE: New jobs are emerging across industries everyday. In fact, The Institute for the Future predicts that 85 percent of the jobs that will exist in 10 years are unknown today. Futurist Anne Boysen will weigh in on the ever-shifting jobs landscape with new titles to expect across industries and debunk some Gen Z career expectation myths so you can begin preparing for the future now.


  • Anne Boysen, Futurist

  • Donna Leung, VP Information & Technology Services, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

  • Jeanne Mau, SVP Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, CBS Entertainment

  • Christy Johnson, CEO & Founder, Artemis Connection

  • Mamtha Banerjee, Senior Director of Technology, Expedia

  • Devi Sundhu, HR & Equity Manager, EnviroIssues

  • Dr. Marisa Herrera, VP Student & Equity Success, Shoreline Community College

  • Nicole Krantz, Human Resources Director, Zumiez

  • Anna Robinson, CEO & Founder, Ceresa

  • Beth Yehaskel, CCO, Ceresa

  • Amy Posey, Neuroscience speaker and facilitator, SUPER*MEGA*BOSS

  • Lauren Ferguson, Brand Manager, Limeade

  • Martha Segovia, Senior Analyst Reserve & Roastery Logistics at Starbucks

  • Danylo Kurgan, Co-Founder, Obsidian Bot & Analyst, Artemis Connection

  • and more!


This year, the Project Ascendance Summit is generously sponsored by:




Check out our Project Ascendance research findings + highlights from the 2018 Summit here.