Ascend Gala 2017

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Location: Hotel Bellevue, 11200 Southeast 6th St, Bellevue WA, 98004
Date: September 16th 2017, Saturday
Time: 11am – 2pm

Hear our Keynote Speaker, Naushad Ali, an inventor, entrepreneur and former contestant on ABC’s Shark Tank! Hear his inspirational story about Drain Strain® and learn about how to innovate through tough times!

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Naushad Ali

Keynote Speaker

Naushad graduated from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. He spent 13 years in various management positions in the retail industry. In 2000 he founded BondRewards, a coalition marketing company designed to simplify the consumer rewards experience for both consumers and retail partners. Naushad is currently a principal owner of Northwest Dream Team, LLC, one of the top producing real estate teams in WA. Naushad’s unrelenting focus on consumer experience lands him consistently in Seattle Magazine’s list of 5 Star Agents and in the Top 1% of Realtors Nationally.

In 2012, Naushad harnessed his focus on consumer experience with his entrepreneurial spirit to found Disrupt by Design, LLC, a company focused on improving consumer experience through disruptive innovation. The first product to be launched through the company’s design and innovation process is Drain Strain® for bathroom sinks.






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Starla Sampaco


Starla Sampaco is a video journalist. During the state’s legislative session, she worked as an on-camera correspondent and legislative reporter for TVW (Washington’s version of C-SPAN) in Olympia. She hosted “Capitol Headlines,” a televised weekday program on TVW, and “Legislative Report” on 95.3 KGY Radio. As Miss Washington Teen USA 2014, she promoted a community platform titled “Diversity and Beauty Standards: Different is Not Defective” to initiate discussions on the lack of diverse female representation in media. As a journalist, she is passionate about stories involving diversity issues and underrepresented communities. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association’s Seattle chapter.