Ascend, the national Asian-American society of accountants, held its first major conference in New York this week.

The group, formerly known as the Asian American Society of CPAs, wound up the three-day conference with a gala dinner Tuesday evening featuring a keynote speech by Ernst & Young chairman and CEO Jim Turley, who described the need for more recruitment of minorities in the accounting profession. He is headed to China to catch the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games.

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