ABOUT
ascendant network

DOMAIN EXPERTISE
+
CAREER
EXPERTISE

The Ascendant Network™
is the only network dedicated to
individual professional advancement;
helping members and their companies
take it to the next level.

Founded in 2014, the Ascendant Network™
is an exclusive, private, invite-only professional network for
the most prominent + progressive marketing executives
– those who are at the forefront of the transformation of marketing.

The Brand Council, a coalition of peer-nominated and vetted marketers,
sits at the center of the Ascendant guiding the business.

The Ascendant Network is home to two professional networks:

  • The Digital Ascendant launched in 2014
  • The Retail Ascendant launched in 2015
Semi-annual gatherings bring together
100+ of the senior-most marketing executives
to learn + teach + share.
Retail Ascendant
OCTOBER 3-4, 2017
Silicon Valley
SPRING 2018
New York
Digital Ascendant
OCTOBER 4-5, 2017
Silicon Valley
SPRING 2018
New York

SEMI-ANNUAL GET-TOGETHERS

DOMAIN EXPERTISE

CAREER EXPERTISE

  • Real relationships forged through off-the-record conversations
  • Content that sparks debate, engagement, and peer validation
  • Exceptionally actionable take-aways
  • Ascendant stories told behind closed doors
  • Peers, partners, and pathways to success
  • Strategize the next promotion, the next, and the next

OUR TEAM

  • Susan MacDermidFounder + CEO
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    Susan MacDermidFounder + CEO
    Ascendant Network

    Susan is a digital industry veteran with 15+ years experience crafting digital strategies for brand advertisers and media companies. Her clients have included 25+ of the world’s top 100 brands from the consumer electronics, CPG, entertainment, finance, hi-tech, luxury, retail, and travel industries.

    Digital since '95
    Founder since '14
  • Marti FunkPartner + Advisor
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    Marti FunkPartner + Advisor
    Ascendant Network

    Marti has nearly two decades of experience in marketing, media, emerging media technology, and digital merchandising. She brings a unique perspective having spent time on the agency, brand, tech, and publisher sides of the digital marketing industry.

    Digital since '98
    Partner since '14
  • Karen KirkwoodPartner + COO
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    Karen KirkwoodPartner + COO
    Ascendant Network

    Karen is a veteran executive and entrepreneur with hands-on strategy, marketing, and business development responsibilities. She has a solid track record of successfully leading teams during periods of rapid growth across several industries, including new markets, new products, and new platforms.

    Partner since '14
  • Matt GiarratanoSr. Director, Strategic Partnerships
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    Matt GiarratanoSr. Director, Strategic Partnerships
    Ascendant Network

    Matt has over 7 years of sales experience as well as proven experience in event implementation, sponsorship sales, and account management. He is considered a strategic thinker with excellent problem solving and communication skills as well as a goal-oriented mentality.

  • Oscar GardnerDirector Strategic Partnerships
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    Oscar GardnerDirector Strategic Partnerships
    Ascendant Network

  • Kim BayudanDirector, Operations
    Ascendant Network
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    Kim BayudanDirector, Operations
    Ascendant Network

    Kim worked for 6 years as a conference director for iMedia Communications, providing ops for $10 million business and 10 summits year. She also has experience running conferences, from small board meetings to 3,500 person trade shows, both domestically and internationally.

  • Lizzie SerberSenior Marketing Manager
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    Lizzie SerberSenior Marketing Manager
    Ascendant Network

    Lizzie is an experienced event marketer and strategic thinker. Lizzie is passionate about creative problem solving, relationship building, connecting like-minded smart people, brand consistency, persuasive writing, corporate responsibility, travel, music, food, and drink.

  • Dana AlothmaniCoordinator, Community Development + Membership
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    Dana AlothmaniCoordinator, Community Development + Membership
    Ascendant Network

    Dana is a passionate marketing strategist, a visionary for digital initiatives and young entrepreneur with hands-on experience in traditional and digital communications, experiential marketing and event management.