2022 Annual Archive - Ascent Conference

Who Attends:

Who Attends:

What is
Ascent Conference?

What is
Ascent Conference?

The 5th Annual Ascent Conference is the #1 SaaS conference on the East Coast built specifically for busy C-level GTM leaders – CEOs, CROs, and CMOs.

On November 14-15th, we’ll gather 1,500 of the top go-to-market leaders in the country for exclusive networking, 150+ C-level braindates, and 30+ hours of stage content looking at the biggest trends in SaaS over the next year,

Ascent is unique because we are designed as an invite-only, exclusive and curated experience for C-suite GTM teams to address the unique challenges facing when scaling from $20M to $300M+.

By inviting only the best we are able to create engineered serendipity for you at the conference, while giving you access to a highly vetted rolodex of true executive-level peers and networking with industry experts.

Will you join us on November 14th & 15th for the best two days a CEO, CMO, and CRO will spend all year?

Past Speakers

15 hours of content plus breakout brain-dates to help you find efficiency!

Joseph Camberato

Tim Riesterer

Chief Visionary

Nathan Rawlins

Gaurav Agarwal

Chief Growth Officer

Thomas Butta

Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer

Josh Koenig

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

Brudis Limar

Ali Haeri

VP of Marketing

Guy Marion

Julie Hansen


Elliot Goldwater

VP Partnerships

Fran Wilson

Tessa Barron

VP of Marketing

Jennifer Ross

Madison Flickinger

Head of Demand Generation

Nick Lafferty

Head of Growth Marketing

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner

Rashmi Gopinath

General Partner

Andrew Steele

David Siegel

Peter Olanday

Director of Consulting, Vertical Solutions

Tatyana Martinez

Lead Consultant

Tyler Lessard

VP Marketing

Matt Gahr

Andrew Donato

SVP Sales

Kevin Burke

VP Sales

Khalid El Khatib

Clint Oram

CSO & Co-Founder

Melton Littlepage

Robson Grieve


Arianna Cignarale

CEO & Co-Founder

Nicole Silver

Sr. VP of Marketing

Ben Wright

Founder & CEO

Todd Boehly

Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO

Heather Mounsey

Vice President of Brand Experience

Dave West

Tim Geisert

Partner & CRO

Dr. Courtney McCashland

Co-Founder & Chief Officer of Science and Strategy

Oana Manolache

Founder & CEO

Nithi Vivatrat

Chief Product Officer

Dror Liwer

Co-Founder & CMO

Cristy Garcia

Jordana Beck

Director of Creator & Influencer Marketing

Alina Vandenberghe

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Kuda Biza

Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Co-Founder

Executive Braindates, Strategic Relationships

Attendees can choose from a marketplace of 100 intimate peer-led braindate sessions hosted by C-level SaaS experts, designed to deep dive your biggest GTM challenges. These braindates give you the opportunity to sit down with a handful of leaders with the same title at the same company size to discuss solutions to the most complex and nuanced problems facing SaaS executives today.

Curated Braindates (VIP only)

Our event concierge provides what we call engineered serendipity by professionally organizing curated braindates. These free-form braindates will group you with 5 other people with the same title and company size, creating the feeling of magic as true problems are solved.


These are topic-focused braindates are hosted by C-level and VP-level experts from the Ascent executive community designed to solve your most pressing problems, all facilitated through the leading technology platform for this format, Braindates. There will be over 100, and yes they fill up fast!


Over 1000 1-on-1 meetings will be scheduled through our AI-powered match-making tool, Brella. You choose your goals for the event; either sales, partnering, mentoring, or raising money and Brella will then suggest connections for you. You can message and schedule a time to meet directly in the event app.


Full Days




C-Suite & VP Titles


Expert Speakers


Executive Braindates

The Audience

Companies that attend Ascent Conference

Past Gold Sponsors

Past Silver Sponsors

Past Bronze Sponsors

Why Attend?

Like so many companies, Ascent started as an idea on the back of a napkin. The mission at first was to make it easier for founders, CEOs, and top VC Investors to connect. But as we grew, we discovered that the true value for our conference went far beyond connecting founders and VCs.

The true value of Ascent Conference is the engineered serendipity that comes from putting industry experts, rising superstar leaders, and seasoned executives in a room, enabling our attendees the perfect oppportunity to build the strategic relationships and insights that will change the course of their companies and careers.

How do we do this, while avoiding all of the noise and distractions of a typical conference?

The audience.

We’ve focused all of our energy on building a community of the best GTM leaders around – the CEO, CMOs, and CROs who are changing the way companies operate, scale and succeed, even when times are tough.

  • Join a vetted list of the top CEOs, CMOs, and CROs of companies scaling from $20M-300M+ with the confidence of knowing that every person you meet makes the event worth your time.
  • Participate in 30+ hours of interactive stage content led by the leaders of the fastest growing SaaS companies that prepares you for the biggest trends impacting SaaS over the next year.
  • Browse a marketplace of 150+ small-group, executive braindates to deep dive the most pressing challenges facing the CEO, CRO and CMO.
  • Seamlessly find the right people to meet with all based on your goals for the event and using industry-leading technologies that make networking and building connections easy.

My personal goal is for you to leave the conference with one actionable and strategic insight to make the time investment worth it and a rolodex of industry experts that you can call throughout the year to solve your problems.

Will you join us?

Fred Rockwell
CEO & Founder, Ascent Conference

Ticket Types

VIP Pass

  • Access to entire general event, including stages, early check-in, networking, braindates, and expo hall
  • Private happy hour and dinner
  • Private, professionally curated braindates
  • VIP/Speaker Room access with 180 degree views of Times Square
  • Event concierge to assist with meeting scheduling
  • Designated work areas throughout the event

Executive Pass

  • Access to entire general event, including stages, early check-in, networking, braindates, and expo hall
  • Quiet work areas throughout the event
  • Networking and meeting scheduling through our app tailored to your specific needs; hiring, partnering, sales, and more

Founder Pass

  • Access to entire general event, including stages, early check-in, networking, braindates, and expo hall
  • Investor matchmaking program based on interests
  • Find a mentor through our AI-powered matchmaking app
  • Access to the largest network of East Coast growth investors through the networking app

Investor Pass

  • Access to entire general event, including stages, early check-in, networking, braindates, and expo hall
  • Startup matchmaking program based on interests
  • Networking opportunities with your peers at the largest VC event of the year
  • Ability to mingle with your portfolio companies’ executives in the audience

Apply for a Free VIP or Executive Ticket

VIP Qualifications: CXO/VP, 200+ Employees
Executive Qualifications: Dir+, 50+ Employees

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