If you are moving in an upward direction, that's an ascent, like your quick ascent from new group member last year to president this year.

An ascent, which comes from the Latin word ascendere, meaning "to climb up," is just that: a climb. An ascent can be physical, like an elevator's journey to the top floor, an airplane's upward motion, or your hike up a mountain. Ascent can also be a figurative climb, like a restaurant's dishwasher's whose hard work made his ascent to executive chef possible.

Definitions of ascent

n a movement upward

ascension, rise, rising
a movement downward
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climb, climbing, mounting
an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.)
elevation, lift, raising
the event of something being raised upward
heave, heaving
an upward movement (especially a rhythmical rising and falling)
the initial ascent of a rocket from its launching pad
rapid climb, rapid growth, zoom
a rapid rise
the initial ascent of an airplane as it becomes airborne
upheaval, uplift, upthrow, upthrust
(geology) a rise of land to a higher elevation (as in the process of mountain building)
the rise of something
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change of location, travel
a movement through space that changes the location of something

n the act of changing location in an upward direction

ascending, ascension, rise
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the act of raising (a body) from the ground by presumably spiritualistic means
heave, heaving
the act of lifting something with great effort
climb, mount
the act of climbing something
soar, zoom
the act of rising upward into the air
ascent by or as if by a ladder
an awkward climb
mountain climbing, mountaineering
the activity of climbing a mountain
rock climbing
the sport or pastime of scaling rock masses on mountain sides (especially with the help of ropes and special equipment)
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motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

acclivity, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
a downward slope or bend
the upward slope of a hill
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incline, side, slope
an elevated geological formation

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