One Woman’s Story: From India to Success in a Fortune 100 Company

One Woman’s Story: From India to Success in a Fortune 100 Company

Welcome to the first post in a series showcasing inspiring Asian women. The goal here is to bring to light voices of strong, empathetic, and successful women who have overcome barriers in life. In this first story, you'll meet Sandy, an Asian immigrant woman who is currently serving as a senior executive in a Fortune [...]

Asian Women in Leadership – Research Finding #3: Using Language as a Tool

Asian Women in Leadership – Research Finding #3: Using Language as a Tool

During my time in corporate America, I've known many leaders who were exceptional communicators. The leaders who stood out were ones who used plain language (no corporate jargon), provided context (so I can understand the big picture), and were open (shared what they knew). I'd like to share the third and final research finding from my [...]

Asian Women in Leadership – Research Finding #2: Receiving Guidance and Help

Asian Women in Leadership – Research Finding #2: Receiving Guidance and Help

A few weeks ago, I presented my research findings on Asian women leaders' corporate journeys to a group of high-achieving Asian professionals at Medtronic, a multi-billion dollar company. This opportunity came because a former Johnson & Johnson colleague connected me to one of her superstar team members, Janet. Janet and I bonded over coffee and [...]

What’s the Problem? A Look into the Lack of Diversity in Corporate America.

What’s the Problem? A Look into the Lack of Diversity in Corporate America.

As a social science researcher, I'm curious about people, innate behaviors, and the perceptions of others. The research question I wanted to explore in my dissertation partly emerged from experiences in corporate America and growing up as an Asian kid in U.S. society. Family Expectations Like many Asian parents, my Mom and Dad firmly believed [...]

Why I spent the past eight years (and a lot of money!) pursuing a Ph.D. program.

Why I spent the past eight years (and a lot of money!) pursuing a Ph.D. program.

It was April 2002, many months after 9/11. I had relocated back to San Francisco after spending four years in New York City. Like many people, I was consistently anxious; reminded that the world was not what I had once envisioned. It was during this time that I sought to belong to something greater. For [...]

Outside In

Outside In

Have you ever thought about how others perceive you? And how their perception of you shapes or strengthens your own identity? I’ve thought about the concept of identity for many years now; and in the past nine years, I’ve come to understand that several factors contributed to the development of who I truly am. We [...]