Yon Na, Ph.D. Advancing Asian women at the workplace through Research + Storytelling


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 100 company. What I love about Sandy’s story is her strong sense of...

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 study on the experiences of Asian immigrant women...

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 at the end of our talk, she asked if I’d...

Happy 2018: Goal Setting and Values

Have you recovered from the holidays yet? Did you go back to work? Are you still on break? I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy 2018. I’ve read many posts about setting 2018 goals and working toward chipping away at them. I haven’t been as organized as most. I’m still in the process of thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in the upcoming year. But I don’t feel as though I’ve fallen...

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 that education was a pathway toward success. To...

Yon Na, Ph.D. Advancing Asian women at the workplace through Research + Storytelling

Hello, my name is Yon.

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