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...

Calling All Asian Immigrant Women

Last week, I shared the third finding from my research study on Asian women in leadership. For several women who achieved levels of success in corporate America, their next challenge was to share their message and inspire other women. Whether this was done through a conference, community event or even this research study, the women expressed a desire to share their stories and contribute to the...

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...


I spent this past weekend with my Mom and my relatives in Northern California. During my short visit, I got to disengage from life in corporate America. Since my weekdays typically consists of sitting with an executive and/or their team discussing ways to enhance organizational effectiveness, the past few days were very different for me. I stepped out into my Aunt’s garden and appreciated...

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

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