To commemorate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, one business leader shows how he’s helping to advance Asian-American professionals.
As a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s global wealth management division, Kamesh Nagarajan understands what it takes to succeed in business. And with more than 15 years of experience in an executive role, Nagarajan hopes to enhance the presence and influence of current and future business leaders of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.Nagarajan is New York chapter president of nonprofit organization Ascend and received its High Impact Leaders Award in 2010 for his positive impact and contribution to the Asian-American community. Most recently, Nagarajan spoke at his chapter’s conference, "Inspiring Across Generations,” which allowed senior Asian business leaders to interact with attendees. He believes professional organizations like his can help advance minority professionals, and he told Diversity Executive magazine how.