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Stanford ALP Course Penetrates the Bamboo Ceiling

Monday, February 6, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Juan Percy
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Course Penetrates the Bamboo Ceiling

Highly skilled mid-level managers with Asian backgrounds are playing increasingly vital roles at many U.S. corporations, particularly in the Silicon Valley. Yet according to a recent study by the New York–based Center for Work-Life Policy, Asian Americans hold less than 2% of executive roles at Fortune 500 companies. Nearly half of Asian American women surveyed, and 63% of Asian American men, report feeling stalled in their careers.

Retired executives Buck Gee and Wes Hom saw similar trends at their own companies, Cisco and IBM. The so-called "bamboo ceiling" concerned them so much, in fact, that they approached the Center for Leadership Development and Research (CLDR) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The result was a unique new course, aimed at promising mid-career managers at U.S. companies, called the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian American Executives.

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