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Our research highlights and proposals working in conjunction with our non-profit partners include:

Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley

Hidden in Plain Sight: Asian American Leaders in Silicon Valley
analyzes the leadership pipeline using the 2013 employment data filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by five major Silicon Valley-based companies. The study reveals some surprising results including that the glass ceiling is 3.7x times harder for Asian Americans to crack and gives access to our Executive Parity Index (EPI) calculator tool which will allow any company to determine their EPI score.

Authored by Buck Gee, Denise Peck, and Janet Wong, all seasoned business executives and active Ascend executive advisors.

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The Failure of Asian Success - Five Years Later

The Failure of Asian Success - Five Years Later
, written in 2014, dissects the reasons why the number of Asian American executives in the Bay Area Fortune 500 companies continues to lag their growing presence in the professional workforce and overall population. Having spent well over 1,000 hours since 2009 teaching and mentoring aspiring Asian managers, the authors are convinced that underdeveloped leadership skills is the factor that hinders access to executive leadership levels for many of them.

Authored by Buck Gee, Executive Advisor, Ascend/CEI, Wes Hom, Executive Advisor, Ascend/CEI and Ajay Anand, President Ascend/Northern California

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The Failure of Asian Success in the Bay Area: Asians as Corporate Executive Leaders

The Failure of Asian Success in the Bay Area: Asians as Corporate Executive Leaders - Research and Analysis of the State of Pan-Asian Corporate Executive Leaders in the Bay Area
, written in 2009, presents research and analysis on the tightly constricted executive pipeline for Asian employees in the Bay Area which consists of a large base of Asian employees but a small segment of executive management. This is a reality widely known by the Asian workforce, but hidden in plain sight to corporate management. This perception gap is the heart of a problem that has persisted for decades, and indicates a failure of leadership within the Bay Area executive community, especially within the Asian executive community.

Authored by Buck Gee, Executive Advisor, Ascend/CEI and Wes Hom, Executive Advisor, Ascend/CEI

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New York Metro Area Corporate Census: Asian American Executives

This joint analysis by Ascend and the Asia Society surveys the largest Fortune‐1000 corporations with headquarters located in the New York City tri‐state (NY/NJ/CT) metropolitan area to assess Asian American success in reaching the highest corporate executive levels.

Authored by Buck Gee, Executive Advisor, Ascend/CEI

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The Everest Project

The Everest Project, a global research initiative in partnership with the Ascend Foundation, Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Out Leadership is the first theoretical and practical research initiative to take a multicultural and gender specific perspective in examining the role of women executives in corporate America. Eve of Change: Women Redefining Corporate America examines the influence of women’s leadership in today’s global economy and provides insight into how the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation impacts women in the workplace.

Authored by Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership led by Pamela Carlton, JD, MBA; Lily Tang, PhD, MBA; and an academic research team

The full report is available online at www.everestproject.org.
 


  • Research into the Apparent Failure of Pan-Asian Success in the Bay Area (Included above)
- The Failure of Asian Success – Five Years Later, February 2014
- The Failure of Asian Success in the Bay Area: Asians as Corporate Executive Leaders – Research and Analysis of the State of Pan-Asian Corporate Executive Leaders in the Bay Area, March 2009
- A Bay Area Corporate Census: Asian American Executives – A joint project of Ascend and the Asia Society, February, 2009
  • The Everest ProjectThe Everest Project, a global research initiative in partnership with the Ascend Foundation, Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Out Leadership is the first theoretical and practical research initiative to take a multicultural and gender specific perspective in examining the role of women executives in corporate America (Included above). For more information, please visit www.everestproject.org

  • Pinnacle – The Pan-Asian Corporate Board Initiative (Click here to learn more)

  • The AICPA Diversity and Inclusion Climate Survey in partnership with the Ascend Foundation

  • Research behind our education program offerings with Stanford University (Click here to learn more)
For more information on the Ascend Foundation, please visit www.ascendleadership.org/foundation.
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