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Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business

New in 2019: Ascend Asian American Executive Program Scholarship to Stanford Program
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In collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Ascend created the Asian American Executive Program to accelerate the development of global business leadership skills of senior executives for the Asian American community. As a first of its kind executive program for high-achieving Pan-Asian leaders, the Asian American Executive Program strives to address the disparity between the number of Pan-Asians in the corporate workforce and those in executive positions.

Program participants generally are high-level Pan-Asian executives from corporations, however the program is open to executives who represent the top 3-4% of the corporate workforce, such as functional directors, vice presidents or partners.


As corporations look to Asia for growth, businesses that successfully build an executive leadership pipeline from the fast-growing pool of Pan-Asian talent will be best positioned to innovate and grow globally.

    Today, Pan-Asians are high contributors to North American and global businesses:
  • The U.S. Pan-Asian population grew 72% between 2000 and 2015 (from 11.9 million to 20.4 million), the fastest growth rate of any major racial or ethnic group.*
  • The Pan-Asian workforce is highly-educated, technically skilled, and affluent with tremendous leadership potential
  • Pan-Asian corporations are setting up operations in the United States and represent the fastest growing market
*Pew Research, September 8, 2017, Key facts about Asian Americans, a diverse and growing population

This program will prepare executives to:

Lead through more effective influence and communications

  • Build corporate power and influencing skills to achieve results
  • Challenge styles and limits, including Pan-Asian cultural bias
  • Understand organizational intelligence and the impact of Pan-Asian influence
  • Learn effective approaches from successful C-Suite executives and leading CEOs
  • Lead in dynamic and uncertain competitive environments

  • Know when to make decisions with available information
  • Balance risks of failure vs. risks of inaction
  • Understand and respond to the CEO agenda
  • Lead cross-functional teams to compete for global assignments

  • Introduce and implement concepts of global business strategy
  • Understand the criticality and impact of different functional roles
  • Navigate challenges to global operations

  • Asian American Executive Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business

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