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The Executive Insight Series™ (EIS) assists high-potential Pan-Asian managers, senior professionals and young executives attain leadership roles in major North American corporations. EIS provides insight into key characteristics, specific behaviors, competencies, and experiences required to reach the executive level. Participants typically have 8-12 years of experience and hold manager, director, or vice president positions.

Why a program for Asian managers?

Ascend’s findings1 show that relatively few Pan-Asians have achieved executive leadership roles, even in regions with a significant Pan-Asian presence such as San Francisco and New York.

EIS examines the “Myths of Asian Leadership” preventing Pan-Asians from reaching top executive positions.

This program provides participants with a leadership framework that empowers them to adapt their attitudes for leadership and business value.


  • Developed by Pan-Asian executives* who successfully led large U.S. corporations in multicultural settings, such as Cisco®, HP®, IBM®, KPMG®, and others
  • Distilled from concepts tested from years of mentoring Pan-Asian executives and professionals
  • Designed to improve core competencies that are undeveloped in many Pan-Asian business professionals
  • Delivered by senior Pan-Asian executives with insight into the skills and behaviors needed to become an effective executive
  • *The same team responsible for the highly regarded Stanford University Graduate School of Business Advanced Leadership Program (ALP) for Pan-Asian executives

    Benefits to participants

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the “Myths of Asian Leadership” and how these myths act as barriers to advancement
  • Gain insight into executive values, presence, and leadership skills demanded by large North American corporations to be a vital and integral part of the corporate culture
  • Learn from real-life examples of executives and leaders – how they personally and professionally succeeded
  • 1 Gee and Hom, “The Failure of Asian Success;”
    2 Gee, “Asian American Executives,” 5.

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