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The Problem

Asians are nearly 50% less likely to be promoted into middle-management and executive positions as their Caucasian counterparts.


The Reason

Our research with successful Asian executives has found 4 common factors:

  • Lack of Political and Organizational Savvy
  • Cultural Deference to Authority
  • Ineffective Communication and Influencing Skills
  • Aversion to Risk-Taking

The Challenge

We have found the following as the key barriers to progress:

  • Lack of Awareness and Understanding of Issues and Root Causes
  • Need to Train Leadership Skills with Cultural Context
  • API Development is Often Low-Priority for Resources in Companies

Our Solution

Our Executive Forum collaborates with 40+ Asian execs to align on strategy, and with 120+ ERG leaders from 60+ companies to consult on programs. Our offerings range from webinars and virtual/in-person conferences to multi-week training programs. We also support ERGs with a peer network that can help arrange guest speakers for internal events.

"Most companies invest in leadership training. However, few have the expertise or scale to provide training for Asian American professionals to achieve the required cultural adaptability. We envision SASE becoming a scaled hub of expertise and programs to help companies and individuals unlock the leadership potential of the Asian American STEM workforce."

Dennis Hirotsu
Senior Executive Advisor for SASE Pro, Retired R&D VP at Procter & Gamble


Our Core Beliefs
  • APIs have untapped potential for leadership positions in corporate America.
  • API cultural values are an asset to U.S. companies; the challenges for APIs in leadership are rooted in cultural behaviors and perceptions.
  • APIs can and must stay true to their core values, but they must also develop skills and behavioral agility to lead in a Western context.
  • APIs can unlock their full leadership potential through experiential skill-building, increased self-awareness and a diverse support network.
  • As APIs achieve leadership positions, U.S. leadership culture and perceptions will broaden to the benefit of companies and all individuals.