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Breaking the bamboo ceiling: Asian Leadership and Empowerment (Organized by the SRCD Asian Caucus)

Fri, March 24, 10:15 to 11:45am, Salt Palace Convention Center, Floor: 2, Meeting Room 255 B

Session Type: Conversation Roundtable


Chairs: Qi Wang (Cornell University) and Yoonsun Choi (University of Chicago)

The goal of this panel discussion is to highlight the strength and empowerment of Asian leadership. In a system of stereotyping and discrimination, Asian individuals have been seriously deprived from leadership positions. Asian-culturally endorsed leadership qualities such as modesty and social conscientiousness are often misconstrued as a lack of assertiveness or confidence. This panel brings together four extraordinary Asian American leaders, including a president of a research foundation, a president of a scientific organization, an associate dean and department chair, and a chair and board member of several international committees across fields, to discuss the unique strengths, opportunities, and challenges for Asian scholars in the leadership arena. The panelists will share their perspectives, experiences, and strategies of breaking the bamboo ceiling.

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