The purpose of this study is to understand the stories of Asian American senior leaders of Fortune 600 companies. The intent was to identify common attributes and experiences that could be used to help emerging leaders along their journeys and American corporations improve workplace environment and retention of top Asian American talent. Thirty-two Asian American senior leaders of Fortune 600 companies participated in an online questionnaire which included the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation (SL-ASIA) Scale. In addition, nine of those leaders were interviewed for stories and insights on the quantitative data. The findings uncovered that these leaders found a way to integrate their Asian and American identities, learned at an early age the Asian cultural value of hard work, took on and sought out risks and challenges, had non-Asian mentors and coaches in their careers who helped them acculturate into the American and/or organization's culture, and were passionate about developing others.

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Research projects (MSOD); Asian American businesspeople; Corporate culture; Diversity in the workplace; Leadership -- Case studies

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Graziadio Business School



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Egan, Terri;