You are of Asian ancestry. How can you reach the highest levels of leadership? How can you turn challenges into opportunities? How do you compete…and win? Stanford's Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives provides a rigorous curriculum to develop the leadership skills you need to succeed, combined with powerful networking and mentoring, thanks to our collaboration with Ascend and Asia Society.

Program tuition includes private accommodations, all meals, and course materials.


Curriculum. Confidence. Connections. Community. In six intense days you'll learn global business leadership skills from world-class Graduate School of Business (GSB) faculty. You'll meet successful Asian-American leaders and hear how they have overcome obstacles. You'll have a unique opportunity to build a strong community based on shared experiences. And together with experienced leadership coaches, you'll develop a personal action plan to transform classroom learning into personal and professional success.

Stanford's Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives is the first of its kind to address the gap in effective training for high-achieving Asian-American executives. Learn how to lead cross-functional teams to compete for tomorrow's global assignments. Develop personal strategies for building power and influence. Recognize Asian and Western cultural biases and competencies. And find out how to get more of what you want. At Stanford, the learning happens everywhere—both inside and outside the classroom.

Faculty Director
Other Faculty
Seungjin Whang

Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at Stanford Graduate School of Business, is an expert in supply chain management and the economics of information systems.

Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior; Codirector of the Executive Leadership Development: Analysis to Action Program

Adams Distinguished Professor of Management; Director of the Managing Teams for Innovation and Success Executive Program; Director of the Influence and Negotiation Strategies Executive Program; Codirector of the Executive Program for Women Leaders

Robert L. Joss Consulting Professor of Management

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences; Academic Director, Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer-Focused Innovation Executive Program

Dorothy J. King Lecturer in Leadership; Director of the Interpersonal Dynamics for High-Performance Executive Program

Sanwa Bank, Limited, Professor of Marketing; Director of the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program; Director of The Innovative CIO Executive Program

Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives
Video Overview
Get an inside look at this unique personal leadership program for Asian-American executives and hear how it has transformed the lives and careers of past participants.
Key Benefits

The Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives will help you:

  • Advance your career in a world where very few Asian Americans hold senior leadership positions
  • Achieve better results through more effective influence, negotiations, and communications
  • Lead in dynamic and uncertain competitive environments
  • Manage cross-functional teams to succeed on a global scale
  • Build professional and personal relationships with peers who face similar challenges and opportunities
  • Connect with a vital network of professionals through access to guest speakers from Fortune 500 companies and the partnership with Ascend and Asia Society

Program Highlights

Even though cooperation and collaboration is valued in organizations, they remain inevitably hierarchical. Because aspiring leaders are challenged by the idea of power, this session will highlight the importance of getting comfortable with power, understanding the fundamentals of power dynamics, and developing one’s own path to power.

Getting to senior executive positions requires an understanding of the CEO's agenda—how they measure their own success, how they spend their time, how they communicate with different audiences, and their temperament. This session will provide insights from successful CEOs of medium and large companies.

As a leader, you spend the majority of your time communicating with others. You probably don’t spend much time thinking about the way you do this, nor are you likely to get honest feedback on the way you communicate. Yet the quality of communication largely determines your effectiveness. This session will provide guidelines for improving your own communication style. In particular, we will focus on your persuasive skills — how to convince others to accept your ideas or support your position, even if they are skeptical at first.

Why do successful companies lose their competitive edge? The answer is not obvious, for these companies have all the resources and capabilities to stay on top—financial, market, intellectual, and technological. To avoid this "success syndrome" managers must be effective at simultaneously managing incremental innovation as well as leading revolutionary or discontinuous change. The purpose of these two sessions is to explore how managers can balance the tension between the short- and long-term, with particular attention to the use of culture in their organizations as a potential source of competitive advantage—or disadvantage.

Who Should Attend?

The Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives is essential for today’s aspiring leaders. It’s specifically designed for:

  • Executives of Asian ancestry with 10 to 15 years of professional experience in U.S. or global companies, from a wide range of industries.
SAMPLE Participant Mix
The class was one of the best I've been to in my career. It was good to brush up on some business skills, but the real value came from the connections I was able to build with Asian-American executives. I made some good friends and found a group of people who I can bounce ideas off of who share a similar background as I.
Managing Director,
GE Capital


Stanford University
The Stanford campus is world renowned for its natural beauty, Spanish mission-style architecture, and temperate climate. With more than 8,180 acres (3,310 hectares), Stanford's campus ranks as one of the largest in the United States. Participants in Stanford's Executive Programs become part of a quintessential university setting, residing together, walking or biking to classes, and enjoying access to Stanford University facilities.
The Knight Management Center
Opened in spring 2011, the Knight Management Center has transformed the Stanford Graduate School of Business into a vibrant and unified indoor-outdoor, living and learning community. Participants will take classes at this new state-of-the-art campus, which features tiered classrooms with extensive floor-to-ceiling glass, the latest in audiovisual technology, numerous breakout and study rooms, outdoor seating areas to encourage informal discussion, and an open collaboration lab that employs hands-on and design thinking techniques.
Schwab Residential Center
Designed by renowned Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta, the Schwab Residential Center gives residents ample privacy while promoting collegial interaction through shared lounges, outdoor meeting areas, a library, and an exercise room.


Fiona Taft
Associate Director of Programs
Phone: +1.650.736.8497


The Place: Immerse yourself in innovation
The Experience: Transform your thinking, your career, your company.
The Approach: Challenge yourself with research-based learning and real-world experience.