The Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives will accelerate the development of global business leadership skills for executives working in U.S. or global companies. This program is the first of its kind to address the apparent gap in effective executive training for high-achieving Asian executives—a gap substantiated by the surprising disparity between Asians in the corporate workforce and those in executive positions.

The program has been developed in partnership with Ascend and Asia Society.

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

Program Overview

Today, Asians are important contributors to U.S. and global business. Companies that successfully build an executive leadership pipeline from this growing pool of talent will be best positioned to innovate and grow globally. However, Asians have found it difficult to reach the highest levels of leadership in government, education, and business outside Asia.

Stanford’s Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives addresses this challenge in the executive pipeline: The program accelerates the development of global business leadership skills for executives of Asian ancestry working in U.S. and global companies. Apart from learning hands-on tools for more effective influence, negotiations and communication as well as frameworks for leading cross-functional teams, program participants build a vital network of high-level professionals who face similar challenges.

The content delivered by Stanford's top-class faculty is complemented by guest speakers who share their own path to success, action planning in small groups with experienced facilitators and exercises to practice what you've learned inside and outside of the classroom.

Faculty Director
Other Faculty
Seungjin Whang

Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor of Operations, Information and Technology; Codirector of the Stanford-National University of Singapore Executive Program in International Management

Associate Professor of Political Economy

Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior; Codirector of the Executive Leadership Development 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

Frank E. Buck Professor of Management; Director of the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Executive Program

The Robert L. Joss Consulting Professor of Management

Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior

Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources; Director of the Managing Talent for Strategic Advantage Executive Program; Codirector of the Customer- Focused Innovation Executive Program

MBA Class of '78 Lecturer in Organizational Behavior; Director of the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program

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

Key Takeaways
  • Achieve results through more effective influence and communications
  • Lead in dynamic and uncertain competitive environments
  • Manage cross-functional teams to succeed on a global scale

The program will prepare executives to:

Lead cross-functional teams to compete for global assignments

  • Introducing concepts of global business strategy
  • Reviewing and understanding the criticality and impact of different functional roles in context of overall business strategies
  • Presenting challenges to global operations

Lead through more effective influence and communications

  • Building corporate power and influence to achieve results, handling general notions about Asian competence
  • Challenging influencing skills, styles, and limits, including Asian cultural bias
  • Understanding organizational intelligence and the impact of Western and Asian cultural influences and orientation
  • Learning about effective approaches from successful (Asian and non-Asian) C-suite executives and leading CEOs

Lead in dynamic and uncertain competitive environments

  • Knowing when to make decisions with incomplete information, recognizing potential Western and Asian cultural biases
  • Balancing risk of failure vs. failure of inaction
  • Understanding and responding to the CEO agenda

Who Should Attend?

The Stanford Advanced Leadership Program is targeting the developmental needs of high-performance Asian executives who will be advancing from functional management roles to broader leadership responsibilities.

Participants will include mostly executives of Asian ancestry with 10 to 15 years of work experience in functional management and typically with job titles such as director or vice president, working 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.


Beatrice Kemner
Associate Director, Programs and Marketing
Phone: +1.650.736.6583