Elevating Global Leadership
and Market Expansion
Welcome to the Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI), a center for multicultural leadership research and development.
We are a trusted partner for organizations aiming to strengthen their leadership, enhance team productivity, and achieve ambitious growth objectives in global and domestic markets.
Our programs integrate unparalleled leadership expertise with deep cultural insights and understanding, equipping your team to adapt and excel in today's culturally diverse business landscape.
Our Distinctive Approach
Led by Joy Chen, a distinguished former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and executive recruiter for Fortune 500 CEOs and Board members, the MLI is renowned for delivering premier learning and development solutions.
We focus on equipping leaders with cultural fluency, the skill of navigating through differences to effectively engage and mobilize people from all backgrounds and viewpoints. In today’s business world, cultural fluency is not just a skill; it’s a strategic edge that boosts productivity, fuels innovation, and unlocks new markets.
A trailblazer in global leadership training
Joy Chen is CEO of the Multicultural Leadership Institute and a trailblazer in integrating cultural intelligence into leadership, enhancing global competitiveness and innovation. Her journey from Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles to executive recruiter for Fortune 500 leaders has equipped her with unparalleled leadership acumen and cultural insights.
As Deputy Mayor, Joy led economic and workforce development for a culturally diverse city whose workforce speaks 90+ languages. Transitioning executive search, Joy joined Heidrick & Struggles and over seven years recruited Fortune 500 CEOs and Board members across North America, Europe, and Asia.
Joy's pivot to leadership training was serendipitous, sparked by the unexpected success of her leadership blog in China. This launched her as a celebrated keynote speaker and author, and led her to establish global leadership training organizations that have benefited millions in Asia and the Americas. Joy's global cross-cultural leadership has garnered features in media including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, CNN and Vogue China.
At the Multicultural Leadership Development Institute, Joy, alongside her exceptional team, delivers training programs that are crafted to enable leaders and teams to further excel in navigating the complexities of a world filled with possibilities.
Global Leadership Mastery
Gain the cultural insights and skills you need to adeptly manage teams across varied cultures, and enhance your organization's global footprint.
Inclusive Leadership Mastery
Elevate and inspire every team member to excel, fostering a culture where diversity drives increased productivity, enhanced collaboration, and groundbreaking innovation.
Cross-Cultural Sales Accelerator
Equip your sales teams with the cultural insights and skills to adeptly engage diverse clients and expand into new markets, both global and domestic.
Asian Leadership Accelerator
Empower your Asian professionals to navigate Corporate America’s unwritten rules and build the EQ skills they need to advance and contribute greater impact.
Keynotes by Joy Chen
Engage and empower your audiences to greater leadership effectiveness across global and domestic markets.