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Asian Leadership Accelerator

Welcome to the Asian Leadership Accelerator, an exceptional initiative offered by the Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI). This program, led by the eminent Joy Chen, is not merely a training course but an experiential journey that empowers Asian professionals to excel at the leadership levels in global companies.

Why Invest in Your Asian Talent?

Asian professionals, representing a significant portion of the U.S. high-tech sector and other knowledge industries, are a rapidly growing and highly educated demographic. However, despite their substantial contributions, these professionals often encounter cultural barriers that impede their career advancement.

Our programs bridge these gaps, enhancing both individual and organizational performance and providing access to some of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S.

Our Distinctive Approach

Under Joy Chen’s expert guidance, the Asian Leadership Program is meticulously structured as a journey of transformation. Central to our curriculum is the innovative MLI Asian Leadership Competency Model, a tool born from comprehensive research and practical expertise in leadership development. This model uniquely addresses the nuanced contrasts between Asian and Western leadership paradigms, empowering Asian professionals to embrace and respect their cultural heritage while simultaneously acquiring new competencies.

This dual approach facilitates effective adaptation and leadership excellence in global corporate environments. Participants are not just trained; they are transformed into leaders who can bridge cultural divides, bringing a blend of cultural insight and global acumen to the forefront of business leadership.

Here are just some reasons why our clients love to partner with us:

Expert-Led Curriculum

Guided by Joy Chen's extensive leadership experience, our program offers a structured roadmap to success, focusing on real-world leadership competencies.

MLI Asian Leadership Competency Model

At the core of our training is the proprietary MLI Asian Leadership Competency Model, aligning each module with critical global business competencies.

Global Market Success

Our program equips your team to effectively engage with rapidly expanding markets by leveraging the unique insights and connections of your Asian employees.

Holistic Development

The program extends beyond individual growth, enhancing cultural fluency and among sponsors and managers.
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About your speaker

Joy Chen 陈愉

A child of immigrants turned luminary in global leadership development

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 meticulously crafted to enable leaders and teams to greater impact in a culturally diverse marketplace.

Voices of Success

"Joy is captivating! She brings a unique blend of cutting-edge research, real-life stories and practical insights. I’d recommend her as a leadership speaker for any convention."

Ngan Nguyen
Senior Vice President

"Joy connects deeply with the hearts and minds of every audience member, inspiring and equipping us all to stronger leadership."

Mia Newell
Director

"Joy Chen is a strong and clear voice onstage. Her thought leadership is grounded in research and lived experience that makes for a compelling (and often, humorous!) listen. Her tailored content has propelled thousands of learners. The Multicultural Institute is a must-have resource for those committed to the development of leaders."

Angela Cheng-Cimini
Chief Human Resources Officer

"Before this course, I never really knew where to start unraveling my own invisible barriers to advancement. Through this course, I’ve found my roadmap. Now, I can confidently take back control and drive my career."

Peter Yo
Vice President

"I’ve done a ton of leadership training, seen many courses that rehash the same ideas, or are less actionable, or really long. Joy’s lessons are novel, and they cut to the chase, giving us only what we need to know. I’m super grateful for that."

Lian Huang
Senior Counsel

"Joy's program helps us to unlock the competencies we need to advance our careers, and to connect with other rising Asian leaders, so that we can uplift one another and others alongside us."

Brian Pang
Development Director

"The program provided me knowledge of roadblocks that I didn’t know existed, and that I can now overcome by being purposeful with my actions."

Heather Hansen
Global Consultant

"The program contains practical advice and tools we can use to succeed in corporate America. All are specific to the AAPI community and backed by research and data. It is really great!"

Helen Ahn
Associate Director

"This course made a huge difference in how I approach work. I’ve been sharing the techniques and lessons with coworkers who would find them useful."

Hedi Cho
Supervisor

"I highly recommend the Asian Leadership Accelerator by Joy. It was filled with incredible API-tailored knowledge and many helpful takeaways. I found so much value in the cohort interaction."

Bernice Chao
Creative Lead

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