Carnegie Mellon University

Leadership and Connection for Women and Gender-Expansive Asian American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Leaders

Explore and expand on leadership skills integral to Asian American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian (AAPINH) woman+ leaders’ intersecting identities in community.  

This is a six-week leadership training program designed for women or gender-expansive individuals who identify as Asian American, Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian (AAPINH) in leadership roles. The training starts with a two-day in-person intensive, followed by four weekly, three-hour virtual workshops, and concludes with a reflective final session. 

The training is designed to hold space for AAPINH women+ leaders to learn about effective and evidence-based leadership styles and skills that are tailored to the unique strengths and challenges for the intersecting identities of the participants. Additionally, hands-on practical activities as well as conversation and discussion spaces are created for participating leaders to gain deeper insight into their leadership styles vis-a-vis professional and personal context. 

Two 45-minute one-on-one coaching sessions to further deepen the learning and compliment group discussions will be scheduled throughout the training course.

Key Takeaways

  • Discover effective leadership styles that integrate AAPINH and women+ identities 
  • Build a supportive community and professional network of peers
  • Develop tools for resilience as a leader
  • Refine effective communication and negotiation skills
  • Build strategic vision and leadership capabilities
  • Learn to give effective and actionable feedback in line with your authentic cultural identity

Who should attend?

This training is designed for executive leaders who identify as women or gender-expansive individuals, and as Asian American, Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian. Participants are usually mid-career executives or leaders at their workplace with 10-15 years of professional experiences. With established expertise in respective areas, participants are interested in learning about ways to fine-tune their leadership styles that integrate their professional strengths and cultural heritages while honoring one’s intersecting identities.

"My passion is to help Asian women leaders expand their skills and deepen the connection with their identities. I'm excited about the long-term and sustainable benefits of the program that can further integrate the different aspects of intersectionality of Asian women leaders' professional development."

— Mengchun Chiang, Faculty Lead

Carnegie Mellon welcomes all individuals to participate in and attend Executive Education programs and events, on campus and/or online, as outlined in the university’s Statement of Assurance.

Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to accommodate requests for support for guests, visitors, and alumni with disabilities. To discuss your individual or group accommodation requests, please contact Carnegie Mellon's Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance of your program start date.

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or to learn more.