Prior to 2016, I was not aware that a leadership program existed that was built specifically for me as an Asian-American. The overall intent of this program is to strengthen multicultural leaders so that they are prepared to take on management and/or executive roles. For me, I've learned to build more confidence in myself and find my authentic voice. I was also ready to move up the ladder but didn't know how to navigate through the corporate world. After several years of making it known to my boss at that time that I was interested in this program, he finally gave me the approval to proceed. The EDI program was one of the most refreshing, educational and empowering experiences of my life. This 8-month long program involved dedicating one full business day per month to attend a face-to-face workshop concentrating on a monthly theme, like taking risks and conquering fears or public speaking and how to speak up as a minority leader. One of my most memorable moments was going through a team exercise called Personal Branding, where we had asked our peers to tell us one word that described us. Because we are our own worst critic, we don't often realize how we externally appear to others from their point of view. We also spent time giving back to our community and leading a community project as well as engaging in numerous networking events since it was all about building relationships and expanding our connections. I have learned so much more about myself by going outside of my comfort zone and focusing on my leadership growth. Fortunately, my company was able to take care of the tuition, so I would highly suggest asking your employer if they are able to fund this program as a training opportunity. Due to COVID-19, this program has been postponed for 2020; however, it does give you more time to consider applying for 2021!
SO WHAT IS IT? A unique leadership program that develops and empowers authentic, effective and intentional leaders. The curriculum is designed to explore the cultural values of Asian & Pacific Islanders and how culture impacts perceptions and behaviors in the workplace. Gain an understanding of how to remain true to yourself and your core values while getting the results that you want.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Emerging leaders committed to:
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If you live in the greater Seattle or Portland area, I hope you consider applying! Please feel free to ask any questions below. Also, if you are aware of any multicultural leadership programs out there, please do share!
2016 Alumni of Leadership Discovery Program for APIs