Asian American Career Ceilings: What are the Driving Factors, including Asian Ethnicity? (Part 2)

Peter Young

On June 8, 2021, we presented a C100 Asian American Career Ceilings Initiative Virtual Q&A and Discussion Session as a companion event to the April 27, 2021 fireside chat on the topic of “Asian American Career Ceilings: What are the Driving Factors, including Asian Ethnicity?” that featured Jackson Lu, Professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Michael Morris, Professor at Columbia Business School. Peter Young, Chair of the Initiative and a C100 Member, was the moderator.

Over 575 people registered for the April 27 event. As a result, there were 102 questions submitted, far too many to address that evening. For that reason, we have scheduled this dedicated Q&A and Discussion Session with Professors Lu and Morris so that they can answer a selection of the submitted questions and also take new questions from the audience.


Jackson Lu

Mitsui Career Development Professor and
Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies
MIT Sloan School of Management

Jackson Lu is the Mitsui Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research has been published in premier scientific journals and featured in major media outlets (e.g., BBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, NPR, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post). He was named one of the 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40 by Poets and Quants, and one of “30 Thinkers to Watch” for his research on the “Bamboo Ceiling”.

Michael Morris
Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership
Columbia Business School

Michael Morris holds the Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership at Columbia Business School. He is also associated with the Psychology Department of Columbia University. He teaches MBA and executive-level classes on leadership, teamwork, communication, negotiation, and decision-making. He designed and runs Columbia’s Leadership Lab, which translates emerging research insights into new forms of leadership training. He chairs the school’s Organizational Culture Committee and serves on the university’s Committee on Global Thought. Outside of academia, his consulting and training work brings him into contact with many private and public sector leaders from around the world. In his research career, Professor Morris has published over 200 articles in the leading psychology and management journals on topics such as individual decision-making, interpersonal influence, and social networks. His early research on culture and cognition played a key role in the blossoming of the field of cultural psychology. His scientific papers have received international awards from scholarly societies in the fields of social psychology, judgment and decision-making, psychology in the public interest, Asian psychology, management, human resources, marketing, and others. He is a founding editor of the journal Management and Organization Review and an associate editor at several other journals. He has served on National Academy of Science and National Science Foundation panels advising the Armed Services about managing cultural differences. Prior to joining Columbia in 2001, Professor Morris was a tenured Professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and Psychology Department. He served as a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1995 and at the University of Hong Kong in 2000 and at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2008. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1993 and B.A from Brown in 1986.

Peter Young
CEO and President of Young & Partners
Committee of 100 Member

Peter Young is CEO and President of Young & Partners, a boutique investment banking firm focused on the life science and chemical industries. He manages the firm and is actively involved in client transactions and financings. Under his leadership, Young & Partners has established and maintained its position as a highly regarded firm serving the corporate strategy, M&A, restructuring and financing needs of clients worldwide. He was previously head of industry groups at Salomon Brothers, Schroders and Lehman Brothers, a senior private equity executive with J.H. Whitney & Co. and a senior member of Bain & Co., the corporate strategy firm. Mr. Young received a BA in Economics from Yale, an MS in Accounting from NYU, and MBA from Harvard Business School where he graduated as a Baker Scholar. He is a CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He serves on a number of boards of directors, both corporate and non-profit and is President and board member of Société de Chimie Industrielle, a leading life science and chemical industry non-profit organization that was established 102 years ago.

The Q&A and Discussion Session was held via Zoom webinar on June 8, 2021 at 8pm ET.

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