Asian American Career Ceilings: What Can We Do Better?

On July 17, 2021, Committee of 100 presented the fifteenth Asian American Career Ceilings Initiative event that featured a unique combination of a panel followed by discussion tables on the topic of “Asian American Career Ceilings: What Can We Do Better?

In the first hour, we had a fireside chat formatted panel made up of Gary Locke (Chairman of Committee of 100 and former Secretary of Commerce, Governor of Washington State, and Ambassador to China), Jennifer Lee (Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University and author of “The Asian American Achievement Paradox”), Anna Mok (Deloitte Partner and President of Ascend), Michael Morrison (Columbia Business School Professor and Asian American Career Ceilings researcher), and Maeley Tom (Former Chief Administrative Office of the California State Assembly). The panelists covered different avenues that can advance constructive change – government, political action, business leadership, academia, and individual and societal behaviors and practices. Peter Young moderated the panel

Dialogue Discussion Tables
The second part of the event was patterned after the Committee of 100 CEO and Leaders Forum that was held in 2019 where attendees are divided into tables of 8, with a Discussion Leader guiding each table. Each table brainstormed and shared ideas about how we can do a better job of overcoming the Career Ceiling Challenges facing Asian Americans.

At the end, the Discussion Leaders gathered on the stage and summarized the two or three best ideas that his or her table produced. These ideas were written up and distributed to all the attendees after the event. Our hope is that this will create new ideas and initiatives, facilitate the formation of new relationships among the attendees, and galvanize action focused on the new ideas.

Discussion Leaders:

The event was held via Zoom webinar on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm ET/ 12:00 pm to 2:15 pm CT/ 10am to 1:15 pm PT.

Check out our other Asian American Career Ceiling events here. 

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Peter Young

President & Managing Director at Young & Partners

Gary Locke

The first Chinese-American ambassador to China

Anna Mok

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP; President & Co-Founder, Ascend; Co-Founder, Ascend Pinnacle

Maeley Tom

Trailblazer in Asian American politics

Buck Gee

Expert in tech industry and corporate executive leadership

Henry S. Tang

Managing Partner of Carnegie Towers Strategic Investment Advisory

Alice Young

Lawyer and Business Advisor




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