"I'm generally confident, but in certain meetings I just can't seem to trust my opinions...let alone voice them."
"How do I get buy-in and influence my teammates and others without feeling I might be too direct or assertive?"
“It's hard for me to say no. I don't want to be mean. But then I end up with too much on my plate."
Race & Gender: Asian women professionals are “the forgotten minority in the glass ceiling conversation”. This was pointed out by Andie Kramer, a well-known diversity and inclusion author, in a Forbes article. The intersectionality of race and gender – being Asian and being women – causes Asian women professionals to encounter a double whammy and bump against a “double-paned glass ceiling”. However, Asian women professionals’ apparent success leads to insufficient focus on them when companies consider the negative impact of bias on their ability to advance in their careers.
Tip-Toe-ing on "Just Right": The Forbes article further observed that many Asian women professionals felt caught in two competing sets of stereotypes. If they behave competently but are quiet and nice, they are seen as “Lotus Flowers,” or if they speak up and strongly express ideas and opinions, they are seen as “Dragon Ladies” who are aggressive and unlikeable. To manage this Lotus Flower/Dragon Ladies double bind, Asian women professionals face undue pressure to get it “just right”.
Modesty Mandate: Dr. Joan Williams, a pioneer on gender bias, also highlighted in a Fast Company article how people of Asian descent and women encounter a “modesty mandate”, or the cultural expectation that they will be modest. This is often internalized and they often experience backlash as well if they are perceived to be immodest. Consequently, she found that the “modesty mandate” means that women, people of Asian descent, and first-generation professionals will often be unduly modest in self-evaluations.
Few Role Models: The impact of cultural influences and the lack of upward mobility of Asian women professionals has resulted in the scarcity of role models in leadership positions. Without these role models to inspire them, many Asian women professionals lack the certainty and belief that it is possible to rise to the top and step into higher leadership roles. We see this is hurting us as a community, unable to see ourselves represented in boardrooms, media, or everyday life and for young Asian girls to be inspired to know that they can. We feel the urgency and need to take action, and this responsibility is upon us to step into roles representing leadership so that we can be the role models for our future generations of Asian women professionals.
As Asian women professionals ourselves, we are immersed in the same challenges and can fully empathize and relate to Asian women professionals’ struggles as our own stories.
Our mission is to elevate and advance Asian women leadership - authentically, unapologetically.
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Denise Ang is an experienced business strategy and partnerships leader at Google, a certified executive coach, and the founder of the Asian Women Empowerment (AWE) Network. Denise is deeply passionate about empowering professionals to flourish in their abilities, scale new peaks in their careers and become role models to make the world a better place for future generations.
Denise has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College London. Denise is also trained in negotiation in Harvard Law School.
Marriot Winquist is a seasoned executive in the technology industry, and currently CEO, principal consultant and certified executive coach at BrightTree Consulting. She partners with executives and rising stars in tech to become strategic high-impact business leaders. Marriot brings a powerful blend of proven results and executive experience along with outstanding coaching and consulting skills to help her clients achieve extraordinary results.
Marriot earned her Computer Science degree at the University of British Columbia, and has over 20 years of technology and business management experience at industry leading companies such as T-Mobile USA, Raytheon Systems, and Bluetooth SIG.