At Fortune 500 companies, Asian Americans hold fewer than 2% of executive positions. Asian American women make up only 0.3% of the total number of officers of large corporations. Even in fields like technology where Asian Americans are perceived to be dominating the industry, that dominance does not reach the executive levels. Asians make up about 50% of the high-tech work force in Silicon Valley. However, they are only 8% of board members and 12% of the regions top executives in the Bay Area. These barriers exist despite the fact that 51.3% of the Asian population over 25 has at least a bachelor's degree (compared with 29.6% for the general population) and 21.6% have graduate or professional degrees (compared with 11.2% for the general population).*
Topic and industry focused panels of inspirational and successful APIs sharing their experiences, obstacles to success and how they overcame them, leadership styles, etc.
apiNXT hosts leadership development workshops on topics such as navigating office politics, public speaking, personal branding via social media, strategic resume building, networking skills, getting a board appointment, interviewing skills, etc.
Embracing cultural diversity as a positive feature of our community is essential to moving the API community forward. The language skills, cultural understanding, and connections abroad that many members of our API community possess are things that should be considered strengths and apiNXT seeks to help members of the API community leverage those skills and connections as leadership tools in our increasingly global world.