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The Illusion of Asian Success

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  • We will Analyze Bay Area Silicon Valley glass ceiling: A quantitative review;
  • Explore various dimensions of national culture;
  • Understand your personal leadership acumen: East and West;

Questions we will explore and discuss:

  1. Why are there so few Asians leading these companies from the middle and from the top?
  2. What are some of the critical leadership skills required to lead these Silicon Valley tech companies?
  3. What Asian cultural barriers do I face that make it challenging to adopt western style leadership acumen?
  4. Being viewed as a model minority is helpful or not?
  5. Leadership development programs offered by Ascend and Monte Jade


Larry Chang
Executive Advisor, Ascend
Executive Advisor, Monte Jade
Former Executive Board, Silicon Valley FACES
Former Independent Consultant, Haier
Retired SVP of Finance, SVP of Supply Chain, Hewlett Packard

Larry, an Executive Advisor at Ascend, is energized to develop, mentor and advocate for Asian-American leaders in Corporate America. He joined the Ascend Board in 2008 and was the co-President Northern California Chapter from 2009 to 2012. He co-leads the development of an online, innovative leadership talk show for young professionals.

Larry is also an Executive Advisor for the Leadership Mentoring Program at Monte Jade, where he has volunteered as a mentor since 2011.

From 2016 to 2020 Larry served on the executive board of Silicon Valley FACES, a non-profit dedicated to teaching social emotional empathy while eliminating bias, bigotry and bullying among at-risk high school students in his/her local community.

From 2007 to 2009 Larry advised the CFO and COO of Haier as an independent consultant.
Larry retired from HP in 2007 where his accomplishments included: Transformed IT at Agilent; Grew market share as the Field F&A Controller for Asia Pacific and Latin America Regions; Launched build-to-customer-order-of-one as the VP Supply Chain for the Personal Systems Group; Significantly grew operating profit and cash flow as SVP/CFO for the Personal Computer Organization and as SVP/CFO for the Enterprise Systems Group. During the acquisition of Compaq, he led operational consolidations and significantly increased gross margins for the merged new company.

Larry earned his BSE from the University of Michigan [Go Blue], and MBA from the University of California Berkeley [Go Bears].

Ask Larry, the roadie, about cycling the 100K.

Event Details:

Wednesday, September 30th 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Free: Chapter  Members/Partners/Qualified guests



Registration is closed, please contact Micky at [email protected] for questions.