Executive Insight Series

September 29,

Due to these unprecedented times, we’ll be virtually hosting these workshops in a condensed half-day format. 

Event time:
9:00 – 10:15 am (Myths Module)
10:15 – 10:30 am (Break)
10:30 – 11:45 am (MBS Module)


The Executive Insight Series (EIS) provides high-potential pan-Asian managers and senior professionals with the skills to accelerate their career journeys. Participants will gain insight into the key capabilities, routines, competencies, and experiences required to reach the executive level. This series is aimed at professionals with five or more years of experience.


Becoming a great leader is the confluence of possessing the three dimensions: mindset, behaviours and skill set. Attendees will understand how real management decisions are made in the context of their cultural heritage and how a leadership framework can empower them in becoming a leader. Our workshop will incorporate two critical modules: “Myths of Asian leadership” and “Mindset, behaviours, and skills” (MBS). These two modules are foundational pieces that lead to the criticality of the five behaviours taught and shared by the EIS.

Join Wes Hom and Amy Shang as they lead a discussion on our two modules:

Myths of Asian leadership (Myths)

  • Understand how culture impacts leadership behaviours
  • Learn how leveraging diverse culture can provide unique advantages in today’s global economy and business world

Mindset, behaviours, and skills (MBS)

  • Master MBS in order to be an effective leader with the right demeanor
  • Maintain an open mindset and understand the effects of Asian culture
  • Recognize, develop and refine your leadership behaviours
  • Understand the effects culture, environment, and family structure have on strong leadership behaviours
  • Gain new ways of thinking and problem solving
  • Gain confidence in public speaking for group collaboration and cooperation
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Ascend National Board Member | Former HSBC – EVP, Strategic Implementation (Regulation) for North America

Amy Shang has spent over 20 years in the financial services industry, with significant time in front office, support and consulting roles. Amy holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a BS from Stanford University. Most recently she was EVP, Strategic Implementation (Regulation) for HSBC, North America, where she was responsible for coordinating key regulatory responses for the Bank including managing the implementation of the Dodd-Frank legislation. Prior to HSBC, she held positions at Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Bear Stearns, Bank of America and MMG Partners. As a strong advocate for enhancing workplace diversity, at HSBC, Amy was a member of the US Diversity Council and served as Chairperson to the employee networking group for Asians and Pacific Islanders. Amy continues her advocacy efforts for the community as a member of the board for Ascend.

Wes Hom is the Executive Advisor and co-Developer to Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Asian American Executive Program and currently serves as a national board member and officer with Ascend. Previously, Wes was a global executive at the IBM corporation, where he chaired the Asian Diversity Group and was recognized as the “conscience & guardian” to the Asian community. He held several senior executive positions throughout Asia, Europe and the US, ultimately becoming the first pan-Asian American to be appointed as Executive Assistant at IBM. Wes went on to serve on the board of the Business Advisory Council of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), among others, and was recognized as one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” by the Asian American Business Development Center. He was also a recipient of the OCA Achievement Award. Wes graduated from NYU’s Stern School of Business and was a member of IBM’s Certified Client Director Profession at the Harvard Business School’s Advance Management Program.

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Former IBM Vice President and Managing Director | Ascend Vice President and national board member | Executive advisor and codeveloper of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Asian American Executive Program.

*Employees of sponsor organizations contact events@ascendleadership.ca for discount codes