Breaking New Ground: Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Munir R. Meghjee, partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, L.L.P, discusses strengths, role models, and overcoming cultural stereotypes.

May/June 2014

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In today’s business world, professionals of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage have a significant—and growing—role to play. The fastest growing minority group in America, and the most diverse, approximately 6 percent of the US population is of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Unfortunately, attaining a similar level of representation in corporate leadership is still a struggle for these communities. According to a 2010 report by Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), APIs now hold roughly 1.5 percent of all Fortune 500 board memberships; about the same percentage hold executive positions in those organizations.

Disclaimer: Reprinted with permission from Profiles in Diversity Journal.

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