Assertiveness and The Bamboo Ceiling

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Session Description

Asian Americans are underrepresented at the higher levels in their companies. Many would say that they are being disregarded by the company leaders, but research shows that adherence to the cultural values is what keeps Asians from being assertive and moving up.


Attendees will:

  • Increase awareness of specific cultural values and norms that contrast with assertiveness.
  • Learn applicable assertiveness approaches and methods.
  • Identify populations that need mentorship and communication training


Abby Hamilton

Dr. Abby Hamilton is an industrial/organizational psychologist who speaks on assertive communication for Filipino Americans. Dr. abby is the Director of Student Services at Everglades University in Tampa. She has educated and trained in leadership for over 20 years and spent the past 11 years equipping students with proper skills to present themselves in their job search and the workplace. Dr. Abby’s research on 473 Filipino Americans in 35 states in the US revealed the Filipino values conflict with assertiveness. This research sparked Dr. Abby’s mission to help Filipino Americans learn their values and assertiveness.