HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Jane Hyun

Global Leadership Expert, Diversity in the Workplace Authority, Expert on Career Strategies for Asians


  • Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians
  • The Art of Cultural Fluency
  • Career Strategies for Turbulent Times
  • Sharing Your Personal Value Proposition
  • To Thine Own Self Be True: Making a Career Change
  • The New Global Leader: Communicating Across Cultures
  • The Inclusive Leader


New York

Jane Hyun, President and Founder of Hyun & Associates, is an executive coach and leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies, top MBA programs, and non-profit organizations, and the author of the ground breaking book Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling (HarperCollins). Her Bamboo Ceiling® Series leadership coaching programs have garnered praise from global Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and in key global markets. In addition to coaching professionals to maximize their potential and advance their careers, she advises senior management teams on building effective teams and the critical role of the talent pipeline.

Hyun's work has received international recognition, and she has appeared in a variety of international media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, NPR, Time, Fortune, CEO, Working Mother, MarketWatch, and Crain's. A sought after speaker in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia, she has given a wide range of talks (for 10-1000 people) to such organizations as KPMG Global Annual Diversity Summit, General Electric, US Department of Treasury, US Department of Defense, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs, Chrysler, Asia Society, Korea Society, PBWC (Pacific Business Women's Conference), Financial Planning Association National Summit (2009), Massachusetts Conference for Women, Chief Diversity Officers Forum (Atlanta), Ernst & Young, Dartmouth College and Tuck School of Business Administration, Columbia Business School, Asian American Journalists Association, and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women's Conference.

About the Book:
Widely praised by CEOs, business leaders and in the mainstream and Asian press, Breaking The Bamboo Ceiling is an essential career guide for every Asian - and all their co-workers and managers - that explains how traditional cultural values are at odds with Western corporate culture, resulting in challenges for all involved - and what individuals and companies need to do to bridge this costly gap. Despite popular media's stereotype of Asian as being highly educated and successful, they are all but absent in executive suite positions in the corporate world. As a group with the largest percentage of college graduates, many Asians join the corporate workforce but seem to stall in their career paths. Hyun explains that this phenomenon is brought about by a combination of cultures and traditions strait-jacketing Asians in the workplace, and how the group's lack of vocal affirmation in popular media and culture, afflicts them with a "perpetual foreigner syndrome" in the eyes of Americans who may not always have enough cultural awareness about the diversity of the population.

The Value Proposition:
Through anecdotes and case studies from her own consulting experience covering the gamut of Asians from various backgrounds, Hyun shows audiences how culture can profoundly affect the way that people interact with and are perceived by their colleagues, managers, and clients. Hyun offers real world solutions for resolving misunderstandings and overcoming workplace challenges. Audience members will not only walk away with a deeper knowledge of the cultural values in conflict, but will be armed with practical ideas and strategies they can apply immediately with their bosses, co-workers, clients, and bosses at the office.

Before launching her own company, Hyun was Vice President of Human Resources/ Talent Development at JP Morgan, and Director of Recruiting at Deloitte & Touche and Resources Connection. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics and International Studies, she is active with the Cornell Women's Alumnae Council. She is an Advisor to the Johnnetta B. Cole Diversity and Inclusion Institute and an Advisory Board member of Ascend. She is an advisor to the Hidden Brain Drain Task Force/Center for Work Life Policy, creators of recent Harvard Business Review studies "Leadership in Your Midst: Tapping the Hidden Strengths of Minority Executives" and "Off-Ramps and On-Ramps for Women in the Workplace," and the upcoming "Bookends Generation."

Hyun lives in New York City.

Praise for Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling:

What the Press is saying:

"Not limited to the Asian market, this is a useful guide for anyone seeking advice on how to get ahead in business."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Filling a void where generic career guides leave off, this is a crucial handbook for anyone in today's multicultural workplace."
-- Asian Fortune

"Enlightening - and very necessary."
-- Booklist

"With its many insights and practical advice, this is an important book for anyone hoping the make that career move... and realize his full professional potential."
-- Korea Times

What the Experts are saying:

"A must-read for any CEO or aspiring CEO."
-- Douglas R. Conant, CEO, Campbell Soup Company

"Addresses an issue that most of corporate America and diversity experts have been silent about... This important work should be read by all who are committed to creating inclusive and high-performing organizations."
-- Professor David Thomas, Harvard Business School and Author of
Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America

"Practical, personable and strategic, Jane Hyun is the workplace mentor every Asian American would like to have."
-- Eric Liu, Author of Guiding Lights and The Accidental Asian

"Knowing yourself and the values that you hold are integral steps to developing leadership competencies... A must read."

-- Jim Loehr, Principal, LGE Performance Systems, author of Power of Full Engagement, and creator of the Corporate Athlete Training System

"Should be required reading for both Asian and non-Asian readers."
-- Dennis Ling, Senior VP, Global Finance and Treasurer, Avon Products, Inc.

"This much-needed work ... will be hugely valuable to anyone who's interested in achieving cultural fluency in the workplace."
-- Patrice A. Hall, Managing Director and Head of Diversity, JPMorgan Chase

"Breaking The Bamboo Ceiling is the book Asian Americans in the workplace have needed for decades. Jane Hyun combines research, interviews and her own years of experience as a career consultant, trainer and coach to give us very practical and seasoned help. The self-assessment exercises - if taken seriously - are worth the price of the book. Ms. Hyun takes her insights in both the Asian American experience and corporate America and melds them seamlessly."
-- Paul Tokunaga, author of Invitation to Lead: Guidance for Emerging Asian American Leaders

"Provocative, thoughtful, and engaging ... offers insights and strategies for all persons of Asian descent striving for career advancement and success."
-- Diane Yu, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President, New York University

"I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is committed to diversity and inclusion."
-- Dr. Johnnetta Cole, President, Bennett College for Women

"Read this book and find out how best to manage your career in today's multicultural workplace."
-- Kyung H. Yoon, Vice Chair, Heidrick and Struggles

"A clear, straightforward guide to easing cultural barriers between Asian and their non-Asian counterparts."
-- Luke Visconti, Partner/Cofounder, DiversityInc.

"Jane shows how cultural values can adversely impact workplace behavior, and provides tips for overcoming those differences."
-- Kate Wendleton, President, The Five O'clock Club, a national career coaching and outplacement organization, and author of
Targeting a Great Career

"Inspiring and engaging! Every Asian professional and student, (and) anyone who works with them, should read this book."
-- Jino Ahn, President and Founder, Asian Diversity, Inc.

"Finally! A book that addresses the truth and shatters so many myths and misconceptions about Asians in the workplace."
-- Vincent Yee, National President, NAAAP (National Association of Asian American Professionals)