Global and Inclusive Leadership Excellence: Driving Business Forward

Keynotes and training to empower leadership
across cultures and markets
  • CEO, Multicultural Leadership Institute
  • Former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Former Fortune 500 CEO and Board Executive Recruiter
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Meet your speaker


A trailblazer in global and inclusive leadership
  • CEO, Multicultural Leadership Institute
  • Former Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Former Fortune 500 CEO and Board Executive Recruiter

Joy Chen is CEO of the Multicultural Leadership Institute and a trailblazer in integrating cultural intelligence into leadership, enhancing global competitiveness and innovation. Her journey from Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles to executive recruiter for Fortune 500 leaders has equipped her with unparalleled leadership acumen and cultural insights.

As Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles, Joy led economic and workforce development for a culturally diverse city whose workforce speaks 90+ languages. Transitioning executive search, Joy joined Heidrick & Struggles and over seven years recruited Fortune 500 CEOs and Board members across North America, Europe, and Asia.

Joy's pivot to leadership training was serendipitous, sparked by the unexpected success of her leadership blog in China. This launched her as a celebrated keynote speaker and author, and led her to establish global leadership training organizations that have benefited millions in Asia and the Americas. Joy's global cross-cultural leadership has garnered features in media including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, CNN and Vogue China.

Joy’s presentations are catalysts for change, equipping teams to foster connections and effectively engage and motivate people from all backgrounds and viewpoints. Enriched by her family's immigrant story, her sessions are intellectually stimulating and emotionally compelling. Inviting Joy Chen to your event is a proactive move for organizations seeking to further excel in navigating the complexities of a world filled with possibilities.

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Joy Chen’s Keynote Topics

Joy delivers each topic through a dynamic keynote, an engaging half-day workshop, or a comprehensive training program backed by her skilled team at the Multicultural Leadership Institute. Available both in-person and online, these programs connect with audiences from all backgrounds and viewpoints, offering impactful experiences that equip attendees with skills for enhanced leadership effectiveness.
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FOR  LEADERS of multinational TEAMS
Global Leadership Mastery: Navigate Cultural Dynamics for Business Growth
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FOR ALL LEADERS and managers
Inclusive Leadership Mastery: Elevate Productivity, Collaboration and Innovation
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Culturally Smart Sales: Accelerate Domestic and Global Market Growth
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For Leaders and teams Expanding into Asia
Asia Markets Mastery: Leverage Cultural Insights for Market Success
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For ERGs and All Rising Leaders
Demystifying Corporate America: The Unwritten Rules for Rising Leaders
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Voices of Success

"Joy is captivating! She brings a unique blend of cutting-edge research, real-life stories and practical insights. I’d recommend her as a leadership speaker for any convention."

Ngan Nguyen
Senior Vice President

"Joy connects deeply with the hearts and minds of every audience member, inspiring and equipping us all to stronger leadership."

Mia Newell

"Joy Chen is a strong and clear voice onstage. Her thought leadership is grounded in research and lived experience that makes for a compelling (and often, humorous!) listen. Her tailored content has propelled thousands of learners. The Multicultural Institute is a must-have resource for those committed to the development of leaders."

Angela Cheng-Cimini
Chief Human Resources Officer

"Before this course, I never really knew where to start unraveling my own invisible barriers to advancement. Through this course, I’ve found my roadmap. Now, I can confidently take back control and drive my career."

Peter Yo
Vice President

"I’ve done a ton of leadership training, seen many courses that rehash the same ideas, or are less actionable, or really long. Joy’s lessons are novel, and they cut to the chase, giving us only what we need to know. I’m super grateful for that."

Lian Huang
Senior Counsel

"Joy's program helps us to unlock the competencies we need to advance our careers, and to connect with other rising Asian leaders, so that we can uplift one another and others alongside us."

Brian Pang
Development Director

"The program provided me knowledge of roadblocks that I didn’t know existed, and that I can now overcome by being purposeful with my actions."

Heather Hansen
Global Consultant

"The program contains practical advice and tools we can use to succeed in corporate America. All are specific to the AAPI community and backed by research and data. It is really great!"

Helen Ahn
Associate Director

"This course made a huge difference in how I approach work. I’ve been sharing the techniques and lessons with coworkers who would find them useful."

Hedi Cho

"I highly recommend the Asian Leadership Accelerator by Joy. It was filled with incredible API-tailored knowledge and many helpful takeaways. I found so much value in the cohort interaction."

Bernice Chao
Creative Lead

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