Please join us Tuesday, April 23rd, at 8:30 PM ET for a discussion with our very own Margaret Chin (AB '84) and Buck Gee (MBA '80) who have extensively researched, written about, and presented on this topic. In Stuck, Margaret's forthcoming book, she shows that there is a “bamboo ceiling” in the workplace, describing a corporate world where racial and ethnic inequalities prevent upward mobility. Drawing on interviews with second-generation Asian Americans, she examines why they fail to advance as fast or as high as their colleagues, showing how they lose out on leadership positions, executive roles, and entry to the coveted boardroom suite over the course of their careers. An unfair lack of trust from their coworkers is just one factor that holds Asian American professionals back. So, what can we do about this problem? 

Guest speakers: 

Margaret M. Chin received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from Columbia University. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. Professor Chin is the author of Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder (2020), and Sewing Women: Immigrants and the NYC Garment Industry. Her third book manuscript with Syed Ali is The Peer Effect: Long term Outcomes of Black, Latino and Asian American Graduates of Specialized High Schools. Her specialties include immigration, children of immigrants, family, work, education, Asian Americans, race and ethnicity. She was also a witness supporting holistic admissions and affirmative action in the Harvard admissions case.

Buck Gee holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University (1972) and an MBA from the Harvard Business School (1980). Mr. Gee retired in 2008 from Cisco Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit.  He joined Cisco with its 2004 acquisition of Andiamo Systems where Mr. Gee was President and CEO.  His career spans 35 years in Silicon Valley in engineering, marketing, and general management, working as an executive in large Fortune 500 companies as well as small startup teams. He has taught computer engineering courses at Stanford University and Howard University. 

All attendees must register in advance HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.