AU Leadership Courses


Provide your APA professionals with unique and live experiential leadership courses led by the AsianUpward faculty. Your APA employees and/or colleagues will gain valuable and practical leadership skills, loaded with insights curated from the AsianUpward signature TrailBlaze Tools™–customized and designed for APAs. Some of these tools will come from the AugmentAsian ToolBook, and others are premium Tools available exclusively for those who partner with us for these classes. These courses feature cross-industry, collective insights from AsianUpward’s partners, which means that the learnings are truly co-created. 

The Sphere of Influence

Develop Credibility, Visibility, & Leadership Presence

The Sphere of Influence features tactics and strategies to elevate APAs toward increased career opportunities and leadership possibilities. This short course focuses on strengthening your influence capabilities as a core competency, which expands into methods that consciously craft your personal credibility and reputation. The course lessons then amplify these influence foundations with discussions of visibility and  how to leverage your surrounding environments toward persuading others. 


The AsianUpward Cultural Fluidity Model

  The Credibility Wheel and How to Wield It toward Professional Effectiveness

  Collective Influence & the Halo Strategy that Aligns More Closely with Asian Values, Yet Translates toward Intercultural Impact

  The Visibility Vectorscope that Leads to Your Workplace “Suite” Spot

 How to Leverage Your Surroundings and External Contexts toward Greater Influence


Humbility* Leadership Humility as Mental Agility

September 17, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

Micro-Stress Management*
How to Mitigate It Before It Manifests into Mega Distress

October 1, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

Allies & Adversaries—Activate!*
Strategies to Leverage and Boost Relationships in the Workplace

October 15, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

Predict, Pivot & Position*
Futureproofed and Functional Frameworks for Your Caree

November 12, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

NetWorth Navigator*
Negotiate with Nuance

December 3, 2021, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

Visibility Vectorscope*
Leverage Intentional and Direct Visibility

January 28, 2022, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

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Summer Virtual

September 9-10, 2021
9:00 am—4:00 pm Pacific Time
Live & Remote



Vu H. Pham, Ph.D

Chair of Elevate

As the Chair of Elevate, Vu H. Pham, Ph.D. works with dozens of organizations from the Fortune 500 to government and non-profit agencies. Dr. Pham’s works have been featured on multimedia venues from CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, KSCI International TV, and Strategic Innovators. He has published several books and numerous articles, while donating countless hours and fundraising for non-profit organizations.


Harness & Deploy the 5 Professional Ps in the Workplace
(Purpose, Power, Presence, Politics, & Positioning)

Leverage presents the 5 Ps framework to develop Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) into more-effective leaders and professionals in the workplace. This short course emphasizes effective and practical tools to understand—and wield—the nuances of these 5 Ps: Purpose, Power, Presence, Politics, & Positioning in professional settings. By synergizing these 5 elements, Leverage strengthens APA professional success, which gives us fuel and momentum to support our organizations. This collective, APA-focused approach truly benefits all parties.


 Purpose: Focus Your Purpose to Create Visionary Success

  Power: Gain Insights into the Types and Models of Power

  Presence: Build and Project Your Leadership Presence & Manage Up

 Politics: Navigate Organizational Politics Collaboratively

 Positioning: Evolve into a Change Champion Who Positions Positive Transformation

Interpersonal Impact

Cultivate Positive Impact, from the Economics of Relationships & Context
to the Science of Persuasion & Personal Optimization

Interpersonal Impact provide APAs with overarching contexts at the larger, strategic levels in order to hone in on individual ways to optimize our careers. The course then applies the sciences, such as economics and behavioral research, toward practical tools that will support your leadership and professional goals. By framing ways that people interact into systems, this course furnishes a global view to really enhance how you can influence others and build interpersonal networks that are of benefit to your organization and marketplace.


Context & Situational Systems: Categorize and Utilize Contextual Forces for Personal Optimization

  Economics of Relationships: Frame and Forge Mutually Beneficial Interpersonal Systems

The Science of Persuasion: From Persuasion Research to Your Personal Capacity Cells