AU Leadership Courses

with Certificates & Customized Reports

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.

Participants receive a Certificate and an individualized Customized Report with what they have learned for their performance files.


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


Where It’s “ATS”* From Allyship to Sponsorship

June 10, 2022, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

The Empathy Action Roadmap* Systematically Shift EQ to Practical Relationship-Building

October 7, 2022, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

Your Capacity Cells* Complement Time Management with Energy Management

October 21, 2022, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Pacific Time

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April 7-8, 2022
9:00 am—2:00 pm Pacific Time
Live & Remote



Vu H. Pham, Ph.D

Chair of Elevate

As the CEO of Spectrum Knowledge & Chair of Elevate, Vu H. Pham, Ph.D., works with hundreds of organizations from the Fortune 500 to major federal government and international non-profit agencies. He heads several communities of practice with ERGs and Executive-level mastermind groups. He has taught Executive Education and leadership at UCLA, UC San Diego, and UC Irvine. Elevate is a multi-university partnership, along with Spectrum Knowledge and the University of California Office of the President—MESA. The Elevate Program features leadership development in diversity & inclusion (with a specialization in Employee Resource Group strategy), strategic thinking, innovation, and influence.

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

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 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 Asian Upward 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