VP of Global Culture, Belonging, and People Growth at DoorDash
Similar to the term “glass ceiling” for women, the term “bamboo ceiling” has been used to describe the obstacles and barriers that Asian Americans face in rising up to leadership and management positions in corporate America. The result of this “bamboo ceiling” is the lack of leadership representation amongst Asian Americans, even though they, as a group, are far more likely to have a college degree than the general population, according to a 2011 study by the Center for Talent Innovation.
Lisa Lee , the VP of Global Culture, Belonging and People Growth at DoorDash. has worked in tech for over 10 years, describes her experience of being an Asian American woman in tech and what does it look like to come up against both glass, and the bamboo ceilings.
I grew up in a couple of different countries with completely different cultures. As an Asian American, immigrant woman I’ve lived the experience of the “other” from an early age. From Taiwan, to South Africa, to LA, and everywhere I’ve had the good fortunes of visiting, I realized if my experience is never going to be one where I “fit in”, then how can I utilize it to help people feel a sense of belonging where that power stems first and foremost from who they are, as well as in the conditions in which they live? This mission to empower those around us and properly support our peers, while accepting and celebrating our differences, is what I’ve spent my career working towards. I very much look forward to shaping our employees’ mindsets, where celebrating diversity and inclusion at its core goes beyond the workplace, into our products, and into our communities.