Smash the glass ceiling and soar
we're here to help you up
are America's MOST educated group
-- and the LEAST likely to get promoted
We're 12% of the workforce
but only 1.5% of Fortune 500 corporate officers
That's why JOYOUS was born
We're here to give you the insider guidance you need
to smash the glass ceiling
get to the top
and lead a life of greater impact and joy
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JOYOUS founder Joy Chen is a world-renowned executive coach whom the Wall Street Journal calls a "Lean-In Guru" and the Los Angeles Times refers to simply as "The Networker." Joy previously served as a Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles and as an executive search consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
Now, she's here to help you ace the corporate game.
Get ready for transformation!
Small-Group Executive Coaching
Who said executive coaching should be for executives only? Joy will use the Fortune 500's most cutting-edge assessment and development tools to power your growth. It's learning made social!
One-on-One Executive Coaching
The world's top athletes have private coaches, and so do the world's top executives. Each year, Joy works 1:1 with a select group of world-class clients to power them to the top.
Speeches and Training
Unlock the leadership potential of your most-educated, best-qualified employees. Joy provides research-based, culturally-specific leadership training for Asian American employee groups and organizations.
Our research-based approach
Each year, companies spend billions on training, yet Asian Americans still get left behind. How is JOYOUS different?
By Joy Chen
Many of us were brought up believing that if we just get into a top college and then work super hard, we’ll make it. I call it the Asian American Success Formula:
HARVARD + HARD WORK = SUCCESS
So, our parents sacrificed, so hard, to get us all those chess lessons, SAT prep classes, extra tutoring. We thought that if we could just into a top university – we’d be all set to soar.
The only problem with the Asian American playbook is that it is 100%, totally wrong. Being super educated and working super hard will get you only to the “Individual Contributor” level, at the bottom of the pyramid.
And that’s where you’ll be stuck, unless you build “Emotional Intelligence” ("EQ" or "EI"), a set of skills that put together basically mean that you deeply understand yourself and others.
You see, if you’re a Worker Bee, you may need to work with just one person, your boss. If you move up just one level, to Manager, suddenly, you’ll have a boss, and peers to the side, and direct reports below you. Every level move up from there, the number of people you’ll need to work with will multiply.
That’s why EQ is the #1 thing that companies seek when choosing leaders. I know, because I used to do the choosing. For seven years, I worked as an executive search consultant to Fortune 500 companies.
Many of us have underdeveloped EQ skills because growing up, we focused only on gaining external milestones - winning chess competitions, earning top grades. We got the message that our ideas don’t matter, our feelings don’t matter,
The good news is that unlike IQ, your emotional intelligence changes dynamically throughout your life, and you can develop your emotional intelligence skills to greatly benefit your career and life.
We'll show you the greatest opportunities for you to quickly grow your EQ to power your career and life.
But for Asian Americans to succeed, we can become exceptional leaders and still be blocked by racism and exclusion. That's why we also show you how to identify and counter unconscious bias.
Get ready to learn and grow, and to have lots of fun along the way. My hope is that as you gain power, you will build the inclusive organizations our world needs. Because organizational culture is dynamic, and we're all making culture now.