Norman Mineta
Cohort Program

2024-2025 Norman Mineta Cohort Program

AAAIM’s Norman Mineta Cohort, previously known as the Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI) cohort, is designed to help mid-career Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) break the “Bamboo Ceiling” in the investment field. The yearlong program consists of a small group of high potential leaders that receive executive coaching, professional development, mentorship, and promotional opportunities within AAAIM. We’re excited to open applications for the 2024-2025 cohort for participants located in Southern California and New York City. 

APIs are represented well in top educational institutions, and in the junior ranks of many investment firms. However, there is a vast under-representation of AAPIs in senior roles relative to the size of the professional workforce within the financial and investment industry. Our research shows that AAPIs typically plateau at the mid-career level due to lack of institutional focus and career development opportunities. To address this professional growth gap, AAAIM has a targeted cohort program for a select group of mid-career AAPIs to further their careers. Emerging Leaders Initiative founder, Gordon C.C. Liao states, “We welcome a new set of young leaders to the AAAIM family. Mentorship, sponsorship, and access to development programs are critical to creating a more diverse and equitable industry and society. Thank you to our sponsors who make this program possible.”

Program Overview

  • Quarterly in-person or virtual meetings: Networking, Professional Development & Training, Team-based activities with the cohort. Group virtual meeting times will alternate between East Coast/West Coast after work hours to the best of our availability
  • Demonstration of giving back to the API community and other underserved communities
  • AAAIM conference attendance (complimentary)
  • Organizational promotion of participation
  • Regular sessions with AAAIM coaches and attendance to 3 out of 4 development workshops
  • Travel and related costs of the program
  • Support AAAIM and API community as an ambassador
  • Support for AAAIM’s local chapter in SoCal and NYC
  • Curated introductions to key AAAIM network members
  • Professional Development: Quarterly Leadership Training provided through the AAAIM network such as interviewing skills, navigating workplace culture, finding internal corporate sponsors, self-advocacy and promotion, etc.
  • Free Attendance and Recognition at AAAIM Annual Conference
  • Visibility and promotion to the AAAIM network
  • Coaching and development in this program is free of charge for participants

Cohort Qualifications

  • NYC area based (Tri-state area) and Southern California
  • Members in Private/Public Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge/Asset Management, Real Estate
  • This program is designed for mid-level professionals, approximately 10+ years post undergrad or 3-6 years+ post MBA, working in the financial or investment field currently. Participants are not required to have an MBA.
  • High potential candidate with a referral, focused on professional growth and supporting AAPI community

Application Process

We welcome you to apply for the NYC/SoCal Cohort Program by submitting your resume and a brief 200-word statement on why you would like to be involved and what you are hoping to get out of the program. We look forward to reviewing your application!


Apply by Friday, July 26th! Selected participants will be confirmed by end of August. Contact kit.canlas@aaaim.org with further questions.

2024-2025 Norman Mineta Cohort Application Form

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    Please provide a brief 200-word statement on why you would like to be involved and what you are hoping to get out of the program, along with a professional reference.