AREAA Foundation


On the Leadership Enhacement Program

The experience in one word was "amazing"! I found the entire experience to be unbelievable and the education I received from the Columbia Business School to be nothing but superb. I will use the knowledge and experience from this program to become a better leader at AREAA and in my company.

Aaron Yu
Member, AREAA National Board of Directors

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Developing Leaders Helping Communities Strengthening Neighborhoods Mentorship Program

Over the past decade, the number of Asian American immigrants coming into the U.S. has outpaced all other ethnic groups, and homeownership is a priority for many of them. However, barriers to Asian American homeownership exist and are unique to these communities.

Real estate professionals affiliated with the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) are committed to expanding homeownership opportunities for Asian American and immigrant consumers. Through the Foundation's program, the next generation of professionals will learns skills such as effectively managing collaboration, becoming better communicators, leading high performing teams, and becoming influential leaders in their communities.


Program History

The Foundation's first leadership class was selected from two dozen applicants who competed for the opportunity to attend a four-day program at Columbia University in New York in December 2011. Immediately after the program the six members of class participated in mentorship meetings with executives from Realogy and JP Morgan Chase in New York. This group also created a framework for a mentorship program that formed the basis of the Foundation's program launched in July 2013.

This year, in order to bring leadership education to more people, the Foundation announced the first regional Leadership Enhancement Programs for AREAA chapter leaders across the country. The first two were held in Costa Mesa, CA and San Mateo, CA. Additional programs are planned for Chicago in November, and New York in December. In 2013 alone, the Foundation's programs will attract more than 250 participants nationwide.

The Foundation's goal is to bring professional leadership training to more AREAA members nationwide, and expand its program to four or five regional events in 2014. Ultimately the objective is to make regional leadership enhancement training available to all AREAA chapter leaders and prospective leaders.




While the Columbia University leadership training received positive reviews from those who attended, the Foundation decided to expand the impact of its program by initiating regional leadership programs specifically for AREAA chapter leaders throughout the country. Through the Foundation's program, the next generation of Asian American real estate and community leaders are learning skills such as effectively managing collaboration, becoming better communicators, leading high performing teams, and becoming influential leaders in their communities.

These regional programs support the development of professionals who will assume leadership positions in the real estate industry, within AREAA and the Foundation, and in their communities.

AREAA Foundation

AREAA Education Foundation
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