Date of Award

Spring 4-13-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Phil Pendley

Second Advisor

Laurie Goodman

Third Advisor

Jeffrey Lee


Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to explore and understand the lived experiences of Hmong women who have achieved leadership positions.

Methodology: This qualitative phenomenological study explored the lived experience of 12 Hmong women who have ascent to leadership roles through personal, face-to-face, in- depth, open-ended questions. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed for emergent themes. Related artifacts from the participants, along with the participant interviews, were collected to triangulate data. Research findings were a result of the correlating themes based on the qualitative data analysis and research question.

Findings: The findings of the study indicated that personal determination, life circumstances, and networking were key factors for participants to achieve top leadership positions.

Conclusion: The conclusions of the study indicated that all participants were impacted by self-efficacy, opportunities, and influence during their journey to top leadership positions.

Recommendations for Action: Recommendations for action are to conduct a long-term study exploring the generational differences and leadership styles to further illuminate the lived experience of Hmong women leaders and their journey to top-leadership positions.