May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Since 1978, May has been Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. May was chosen because of two important milestones: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese migrants on May 7, 1843, and to honor the contributions of Chinese workers who helped build the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.
Here are actions our DBP Members are taking to celebrate:
Internal Activities: Abbott will be recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month by launching our first employee network podcast featuring our Asian Leadership and Cultural Network (ALCN). Our employee network corporate chairs and one of the executive sponsors participated in the podcast where they talked about the network, what the network focuses on and how employees are involved. They also discussed how the network finds ways to give back to our communities through volunteerism and fundraising.
Internal Activities: To honor Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, AbbVie’s Asian Leadership Network Employee Resource Group will host a series of virtual events and speakers throughout May for all AbbVie employees. In addition, there will be a story about the Asian Leadership Network on abbvie.com. AbbVie also plans to acknowledge AAPIHM via social media posts throughout the month.
To honor AAPI Heritage month, AEG Worldwide is providing the following events for employees throughout the month of May to engage them within various aspects of culture and social impact the AAPI community is making:
May 5: Changing the Game
In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, AEG has partnered with Identity Fest to host a special sports panel discussion entitled “Changing the Game.” The panel will feature Dave Roberts (LA Dodgers), Scott Akasaki (Senior Director of Team Travel, LA Dodgers), Jamie Storr (former NHL and LA Kings goaltender), and Michelle Wie West (LPGA), and explore the racial perceptions and stereotypes in contemporary sports. Drawing from their personal experience, panelists will discuss how sports impact Asian life today, what drives them to break barriers, why they protest social injustices on the field, ice or court, and the importance of Asian athletes as role models for youth. The session will be co-moderated by Michele Kajiwara, SVP, Premium & Event Business at STAPLES Center/AEG and John Abary, Supervisor of Ticket Sales for the Los Angeles Kings.
May 13: API Out Loud
Addressing issues of race, stereotyping, and discrimination in performing and creative roles, “API Out Loud” will be a discussion with Emmy-winning director Nisha Ganatra, actor and activist Ally Maki, actor and documentarian Alec Mapa, and actor and activist Perry Yung. As we hear from these respected artists and businesspeople, we’ll learn more about their growth and struggle, and come away with ideas for enacting change within our own roles in the greater entertainment industry, whether that’s in recruiting more diverse voices for our internal teams or putting the spotlight on the achievements of the API artists gracing our stages.
May 19: Writing a New Narrative
A conversation with best-selling novelist Yangsze Choo, in “Writing a New Narrative” we will learn about her experiences growing up in various countries and her journey from corporate to fiction writing and development on her Netflix Original series. With an international background and a global mindset, this multi-faceted author will touch upon what it’s like being an Asian woman creative voice in today’s society.
Last Week of May: Trailblazing a New Legacy
Ron Chiu will host a panel discussion eSports: Trailblazing a New Legacy with Twitch cofounders Justin Kan and Kevin Lin and members of the Immortals’ Valorant team. The discussion will focus on the challenges of building and legitimizing a new sport that has been highly influenced by APIs around the globe, the impact API entrepreneurs and athletes have had on eSports and how to address the racism and harassment towards API players and fans.
Internal Activities: In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and in light of the rising incidence of anti-Asian hate crimes, we are conducting a virtual panel discussion on Friday, May 7. The conversation will bring together senior leaders from General Motors and AlixPartners to discuss:
Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to join a 30-minute networking session to continue the conversation. These breakout rooms will combine employees from both companies in small groups to share their reactions and reflections.
Internal Activities: For our events, we encourage our members, friends and allies to take action.
Due to the horrific surge of COVID-19 that is ravaging through India, we sent out an email campaign to encourage our members to donate to nonprofits who are mobilizing desperately needed supplies and support to the hardest hit areas in India.
With our partnership with our Good Life team, we are offering ways for our members to take action for themselves. Self-care is important as we navigate through many of the challenges and the emotional toll some of us face from work, home and the unrest felt by many.
After our candid talk with our US House of Representatives, our members will have the knowledge to influence their respective members of congress by writing to them regarding the Anti-Hate Crime bill. If the bill is voted into action, we are one step closer to stopping the hate faced by many.
As a company, our Inclusive Diversity and Equity team provides resources that any employee can access immediately to learn. Many ask – What can I do? The resources provide actionable steps one can take, resources to read and understand to learn about our own biases and to read about places needing resources and support. At each of our events, we remind members to seek out the resources or share more resources.
Social Media Actions:
We have a selected group of our ERG leadership to be featured in social media tags for our company’s corporate branding team.
Baxter’s Asian Leadership Network (ALN) business resource group is offering a variety of virtual activities for employees in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). Throughout May, ALN will highlight the immense value and cultural richness that Asian traditions bring to our communities.
For its keynote AAPIHM event, Baxter will co-host, along with AbbVie and Discover, “Breaking Barriers, Building Unity,” a moderated discussion of the issues facing Asian Americans. The keynote event will feature Kal Penn, an Asian American actor, producer, author, and former White House staff member in the Barack Obama administration.
Because May is also Baxter’s annual exercise challenge month, ALN will host a pair of fitness activities — a hip-hop dance class and a yoga class – led by ALN members. They will also offer an Indian art class.
Additionally, with the rise in discrimination and hate crimes against Asians in the U.S, Baxter will host a session called “Self-Care in the Face of Trauma,” in coordination with one of its Employee Assistance Program partners. This program is offered as part of the company’s monthly wellness programming for employees.
Social Media Actions:
On Baxter’s internal social media platform, ALN will recognize employees of Asian descent who have made significant impacts within the company and share video messages from Baxter leaders with their insights into Asian cultures.
To celebrate and honor AAPI Heritage Month, Boston Scientific will be performing the following events for employees:
Boston Scientific encourages all employees to volunteer with local organizations, and for AAPI Heritage Month, they have highlighted several AAPI organizations, including Minnesota Rice, Asian Minnesotan Alliance for Justice, Stop AAPI Hate, Theater Mu, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals.
This May, Capital One is proud to recognize and celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a series of virtual programming and events highlighting the culture and contributions of the AAPI community.
The theme of this year’s AAPI heritage month celebration is ”Going off the Mute Button”. During the month of May, we aspire to elevate, empower and inspire our AAPI associates individually and collectively to use our voices to speak up – for ourselves, for our cultures, and for the issues that affect our communities. The AAPI community has been going off the mute button, now, it’s time for us to be heard.
Throughout the month of May, we will amplify the voices of our community through events and conversations that provide safe spaces, educate allies, create a stair step to engagement, and share untold stories. We have a total of 13 virtual events, including keynote addresses, leadership speaker series and fireside chats, educational brown bags, associate development workshops, virtual art exhibits featuring AAPI artists, and sessions on AAPI identity and politics with our Government Affairs team.
Leading into May, we hosted a #StopAsianHate Town Hall addressing racism in the AAPI community led by our Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Origins AAPI Business Resource Group. On Wednesday, April 8, more than 11,000 associates came together to hear the deeply personal and powerful experiences of some of their fellow colleagues, including how they have been affected by the current rise of anti-Asian sentiment, being seen as “perpetual foreigners,” and the myth of the model minority.
The Town Hall was designed to respond and react to the crescendo of violence against Asians, and its historical roots, while educating, opening dialogue, and inspiring empathy and allyship across Capital One. The Town Hall featured leaders from Origins and was moderated by our Executive Sponsor for the VOICES (Black/African-American) BRG.
During this event, we announced our Associate Matching Gift Program, with Capital One matching, dollar-for-dollar all donations made by associates to four non-profits supporting the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Associates quickly took action, resulting in the largest single day of donations in the history of Capital One.
In April, Capital One announced a new initiative to support the Asian and Pacific Islander community — an Associate Matching Gift Program, with Capital One matching, dollar-for-dollar, all donations made by associates to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Coalition of Asian Pacific American Community Development and OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates.
With the increase in vaccination rates around the globe and some communities beginning to lift social distancing and mask-wearing restrictions, it is important to be aware of how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact others around the globe, including our associates.
Our Community Impact and Investment (CII) team has been working on identifying funds for associates who want to make a personal, tax-deductible donation to vetted organizations that are on the ground supporting COVID efforts. One fund that has been recommended is Global Giving India COVID 19 Relief Fund. Capital One has encouraged associates to support this fund in addition to our Associate Matching Gift Program.
No events are open to the public, but we have included sample key events from the month for our employees below:
Throughout the month of May, we will also feature AAPI leaders across Capital One in our “Leadership Lens” series. This new series provides a unique opportunity for senior leaders to highlight their perspectives and experiences, and how they have been able to grow and lead at Capital One. The Leader’s Lens provides a unique opportunity for senior leaders to highlight their perspectives and experiences when it comes to Capital One competencies and how they have developed them.
Our Origins BRG has also created a Welcome Kit complete with AAPI Zoom backgrounds, Slack engagement tips, and featured leader profiles, as well as a custom-curated internal website that hosts all event information and resources for the month.
Social Media Action
Both the About Hub and the Careers Blog feature cohesive yet distinct creative treatments and designs to accompany their respective AAPI content. These designs also reflect the unique visual identities of these separate yet connected external content experiences. Our inspiration stems from the fact that the AAPI community consists of many different branches of culture – each with its own characteristics and histories. In America, these cultures come together in a melting pot of diversity and experiences. Because of this, we wanted to create graphic patterns that represent multi-spectrum, multidimensional representation of the AAPI community. Both designs use their own unique color combinations and shapes that are separated yet connected through color palettes.
Here are some examples of the type of content featured on the About Hub:
Here are some examples of the type of content featured on the Careers Blog:
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the contributions and achievements of generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and culture. The theme of this year’s Heritage Month is a continuation of the “Unite” series and focuses on leadership and engagement to advance the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Cigna’s Aspire Enterprise Resource Group (ERG) planning committee with other supporters has combined their efforts to develop inspiring and relevant events for all Cigna employees. Throughout the month of May, our Aspire ERG will host multiple events including our annual Day of Understanding discussing acceptance and respect, fireside chats with executive leaders, learning webinars, cooking and dance workshops, and more. The events will be promoted through our employee intranet, ERG newsletter, digital signage, direct emails, and more.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we’ve sadly seen an alarming rise in racism and violence toward AAPI communities across the globe. The Aspire ERG in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion team have compiled a list of resources that includes actionable things we can all do to build awareness and bridges of understanding across our differences, promote whole-person health, and foster an inclusive culture such as getting active and more involved in the community. We will highlight some of our approved community partners on our community service portal for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Throughout the month of May, our Aspire ERG will host multiple events including our annual Day of Understanding discussing acceptance and respect, fireside chats with executive leaders, learning webinars, cooking and dance workshops, and more in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Social Media Actions:
Cigna will be joining the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month conversation by sharing statistics and generating awareness via our Cigna international social media networks through branded content and social engagement. Employee profiles and quotes will be shared on Cigna’s social media channels, including Twitter (@Cigna), LinkedIn (@Cigna), Facebook (@Cigna) and Instagram (@cignatogether).
Element’s Asian Employee Business Resource Group (BRG) is hosting several activities throughout the month recognizing the vibrant culture and diverse traditions of the Asian Diaspora, including:
Fifth Third Bank actively promotes inclusion and diversity through 64 regional business resource groups overseen by inclusion councils in each of the Bank’s 13 regions and through eight virtual Enterprise business resource groups led by Enterprise committee executives. More than 3,700 employees take part in the in-person regional BRGs.
Fifth Third’s BRGs are focused on fostering employees, the Bank’s reputation, and a work environment and culture that supports engagement and inclusion. BRGs are open to all Fifth Third employees, whether they’re members of the group’s constituency or allies.
Asian & Pacific Islander BRGs across the Company have planned a variety of events and activities to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Here is some of what happened and what’s in store:
The Cincinnati Asian & Pacific Islander BRG co-chairs, Jing Wang, vice president and senior quant manager, and Diane Yi, officer and lead platform engineer, answered the following questions as they shared their thoughts about embracing the AAPI community:
The AAPI community is very diverse and represents close to 70 countries. Within each subculture there are various races, tribes, interesting nuances and values that make us different.
The United States is a country of made of immigrants from all parts of the world, and that makes it unique and special. It is important to understand one another to be united. An awareness of everyone’s unique cultural background and heritage is an essential element to bringing everyone together to live in harmony.
Be proud of your heritage and bring your best self to work. When you do that, you’ll be happier and confident. It will also enhance your productivity and of those around you.
Diane: We can use the month of May to learn more about Asian history, food, traditions, philosophies and values by attending events that introduce them. Learning the language and traveling are also great ways to learn more about the people. Understanding who we are will help others connect with the AAPI community and build relationships that are nurturing, progressive and productive, which will lead to an enhanced quality of life.
Jing: People can share resources and opportunities that encourage others to share their experiences and listen. In addition to this, people should step up when they feel that something is not right about situations where they see discrimination happening.
To learn more about Fifth Third’s inclusion and diversity efforts, please visit: www.53.com/diversity.
HCSC has several virtual activities planned in celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Our Asian American Business Resource Group (AABRG), who leverages the talents of Asian American employees, fosters innovation and strengthens the HCSC brand in the marketplace, will host these events. HCSC will send out company-wide communications and leverage technology to engage employees in the activities taking place in May.
HCSC is proud to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in the workplace. Below is a list of planned virtual activities:
Our Asian Pacific American Heritage Month theme will be focused on speaking up, educating, and break down barriers. The celebration will take place in the week of May 18th and will highlight 3 main activations.
The marquee webcast on Tuesday, May 18 from 1-2 pm PT, will feature executive opening remarks from HPE CEO, Antonio Neri. Our keynote external speaker, Jerry Won, has an MBA from USC and was in corporate America doing consulting, and then decided to leave that job to create a platform for diverse voices and, in particular, to fill a void for Asian American storytelling. Jerry will share more on his personal story and we hope his message can inspire all of us to not only share more of our own stories here at HPE, but to listen more closely to those of our colleagues. Events will be advertised on our internal homepage, via all employee email blast, executive all-hands calls, and in our quarterly I&D Update Video.
Following this marquee event, on Thursday, May 18 at 1 p.m. PT, we will host an Asian Pacific American Heritage Executive Panel featuring:
The panel is about the HPE AAPI execs sharing their career journey and best practices with the audience. It is an opportunity to celebrate as AAPI employees and leaders, achievements, and the continued efforts to help drive for a more inclusive culture at HPE.
Then on Thursday, May 27 we will host an Informal Zoom Book Club Session:
Informal networking session to discuss or hear others discuss one or more books from a reading list we will post on our internal social media Yammer page.
Asian American Heritage Month Book Recommendations:
Memoir and Nonfiction
Education Series on Yammer page celebrating AAPIs throughout US history
Throughout May, we will have short, illustrated posts highlighting contributions of AAPIs to the U.S. (e.g., Asian American inventors, etc.).
At HPE, we provide our teams with a quarterly I&D Update video featuring our Chief Diversity Officer and members of our I&D Council. During this video update, we also highlight the events of our Resource Groups, including Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We also ensure our Executive Council is aware of the events by providing them with a monthly share-out pack with the latest details so that they may acknowledge the heritage month to their teams and possibly attend the activities.
We will be featuring a news article on HPE Gives (starting May 4) to promote a volunteer opportunity (bystander training with Hollaback!) and a giving opportunity (Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Ascend Foundation).
Social Media Actions
HPE marketing team will release a summary or wrap-up post about our activities for external use, we’ll also amplify that through our brand channels, and executive social will create posts (likely Antonio Neri (CEO), Jennifer Temple (Chief Communication Officer), Jim Jackson (Chief Marketing Officer) and Keith White GreenLake Cloud Services SVP.
The IMF will kick off this year’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by distributing a blog featuring suggested activities to our Diversity Reference Groups (equivalent to ERGs). These activities will span the month of May and highlight what Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month means, why it matters to everyone and reasons to celebrate. Additionally, we invite all our employees to be in solidarity with our Asian colleagues and those of Asian descent following the violence perpetuated by anti-Asian racism in this country and around the world.
In honor of this heritage month, the IMF in collaboration with the World Bank will invite a guest speaker as part of our Racial Justice and Equity Seminar Series.
The IMF encourages employees to support local Asian stores and restaurants and attend virtual events that highlight AAPI cultures and experiences.
Social Media Actions:
The IMF will host social media posts celebrating AAPI Heritage Month on their Linkedin (@internationalmonetaryfund).
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, JLL’s Asian Business Professionals Network will host part two of a special internal webinar titled, “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Strategies for Success and Overcoming Cultural Dilemmas.” Like the term “glass ceiling,” the “bamboo ceiling” was coined by Jane Hyun, an executive coach and author, to describe the obstacles Asian Americans face in their pursuit of executive leadership positions. In addition to discussing strategies for breaking the “bamboo ceiling,” our esteemed panelists will also cover the cultural dilemma for Asian Americans in the business community as well as other topics such as common misconceptions, individual cultural barriers and the importance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
To celebrate and honor AAPI Heritage this May, we will be offering the following to our employees:
May 19 at 4pm ET: AAPI General Counsel Roundtable for In-House attorneys. Tam Pham and James Lee will moderate a discussion on the “Evolution of the Model Minority Myth – the General Counsel’s Perspective.” Our GC roundtable guests are: * Chadwick Ho, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Hulu
Social Media Actions:
Major, Lindsey & Africa (Allegis Partners) will spotlight ERG members on social media about career paths.
APMEN (Asian Pacific Middle Eastern Employee Network) currently has 263 members representing 36 countries. Our APMEN Roadmap is built around 3 strategic areas of focus: Align, Engage, & Empower. Align: focuses on behaving as ONE Network rather than each as our own distinct Network via communication, collaboration, and sharing of best practices. Engage: focuses on attraction, development and advancement of talent. Empower: focuses on telling our story, demonstrating our value, educating the McDonald’s System about our Asian & Middle Eastern talent and cultural attributes that can be leveraged to drive the business.
The Merck Asia Pacific Association EBRG is proud to present CelebrAsian 2021 which will focus on events that are meant to celebrate, inspire, and elevate Asians and Asian Heritage. We will have a month-long series of events that will focus on how leaders embrace Asian culture, how that translates into their work and personal lives and how you can integrate culture in the workplace to help drive business growth. Our Spotlight event will highlight 4 Senior Leaders (2 Presidents and 2 Senior Vice-Presidents) and focus on their diverse experiences as well as how they have been an ally to the community. In addition, cultural events will range from yoga to virtual travel to Asian countries to inspiring highlights from Asian leaders on social media, and the kick-off of our first mentoring program which has attracted over 170 mentors and mentees. We look forward to celebrating the many facets of Asian culture and the importance of being an InspirAsian to others.
To celebrate and honor AAPI Heritage Month, MIT Lincoln Laboratory is hosting a few internal events for employees, including:
Moody’s is proud to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of our AAPI employees, who make up over 30% of our U.S. workforce. We are committed to advancing diverse talent and to supporting APPI communities around the world through our social investing and CSR programs.
Our Asian Leadership Initiative (ALI), part of our employee Multicultural Business Resource Group, creates programs designed to develop, celebrate and retain Asian and Pacific Islander talent and raise awareness around issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander professionals at Moody’s. Initiatives to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month this year include dedicated professional development events, inviting external speakers from AAPI communities to offer their perspectives and experiences as leaders, regular communications featuring AAPI employee profiles and cultural resources, and providing a platform for employees to share their stories.
As part of our commitment to living our DEI values, we recognize that it’s essential to be upstanders and speak out against discrimination. We were shocked and saddened by the rise in violence and hate crimes committed against Asian and Pacific Islander communities driven by the global pandemic. In response, our CEO reaffirmed our commitment to combating xenophobia and advancing racial equity and inclusion through a statement on LinkedIn and we will continue to highlight this pledge as part of our employee engagement during Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
We continue to offer support to any of our staff that may have been directly or indirectly affected by these issues, through measures including small-group discussions supporting the #StopAsianHate movement and creating a toolkit to help combat anti-Asian and Pacific Islander discrimination, which has been made available to all our employees globally.
NetApp is performing the following events to celebrate and honor the AAPI community this May:
On May 18, NetApp will have an employee event featuring Katie Mooney of Diversity Best Practices at Seramount. Katie will deliver a keynote providing information about the AAPI community while also ensuring the participant learns more about the rich yet complex history of AAPI American History
Net App has a community giving campaign to raise money for organizations that protect the civil rights of Asian communities.
Social Media Actions:
In celebration of this year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, NetApp will publish a video montage on global social channels. We will also promote Katie Mooney’s message and key excerpts after her keynote. To follow, search for the hashtag #aapi.
Neustar, a global information services and technology company, celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with events and resources aimed to celebrate the culture and honor the many contributions made by the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Dedicated Resource and Support Site: Neustar launched an internal Asian American and Pacific Islander education and resource site, including history, events, podcasts, books, films, and other information to help its employees increase cultural competencies and awareness. In addition, Neustar provided supportive resources for their AAPI colleagues and allies in response to the recent Anti-Asian violence that has occurred.
Preparation for Launch of AAPI Employee Resource Group: As Neustar continues to grow on their DEI journey, they’ll begin recruiting employees to join the Management Committee of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group, their fifth ERG, launching later this year.
Neustar Gives Back: As part of its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Corporate Social Responsibility mission, Neustar, through its donation matching program Neustar Gives Back, has committed to taking positive actions by giving and volunteering time to racial and social justice efforts to drive change and equity both internally and externally.
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Company will highlight the following during its month-long campaign:
AAPI Focused Critical Incident Session: Neustar has partnered with Aetna Resources for Living to host a support session that will provide tips for self-management and coping mechanisms as we continue to process the recent violent acts against Asian Americans. It will also provide a safe space to share experiences and ask questions.
Social Media Actions:
Throughout the month, the Company will post educational, cultural, and awareness content on its internal and external-facing social media channels.
Neustar will continue to work towards its vision of creating an anti-racist, inclusive, and equitable workplace. Since implementing its DEI strategy, its grown to embrace a culture of learning and understanding of diverse backgrounds, cultures, thinking styles, experiences, and perspectives within its organization.
To celebrate and honor AAPI Heritage Month, New York Life will be performing the following to enhance culture both internally and externally:
Social Media Actions:
Our annual Diversity & Inclusion campaign will highlight two of our Asian Pacific Circle ERG members and upcoming events to support the heritage month via our social media pages: Facebook (@newyorklife), Twitter (@NewYorkLife), LinkedIn (@newyorklife), and Instagram (@newyorklife).
Northrop Gruman will be taking the following actions to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with our employees and to share with external stakeholders when possible:
To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Qualcomm, employees can participate in a couple of events hosted by the company:
Qualcomm will also be supporting the San Diego Asian Film Festival.
Social Media Actions:
We will use our social media platforms to celebrate this month. We will share our associate features there, as well as recaps of planned events.
Organizations must acknowledge the surge of hate crimes impacting the vibrant and diverse Asian Pacific Islander community. Sodexo, in partnership with their Pan Asian Network Group (PANG), is doing just that during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Their theme, “Staying Strong, Building Your Future,” creates a forum to raise awareness, enable allyship and advocacy, and celebrate the contributions and traditions of this community.
CEO and Region Chair for North America, Sarosh Mistry, extended his personal commitment to engage in both listening sessions and mentoring for this group. To raise awareness, community partner, Gerry Fernandez, CEO of the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, and Noel Harmon, President & Executive Director of APIA Scholars offered a podcast and a fireside chat respectively. Employees joined the Virtual Day of Protest to #StopAsianHate by updating their email signatures.
In addition, PANG joined forces with Sodexo Organization of Latinos (SOL) for a well-being event, “Let’s Eat! Making Traditional Meals Healthier” where Sodexo’s Chef, Rajiv Jaggi and Registered Dietitian, Michael Turley, hosted a live cooking demonstration. PANG’s Town Hall will reinforce the opportunity for Sodexo’s employees to live our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by becoming upstanders versus bystanders.
AAG ERG actively encourages our membership to donate to our Non-Profit Partners:
4 Capstone Events:
Verizon’s theme for the 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was “See us. Hear us. We belong,” amplifying Asian voices during this poignant moment in history, while also elevating and celebrating the rich culture that spans 50 communities. Verizon offered a robust program of events for all employees to participate in to celebrate the vibrancy of the Asian community.
Matt Ellis, EVP & CFO, and Executive Sponsor of Verizon PACE – Pan Asian Corporate Excellence – kicked off the month with a letter to all employees reinforcing Verizon’s commitment to the AAPI community. Here are a few highlights of the month’s robust programming:
Verizon also partnered with nonprofit organizations Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to bring multiple sessions of their Bystander Intervention Workshop to our Employee Resource Group members. In face of rising violence against Asian Americans in society, these workshops effectively taught participants strategies to help intervene if they were witnesses to or victims of harassment in their daily lives outside of work. Participants left feeling empowered and confident that they knew how to safely intervene in a harassment situation.
Back in March, Verizon announced its commitment to donating $5 million to leading organizations on the front lines of advancing racial equality. These organizations include Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (ACE), and others. Verizon also announced it would donate $5 million in ad inventory from Verizon Media to advocate for Asian rights and mental health, as well as to promote small businesses across the Asian community.
During the heritage month in May, Verizon became a founding partner for The Asian American Foundation (TAAF). TAAF’s mission is to close critical gaps of support for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and end the longstanding underinvestment in the communities by providing funding and resources to build the infrastructure to improve AAPI advocacy, power, and representation.
All events listed are internal activations spearheaded by ViacomCBS’s AMP (Asian American & Pacific Islander Media Professionals) ERG focused on the AAPI experience at ViacomCBS and beyond. Members of the ERG participate in professional and personal development opportunities, cultural activities, networking events and community projects.
Inside the Newsroom: AAPI Journalists on Telling Our Stories
Wednesday May 5, 12PM EST: Journalists from CBS News and MTV News share their experiences confronting bias and invisibility both inside and outside of the newsroom, and how this inflection point is changing that dynamic.
Asian in America: Redefining the Narrative
Tuesday, May 11, 12PM EST: Panelists will share how the AAPI story in America has been marked by a cyclical history of exclusion, explore how the pervasive “perpetual foreigner” and “model minority” myths have worked to keep us invisible, and how AAPIs today are redefining what it means to be Asian in America.
Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling
Monday, May 24, 4:30PM EST: How have different Asian executives broken through the “Bamboo Ceiling” of corporate America–their journeys, obstacles, support, and advice on breaking through the highest and sometimes most impenetrable ceilings in entertainment.
Impact of Pandemics on the Community
Wednesday, May 26, 3PM EST, 8PM EST: Hear about how organizations have witnessed and been affected by, organized, and supported their communities during pandemics as they share challenges, strategies and lessons learned as organizations have filled the needs of communities greatly impacted by pandemics.
Walgreens’s AsianConnect would like to bring awareness of current events to a broader audience, to get the community’s voice heard, to promote positive changes towards AAPI.
AsianConnect BRG is partnering with other BRGs to have:
WBA has identified and donated to 2 organizations from charity events:
We are having an internal AAPI Panel Discussion on May 26th. We posted an internal blog encouraging employees to sign the CEO Action Personal Pledge.
Monetary donations to “Asian Americans Advancing Justice” and “Stop AAPI Hate”.
Internal Panel Discussion Featuring AAPI Executive Leaders. Video Blog posted on our internal web page featuring AAPI patent holders and contributors to the technology at Western Digital.
Supporting the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community As a country, we’re witnessing tragedies where people are being senselessly hurt, leaving many others scared and anxious. Most recently, we’ve seen this violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. At Westfield, we believe in the power of community, where we look out for and take care of each other. Together, let’s appreciate our differences and embrace inclusiveness, peace and compassion.
Westfield is a confirmed Bronze sponsor of the Global Diversity Council’s 2021 AAPI Leadership Summit on May 27, 2021. We will virtually send five (5) colleagues to attend and will host a debrief session with the attendees to capture key learnings.
Westfield’s Multicultural Network Employee Resources Group (ERG) will host a virtual session in May entitled “Here All Along: Asian Americans and the Struggle to Achieve the American Dream” featuring Professor, Brant T. Lee, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives.
Professor Lee is also on the executive board of the non-profit organization Asian Services In Action (A.S.I.A.) and Westfield will make a donation to the organization.
Social Media Actions:
Posted a message of solidarity on our WestfieldInsurance.com site to show our support of the AAPI community.
Posted on our LinkedIn page, our support of the AAPI community.
Ending Systemic Racism and Injustice: Westfield Statement At Westfield, now more than ever, we believe in the power of community – where we take care of each other and value everyone equally. Yet, we know we can – and must – do more. Lasting change takes courage and dedication from all. Westfield commits to listening, learning, and leading our team to appreciate our differences and embrace inclusiveness, peace and compassion. We hear you. We see you. We stand with you on the path to end systemic racism and injustice.