Encompassing the diverse histories of people from the Asian continent, Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, AANHPI Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and honor AANHPI contributions to American society. Starting as a 10-day heritage week in 1977 and moving to a month-long celebration in 1990, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese citizens to the United States on May 7, 1843. It was also chosen to honor the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The theme for this year’s heritage month is “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity.” Hosted by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, this theme is a continuation of last year’s “Advancing Leaders” topic and places the onus on organizations to build opportunities so they can be accessed, achieved, and given to those who demonstrate innovative and critical thinking, strategic leadership, and the ability to create great teams.
Additionally, there are many virtual offerings this year to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. People can explore the following resources:
Charitable donations to organizations promoting and advancing AAPI people is another option to show support. Some organizations include:
May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses. It has been observed in the United States since 1949. There are various themes for this month based on the supporting organization. Mental Health America (MHA) is amplifying the message “Look Around, Look Within” to bring awareness to safe and stable housing, healthy home environments, safety in neighborhoods and towns, and the impact being outside and nature can have on people.
The importance of addressing mental health at this time cannot be underscored. At Seramount, we’ve added several questions on mental health to our 2022 Inclusion Index since it’s such an important topic because of its intersections with current events. Questions include whether senior leadership is actively engaged in supporting employee mental health, whether companies offer specific programs to address racial trauma, and whether organizations provide education or training to all employees on mental health issues assess inclusive and supportive workplaces.
Below, see what some DBP members are doing to celebrate and honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month in 2023:
At Capgemini, the AsiaPacT employee resource group (ERG) hosts a variety of events, engagements, and initiatives for AANHPI Heritage Month. Each event is aligned to our mission of empowering Asians and allies through talent, tech, and togetherness to break barriers and be a catalyst for change. The goal of this year’s AANHPI Heritage Month is to highlight our backgrounds and culture to celebrate our differences and commonalities. It is a call to action for all participants to share their stories and commit to enhancing our lives through awareness, education, and relationships with the diverse representation at Capgemini. To achieve these goals, events include these:
- Collaboration with Latinx ERG on Cinco De Mayo to talk about intersectionality
- Collaboration with Sustainability ERG to talk about AANHPI Sustainability Practices and hosting a two-week Carbon Credit Challenge for members to score points based on sustainable practices and compete against peers
- Collaboration with Sustainability ERG to create an AANHPI Sustainable Cookbook
- APAHM Panel with four leaders from diverse AANHPI backgrounds to answer questions on career and culture to break the bamboo ceiling
- In-person celebrations in 10 cities to support local AANHPI community festivals, Chinatown food crawls, and leadership lunches in offices with interactive activities such as origami, calligraphy, trivia, diversity bingo, and more
- Cultural spotlights on AANHPI media/films, wellness practices, and food
- Inviting a trailblazer in Asian American media as a guest speaker to discuss their journey of entrepreneurship and storytelling, issue a call to action, and wrap up the month of celebration
- Engaging 50+ volunteers to lead and organize events
- AANHPI newsletter bringing awareness and resources on mental health in the AANHPI community
- The NYC Office is doing Charity Miles, a fitness competition where participants can make donations to selected charities through the Charity Miles app
The company will also have social media campaigns using the #APAHM2023 #APAHM23 #InspirASIAN hashtags on LinkedIn. Those interested can also find examples of the company’s Campaign Train with leadership here, here, here, and here.
Constellation Brands celebrates May as Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month in the United States, an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and culture of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Desis/South Asians. During the month, the company recognizes the long history of APIDA communities and their many strengths, contributions, and traditions. The ASIAA business resource group (BRG) is focused on providing Constellation employees with the opportunity for increased exposure and proximity to the lives and experiences of their Asian colleagues and consumers. Greater understanding of the experiences of these groups will position employees to better meet the current and future needs of consumers and foster an inclusive culture at Constellation Brands.
ASIAA will host an event open to all Constellation Brands employees with a keynote address focusing on “Demystifying the Model Minority Myth” and how the stereotype can impact business and communities. Following the keynote, leaders from different parts of the business will participate in a candid panel discussion about their experiences, how they have navigated the model minority myth, and what actions they take to develop a best-in-class, diverse, and equitable workforce. Additionally, in collaboration with Stellar Pride (Constellation’s LGBTQ+ BRG), ASIAA is hosting an event for members of both BRGs to connect employees to Asian and LGBTQ+ culture through the shared experience of film. This year the teams have chosen the film Badhaai Do, which is directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni and available on Netflix. As the company moves from APIDA Heritage Month (May) into Pride Month (June), robust discussions will be hosted in breakout rooms with the members of these two BRGs.
Follow along on Constellation Brand’s LinkedIn for more information.
Throughout Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Freddie Mac’ers will create new opportunities to connect and better understand the experiences, challenges, and contributions of the Asian community. Freddie Mac’s InspirASIAN business resource group (BRG) will host Dr. Niel Ruiz, Pew Research Center’s Head of New Research Initiatives, for a conversation on “What It Means to Be Asian in America” and discuss different housing opportunities. With “Dance Your Way Through Fitness,” employees can show off their dancing skills at the intersection of Salsa and Bollywood. The BRG will also conduct several activities in support of our community outreach. Freddie Mac’s AAPI month activities build upon our everyday efforts to ensure Freddie Mac reflects the diverse people the company serves.
Fresenius Kabi will be honoring Mental Health Awareness Month by offering resources from ComPsych, a provider of employee assistance programs (EAP). The company will also be offering two mental health awareness webinars and other resources on mental health to promote its employee assistance program.
Gallagher’s CHRO sent out a message on the importance of taking care of mental well-being and announced a paid mental health day off for all global colleagues, to be taken on a day of their choosing before the end of August. The company published this message as an article on its intranet site and included more resources for colleagues to browse, including information about how to request the Mental Health Day off, a recording of a mental health awareness coffee chat, and an announcement that the organization earned the Platinum Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health Certification from Mental Health America. Gallagher also created a one-page informational document about the certification should their colleagues need to speak about it to their clients. Several divisions will host their own events and initiatives around mental health awareness, such as meditation sessions, training mental health first aiders, webinars, and coffee chats.
Gallagher promoted both internally and externally the following events:
- Gallagher Benefit Services 2023 Own Your Growth: Women’s Leadership Series, Influencing Company Culture & Improving Mental Health. The session features a panel of leaders, including Kathleen Schulz, GBS Global Innovation Leader for Organizational Well-Being. The panel will discuss the impacts of office culture on mental health and how employees can be inclusive, build trusting relationships, and find balance in the workplace. To access the registration to the on-demand webinar, go here.
- For more information on what Gallagher is planning, see the company’s LinkedIn page here.
- For employees, Gallagher uses the MyCompany tab feature on LinkedIn to curate posts for colleagues to share on their own profiles.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals is celebrating Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month to include South Asia as well. The company is hosting an on-site art exhibit where employees can share their own art, which they have created or they own, that represents their country of origin. This includes paintings, statues, textiles, clothing, and more. The company will also have a live demonstration of Chinese brush painting and calligraphy during the exhibit.
To follow Ionis Pharmaceuticals and its events for APIDA Heritage Month, see the company’s LinkedIn and Twitter posts that will highlight the art exhibit event.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, Ionis Pharmaceuticals’ Mental Health and Wellness employee resource group (ERG) will take the lead on highlighting the mental health resources available to employees through the health plan, the EAP, and the community, including Mental Health First Aid training being offered to all employees.
Throughout the month of May, KPMG will celebrate Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month by amplifying the voices of those within the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities and recognizing the significant contributions of their API colleagues both inside and outside the firm. Events hosted by the company include:
- National Event Details: This virtual session will help unite employee voices and teach them what it means to be Asian, Asian American, or AAPI. This panel discussion will give attendees an opportunity to spark conversations with API KPMG professionals to understand how diverse the API group is and to learn about how their heritage and values have impacted how employees show up to work every day. These different perspectives enable employees to create innovative and thought-provoking solutions and help bring the best of the firm in serving clients. By bringing together API voices, the company not only can unite but also ignite conversations on how to show support and allyship to the API community inside and outside of the firm.
- KPMG employees and partners are encouraged to utilize the API Month Teams background during meetings this month.
- Employees and partners also have the opportunity to learn more about the API community by visiting the API Heritage Month “Read, Watch, Join” page on the company’s Accelerate 2025 micro-site.
- KPMG Lakehouse, a learning and innovation center, will host several events throughout the month, including:
- Cultural Awareness and Learning Opportunities: Learn from popular API proverbs on digital signage
- BRG Cultural Conversations: Candid conversations with API BRG members over lunch
- Cultural Dining Features: Different API cuisines will be featured throughout the month
- Supporting House Activities: Vietnamese Summer Roll Culinary Demo
- Through an external alliance with Asia Society, an event will be hosted on the topic “31 ways to celebrate the vibrant and diverse traditions and contributions of Asians and Asian Americans.”
- Through an external alliance with Ascend, celebration events will be hosted in person in several locations throughout the country.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, KPMG is hosting a variety of events designed to help break the stigmas around mental health and raise awareness within the company’s teams. Initiatives that drive this campaign include:
- Cultivating Your Best Mind: A Roadmap for Mental Health session. This kickoff session, led by Laurie Cameron from PurposeBlue, is an interactive workshop that teaches the mindsets, skills, and tools to create a roadmap for your mental health. This is a great way to start the month off with a strong mindset and set some goals for the coming weeks.
- Original documentary screening. KPMG is providing the opportunity to watch a screening of “LIKE,” an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on people’s lives and mental health.
- Discussion Panel on “The Importance of Self Care.” Alex Yannacone, Director of Education and Community Programs with the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, will speak on the importance of self-care. Alex Yannacone has an extensive background in implementation and trainings for prevention and intervention of mental health services and education.
- Firm-wide Thrive “Courtside” Chat with Kevin Love. KPMG is sponsoring a signature event through a “Courtside Chat” with NBA player Kevin Love, followed by a two-hour mental health break. Love, a forward for the Miami Heat, has become a national advocate for mental health awareness and in 2018 established the Kevin Love Fund, an organization dedicated to inspiring people to live their healthiest lives while providing tools for both mental and physical health. During this discussion, attendees will hear about Kevin’s personal mental health journey and talk about ways to support the well-being of colleagues and loved ones and how breaking the stigma can help create safe environments for open dialogue.
- Start your weekend early with a mental health break. Immediately following the Kevin Love chat, KPMG is providing everyone a two-hour mental health break. Employees are encouraged to plan to ensure they’re able to take advantage of this time to rest, recharge, and focus on well-being.
- All month long, guided, live meditations will be offered twice a week. These meditations, led by Laurie Cameron, can help employees learn tips and tricks for positive thinking, build more resilience, navigate change, and more.
- Webinar. “Mental Health: When Professional Becomes Personal” Select firm employees may register for this webinar, hosted by experts from KPMG’s external partners at the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Talmetrix, to explore how dimensions of identity affect an employee’s experience and well-being. Plus, attendees will hear remarks from EY’s Chief Well-Being Officer on how they built a work environment that allows workers to thrive.
Merck & Co.
The Asia Pacific Association (APA) employee business resource group (EBRG) will be hosting a variety of events throughout the month globally to celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month. The theme for this year is “Amplifying & Celebrating Asian Voices.” Some of the key programs this month include:
- May AANHPI Heritage Month Kickoff Event: Fireside Chat with Jerry Won, CEO & Founder of Just Like Media and Host & Producer of the “Dear Asian Americans” Podcast
- APA Mentoring Program Cohort 3 Kickoff
- Fireside Chat with Jude Weng, Hollywood Director of Finding O’Hana and other popular TV programs
- Candid Conversations with a Leader: This is a recurring program in which a leader from the company is invited to share about their career, including insights and advice
- Celebration event out of the Boston/Cambridge chapter featuring a keynote from a research science leader within Merck, Asian destination presentations, cultural performances, and food showcase
- Global APA Collaborative Game Event: A fun, virtual game event to celebrate culture and community
- Many of the chapters are involved in multiple local community and volunteering efforts.
- APA continues to engage with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) and ASCEND to collaborate, build, and develop programs and events for both internal and external partners to continue highlighting and celebrating Asian voices and stories.
- Employee spotlight social media campaign highlighting a few of the APA members
- #ThoughtLeaderThursday posts from a few of our APA leaders
- Various social media postings following each of our events celebrating the month
For Mental Health Awareness Month, the company’s capAbility Network has prepared a variety of events for Merck and MSD employees in honor of mental health awareness month, including:
- External Speaker event with Nora McInerny, “Be Better than Fine.” This event has already been held and was attended by over 700 employees.
- A discussion on “Handling Stress and Anxiety”
- A discussion with a C-suite leader discussing their struggle with anxiety
- A discussion with an executive director to discuss their son’s treatment-resistant depression and the impact on the entire family
Furthermore, Merck hopes to utilize external partnerships with Disability:IN and Best Buddies and is looking at other partnership opportunities to support the mental well-being priority for the capAbility Network as it looks to support the community holistically beyond disabilities. Beyond Mental Health Awareness Month, the company hosts the Authenticity Series, a regularly occurring event #safespace to focus on topics that affect mental well-being, such as discrimination, anxiety, invisible struggles, and caregiving. These sessions are well attended (up to 300 employees for some events) and are formatted as fireside chats featuring employees of all levels within the company. Merck also has quarterly sessions on grief and loneliness to support employees who have lost loved ones, both human and animal companions.
Many members of the capAbility Network actively post on social media, including for Mental Health Month. On Yammer, the Network encourages members to share self-care experiences and mental health victories throughout the month of May with #MHAM2023 to show support, reduce stigma, and help others do the same.
Moody’s Pan-Asian Impact (PAI) business resource group (BRG) in collaboration with Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and MuLan Club (New York City-based nonprofit organization that inspires and supports professional Asian women) will host a hybrid panel discussion to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. Other events for the month include:
- Moody’s, MSCI, Edward Jones, and Alger senior executive leaders of Pan-Asian heritage will share their success stories and share how they defined their careers and broke cultural stereotypes.
- Exhibition posters of prominent AAPI figures will be on display for the duration of the month at the company’s headquarters in NYC.
- Moody’s will host a motivational speaker, Dr. Hill Krishnan. In this discussion, Dr. Krishnan will challenge attendees to think about labels others have put on certain groups and people. He encourages his audience to challenge the labels and stereotypes that obstruct their lives and to redesign narratives.
In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, several of Moody’s BRGs that are located in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) are partnering to deliver an event supporting parents in the workplace by offering multilevel solutions for burnout. The event features Dr. Jacqueline Kerr, a renowned behavior scientist and burnout survivor. Other events for the month include:
- Courageous Conversations Podcast: A peer-to-peer podcast series about the intersection of culture and mental health. The series is a collaboration between NY Multicultural, Minds, Americas Veterans, Pan Asian Impact, NY Pride, SF Women’s, Generational, Black Impact, conectaMos, and Enable BRGs.
- Navigate Your Mental Health: A panel of Moody’s employees will be sharing their personal journeys in accessing and getting the mental health care they need. The group will also be discussing the importance of taking charge of your mental health and how it can improve life, career, and relationships.
- Getting Help for Mental Health Benefits for US Employees: Weekly sessions for US employees will be held to explore Moody’s benefits available for managing mental and emotional well-being. The company will have representatives from HealthAdvocate (an employee assistance program) available. Aetna and Kaiser will share about the various mental health resources they have and how Moody’s employees can make use of them.
- “Mental Health: When Professional Becomes Personal” Employees will be participating in a National Organization for Mental Health webinar where they can learn how the dimensions of identity contribute to an employee’s experience and well-being in the workplace.
- Employees are also encouraged to attend the Healthcare, Wellness & Mental Health webinar offered by PowertoFly to hear from experts in health care, the wellness industry, and mental health about how to support workplace wellness and overall employee health and learn why doing so is both important and necessary.
New York Life
New York Life’s Asian Pacific Circle (APC) employee resource group (ERG) will be hosting a number of events throughout the month of May for members and colleagues to join, in person and/or virtually:
- A Closer Look at New York Life’s Cultural Markets: APC and representatives from the field will host a panel discussion around the distinct cultures and growth of New York Life’s Cultural Markets, as well as the work being done to serve multicultural communities throughout the country.
- Safety Awareness for Commuting and Travel: Internal and external guest speakers will share unique safety perspectives on commuting/travel, situational awareness habits, and mental safety checklists, to provide participants with practical tips for personal safety. This event will be co-sponsored by additional ERGs, including NYLPride, The Women’s Initiative, and the Black Organization for Leadership and Development.
- The Myth of the Bamboo Ceiling: How to Take Ownership of Your Career and Leadership Design: Guest speaker Jeanny Chai will discuss the concept of the “bamboo ceiling” and the importance of taking greater ownership of your career to achieve the success you desire.
- AAPI Month Culture Festival: APC will host this event to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of AAPI communities at New York Life, featuring entertainment, learning, and cultural exchange.
- Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Presentation: A member from AALDEF will share information about Asian American history, civil rights engagement, and how employees can get involved.
- AAPI Month Dining Specials: APC partnered with New York Life’s cafeteria to feature Asian cuisine lunch options throughout the month of May.
- Volunteer opportunity with APEX for Youth: APC members can volunteer for the Apex for Youth Community Book Fair. Designed to celebrate AAPI Month and encourage reading over the summer, volunteers will help pick out books, lead crafts and other activities, and provide resources to elementary students, their families, and community partners.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, New York Life’s Black Organization for Leadership and Development (BOLD) and ENABLE, the company’s disability-focused ERG, will present “A Conversation on Mental Health” with Dr. Janet Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, self-care coach, and mindfulness expert who has been featured on multiple media outlets and networks, including CNN, GMA, and the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Taylor leverages her knowledge and insights to continuously speak on mental health and wellness. She is also the author of The Courageous Classroom: Creating a Culture for Students to Learn and Thrive.
For AANHPI Heritage Month, the Wave employee resource group for Asian and Pacific Islander employees will host several events, starting with a launch call on May 1. Other events include:
- Turn The Tide Signature Event: Executive guest to address Asian diversity and career progression
- WAVE Leads: Launch of Asian leadership within different markets
- HOT WONs Episode 2: This podcast will challenge ERG allies to answer difficult questions about colorism within the AANHPI community
- APAHM swag disbursement led by membership chair: Members will receive a survey about being Asian in corporate America and will receive a shirt to celebrate APAHM.
- A WAVE Yammer and LinkedIn campaign will occur to encourage participation internally and externally with the company’s events.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, Otis will be hosting the following events and programs:
- Community Chair to develop community outreach to bring awareness to mental health
- Well-Being Conversation Circle: This is a monthly offering within the company. The May session will focus on anxiety in the workplace.
- Mindfulness Meditation: This is a weekly offering within the company. May will focus on mindfulness as a tool for building resilience, gratitude meditation to counter depression, and breathing techniques to reduce anxiety.
- “Mental Health – Recognize and Respond” learning event
- “Understanding and Managing Anxiety” learning event
- Volunteering in support of Veterans (co-sponsored by Disability ERG and Veterans ERG) via Soldiers Angels organization, food drive
For AANHPI Heritage Month, Paramount will be hosting the following initiatives and events:
- Nick Talks with Grace Lin: Join the AMP employee resource groups (ERG) and Nickelodeon for a conversation with Grace Lin. Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl (except for her sisters) going to her elementary school in Upstate New York. Panelists will include Grace Lin, Author and Illustrator; Anna Martino, Director, Archives and Library, Nickelodeon (Co-Moderator); and Amy Wu, Sr. Director, Studio Learning, Development & Engagement, Nickelodeon (Co-Moderator).
- Lady Tan’s Circle of Women: Join the AMP ERG, the Simon & Schuster Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Council, and Women+ ERG for a conversation with author Lisa See and editor Kathryn Belden on See’s latest historical novel, Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China. Panelists include Lisa See, Author, Lady Tan’s Circle of Women and Kathryn Belden, VP & Editorial Director, Scribner (Moderator).
- An Art Director’s Journey: Join the AMP ERG and Nickelodeon for a conversation with art directors from Nickelodeon as they share about their career paths and talk about bringing the visual styles of their productions to life. Panelists include JiSoo Kim, Art Director, The Loud House Movie 2, Nickelodeon; Tiffany Lam, Art Director, TMNT: Mutant Mayhem, Nickelodeon; William Niu, Art Director, Avatar Studios, Nickelodeon; Sam Hale, Background Designer; and Big Nate, Nickelodeon (Moderator).
- A Very Asian Guide: Navigating Representation and Parenthood: Join the AMP ERG, Noggin, and ParentHood ERG for a conversation with Karen Chan, founder of Gloo Books, and Michelle Li, author of A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food to explore the intersections between representation and parenthood. Panelists include Karen Chan, Founder, Gloo Books and Michelle Li, Journalist and Author, A Very Asian Guide to Korean Food.
- To Boldly Go: An Executive Chat with Vibol Hou: Join the AMP ERG, Paramount Streaming, Rise ERG, and Spark for an executive chat with Vibol Hou. Vibol Hou is the EVP, Chief Technology Officer at Paramount Streaming, where he oversees all Streaming technology and engineering efforts. Panelists include Vibol Hou, EVP, Chief Technology Officer, Paramount Streaming and April Moore, Sr. Director, Human Resources, Paramount Streaming (Moderator).
- AMPlify: Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Spotlight: Join the AMP ERG, CBS, Fusion ERG, MTV, Paramount Advertising, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, and Proud ERG for a conversation as part of AMP ERG’s AMPlify series, with Paramount talent from the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands on how their stories are being told and portrayed in media, the progress being made to include more Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander representation, and what more needs to be done. Panelists include Sasha Colby, Season 15 Winner, RuPaul’s Drag Race, MTV; Auli’i Cravalho, Mean Girls The Musical, Paramount Pictures; Rachel House, Time Bandits, Paramount Television Studios; Alex Tarrant, NCIS: Hawaii, CBS; and Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, EVP, Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion, West Coast, Paramount Global (Moderator).
- Love Your Asian Body: AIDS Activism and Body Autonomy: Join the AMP ERG, Paramount Fights HIV/AIDS and Proud ERG for a conversation with community partner APAIT to honor National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The LGBTQ+ Asian American community largely grew in the 1980s and 1990s out of the AIDS crisis, where the conversation often left behind non-White people living with HIV. Hear from community advocates and living historians on how LGBTQ+ Asian Americans created their own paths by forming a community of activists, caregivers, social workers, nurses, researchers, and advocates for those living with HIV. Panelists include Jury Candelario, Division Director, APAIT; Sujin Ma, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, APAIT; Karina Samala, Founder, City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council and Board Member, APAIT; and Eric Wat, Author, Love Your Asian Body: AIDS Activism in Los Angeles (Moderator).
- A Cross Studio Alliance Conversation with Olympic Medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani (the ShibSibs): Join the AMP ERG, ParentHood ERG, and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Cross Studio Alliance for a conversation with Maia and Alex Shibutani, “the ShibSibs,” about their new, beautifully illustrated picture book Amazing, highlighting the achievements of many AAPIs who have made invaluable contributions to the world. Panelists include Alex Shibutani, Olympic Medalist and Author, Amazing and Maia Shibutani, Olympic Medalist and Author, Amazing.
TEKsystems will host the following events for AANHPI Heritage Month:
- Internal Employee Spotlights featuring two employees the first four full weeks of the month.
- During an event at the end of the month, the employees highlighted in the month-long campaigns will speak at an Asian/Pacific Islander descent (AZN) employee resource group-sponsored panel. The theme of the panel is to discuss the “Bamboo Ceiling” and how that impacts a person’s career.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, the Health & Well-Being employee resource group (ERG) is hosting Gayle Cicero, a mental health provider, to speak with the company. This is an ERG-sponsored event that is open to the entire company to attend. TEKsystems is also running a Corporate Wellness Challenge across the entire company motivating folks to live an active and healthy life style.
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
The Estée Lauder Companies’ (ELC) Asian Affinity Group (AAG) will launch Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the historical and cultural contributions and achievements of the AAPI community, on May 1. AAG is excited to celebrate the month in partnership with The Estée Lauder Companies and share in the unique perspectives and experiences that represent the AAPI community. This year’s theme, “Bridging Communities,” aims to celebrate the diversity within the AAPI community, which includes over 50 distinct ethnic groups as well as descendants of 60+ nationalities who speak more than 100 languages. This is an opportunity to bring together ELC’s New York City employees to foster understanding across cultures through shared experiences. During AAPI Heritage Month, AAG will promote renewal through connection and bring people together to share in different aspects of the community through food, culture, and wellness.
The company’s planned programming for AAPI Heritage Month, held through the month of May, includes:
- Connection through wellness: A meditation event in collaboration with Origins to re-center through a sound bath session in a beautiful and serene meditation dome
- AAPI Heritage Month Potluck – Connection through food
- Bridging AAPI Communities: A Talk Across The Estée Lauder Companies and two external companies Learning from Our Leaders: Fireside Chat with Executive Leaders at ELC
For Mental Health Awareness Month, ELC’s Disability & Mental Health ERG, Kindred, is planning:
- Leading with Transparency: A Mental Health Conference Tagline: Empowering Leaders with the Skills to Advocate for Mental Health at Work Brief Overview: An all-day event focused on educating, inspiring, and empowering leaders to prioritize mental health within their teams and drive initiatives to promote mental health and wellness. It will be a hands-on, engaging, and immersive in-person session, and those who attend will come out of it with the tools, education, and resources to make meaningful changes for themselves and their teams related to mental health and wellness.
- From Self-Doubt to Self-Worth: Mastering the Art of Positive Self-Talk Description: The North America and LATAM Mental Health & Disability ERGs are hosting a conversation around the power of self-talk and the responsibility employees play in how they speak with their internal and external voice. Dr. Melanie Katzman, clinical psychologist and ELC’s Mental Health Advisor, will be leading an enlightening conversation with ELC leaders on how the way people view themselves translates to the way they show up for themselves and others. Dr. Katzman will help attendees walk away with tools to speak differently with ourselves and our communication with others.
For ANNHPI Heritage Month, Twilio will host the following events:
- Myths of Asian Leadership: A special seminar led by Ascend Leadership
- Media Club Discussion of the hit Netflix show Beef
- Virtual Yoga
- Boba Tea-Making Class
- Book Club Discussion: “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians”
- Giving campaign benefiting Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence
- All month-long Social Gathering Connects with other Twilions will be hosted either in person or virtually
For Mental Health Awareness Month, Twilio will host the following:
- Conversation Club with Older Adults: Join fellow Twilions for a conversation club with older adults to help prevent isolation and loneliness
- Volunteer as a Crisis Counselor with The Trevor Project, supporting LGBTQ+ youth
- Giving campaigns for MIND (The National Association for Mental Health) and NAMI National
For AANHPI Heritage Month, Unity will be hosting networking happy hours, movie nights, and AAPI heritage month trivia. The company will also be running a giving campaign for AANHPI organizations.
During AAPI Heritage Month, UScellular celebrates the accomplishments of its Asian American and Pacific Islander associates. The Asian Associate Network hosts a variety of events and provides resources to educate employees on their rich culture and contributions in science and technology. Celebrations for AAPI Heritage Month will align with Mental Health Awareness Month, creating opportunities to learn more about overcoming the stigma of mental health and ways to discuss it. These events include:
- Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month on the company’s social media platforms
- Spotlighting UScellular associates throughout the month of May on the Asian Associate Network internal website
- Hosting a cultural learning experience for all associates with food and drink at corporate headquarters
- Conducting virtual tours of different Asian countries, led by members of the Asian Associate Network
- Learning from mental health professionals about overcoming the stigma of discussing mental health and the role culture plays in the perpetuation of stigma, job burnout, and ways to seek help
Specifically for Mental Health Awareness Month, UScellular reminds associates to take time for themselves and recognize the importance of mental health and its impact on well-being by spotlighting the following activities:
- Promoting Screen Free Week (May 1–7) on the company’s social media channels to encourage consumers to put down their phones and focus on genuine connection to promote positive mental health
- Highlighting the importance of mental health by offering webinars and activities hosted by the HR Total Rewards team, CapAble Associate Network (CAN), and Asian Associate Network (AAN). These activities include opportunities to practice mindfulness meditation and yoga and learn how journaling can help support mental health.
- Reminding associates of the company’s additional resources and programs available to support mental health
Vizient is launching an Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi America employee resource group (ERG) (APIDA@Vizient) this month. This will be announced with an article and an image on the internal intranet page. The article will include a short video from the APIDA leadership team and an article explaining the background of AANHPI and suggesting ways to get involved (e.g., providing favorite APIDA recipes, encouraging folks to volunteer for local APAHM events in their area, engaging in social media and virtual events, and tracing genealogy).
The new APIDA@Vizient ERG is now featured on the company’s external-facing DEI page. The company will also have a “Celebrating APAHM” ad on the top of the page noting how the organization supports APIDA colleagues and communities and encouraging people to learn more about the company’s ERGs below.
Vizient will promote AANHPI Heritage Month via Vizient social media channels with the graphic seen on the webpage above and with the #AAPIHeritageMonth hashtag. It will additionally be placed in the Social Media Amplification Platform with drafted posts for employees to optionally share (who are a part of that program) and be shared with the Diversity Networking Associations (DNA) leadership team for their membership as well.
For Mental Health Awareness Month, Vizient’s Pharmacy Employee Engagement Committee partnered with the Ability@Vizient ERG to host a group guided meditation session. The purpose of this session is to provide a relaxing and rejuvenating experience for everyone who attends as Vizient believes that it’s important to take a break from daily routine and focus on well-being. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and improve overall mental health and well-being. Additionally, the groups will be providing an FAQ highlighting Vizient benefits, including the EAP program. Finally, the company will be posting a blurb on the internal intranet site to bring awareness to Mental Health Awareness Month.
An additional blurb will be posted on the company’s social media sites to promote awareness of and recognize Mental Health Awareness Month.