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In the United States, May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month—a tribute to the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who have enriched the nation’s culture, history, and achievements. As the month unfolds, Oracle honors and acknowledges the stories of AAPI professionals, leaders, innovators, and community builders.
Read on to learn more about Oracle’s celebration of the AAPI community.
While the Oracle Professional Asian Leadership’s history may still be young, it is undeniably rich in achievement. Since 2015, the employee resource group has flourished to serve employees in five different continents, offering opportunities for mentorship, networking, cultural awareness, and community engagement. Read this blog to learn more about OPAL’s mission and history.
Since the onset of the pandemic, thousands of hate incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been reported in numerous cities--including the hometown of Oracle employee Michelle Fong. The incident led Fong to help found and lead the OPAL Equity Committee to inform the larger Oracle community about increasing hate crimes against Asians and to build a space and events for awareness and healing. Read this blog to learn how the committee is educating and supporting Oracle employees.
As a first-generation Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Chinese-American, Sally Mohr has a great passion for creating an inclusive community. Her work as Chair of OPAL Seattle is an example of that. She encourages investment in employee resource groups like OPAL and helps plan community events and programs to celebrate Pan-Asian traditions. Read her profile to see how her leadership is building community at Oracle.
For business operations analyst Sherwin Chan, staying connected to his Chinese heritage has made him a better leader and mentor. His involvement in OPAL and the North America Applications Consulting (NAAC) Diversity and Inclusion team allows him to advocate for his Asian colleagues as well as his peers from all cultural backgrounds, lines of business and career levels. Read his profile to see how his heritage inspires him to uplift his community.
Beyond the celebration of culture, the month of May can also be a time to reflect on how employers can support the experience of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the workplace. From conversations about their career goals to addressing discrimination, these efforts have the power to support the health and engagement of the AAPI community within Oracle. Read this blog to learn about three ways you can contribute to the growth and development of your AAPI colleagues.
Oracle Professional Asian Leadership (OPAL) consists of 27 communities globally. Among the many areas they serve, the JAPAC region is celebrating how their female leaders are influencing and impacting the culture in their communities. From Oracle Korea’s first female field engineer to an active LGBTQ+ advocate for Oracle Japan, these women are sharing what they have learned about leadership, success, and being a role model. Read this blog post to find out what their best pieces of advice are.
OPAL board chairperson Bo English-Wiczling is on a mission to make Oracle a place where all people can be heard and share valuable ideas. As a minority and a woman in the technology industry, her experiences have inspired her to be an advocate for those who are often underrepresented in tech. From moving to the US from Korea at age four to spending the last 25 years of her career in product and technology, read this blog post to learn how her journey has informed her passion for promoting an inclusive culture.
When she came to the US for graduate school, Erin Sun remembers when a professor during a career consultation advised her to return to Taiwan for a better chance at starting her career. He said because English was not her first language, her opportunities in the marketing field in the US might be limited. But against his judgement, she stayed and has never left since. Now a Director of SCM Product Marketing at Oracle, Sun is committed to eradicating the unconscious bias she has encountered in the past. Read this blog post to learn how her career path inspired her advocacy for diversity and inclusion.