Asia Society 4th Annual Diversity Leadership Forum

Asia Society 4thAnnual Diversity Leadership Forum

& Best Practices Survey Results


Monday, June 11 at One Time Warner Center, 58th St. at 8th and 9th Aves., New York


New York, June 5, 2012 – Asia Society’s fourth annual Diversity Leadership Forum will take place Monday, June 11, 2012,in New York. The Forum provides a vital platform for businesses to discuss current corporate diversity issues facing Asian professionals and global market factors impacting businesses today.


In addition to the plenaries and workshops that will explore various aspects of the Asian Pacific American (APA) workplace experience, Asia Society will also unveil the latest findings from its third annual Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey. The survey of employees from Fortune 500 and other large companies exclusively measures the corporate success of Asian Pacific Americans and explores how companies can create a supportive workplace that is conducive to growth of both their business and their employees’ leadership capabilities.

This year’s key findings include

-          Although 83% of Asian Pacific Americans (APA) employees care about the future of their companies, only 49% feel they truly belong.

-          APA engagement is influenced not only by time spent in the U.S., but also by having an American identity, with those who have more American identity (as indicated by scores of those who arrived in the U.S. as children) feeling less engaged than counterparts who arrived later in life.


Vishakha N. Desai, President of Asia Society, says “The experience of Asian Pacific Americans in the workplace is largely a missing piece in corporate diversity discussions.  The survey data continues to shed light on this group and provides recommendations that would further improve APA engagement and those of diverse employees overall.”


Based on scores from the survey and responses from diversity departments at the companies, Asia Society recognizes best employers in six categories:

·         Overall Best Employer for Asian Pacific Americans

·         Best Company for Asia Pacific Americans to Develop Workforce Skills

·         Best Company in Promoting Asian Pacific Americans into Senior Leadership Positions

·         Best Company for Support of the Asian Pacific American Community

·         Best Company with the Most Innovative Practices

·         Best Company for Mentoring




The top company in each category will be announced June 11 at the conclusion of the Forum. The 2012 corporate finalists are:

Cardinal Health, Inc.


Colgate-Palmolive Company

Corning Incorporated

Eli Lilly and Company

Freddie Mac


Goldman, Sachs & Co.




New York Life Insurance Company


PG&E Corporation

Sodexo, Inc.

2012 Awards Panel: Linda Akutagawa, President and CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc., Subha Barry, Diversity & Inclusion Expert, Philip Berry, President, Philip Berry Associates, LLC, and Apoorva N. Gandhi, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Alliances, Marriott International, Inc.


Corporate partners for the Forum include Time Warner Inc., Exclusive Research Sponsor Credit Suisse, MasterCard Worldwide, Citi, Corning Incorporated, Goldman, Sachs & Co., Marriott International, Inc., Wells Fargo, BNY Mellon, Colgate-Palmolive Company, GE, KPMG LLP, McDonald’s Corporation, Merck, National Grid, New York Life Insurance Company, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Marsh & McLennan Companies.


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About the Asia Society

      Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders and institutions of the United States and Asia. The Society seeks to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.

      Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution with offices in Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. 

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