Donna Osiri, SVP of global sourcing at ViacomCBS: I’m first-generation Thai, born in Texas, although I grew up in the San Fernando valley suburb of Los Angeles. I grew up speaking Thai in the home, eating Thai food and celebrating Thai culture… But recently we found out through a DNA test that I have ancestry that can be traced back to China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and even Europe.
Talai: When you lump us together, you’re disregarding the deep, rich, and complex cultural backgrounds that we individually come from. You’re also lumping together all the really cool stories that we have to tell.
Yeung: We are the sum of many. We’re not just one identity… It is so important to celebrate who we are in the workplace, because we all bring so much to the table. And through our employee resource groups (ERGs), we can better raise visibility where it would be more difficult alone. We can find our voice to speak and to speak loudly, together.
Gupta: It’s amazing that we have a company that acknowledges the incredible diversity that exists, specifically among the AAPI community. Earlier in my career, I didn’t see too many people that shared my background in positions of leadership, let alone on television.
Gaviola: Representation is super important, and it can’t be done halfway. It requires a deliberate and intentional look at your workforce and an understanding of where the gaps are. But that work all starts with a workplace that is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive and empowers us to be fully who we are.
Lee: Even though I was born an Asian, that doesn’t mean I know everything about Asians and the diverse experiences and cultures that make up the Asian community… And the core of what AMP and the other ERGs represent is connection. Through AMP, I think we can connect to each other, our own community, and others that are willing to learn and want to be allies.