Although there are many Employee Resource Groups throughout the SF Bay Area, the maturity level of each group varies greatly.
Samantha Lee (ALA Co-Founder, Citi) recognized that some of the newer ERG could learn from the more established groups. With the hope of connecting them, she first put together an ERG leader’s mixer in August 2017 and was surprised to receive an overwhelmingly positive response. To further the conversation, she organized a more intimate ERG leaders’ dinner to exchange best practices and to discuss potential collaboration. Through additional conference calls and in-person meetings, it was clear that people in the group are all eager to give back the community.
Jimmy Hua (ALA Co-Founder, Salesforce) saw that as a group working together, we were able to channel the group’s passion and make a more significant impact collaboratively. He recommended a youth development program to help YMCA SF Chinatown & Vietnamese Youth Development Center (VYDC) to be community partners on this unique program. The goal of the summer career exploration program is to expose low-income youth from immigrant families to resources and tools for them to explore their personal, educational, and career development. The group was passionate about the initiative, and ERG leaders took up tasks that leverage their strengths to help achieve our goals.
We now hold regular meetings at major companies (PG&E, Grant Thornton, Uber, Salesforce, etc.) and collaborating for a better community. With the planning of the youth development program, the Asian Leaders Alliance was born from the passion and actions of Asian ERG leaders taking a risk and making an impact. Our group has a growing list of ERG members from over 70+ companies in San Francisco, with 200+ individual members. We invite and welcome everyone to join us!