CAAEN Inspires With Can-Do Attitude
AsianWeek Staff Report, Dec 29, 2006
FRANCISCO — Bolstered by three years of providing corporate networking
opportunities and civic service, the rapidly growing Corporate Asian
American Employee Network, (CAAEN), recently announced the
establishment of a one-of-a-kind leadership development/training
program for Asian Americans who work in corporate America.
six-month CAAEN Leadership Training Program is designed to cultivate
and identify those skills and relationships needed by Asian Americans
in the workplace to not only climb the career ladder, but ultimately
contribute to the community through their newly developed leadership
The program will
commence on January 19, 2007, and be divided into three parts: a
one-day intensive seminar on the cultural strengths and inhibitions of
Asian Americans, a six-month "webinar" series featuring lectures from
top Asian American executives in both the private and public sector,
and finally, two half-day mentoring sessions where senior Asian
American business leaders personally mentor those in the program at a
ratio of one mentor to five applicants. The 20 successful applicants,
for the inaugural program, were selected from the Asian American
employee associations of the 26 corporations that currently make up
"The main goal of this
program is to develop leaders that will not only advance through their
businesses, but also and ultimately bring those leadership skills back
to the community," said Ray Su, co-chair of CAAEN (Hewlett Packard).
"In addition, for CAAEN, I’m also hoping that we are sowing the seeds
for future leaders of our organization."
is a network of Bay Area Asian American employee groups in the private,
public and educational sectors. With a goal of promoting personal and
professional development of Asian American employees primarily through
networking and sharing best practices, CAAEN boasts an impressive array
of Asian American employee associations from such recognized
businesses/public agencies as: Hewlett Packard, Kaiser Permanente,
Wells Fargo, Cisco, Macy’s, GE, Visa, the City and County of San
Francisco, the Port of Oakland and the University of California, San
CAAEN does," stated Wayland Chan, the other co-chair of CAAEN
(PG&E) "is that it exposes and gives some insight to our members on
the best practices of corporate America so that they can navigate the
corporate maze and better further themselves as well as our community."
"I’m so proud of what CAAEN
has become," remarked CAAEN co-founder Joyce Chan. "When we started it
was almost a loose federation of about 13 companies. Today, we’ve
doubled our membership and have the ability to present a leadership
training program. It’s inspirational and shows we are becoming a force
in corporate America."
their membership is defined through these Asian American networks.
Senior CAAEN officials estimate that either directly or indirectly
their organization represents approximately 15,000 to 20,000 Asian
American corporate employees.
to space limitations, the leadership program is designed for active
CAAEN members. For those interested in the program or joining CAAEN,
please contact Wayland Chan or Ray Su through the organization’s
website at www.caaen.org