Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) promotes, expands, and supports Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in government by holding leadership workshops, senior executive service (SES) development programs, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions. Learn more about us - Link. CFC #45979


Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN)

Cordially Invites you to our

2020 Leadership Seminar Series

Being Mindful of Mental Wellness 

Featuring AAGEN’s Leadership

Dr. Vivian Chen, Chair

Bertrand Tzeng, Vice Chair

Dr. David Chien, SES DP Chair

Moderated by

Sazha Alexandra Ramos, Owner

Recovery Organization Consulting

Please join us for a timely discussion on the importance of wellness for leaders.

We look forward to engaging with you and being in community via Zoom.

Date: Friday July 10, 2020

Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm, EDT

Zoom opens: 4:45 pm, EDT

To register via Zoom:

Registration is required for all attendees. Please register by midnight on July 9, 2020

For questions: Please contact Mr. Bertrand Tzeng, AAGEN Vice Chair at

Positive Pro-activity: Doing the right thing at the right time

According to the Harvard Business Review, proactive behavior can also be risky behavior. The way some organizations react to pro-activity depends on the person’s level of organizational skill or social astuteness (“Do it right, and you’re rewarded. Do it wrong, and you’re in the penalty box.”) In this session, learn how to balance your expertise, capacity, and initiative with organizational savvy to leverage pro-activity and take advantage of opportunities that will enhance your job performance.

Registration link:

Registration code: AAGEN2020

Number of registrations available: 30

Please register on by Wednesday, July 22, 10:00am (Pacific) to attend and you will receive Webex log-in and phone dial-in information before the Friday event.

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share with you the sixth C100 Asian American Career Ceilings Initiative webcast that will feature a fireside chat on the topic of “The Millennial Perspective” and a panel of three Asian American millennials pursuing different careers. The fireside chat will feature Matthew ChoiJohn Lian and Julie Sohn. Millennials are those born between 1980 and 1994, i.e. currently between 26-40 years old. The career ceiling problem has affected each generation differently and the millennials, who are deep into their career development, have been facing unique challenges, including their second economic downturn during the growth period of their careers. Even if you are not a millennial, we encourage you to watch this webcast to understand the career ceiling challenges of the millennials who may be working in your organization or elsewhere. Peter Young, Chair of the C100 Asia American Career Ceiling Initiative and a C100 Member, has organized these events and will be the moderator for this one. After the conclusion of the fireside chat, there will be a Q&A session during which members of the audience may ask questions. The webinar will be held on July 7, 2020, 8-9pm Eastern Time / 7-8pm Central Time / 5-6pm Pacific Time. There is no fee for the webcast. Please click here to register. 

We hope you will join us. Thank you! 

Best regards,
Committee of 100

Protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Working People
In response to COVID-19

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) cases emerging in the United States, Asian American workers are speaking up on how xenophobia and racism interact with America’s inadequate healthcare system and outdated labor laws to endanger workers and hinder disease prevention. Over 2 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders work in healthcare, transportation and service industries--these workers are facing xenophobic and racial discrimination in the workplace in addition to increased exposure to communicable diseases.

Without federal policies guaranteeing paid sick leave and adequate health insurance coverage for all workers, many working people are effectively prevented from following the CDC’s guidance to stay home when they are sick.

For more details, Click HERE

Special vacancy announcement for Department of Health and Human Services - See Link

Director, Division of Intramural Population Health Research

Letter from our Chair

May 14th, 2020

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2020! 

In recognition of and inspiration by the stories we hear from one another and the wonderful PBS special that provided an introduction to the immigration of our communities, starting from the 1800s. It is clear that our place in society has been marked by challenges and often actions that prevail today in terms of portraying AAPIs as the villain. 

We recognize that these portrayals reflect a society that may not know the history of how Asian immigrant and Pacific Islander groups are treated differently and how our place in history has demonstrated tremendous loyalty to our homeland….America.  As Asian Americans, we have a long and tremendous history of contribution and I challenge all of you to understand that the monolithic term of being Asian American really embeds stories of each of the Asian subethnic groups  worth celebrating during AAPI Heritage Month.  

This year it is a bit challenging not to have the opportunity to see all of you in person and to observe and celebrate our heritage because of COVID19.  And, while there may be backlash for some of you being of Asian descent, know that this is truly a public health crisis and no matter its origin, it is impacting everyone.  So despite the ignorance or misdirected blame, the virus is universal in that it can impact you like a cold or flu. 

As I work from home, like many of you, I have had time to reflect on so many things.  As said by Ben de Guzman, Director of the Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, “know that our communities are no stranger to resilience. We have crossed oceans and overcame hardships, racism, and xenophobia, all in the hopes of building a better life for our families and communities.“

I had the honor of being on a panel with Deputy Secretary of Labor, Acting Director of OPM, FAPAC, and Missouri Dept of Labor on Wednesday to address the WHIAAPI Webinar on Workforce Development & Advancing AAPIs in the Federal Government.  The fact that we were all able to be recognized as a force in promoting federal employee workforce development attests to the value we provide one another in leadership development.  While it will take time to see if our recommendations for expansion and inclusion, including building the pipeline will be acted upon, I am optimistic that there are discussions at the highest levels of the agencies responsible for promoting workplace development.  In addition, the Director of Civil Rights at DoL assured us that if anyone experiences or observes xenophobia in the workplace, that they report it to her so to make sure everyone is accountable for their actions. 

While we remain practicing social distancing, take the time to honor yourself, reflect and celebrate the contributions of AAPIs and yourself to improving the communities we serve.   Find a new normal for reaching your professional goals by connecting to webinars and trainings that are now being offered.  Our reliance on video conference meetings has allowed us to be more comfortable, I hope, with our interdependence for the computer.  Since we are unable to meet in person to sponsor leadership seminars, we are posting links to professional development training that you can access at this time to assist you in your leadership development.  I thank the many partners we have made such as the SEA, Arbinger and American University Executive program for opening up their training to us.  Likewise, when we learn of an SES job announcement, we do place it on our website.  If you need any support, call a member.  We always love hearing from you!

I encourage you to take this time to observe the end of AAPI Heritage Month and to remember to stay protected from this invisible virus by staying at home as much as possible and to always observe social distancing and mask protection.  As one says, “Stay Calm and Protected.” Take care….hope to see you on video or when we are open for gathering in person again. 

Respectfully, Your Humble Chair

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