Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia 2022 Honoree Spotlight: NAAAP Philadelphia

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Describe the main initiative(s) of your CSR program?

NAAAP aspires to have a positive impact on communities by promoting the career advancement and leadership development of Asian American professionals in all fields through networking, supporting diversity, and engaging in community service. With over 400 active members, NAAAP prioritizes supporting activities and programs that inspire leaders to make a meaningful difference in government, education, business, and diversity and inclusion within their community. NAAAP provides an environment that empowers leaders for professional excellence, connects accomplished professionals for mutual success, and promotes volunteer opportunities to engage with the community-at-large.

What are some of the key learnings you gained, through participation in the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia?

The Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia Assessment reaffirmed NAAAP’s continued vision of inspiring leaders to expand their network and to build an inclusive community with other organizations for 2023 and beyond. Throughout 2022, NAAAP provided opportunities for members to give back to their community with events like NAAAP & Bucks County Heroes Scholarship Fundraiser. The goal of the event was to create awareness and provide scholarships to the children of police officers, firefighters, rescue squads, correctional officers, and emergency service personnel.

With Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) being a top priority, NAAAP held several panel style events encouraging many to learn and network with executives to discuss how to create an intentional, integrated, and impactful DE&I strategy for improved business innovation, recruitment, retention of diverse talent, and cultivation of an inclusive workplace culture.

What would you share with a company that is debating whether to take the Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia next year?

The opportunity to assess the impact of your organization’s community engagement is helpful in reflective evaluations as well as the opportunity to benchmark opportunities for growth.