“The Asian community is not a monolith” according to Lis Rakanovic, senior compliance analyst and ALN co-chair. “Asian Leadership Network is a safe space to drive inclusion and celebrate a very diverse population.”
ALN leaders answer four questions addressing the impact this group is making for our Asian and Pacific-Islander employees – and the greater community.
1. Tell us more about the solidarity statement against anti-Asian hate AbbVie’s ERGs recently released.
Shubha Kirani, solution architect and ALN global chair:
For the past year, anti-Asian racism has been on the rise. At ALN, we discussed how to address this anti-Asian racism internally and came up with a detailed communications plan on how to address this. We partnered with the other ERGs to draft the solidarity statement
. This solidarity statement is to showcase that we stand united at AbbVie and do not condone any form of racism.
Ruby Nandam, senior clinical safety analyst and ALN co-chair:
Our solidarity statement is a voice that says we all stand united. And that we all make an intentional and thoughtful choice, that we don’t condone racism and hate.
The intersectionality where we all co-exist is really important in driving inclusion and stopping hate and discrimination for everyone. The solidarity statement is very powerful because I know I have support from all the ERG leaders, AbbVie’s leaders and my fellow colleagues.
Jorge Ng Zheng, senior safety data scientist and ALN communications lead:
The solidarity statement makes me feel like I am not alone. I feel confident and proud that at AbbVie, disrespect, hate and racism have no place. I consider AbbVie a safe space where I can be proud of my heritage and culture.