The Global Asian Affinity Network aims to highlight the splendor of diversity across Thomson Reuters offices worldwide.
The Global Asian Affinity Network (AAN) supports and highlights the rich diversity of the Asian community across Thomson Reuters. This group seeks to advance Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion principles of fostering diverse talent, promoting an inclusive workplace and building an external brand.
The Asian Affinity Network has over 500 members across Thomson Reuters business units globally. The AAN host events like Diwali celebrations, Lunch & Learn session and speaker series. Recently, the AAN hosted a workshop in the Brookfield, Wisconsin, U.S. entitled “Fear of Failure.” Creamheld Pepito, Director of Enterprise Solutions at Northwestern Mutual, was a keynote speaker and shared her experience as a woman working in the computer science field. This event brought together people from every fold of the Thomson Reuters community who were interested in networking with Milwaukee-area professionals and sharing their own experiences.
Our Diwali celebrations across the globe were a great way to teach our coworkers about the biggest festival in Hinduism. We celebrated the spiritual victory of light over darkness with traditional dishes, garb, and decorations (and many, many candles!). Our office in Eagan even had a selfie booth and henna station.
Along with hosting events designed to promote the professional development of diverse employees working at Thomson Reuters, members of the Asian Employee network come together to share their experiences and cultures. Last month, AAN members from our office in Eagan, Minnesota, U.S. went to a local restaurant to enjoy authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. It was an ideal atmosphere for facilitating a stimulating discussion about Asian culture.
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As an organization that values diversity, Thomson Reuters has established a formal process for employees to develop Business Resource Groups (BRGs). BRGs are voluntary, employee-driven associations that benefit both our employees and the company’s business goals. Today, we have eight BRG’s with over 90 chapters globally.