Letter from the President
When I first started volunteering with APEX, I was overwhelmed by the spectrum of our programming – Professional Development, APEX Cares, Community, Culture, Youth Education. I wondered - how could one organization stand for so many different things, and did our diverse missions take away from our ability to make an impactful difference to our community?
Over the years, I would come to know the organization and its constituents, and through you all, the Southern California Asian/Pacific Islander community. If there’s one thing that APEX has taught me, it’s that diversity is not a weakness, it is a strength. APEX’s programming reflects the multi-faceted interests and backgrounds – both professionally and personally – of our members. The strength of our diversity is our ability to break stereotypes, serve communities of all cultures, and adapt to the changing issues faced by Asian-Americans.
Last year, issues such as API inclusion in the media, immigration, and diversity in the workforce made their way into the national conversation. Too often, the API community’s own voices on these subjects were minimalized or misrepresented. In order to make our voices heard in the mainstream, the conversations have to start here in our own communities. My vision is for APEX to serve as a forum and a voice for the API community, and to empower our leaders to address the professional, cultural, and philanthropic platforms that uniquely affect us.
A Recommitment to Engagement
Over the next several weeks, we will be bringing on our new leadership team, and you may notice some changes in our org chart. That’s because APEX is recommitting to engagement, with new membership, marketing, and development teams to reach our constituents and sponsors. We want to talk to you, get to know what your passions are, and understand how the organization can serve your interests. Whether you are a new member or a vet, come and chat with us. We will also be rolling out a new and improved apex.org this year, as well as a new digital content blog called the APEX Compass. More to come – so look out for that soon.
A Call to Action
Over the last several months I have seen so many pour out immense emotion and passion, often coupled with frustration, at the state of the country or community around us. If you are one of those I am describing, let this be your call to action. I encourage you to not sit idly by - become a leader in your community and an agent of change for the causes you believe in. Utilize APEX’s programs and resources to grow both personally and professionally, and reach out to our leadership team to learn about how you can get more involved. We are waiting to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org, through social media, phone, or at an event. I hope you will join APEX on this journey in 2017.
2017 APEX President