About APAFGE's Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) is dedicated to attracting, developing, and retaining Asian Pacific American talent leveraging the diversity of professional and cultural backgrounds to enhance their career development and GE’s competitive edge in the global marketplace.
APAF is one of GE's numerous Affinity Networks and Employee Resource Groups, along with the African American Forum, Hispanic Forum, Women's Network, the Veteran's Forum and the GLBTA Alliance. Established in 1998, APAF is a grassroots organization with 17 hubs and 40 chapters supporting over 9,000 APA employees in North America. Led by three national leaders and sponsored by two senior vice presidents on Jeffrey Immelt's Corporate Executive Council (CEC), APAF focuses on advancing the goals set forth in its mission statement. APAF has programs focused on building the skill sets of APA talent, preparing members for leadership roles, providing community service opportunities, and driving company initiatives.
Our Mission Statement
We are committed to the retention and growth of our members, developing world-class leaders, strengthening our communities, and driving GE’s growth in Asia.
Members of the Forum Seek to:
- Career Development and Support provide career development and a support network for APAF professionals
- Education educate themselves and others on Asian cultures and markets
- Community Initiatives support
Developing our MembersAPAF is committed to the retention and growth of our members and to growing world-class leaders. APAF provides its members with opportunities to build ties, strengthen networks, and foster an environment of inclusiveness. They are able to grow leadership skills by organizing, leading and participating in APAF programs and events. ACE (APA Commercial Excellence), APA Women, Communications Skills and APAF Leadership Development are examples of programs geared towards our member growth.
Stengthening our CommunitiesAPAF seeks to strengthen the communities in which we live and work. It has led efforts in education, disaster relief fundraising, and healthcare. Determined to help address the United States' growing educational crisis in math and science, APAF launched a STEM program and curriculum called Igniting Minds, which is designed to teach math and science fundamentals to students in public middle schools in underserved communities. Each year the program is delivered to upwards of 200 students in over 25 schools across the United States. In recognition for its impact, Igniting Minds has received awards from Public Education Partners and the 2013 STEM Education Award by the Technology Association of Georgia.
Active in disaster relief, APAF mobilized its hubs to raise money for the victims of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the massive flooding in Pakistan, Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and most recently the Nepal earthquake. APAF-led fundraising helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Through APAF and the other affinity networks have led more than 200 events and provided over 5,000 volunteer hours. Through the GE Foundations’ Developing Health Globally (DHG)and Developing Health (DH) in the United States In 2014, APAF, in partnership with GGO, launched the Social Entrepreneurism and Education Development (SEED) program which provides mentoring and financial support to university students with entrepreneurial endeavors aimed to improve the social circumstances of people in Asia.
Growing GEAPAF is committed to contributing to GE’s growth. With Asia and MENAT being strong emerging markets, the company sought to leverage APAF as a potential pipeline to grow in these markets Our Pipeline to Asia initiative was launched to connect APA employees with these opportunities to work in Asia and grow their careers. Employee health continues to be a core GE priority. APAF is very active in providing HealthAhead activities to support healthy living. APAF is dedicated to ensuring GE’s brand as a premier employer of choice remains solid. Our external connections focus builds relationships with Asian professional organizations, such as SASE, Asia Society, and top collegiate schools.
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