Dear AAGEN Members!

Welcome back to those who were on Furlough and thank you to all that kept the fires burning when staff were out.  I wish to personally wish each of you, on behalf of the organization, a happy new year.  I know it has been a challenging year, with all the turmoil we see daily while still having to manage with reduced budgets due to the continuing resolutions.  But I am confident that each of you have been managing at a high level and have found time to enjoy the holiday season.  Let’s count our blessings for all the work we are doing to make a difference to the people we serve. 

Now that you have returned, I want to give you a quick update on a few.  The Board has been busy working on its strategic plan but finding that the lofty goals set may have been more than we anticipated.  Especially given the reduced staff in our day jobs and uncertain times, it leaves many having limited time to devote to AAGEN.  But nonetheless, we are forging ahead and making tremendous progress on our revised website.  We will be hiring a web developer to complete the plans set by the website team soon.  In addition, the program chair is busy preparing for the annual leadership workshop to be held this year on June 6th in the Doubletree Hotel.  So save the date to attend!  The program will not disappoint you!  Finally, the leadership team has been vetting the applications to select our next Senior Executive Service Development Program class.  The next class will begin in the Spring!  The call for scholarships nominations also has been posted.  So there you have it in a nutshell. 

All of this takes the commitment of dedicated volunteers of whom I continue to thank.  We can’t do it by ourselves and hope that you will consider joining us now and paying forward all you have gained by volunteering for one of our committees.  Currently we are looking for individuals to participate on our outreach, membership and communication committees.  We also have a new vacancy on our board and looking for a member at large.  If you are interested, PLEASE let us know as we desperately can use your help.  But if that isn’t in the cards, I hope you will remember to make your donations to support our work either directly or via CFC #45979.  Refer to the article on our website for more information on how to contribute. 

Remember we are as strong as the weakest parts and hope you will connect to the organization in a more meaningful way this year as we make a difference to strengthen the workforce. 

Best in 2019 is still to come!  Cheers!

Dr. Vivian Chen, Chair

Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN) promotes, expands, and supports Asian American and Pacific Islander leadership in government by holding leadership workshops, senior executive service (SES) development programs, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching sessions.  Learn more about us - Link. CFC #45979


The mission of AAGEN is to promote, expand and support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leadership in Government.  In accordance with AAGEN’s mission, the scholarship program has been designed for students in their continuing education to better prepare themselves for positions of leadership and trust in the Federal, State and Local governments.

Two (2) scholarships for $1,500.00 and two (2) scholarships for $1,000 will be awarded in 2019.  The AAGEN scholarship is a one-time award; former AAGEN scholarship winners are not eligible.

The applications for the scholarship will be accepted until April, 2019.

For more information about the AAGEN Scholarship program and how to apply.

Click Here: Scholarship Program

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