Employee resource group
Uber's Asian community
Our mission is to celebrate and promote the wealth of Asian ideas and culture throughout Uber.
What we stand for
We participate in community building events both inside and outside the company
We share what we know and connect members with the wisdom they need to grow
We help our members advance their careers through skills sharing and workshops from external experts
Building social connections
We come together as a group for celebrations and events
Central Operations, Advanced Technologies Group
The biggest reason why I started our ERG was to have a voice in culture and be an agent of change at Uber. For me, the ERG is a platform that all employees can leverage and use for almost anything they want. My job is to support and enable these ideas so that everyone can be proud of who they are and what makes them unique. I want everyone at Uber to feel like this is the most amazing and inclusive place to work and our ERG can help achieve this.
Engineering Manager, Innovation
One day in 2017, I half-jokingly I told Doug Ma, the ERG co-chair, we should take over lunch one day and have my mom come in and make lunch for all of Uber. (Which we obviously did of course!) As an Indian, food is symbolically very important in our culture because we believe it is at the root of all human thought. The hope was a meal made with love could reach every employee and I believe that day it did. My goal now as an ERG Co-Lead is to help pass on the baton and inspire others at Uber to celebrate being their complete and authentic selves.
I joined the Asian Heritage ERG because I’m passionate about promoting cultural awareness and giving back to the community. I’m also excited about supporting diversity and inclusion and letting the community know that Uber is committed to championing important initiatives like community engagement and employee development. I’m particularly interested in the ERGs Social pillar and how networking and celebrating cultures will bring a positive impact to everyone’s personal and professional development.
Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is one of the biggest holidays throughout Asia. Knowing this, our ERG decided to celebrate the New Year with our Asian Heritage driver partners in San Francisco. We hosted a free dimsum lunch, which was full of decorations, and even had red pocket envelopes that contained prizes for a few lucky winners! This was an incredible event where we could connect with our driver partners socially, culturally, and emotionally. It was a Happy New Year had by all!
With a focus on development for our ERG members, we decided to launch a series of leadership lunches. The goal of the series is to highlight inspiring Asian leaders across the Uber organization, focusing on each individual’s rise to leadership and his or her identity as a leader. Participants have come from all parts of the organization and many interesting stories and learnings have been shared throughout these intimate lunches.
One Thousand Cranes
The Senbazuru is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. The Senbazuru comes from an ancient Japanese legend that says a wish will be granted to anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes. Often, Senbazuru are given to loved ones in the hospital, to wish them a speedy recovery. Our ERG decided to coordinate this effort across the company and give them to Travis Kalanick, our previous CEO, when he lost his mother.