Heather Deichler highlights business resource group accomplishments, celebrations throughout May
In recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Heather Deichler, senior vice president, MoneyGuard Product Management and co-executive sponsor of the Asian American Business Resource Group (BRG), shares her thoughts on diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) at Lincoln Financial and her perspective on this year’s AAPI Heritage Month theme, “Walk together, embrace differences, build legacies.”
Q: Heather, you are one of the executive sponsors for the Asian American BRG at Lincoln. What BRG accomplishments are you most proud of?
A: I am proud of our Asian American BRG’s signature event in honor of AAPI Heritage Month come together. This event was open to all Lincoln employees and included an excellent, live, virtual panel discussion that provided impactful advice on leadership perspectives on diversity, and more. Panelists included Lincoln leaders Alex Zeng, vice president, Funds Quantitative Research and Shantanu Mishra, senior vice president, Treasurer, as well as guest speaker Amy Zhang, executive vice president and Portfolio Manager from Alger.
In addition to our signature event, we also provided amazing financial education workshops in local schools and delivered support to various AAPI communities impacted by natural disasters. Through our BRG, we’ve shown leadership in supporting meaningful conversations for employees to have a safe space to come together and support one another. We have an extremely active group and I’m proud to be an executive sponsor.
Q: As you mentioned above, the Asian American BRG has been honoring and celebrating AAPI heritage month throughout May. What are a few things they have done?
A: Lincoln’s Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC) and the Asian American BRG hosted activities and events throughout the month centered around the 2022 theme for celebration – “Walk Together, Embrace Differences, Build Legacies.” In addition to the panel discussion, employees were encouraged to “Walk Together” by completing a virtual 5k and giving back to the community either through community service or charitable contributions supporting the AAPI community. Throughout a month-long article series, we also heard employee perspectives and celebrated the rich diversity and heritage within the Lincoln community.
Q: You mentioned this year’s AAPI heritage month’s theme is “Walk together, embrace differences, build legacies.” What does this theme mean to you?
A: This theme captures the different ways individuals, families and organizations can work together to develop common values in our communities, while appreciating the richness of difference that exists in our cultures and creating environments that touch and influence future generations. I always want my children to learn about different cultures and religions so that they could better appreciate people’s perspectives, and I valued having them attend a large and diverse school. When my children were younger, it was a priority for them to attend events at other people’s religious institutions and participate in their family events when friends extended an invitation. There is no better way to attempt to understand an alternate perspective than to be able to experience something different from your culture or religion.