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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), premier organization representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is proud to announce the National 2023 theme for the observance of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May: "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity". This year's theme is a continuation of the "Advancing Leaders" theme series which began in 2021. "Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity" further highlights FAPAC’s efforts in advancing leaders in the Federal and DC government. 

APAHM 2022 wave design with lotus flowers

Opportunity is defined as “a set of circumstances that make it possible to do something”. Opportunity can be built, it can be accessed, it can be achieved, or it can be given. It has been the foundation of our great Nation and thus America is known to be the land of opportunity.  Each year, thousands of immigrants from all over the world come to the United States to gain access to these opportunities. No matter who you are, you can achieve anything in this country if you put your mind to it. To keep the Nation moving forward, the capable ones must lend a hand to those in need and provide an opportunity for them to advance, as well.

The theme of Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity is especially paramount now as the public sector has demonstrated its ability to successfully be agile and pivot workplace processes to achieve organizational goals throughout and after the pandemic.  This dynamic has manifested noteworthy opportunities, which hinge on innovation, critical thinking, strategic leadership, and building great teams in furtherance of not only meeting, but exceeding department and agency goals in service to our Nation.

Through providing advancement opportunities, organizations can reduce the barriers to professional progression and consequently reduce employee turnover and increase satisfaction. A successful organization invests in its employees’ professional development by providing opportunities that enable the employees to refine their skills and enhance their leadership abilities.