Asian American Business Development Center

Statement from John Wang

Dear CEO Action Steering Committee:

We add our strong and unequivocal support to the statement issued that reaffirmed a commitment to
diversity and inclusion in light of the tragic incident at Charlottesville, Virginia.

As a small non-profit Asian American business group, we appreciate having the opportunity through our
membership in CEO Action to add our voice and to amplify our mission of ensuring that minority interests
are valued, respected and protected.

This particular incident did not directly involve the Asian American community. However, the Asian
American Business Development Center has learned through its 20-year plus history that our community
does not, and cannot, make progress without cooperation and collaboration with other minority groups.
The exposure of hatred and bigotry from this event convinces us that our plan to create a New Majority
Alliance is more urgently needed than ever. In a generation, ethnic minority populations in the United
States will emerge as the majority demographic, or the “New Majority”. We will be part of this coalition,
and we believe that this reality requires sound preparation that includes awareness raising, building
partnerships across cultural lines and working with business leaders.

This New Majority Alliance of Asian American, African American and Latino communities is being
formalized and organized in the next months. We will use this powerful collective to bring fresh solutions
to diversity and inclusion in businesses, address racial and gender imbalances in corporate leadership and in
key industries like Silicon Valley, and consider how millennials may redefine cultural identity and influence
future societal norms and policies.

We think that working together across cultural lines is the most effective way to defeat the forces of
division.

We will be reaching out to the Steering Committee members to gauge their interest in joining a summit
being organized in January 2018 in New York to take this agenda forward. Our group has already had a
long-standing and productive relationship with Steering Committee member Ron Parker on New Majority
initiatives.

Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts and ideas with you. We look forward to contributing to
more CEO Action activities.

John Wang
Founder & President
Asian American Business Development Center

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