Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: An Interview with Anna Nguyen

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. AAPI includes cultures from the entire continent of Asia—including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. We are grateful to Anna Nguyen sharing her story and heritage with us.

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Anna on a tour of an Atlas aircraft during a visit to our MIA station.

What is your current title and how long have you been at Atlas?

I am a Senior Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Specialist in Human Resources and I have been with Atlas for four years.

What are your primary responsibilities in your role at Atlas and what is your favorite part of the job?

In my role, I am primarily focused on supporting Ceridian, our Human Capital Management (HCM) platform, which manages and maintains employee information. My favorite part about my role is collaborating with my team and particularly, working together to overcome challenges as that experience enables us to develop and grow as a team, as well as individually. I also love that I’m constantly broadening my knowledge in my role.

What do you like most about working in aviation?

It is incredible to witness the positive impact Atlas has, all over the world. To be a small part of helping people and countries when they need it most, is simply amazing.

 How did you find Atlas?

I found Atlas when I was looking for another opportunity that provided career growth. I am so thankful for the incredible team here that continually encourages me and for the leaders who have provided the tools and support to help progress and advance my skills and knowledge in HRIS.

What does Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month mean to you? Why is it important?

As a child growing up in the United States, I was embarrassed because I was “different.” I have since grown to love and embrace my culture as it makes me who I uniquely am. As I reflect on AAPI Heritage Month, I think it’s an important opportunity for Asian and Pacific Islanders to  celebrate our roots and the contributions of our ancestors as well as share our cultures and traditions, so that others may learn from us.

What does having a diverse workforce mean to you?

A diverse workforce means having various types of representation. I believe having a diverse workforce is critical because it gives an organization the ability to be challenged by various perspectives that can ultimately drive towards better outcomes.

What would your colleagues be most surprised to learn about you?

I think my colleagues would be surprised to learn that in addition to English, I can speak Laotian and Vietnamese.