Five Southwire Employees Receive SASE Awards

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Aug 12, 2022

Southwire is proud to announce that five of its employees recently received an award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE).

According to its website, SASE was founded in November 2007 to help Asian heritage scientific and engineering professionals achieve their full potential.

"The SASE Awards were created to help companies celebrate and recognize their Asian American and Pacific Islander employees. One of the challenges for AAPI employees in the workplace is the hesitancy of celebrating their successes and accomplishments,” said Khanh Vu, CEO at SASE. “From a cultural perspective, celebrating your achievements can be seen as bragging, but SASE Awards are a cultural norm for celebrating Southwire's outstanding AAPI employees. Congratulations to all the winners."

In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month in May, Spectrum, Southwire’s employee resource group (ERG) that fosters a community of inclusivity, diversity and empowerment by valuing all people of color, accepted company-wide nominations for SASE’s annual Achievement Awards. The nominations were made by Southwire employees, providing them the opportunity to recommend their peers in recognition of their impact on the company.

The company’s recipients are as follows:
•    Dr. Yuhsin Hawig, Vice President of Applications Engineering – Career Achievement Award
•    Kiran Manchiraju, Vice President of Research – Career Achievement Award
•    Xi Luo, Regional Sales Manager – Professional Achievement Award
•    Krishda Tan, Process Engineer – Promising Professional Award
•    Amy Hou, Sustainability Manager – ERG Leadership Award

“Receiving this award reminds me that leadership is a privilege, and as a leader, you have the ability to impact the people around you, whether that is in their personal or professional lives,” said Hawig. “As a leader, I will continue to utilize my business insights to mentor employees within Southwire and the local community to attract diverse talents and promote STEM career paths.”

With the SASE Pro Awards, the organization seeks to recognize the achievements, leadership, and successes of those in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and each recipient will be recognized at the SASE National Convention and STEM Career Fair in October.

“SASE is all about helping Asian heritage employees achieve their full career potential,” said Tabrez Malik, vice president of finance infrastructure. “Being on the Board of Directors for SASE, I’ve been able to contribute firsthand to the mission of celebrating diversity and developing professionals in STEM, and with some of Southwire’s AAPI employees receiving awards this year, it’s truly been a privilege to recognize them for their incredible efforts.”

Southwire treasures the diversity of its employees and the communities that it represents and serves, and Norman Adkins, president of Wire and Cable, chief operating officer and executive sponsor of Spectrum, says that the SASE Awards reflect that commitment.

"At Southwire, we strive to build a culture that recognizes and celebrates the value of diverse backgrounds, equity in opportunity and inclusivity in action, and the SASE awards are a testament to that mission,” said Adkins. “We are incredibly proud of our employees’ efforts and the opportunity to recognize their talent, commitment and impact on the company through the SASE Awards.”

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