Last July, 21 members of the Allstate Asian American Network piled into a boat and rowed furiously through a stretch of the Chicago River, finishing second in the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce's annual Dragonboat Race for Literacy.
"Before that day, none of us had ever raced a boat!" said Toni Wunsch, 3AN member. "The other teams were impressed that Allstaters actually raced in the event, in addition to providing financial support."
The 3AN team also helped generate leads for local Allstate Agent Tony Wong at other Chinatown Chamber of Commerce events in 2012. Their involvement is part of 3AN's strategy to cultivate external relationships that can increase Allstate's visibility in Asian communities and further Allstate's business goals.
"ERGs and agents can be a great marriage because we both want to generate awareness in the local community," Wong said. "At the end of the day, our efforts are bringing business into my office."
- 189 members volunteered 780 hours at 13 events in 2012.
- 240 members attended the Diwali Celebration.
- Launched the Becoming Mainstream: American Culture and Advanced Communication Skills series in recognition of the barriers faced by foreign-born employees.
- As part of the Helping Hands Volunteer Recognition Program, 3AN was chosen as the Champion 2012 Outstanding Team Volunteer award winner.
This ERG story appeared in the 2012 ERG Annual Report.