Vol. 3, Issue 10

December 2014 Newsletter
"Money is usually attracted, not pursued." - Jim Rohn

     Thus far, EDI has filled 50% of the spots in their 2015 Discovery and Navigation classes in the Greater Seattle area and Portland. The goal is to have 83 total participants across the Puget Sound API Discovery, Hispanic Discovery, and Navigation program, along with Portland Discovery. We will continue to accept applications until all classes are full. We encourage anyone to apply and our alumni to spread the word about EDI's programs.
     In conjunction with The Seattle Foundation, Wells Fargo Washington Women's Roundtable presents their yearly Women in Business Scholarship where recipients are awarded between $4,000 and $6,500 to pay the cost of an approved continuing education program such as EDI's Discovery and Navigation programs.

     This year, API Discovery Class of 2014 participant, Michelle Warren, received the scholarship, "I felt incredibly honored to have been chosen by Wells Fargo to receive the Women in Business Leadership Award for 2014. I didn't anticipate a value that far exceeds a fiscal benefit. I was able to connect with women leaders in our area, particularly with Mary Knell, CEO for Wells Fargo's Washington and Western Canada region and it was nothing short of inspirational..."

Alumni on the Move
     Lawrence Lee, API Discovery Class of 2013, recently had the great opportunity to join Kin On's Board of Directors. Through EDI's programs, every participant commits to a community project. For some people like Lawrence, the community project was more than just a project. "Prior to joining the EDI Leadership Discovery Program, I had never been involved in any community volunteering. With the community project for Kin On as part of the program curriculum, EDI provided me with a perfect opportunity to practice what I learned from the program and helped me realize how important it is for each one of us to get involved and contribute to our community."
Left to Right: Jason Wong, Pearl Martinez, Jessica Wong (Kin On representative), Kyle Theptee, and Lisa Chan, attend the Kin On Volunteer Appreciation Dinner last week.
Please submit any photos like the one above to EDI. We'd love to see them!
     Alexander Flores, Hispanic Discovery Class of 2014, recently became part of Centro Cultural's Board of Directors. Established in 1972, Centrol Cultural is the oldest Hispanic organization in Oregon serving Latino residents. For Alex, the opportunity to serve his community through his crucial role as co-chair will be an exciting experience. "Centro Cultural of Washington County plays a big part of our local community. We promote education, economic development, and strive to increase cultural consciousness among the community while responding to their needs. I am extremely proud to serve and help our local community and its future!"

Alex Roehrig, Hispanic Discovery Class of 2012, moved to Germany to work as an on-site representative for Lufthansa Airlines.
Marvi MatosHispanic Discovery Class of 2012, is on special assignment in Australia with Boeing Research & Technology Group.
Al's Corner
Left to Right: Tepaporn Nishimura, Esla Inthaxai, Tri Do, Al Sugiyama, Aisha Al-Khinji, and Kyle Theptee reminisce on the past year.
Class of 2014
Left to Right: Lawrence Lee, Bao Nguyen, Doreen Ramsuta, and Al Sugiyama, catch up over coffee last week.
Class of 2013

     Recently, I've been chatting with a number of our EDI alumni, and I can't tell you how proud I am of them. Many alumni are moving ahead in their careers while others are volunteering in the community. Two years ago, when I was first hired at EDI, people frequently asked me, "Where are all the EDI alumni?"

     Now, I can say, "Where aren't the EDI alumni"? I hope you read our column, "Alumni on the Move." The column will give you an idea on our alumni activities, how EDI's program continues to affect them, and the powerful ways they are impacting our community. Please help EDI continue to develop future leaders. Refer your friends, co-workers, and colleagues for our 2015 class. The deadline is January 31st or when we fill each class. Thank you very much for your help and support. 


7th Annual Portland Graduation (Nov. 20)
Portland Discovery Class of 2014
Left to Right: Mandy Luangraj, Lily Cheng, Joanne Tegtmeyer, Jimmy Rattanasouk, Jayna Dellatan, Christina Perez, Ken Lanehome, Mai Truong, Simon Seid, Cynthia Tuan, An Hoang, and Prabu Muthu.
Left to Right: Ronson Ramos, Diana Hoang, and Ryan Truair, celebrate by taking a photo together.
Left to Right: Jimmy Rattanasouk, Lily Cheng, Jayna Dellatan, Joanne Tegtmeyer, Mandy Luangraj, Mai Truong, Ken Lanehome, and Marci Nakano, pose outside the ballroom.
Above: DeAngeloa Wells, General Manager of Organizational Development and Learning, accepts the Ted Yamamura Award on behalf of Portland General Electric.
Job & Volunteer Opportunities
Date PostedTitleCompany
DEC 11Director of DevelopmentNW Immigrants Rights Project
DEC 11Youth Program OfficerRaikes Foundation
DEC 9Advance UWUniversity of Washington
Upcoming Events

The Portland Blazers are excited to host their third annual Asian Heritage Night at the Moda Center. Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends when the Trail Blazers take on Jeremy Lin and the Los Angeles Lakers on February 11th. The last day for tickets is January 12, 2015. Everyone who purchases a ticket through this promotion is invited to come onto the Trail Blazers court after the game to shoot a few throw and take pictures! 



CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS or contact Lauren Oyadomari at 

lauren.oyadomari@trailblazers.com and (503) 963-3957 for more information.

 Like us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   View our profile on LinkedIn   View our videos on YouTube 
For any questions or concerns, please contact Vivian at vivian@ediorg.org.