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April 2013
April Highlights
Alan's Column
Alumni Spotlight: Mari Watanabe
Seattle Rotary Club - Exclusive Offer
Alumni on the Move
Thank You for your Referrals




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Alan's Column

Hi Everyone,  


Happy days are here to stay at EDI. Check out my update and announcements:

  • This year's EDI class is 79 strong and our biggest class since before the recession. With your continued support we will have an even bigger class next year. Please start referring us potential participants
  • EDI is co-sponsoring the API Heritage month celebration. Drop by this free event at... Read More

Alumni Spotlight: Mari Watanabe
Mari Watanabe  
Executive Director Partners in Diversity  
Director, Leadership Portland  
Portland Business Alliance
It has been 13 years since I graduated from EDI.  I would not say it seems like yesterday, because I feel like I have grown quite a bit over the years. However, my EDI experience is still in the forefront of my mind, after all, EDI changed me.  I was one of those who felt I was good at my job and rose up through the ranks little by little.  Until that day when I was passed over for a promotion. 

"What!  I did NOT get the job?!   And that "brown noser" did!?"........enter EDI. Read More

Seattle Rotary Club Exclusive Offer
Free is a good price, but meeting top executives in Seattle is even better!  EDI Alumni and current participants if you wish to attend a downtown Rotary meeting with our executive director, Alan Sugiyama, he will buy your lunch. With this offer, your annual membership fee is waved for the first year.
In the last few weeks the following alumni and current participants have attended a meeting. 
  • Cesar Amaral, class of 2012
  • Jean Chen, class of 1997
  • Elaine Kitamura, class of 1996
  • Tuya Luehr, class of 2008
  • Marci Nakano, class of 2005
  • Christina Park, 2013 participants
  • Jose Rivera, 2013 participants

"It is a great opportunity to have a free membership in the largest rotary chapter in the world! The fact we have the opportunity to be a part of such an organization to not only contribute to the community but also build / strengthen your network is a truly unique opportunity to grow personally and professionally." - Jose Rivera  


Click here to read more about the Alummi experiences at the rotary event. If you wish to attend a future meeting with Alan, please email at alan@ediorg.org

Alumni on the Move  
Congratulations to EDI Alumni: 

May Leong, Leadership Navigation,
 Class of 2011, is now the Executive Director of Cameron House.
 "The EDI Navigation Program is a must for any aspiring senior Asian and/or Hispanic professional looking to ramp up their game and move into a higher level of success and leadership. What I learned through the workshops, projects, coaches, and peers is invaluable. The connections and collegial support we developed during the program still remains strong today. In fact, I now serve on the Board of one of my classmate's nonprofit organization, Spreeha Foundation."
Monica Lin-Meyer, Leadership Navigation, Class of 2008,  has been promoted to Vice President, Employee Engagement at Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.

As a member of the very first Leadership Navigation cohort, my eyes were opened about what it means to be an authentic, effective and intentional leader.  EDI started me down the path of my current career focus - that is, consulting with companies on organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and internal communications.  Quite literally, without EDI, I would not be where I am today - and, for that, I am forever grateful."




Victor Mizumori ,  Class of 1995, Washington Federal , has been promoted to Senior Vice President.
"There were a lot of different topics that I benefited from.  The skill that I utilize the most is in working with, and networking  with the Executive team members of my different companies over the years.  Understand your companies vision and develop your actions and activities towards that end.  Don't focus on what's wrong, but on how to move forward." 
If you have received a promotion/award or know of an Alumni who did, please email Rebecca at rebecca@ediorg.org

Thank You For Your Referrals!
We cannot begin to express our gratitude to everyone who helped with the recruitment for this year's classes. With your referrals, we now have the largest class since 2008. 
Please click here to see a list of the Individuals, Alumni and Organizations that helped with the 2013 class recruitment. 
We apologize if we missed your name in our thank you list. Please email Rebecca at rebecca@ediorg.org so that we can acknowledge you in next month's newsletter. 

The Count Down Begins!
As the months pass, we draw closer to our spectacular 20th anniversary celebration. We will be begin to celebrate this achievement with special features in our Newsletter that examines the highlights of the 20 years. Make sure you keep an eye out for them! 

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