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August 2012
August Highlights
Executive Director to Retire
Now Accepting Applications
Leadership Reflections
Community Outreach
Alumni Successes
Job Announcement Services
EDI on the Move

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2012 Calendar of Events


November 1

Puget Sound Graduation Celebration


November 8

Portland Graduation Celebration


Leadership & Community Events 



EDI is a 501(c)(3) 
non-profit organization.
Tax Id #: 91-2166233

310-120th Avenue NE 
Suite A102
Bellevue, WA 98005


Executive Director, Starr Macdonald, Announces Retirement 


After nearly a decade as the Executive Director for EDI, Starr Macdonald has announced her intent to retire in March 2013.  Starr has served as Executive Director since 2003.  We are grateful for her dedication and commitment to EDI and its over 600 participants.  Her leadership and vision contributed to EDI's growth and success.  We offer our sincere "Thanks" to Starr and wish her the best in her future endeavors.


As we look forward, with EDI celebrating its 20th anniversary next year, we are searching for an Executive Director who will be a role model for our culturally tailored leadership programs and create innovative opportunities for EDI and its alumni.  EDI is currently seeking candidates who are interested in serving as its Executive Director.  If you are interested or if you know of someone who might be interested, please see our website, for details on the position and how to apply. 


Wallace Greene

Board President, EDI

Now Accepting Applications for the 2013 Programs

"The EDI experience has empowered me to trust my instincts and listen to my inner voice, to be more apt to speak up and speak out, and to have the confidence to take risks and learn from my failures

-Alisa Yannello, HR Strategic Business Partner, Bonneville Power Administration

Like Alisa and the other 600 EDI Alumni jump start your career and get the edge now!   Applications for all EDI programs are due November 30, 2012.  There is limited space per program. Apply

Leadership Reflections: Speak to Persuade

POWERFUL! FANTASTIC! MASTERFUL! SUPERB! PERFECT! These are words used by the  Leadership Discovery and Leadership Navigation participants to describe June's "Speak to Persuade" session with Vanna Novak, President of Speak to Persuade and Co-Founder of EDI. 

In a world dominated by meetings and presentations how can we position ourselves to stand out among the best?  The answer... Read More.

Community Outreach

An integral part of EDI's Leadership Programs are the team community projects.  EDI promotes its philosophy that community involvement is not an option for leaders but a fundamental responsibility and key leadership competency. 

Find out more about our 2012 non-profit projects and about submitting a project proposal for our 2013 program here.

EDI Alumni Success Stories
Congratulations to EDI Alumni Simon Soh, and Jeff Barstow
Simon Soh, class of 1997, has been promoted to Chief Lending Officer for First Savings Bank
Jeff Barstow, class of 1999, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Boeing Business Jets at Boeing.
We would like to include stories about your leadership successes and challenges in our newsletters. Your testimonies will help unite our community while giving practical advice to colleagues. Send your stories to edi@ediorg.org. Thanks in advance for your participation and for your voice.

EDI's Job Board

EDI's website offers Job Announcement service. If you are interested in looking for a new position or have one that you would like to announce visit our Job Board.
Submissions will be reviewed by EDI and once approved, it will remain posted for 90 days. EDI reserves the right to decline to post any job announcement deemed as inappropriate.  

We Have Moved to a New Office! 
We are excited to announce that our team has moved to a new location in downtown Bellevue. 


Our new address is:

     310-120 th Avenue. NE Suite A102

Bellevue, WA 98005