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February 2013
February Highlights
Alan's Column
Still Accepting Applications
Program Jumpstart and Kick-Off
Stories of Success
Newest Staff Member
Alumni on the Move
Volunteers Needed



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Alan's Column
Hola, como esta EDI family!
It's exciting that our 2013 leadership classes will be starting later this month and in mid March.  This is our 20th anniversary! 
Thank you EDI co-founders Vanna Novak and Ted Yamamura for your wisdom, support and courage to start a leadership training program that is API and Hispanic centric.   This year's class will be our biggest since 2008, the year before the recession. We can still take a few more participants so please refer your friends or co-workers to us ASAP.

On February 9th, I attended our train the trainer session with this year's Discovery program chairs and I must say they are Read More...

Starting off from one program with 10 participants, EDI has grown to 5 leadership programs, with close to 700 alumni. Make sure you keep an eye out for exciting opportunities and events as we celebrate this extraordinary milestone!

Limited Spots Available for 2013 Programs
There are just a few spots left for this year's EDI Programs. Call the EDI office today at 425.467.9365, if you would like to apply. 
Get your applications in ASAP! The programs starts this month.

Program Jumpstart and Kick-off is just around the corner!
Participants, make sure to mark your calendars.
Greater Puget Sound
Leadership Discovery
February 21 - Program Jumpstart 
4-7PM at the Mayflower Park Hotel
(Asian Pacific Group 1&2 and Hispanic Group)
March 14 & 15 - Two Day Kickoff Session
at Cedarbrook Lodge
(Asian Pacific Group 1&2 and Hispanic Group)
Leadership Navigation
 February 25-27 - Three Day Kickoff Session
at Cedarbrook Lodge
Greater Portland
Leadership Discovery
 March 21 & 22 - Two Day Kickoff Session  
at Embassy Suites -Downtown Portland

EDI Alumni Sharing Their Stories of Success 
Featured this month is:
 Elizabeth Do
    V.P. KeyBank (2006)
All of us graduate EDI on a high - from the moment we step off the stage at graduation, we are all gung-ho and feel empowered to return to our companies.  We became more in-tuned with our cultural upbringing; with our newfound cultural awareness, courage, public speaking skills, etiquette training, and friendships, we were ready to be more effective, globally diverse leaders.  I felt  Read more...
*Editor's Note: Since graduating from EDI, Elizabeth has been promoted twice at KeyBank. She is now Vice President and recently joined the EDI Board of Directors. 


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. If you are interested in writing or sharing your stories with the EDI community please contact Rebecca at rebecca@ediorg.org.


Thanks in advance for your participation and for your words of wisdom.


Introducing EDI's Newest Staff Member: Chan Lo

My name is Chan Lo. My family and I arrived in Seattle in February, 1995.

Before coming to Seattle, I lived in the South of Viet Nam and worked for the Republic  of Viet Nam Government as an Elementary School Principal.

I attended South Seattle Community College. I worked for Pro-Express Mortgage & Insurance and then moved to Charlie Dang Income Tax Office.

In January 2011, I joined the NAPCA Organization (National Asian Pacific Center on Aging) as a program trainee. On February 4th, 2013, I was placed as an Office Assistant for EDI (Executive Development Institute.) I am excited to train at EDI as I get to meet new people, make friends and learn more office skills.

Alumni on the Move  
Congratulations to EDI Alumni:  
Cesar Amaral, Hispanic Leadership Discovery Class of 2012,  has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager at KeyBank.
"EDI, in 2012, helped me get through the toughest year of my life after the passing of my mom. I had a chance to learn how to deal with personal loss and things like "Loss of Meaning" which are some of the topics we covered. I was able to use what I learned at EDI to turn the worst year of my life into the most successful, personally and professionally. It definitely would not have been possible without EDI."
Colleen Yamaguchi, Class of 1994,

has been hired as the Interim Senior Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Department of Social and Health Services. 



"I'm excited to be able to practice the principles of leadership that I've learned from, and am able to share with participants in, the EDI programs, particularly with respect to authentic leadership and cultural competence.  My experience with EDI has played a large role in preparing me for this work, as I remember that it is good to stretch beyond my comfort zone!"



Florexis VelascoLeadership Navigation Class of 2011,  has been promoted to Senior Manager of Global ITI Special Programs at The Boeing Company.
Elizabeth Do was featured in the 1/16/13 edition of the International Examiner.
If you have received a promotion/award or know of an Alumni who did, please email Rebecca at rebecca@ediorg.org

Volunteers Needed
  • Inclusion Fusion
Inclusion Fusion is on  Thursday, September 5, 2013
We are looking for help in the planning of this event. Please email edi@ediorg.org, if you are interested in participating in one of these areas:
-Procurement (Auction Item Donations)
 ** Most Help Needed**
-People (Sponsorship and Guest Recruitment)
-Party (Food, Drinks and D�cor)


  • API Heritage Month Celebration
Join the planning committee or help Marci staff the EDI table on May 5th, 2013; Noon - 5 PM at the Seattle Center House. Contact edi@ediorg.org is you are interested. They are also holding an Art Contest that is open to all students from grade K-12.


  • Sign up to be a Mentor!
NAAAP-UW and TYAPN (Taiwanese Youth Alliance of Pacific Northwest) are hosting a mentorship program that lasts from March 9th- June 9th. Don't miss out on a chance to give back to the community and mentor the young & bright stars of the future!


Registration deadline is on Feb 22nd. The mentorship kickoff event is on March 9th.  


To register and for detailed program information, please visit their website or Facebook page.


Feel free to contact Student Relations Chair Eugene Ngai at eugene.ngai@naaapseattle.org for any additional questions.


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