Volume 4, Issue 4
June 2015 Newsletter
"You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills." - Jim Rohn

EDI would love to hear from you!


Submit any pictures, stories, and/or promotions to EDI, and you could be featured in next month's July newsletter.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vivian at vivian@ediorg.org.
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EDI alumni are always doing amazing things in the community, and recently, many of them have received promotions at work! As always, EDI loves to hear from its alumni, so keep the stories coming! Next month, EDI will host an "Alumni Open House" where past alumni, current participants, program chairs, board members, and staff (us!) are able to network, reconnect, and eat some free food!
Marvi Matos
Hispanic Discovery
Class of 2012
Art Limon
Hispanic Discovery
Class of 2010
Nácaly Torres
Hispanic Discovery
Class of 2013
Jeffrey Tan
Asian Discovery
Class of 2013
César Amaral
Hispanic Discovery
Class of 2012

EDI Board Retreat
Left to Right: Marci Nakano, Mary Coon, Walter Benadof, and Amy Tam-Naulty give a thumbs up to being on Team Mystic Four.
Left to Right: Chad Oishi, Brittany Ryerson, Vanna Novak, Limei Fan, and Joe Lilly put on their thinking faces for  Team Tofu Colada

Hey Leadership Discovery participants and alumni - do these poses look familiar? There's no better way to immerse the Board into the EDI curriculum than to do what the participants do! At the annual retreat on May 16th, Board members and staff had the opportunity to participate in a Goosechase Scavenger Hunt led by Geoteaming CEO & EDI Alum, John Chen. Team "Mystic Four" took on team "Tofu Colada" in this teambuilding battle.  Any guesses on who took top prize? We'll leave you guessing and reveal the winner in next month's newsletter!


Click here to see full list of EDI Board members.  We thank them for their dedication and commitment to EDI and look forward to implementing all the actions from the retreat! 

Portland Meet & Greet
Above: Marci Nakano (EDI Executive Director) and Brittany Ryerson (EDI Events Manager) pose with current Portland Discovery participants and past alumni.
Above: Mae Numata (EDI Board Co-Chair) and Alan Sugiyama (EDI Executive Director Emeritus) mingle with guests at the Portland Meet & Greet.

On May 18th, over 40 people attended the Portland Meet & Greet in welcoming Marci Nakano as EDI's new Executive Director. It was great seeing familiar faces and also meeting new individuals in Portland. Special thanks to Byron Webster at Saithong Thai Fusion for letting us have the whole restaurant and providing great live music! EDI will be planning more networking events in Portland, so stay tuned! 

Ever wondered what happens behind-the-scenes at EDI? Have you been missing your EDI classmates or want to network with other alumni? Well, you're in luck! Come one, come all to EDI's office for the Alumni Open House. This is a great opportunity to learn about the inner workings behind the organization, but also a chance to play some fun games and meet new people.

Recently, Marci attended an alumni dinner.

Back: Sandy Hedington (EDI Board Member), Marie Chow,Joe Darza, Char Grinolds (EDI Co-Chair), Darryl Hue, and Ador Yano.

Front: Marci Nakano (EDI Executive Director), Elaine Kitamura, and Vanna Novak (EDI Board Member/Co-Founder)


     "I'm now into my 4th month as EDI's Executive Director (time is flying fast!) and there is one word/topic that is at the forefront of every conversation and that is...."





Thursday, September 17, 2015 from 5-9PM at The Foundry in Seattle.



Get involved! If you are interested in joining the planning, sponsoring, donating or volunteering committee, please contact us at edi@ediorg.org or visit our Inclusion Fusion page on our website.

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Year Up Puget Sound
The World Affairs Council is delighted to welcome a delegation of exceptional Mexican youth  through the  Department of State and World Learning   this summer. During their stay in Seattle, these youth leaders will meet with Seattle-area organizations and individuals, participate in service-learning activities, and develop individual service projects to implement upon returning home. The students hope to gain a deeper understanding of peaceful conflict resolution and community service by doing so.

As a key component of this program, the World Affairs Council is seeking globally-minded families or individuals willing to host a Mexican student in their home for two weeksThis is an extraordinary opportunity to engage with motivated youth who want to make a difference in their communities, and to engage in citizen diplomacy through cultural exchange.


If you have any questions, please email Rachel at rparislambert@world-affairs.org or find out more about hosting on their website.



The U.S.-Japan Council & TOMODACHI present TOMODACHI's Emerging Leaders Program (ELP),  a leadership program open to young Japanese-American professionals from across the country. Not only will participants be involved in a leadership orientation, but they will also attend the U.S.-Japan Council's Annual Conference in Tokyo, Japan. Selected applicants will receive transportation, hotel accommodations and complimentary conference registration.  The Conference is an educational and networking forum convening the highest levels of leadership in business, government, public policy, academia and civil society.

In its sixth year, the Emerging Leaders Program plays an important role in building the "TOMODACHI Generation," a generation of driven doers, thinkers and creators who are invested in the future of U.S.-Japan relations, appreciate each other's cultures and countries, and possess the globally-oriented skills and mindsets needed to thrive and make a difference.

For more information or the application, please click here to visit the website. Deadline is July 12, 2015.

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