March 2015 Newsletter

"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf

DATE : April 20, 2015
TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
     LOCATION : Four Seas Restaurant

Next month, on April 20th, EDI will be hosting an event to introduce EDI's new Executive Director, Marci Nakano, to the community. This event is free and open to the public, but we ask that people bring someone who doesn't already know Marci and to spread the word about EDI!

Please RSVP by April 17, 2015 to EDI at edi@ediorg.org or call (425) 467-9365. Appetizers will be provided, compliments of EDI.

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 April newsletter. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vivian at vivian@ediorg.org.
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AlumniAlumni on the Move

Carmen Marttila, Hispanic Leadership Discovery Class of 2013, has recently been  promoted to
Vice President - Area Retailer for Whatcom, Skagit, & Island Counties at  Key Bank. With her promotion, Carmen acknowledges that EDI helped her realize her potential, "
I am very grateful to EDI for helping me strengthen my leadership & communication skills while embracing my cultural differences."

Joe Lilly, Hispanic Discovery Class of 2011 and Puget Sound Navigation Class of 2012, has recently been promoted to  CFO at Oregon Transfer Co. On top of this amazing achievement, Joe has also signed onto EDI's Board of Directors at the start of this year. Congratulations Joe for giving back to EDI, and reaching his goals!

Colleen Fukui-Sketchley , Puget Sound Discovery Class of 2005, will receive the 2015 Odegaard Award  at the University of Washington's 45th Annual Celebration , for her leadership and dedication to educational opportunity working as the  Diversity Affairs Director  at  Nordstrom . This is the most prestigious award given by the University of Washington, and in the past, EDI's Executive Director Emeritus, Alan Sugiyama, was also given this same award for his work in the community. Congratulations to Colleen for receiving this recognition in the community!



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom

UW Seattle Campus


5:00 PM Reception

6:00 PM Call to Dinner

6:30 PM Celebration

For more information on the event and to RSVP online,  CLICK HERE. Or contact Roxanne Christian at rchristi@uw.edu or call (206) 685-0518 to register by  April 16, 2015 .
Jumpstart2015 Puget Sound Discovery Jumpstart
On February 26th, EDI's Puget Sound Leadership Discovery Class of 2015 met at the Mayflower Park Hotel to "jumpstart" their EDI journey. Participants had the opportunity to meet their classmates and learn more about the exciting curriculum. The class was welcomed by EDI's Executive Director Emeritus, Alan Sugiyama, and new Executive Director, Marci Nakano. With special guest appearances by facilitators and EDI Board members, Jumpstart was a complete success!
Left to Right: Mae Numata (EDI Board Co-Chair), Willon Lew (Facilitator), and Vanna Novak, (EDI Founder/Facilitator) show their support for the new participants at Jumpstart.
Left to Right : Thien Lam and AJ Singh share a laugh together during one of the team-building activities at Jumpstart.

Left to Right: Daniel Cisneros, Maryuri Doria, Jackie Rojas, Luis Rosado, Christina Vasquez, and Sara Munoz, listen carefully as peers give their EDI introductions.

Navigation2015 Leadership Navigation
Earlier this month, the Leadership Navigation program kicked off with a three-day retreat at Cedarbrook Lodge. The Class of 2015 heard from dynamic executive panelists, met their professional coaches, explored their behavior styles, learned about different cultures, and participated in a team-building activity led by EDI alum, John Chen of Geoteaming. As classes begin in April, the 2015 Navigation Class are ready to show what they've learned and take it to the next level!
Left to Right: EDI's 2015 Navigation Class poses for a photo after their team-building activity with past alum Class of 2008 and Geoteaming's John Chen.
Left to Right Richard Whitman, Mick De La Riva, Cyrus Honmyo, and Jaime Jayme, discuss strategy before implementing their plans.
Left to Right: Juan Diaz, Jimmy Miyamoto, Christine Sakamoto, Cesar Amaral, and Ahmed Osman work together to solve a team-building mission.

PGKickOff2015 Leadership Discovery Kick-Off
Last week, EDI kicked off both its  Puget Sound and Portland Discovery Class at the Embassy Suites in Bellevue and Tigard. For two days, the 2015 Class was able to learn and discover their own cultural values through the help of amazing facilitators, JD Hokoyama and Marisa Rivera.  They participated in various teambuilding activities including cooking their own dinner with NuCulinary's Naomi Kakiuchi and a scavenger hunt with Geoteaming's John Chen.  With a group of engaged and enthusiastic participants, this year might be one of EDI's best classes!
Left to Right: Diana Wong, Sunshine Monastrial, and Victoria Cheung, discuss and generate cultural stereotypes of Asians at the workplace.
Left to Right: AJ Singh, Yanira Ramirez, Norman De Asis, Jody Fang, Laura Ramon, and Komson Chaivirat, strike a pose during the team-building activity in downtown Bellevue.

Left to RightMary Zhang, Tom Shikina, Fang Shi, Hanh Le, Chihao Mac, Lauren Vorasai-Wyrick, Viet Bui, celebrate their success after completing a Geoteaming mission.
Left to Right: Giang Nguyen, Phil Tran, Kristofferson Felina, Chrissy Dang, Foo Ma, Ting Feldman, and Jean Oh, bond together during a team-building activity.

Left to Right : Ronald Woo (Program Chair), Kristofferson Felina, and Giang Nguyen, learn how to prepare a meal together from NuCulinary's Naomi Kakiuchi.
Left to Right : Cesar Amaral (Navigation Program Manager), Char Grinolds (EDI Board Co-Chair), and Daniel Cisneros, participate in a 'leadership snake' during the Hispanic class in Puget Sound.

MarciUpcoming Events


EDI is proud to join Portland General Electric to support the 2015 Diversity Summit. Join us to discover how to build a stronger, more competitive organization that reflects the diversity of your employees and customers. Register now - April 7 at the Oregon Convention CenterFor more information, click the link below.


Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

March 13th ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Equity in Education Coalition
March 6th EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ArtsEd Washington

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