Volume 4, Issue 3
May 2015 Newsletter

"The new source of power is not money in the hands of a few, but information in the hands of many." - John Naisbitt


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Alumni on the Move

Bea Querido
, 2013 Asian Discovery Class, has been promoted to Development Manager for Aviation Operations at the Port of Seattle. For Bea, EDI has helped her recognize the important role of culture in the work field, "EDI is an excellent program to further develop my leadership potential in a context that is very unique to my cultural roots. I'm grateful for the career tools the EDI provided and the network of supportive leaders in the PNW community."





Class of 2014 Asian Discovery alums, Joe Darza and Winny Chao, co-MC the API Heritage Month Celebration at Seattle Center on May 3rd. Great job, Joe & Winny!!


Left to Right: Colleen Fukui-Sketchley (Class of 2005), EDI's Executive Director, Marci Nakano (Class of 2005), and Lorraine Yu (Class of 2003) reunite at the UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Celebration on May 7th.  Congratulations to Colleen for receiving the Charles E. Odegaard Award!
Current 2015 Navigation participant, Cyrus Honmyo (right) visited the EDI booth and caught up with EDI's Executive Director Emeritus, Alan Sugiyama (left) at the API Heritage Month Celebration on May 3rd.



Hispanic Discovery alumni and KeyBank guests at the YWCA Luncheon in Seattle on April 21st. Alumni pictured in photo: Stephen Marquez (Class of 2013), Sara Munoz (current participant), Carmen Marttila (Class of 2013), Sandra Toro (Class of 2014), and Andrea Cortes-Beltran (Class of 2013).

Left to Right: Natasha Siores (Portland 2010), Alisa Yannello (Portland 2011), and Tina Ko show support for EDI at the Portland General Electric Diversity Summit on April 7th.
Left to Right: Jinah Nakaji, Claire Mak, Jiangping Gu and Justin Yee from the 2013 Portland Asian Discovery class having a mini reunion lunch.
EDI's New Events Manager

Brittany Ryerson was born and raised in SLC, Utah. She moved to Los Angeles and attended FIDM for a degree in Digital Media, then decided to move to Seattle to start out her career. After trial and error and finding her passion she decided event management was her calling. She obtained a degree in Sociology from the University of Utah and a Marketing Management certificate from the University of Washington. Her previous work experience includes event management of corporate trade-shows and tech fairs such as CES, E3, GDGT, and PAX. Currently she volunteers on the NAAAP-Seattle board of directors and was their Marketing Chair (2012-2013) and is their current Gala Chair (2014-2015). In her spare time Brittany is always seeking out opportunities to travel and explore the world. To follow her dream to one day become a serial traveler she has recently started a travel and food blog, WanderingMillennial.com

Marci's Column


CELEBRATE!!   That's the word that comes to mind when thinking about all that has happened in the last few months.  We  CELEBRATE  the successes of....READ MORE

Reminder: Meet & Greet Marci in Portland on Monday May 18th from 5:30-7:00PM at Saithong Thai Fusion Restaurant. Event is free. RSVP to edi@ediorg.org by May 15th.  


EDI's New Website


Left: Old Website                                                                                        Right: New Website


Beginning a new chapter at EDI with new staff and a rearranged office, 2015 has been a year of changes.  As an initiative, EDI's Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Vivian, upgraded our website to a new platform.  More changes will be implemented over the year so keep an eye out for them. Visit EDI's website and leave some comments/suggestions!

With the help from EDI's amazing supporters, EDI raised  $4,745  in donations! All contributions will go towards strengthening & growing EDI's leadership programs. Investing in EDI means empowering dynamic leaders in our community.Thank you everyone for the continued support and we hope to see you next year to #GiveBig!
Annual Fundraiser - Inclusion Fusion

Save the Date! 



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



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


Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities
May 8th DIVISION DIRECTOR City of Seattle
April 27th ACCOUNTING MANAGER Seattle's Union Gospel Mission




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