Volume 3, Issue 9
November 2014 Newsletter
"My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income." - Errol Flynn
2014 A-Team Discovery Class

Alumni on the Move

    Douglas Lee, Leadership Navigation, Class of 2012, has been headhunted from Microsoft to Amazon as the Regional Head of Solutions Architecture, Asia Pacific, in the World-wide Public Sector (WWPS) team within Amazon Web Services (AWS). He will be spending a portion of his time building and growing the business in APAC, while developing deep technical and business relationships at the Amazon HQ, and with WWPS teams in the U.S. and EMEA. For Lee, his EDI coach, Dan Leahy, was extremely supportive and instrumental in helping him chart his career goals and aspirations.

I am extremely excited with this new opportunity and look forward to driving tremendous impact for AWS. EDI has helped me harness my strengths, and develop an appreciation for my weaknesses.  It provided me with a safe and open environment for embracing my individual style and authenticity.  

My Navigation Class of 2012 has become my extended EDI family.


    Jayna Dellatan, Portland Discovery, Class of 2014, has been promoted to Manager of Diagnostics and Vehicle Programming at Daimler Trucks North America.

 The EDI program and its exceptional participants have illuminated truths about myself and leadership that I otherwise may have never known. 

I am grateful to have received the insights and concrete tools that will help to inspire, inform and mold my career's journey.



Deadline is November 30th!

Al's Corner

EDI graduations are always special occasions. By taking a look at the photo gallery in this newsletter, I hope everyone can see the 2014 Puget Sound graduation was no exception, and look forward to next month's issue for the Portland Discovery graduation. I'm definitely going to miss seeing everyone from our Class of 2014. They are all unique individuals and it's always hard to say goodbye.

Now that the biggest event of the year is over, people always ask me, "What do you do now?" 


21st Annual Graduation
LeftHaiyan Ping, Lisa Reddish, and Aisha Al-Khinji from Fred Hutchinson, pose for a photo.
Right: Marie Chow and Elaine Kitamura, past alumni, show their support for the 2014 graduates.

     This past Thursday, EDI's 21st Annual Graduation was held at Embassy Suites in Bellevue. The room was vastly filled with over 200 past alumni, current graduates, and amazing sponsors. Raffle tickets were sold in a frenzy in hopes of winning great prizes such as the Letterpress Limoncello and a certificate for a VIP table at Aston Manor. Thanks to everyone, graduation was a success and more special for the 2014 graduating class.

EDI's New Marketing & Communications Coordinator
    Vivian Huang is a junior at University of Washington, currently in hot pursuit of a double major in both English Creative Writing and Communication. Though she claims to speak many languages (Chinese, Spanish, Italian, HTML Coding), Vivian is only fluent in English. In her spare time, she likes to dabble in performing arts and video production. This past summer, she had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Italy during the FIFA World Cup. Despite the variety in interest, her dream someday is to be a screenwriter for a television show or movie. 

If you have any news or updates to share with EDI, please contact her at vivian@ediorg.org .

Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities

      Project LEAD is an in-depth leadership program that focuses on recruiting, training and connecting people of color to boards and committees of local non-profit organizations. Tran Meyers of Wells Fargo and EDI Class of 2014, a previous participant for Project Lead, says,

"I am grateful for the time spent by the coordinators and facilitators of Project LEAD in preparing and connecting me with Team Read, whose board I have served on for over six months." United Way of King County is currently recruiting people of color for the 2015 session. Deadline is December 19, 2014.

Click here for Jobs

     Every year, the American Heart Association awards 16 lucky female students, scholarships of $2,500 toward tuition and fees. The Go Red for Women Scholarship is geared to minority women, pursuing degrees in the health field. The deadline to apply for 2015 scholarships is
December 31, 2014. So what are you waiting for? Go Red!

      Though EDI tends to highlight other scholarships, EDI has its own yearly scholarship. Every year, there is an opportunity for people to apply for the Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship. A major requirement is applicants must be an API, currently employed in a local nonprofit. This year, the deadline for the scholarship is November 30, 2014

Amazon Smile
     AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. 

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