Vol. 3, Issue 11
January 2015 Newsletter
"A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business." - Henry Ford

     EDI is still accepting applications for their 2015 Discovery & Navigation programs. Currently, we have filled up 60% of the spots. Thank you to everyone who has referred and promoted EDI! Please continue to do so by forwarding our newsletters to anyone who might be interested. By clicking the images below, it will conveniently redirect anyone to the applications. 
     Jumpstart for the Puget Sound Discovery programs is rapidly approaching on
 Thurday, February 26th. While, Kick-Off for all programs occurs in March. Don't miss out on a life-changing experience. APPLY! APPLY! APPLY TODAY! 


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 February newsletter. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vivian at

AlumniAlumni on the Move

Jose Gomez, Hispanic Discovery Class of 2014, has recently been promoted to Building Operations Manager at Daimler Trucks North America. With over 18 years in experience across 3 continents, Jose decided to return to the U.S. in 2012 to find work. In order to be hired, he took a few steps back in his career and applied to EDI's Discovery Program, "EDI played a key role in my understanding of how different it would be to further my career in the U.S. as a Hispanic. I didn't know how important it was to present myself in the right way, to people at the right time." Though Jose still has many goals on his list, he plans to stay in touch with EDI and wants to hear about success stories of fellow alumni and Hispanics in the future. Brown pride!

Kyle Theptee, API Discovery Class of 2014, has recently joined the The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) committee. As a professional development committee member, Kyle and his team host a series of events to enable people, especially of Asian heritage, to develop and hone their professional skills. "I strongly believe the gift of education is a gift worth giving. It's just like how EDI has educated and provided me with an opportunity to learn and practice. Now it's time for me to pass on the knowledge!" In fact, Kyle will be hosting a networking workshop on January 21st at the Columbia Tower and would love to see his fellow EDI classmates there.
AlAl's Corner
  Chan's departure & 2015 programs

Left to Right: Al and Chan enjoy the holiday decorations on Christmas trees.

     Through the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA), Chan Lo was EDI's receptionist and all around "go-to-guy." In other words, he helped EDI with whatever needed to be done. After 22 months, Chan's last day was this past Monday. We will miss Chan. He has made a positive impression on everyone he met during his time with EDI. At events, Chan arrived early to greet everyone. When our participants arrived at the various training sites, they would say, "We don't look at the address. We look for Chan." In midst of Chan's departure, Nagu Veera has become EDI's new receptionist. When you drop by the office or call, please welcome her to the EDI family.

     When I think about 2014, it seems like the year went by in a flash...





Left to Right: Nagu and Chan pose for a picture on Chan's last day at the EDI office (January 12th).
WelcomeWelcome EDI's new Receptionist
Nagu Veera

Originally from Nagercoli, a small town at the tip of the South Indian Peninsula, Nagu grew up at the Confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal respectively. A retired scientist living in the U.S. for 40 years, Nagu now devotes her time in sharing her experiences with others. She continually promotes the intrinsic values and goals of multi-ethnic adults and youth (especially children), encouraging them to enjoy all phases of life in its optimum goodness.

OCA Golden Circle Awards Dinner

February 7, 2015
5:30-7:30 PM

Joy Palace Restaurant
6030 MLK Jr. Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-4066

For more information and to RSVP, click the link below.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) in the Greater Seattle area.

Proceeds from the event will help OCA fund civil rights/social justice activities, heritage projects, and internships.
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      EDI's very own Executive Director, Alan Sugiyama, will be awarded the OCA Golden Circle Award next month. Since the year 2000, the award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of Chinese and/or other API communities. 

"Al is being recognized for 40+ years of service in the areas of education, employment, social service, community activism, and overall support for members of the Asian Pacific Islander community," says Willon Lew, OCA board member.

Previous recipients of the award were Cheryl Chow (2013), Cassie Chinn (2013), along with ICHS, SCIDpda, and the International Examiner.

This year, along with Al, the following individuals and organizations will also be recognized: 
  • Katty Chow
  • Dorothy Cordova and the late Fred Cordova
  • Assunta Ng of NW Asian Weekly
  • The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Seattle Chapter
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