In an exclusive video interview with co-founder Vanna Novak, EDI alum Kyle Theptee talks about his work in the community and participating in a public speaking competition where he placed as first runner-up. Click on the video below to hear more and leave comments!
Tran Meyers, Relationship Manager for Wells Fargo's Seattle Regional Commercial Banking Office, recently became Vice President on the Board of the Directors of the non-profit, Team Read. The organization pairs struggling readers with trained teen reading coaches for one-on-one tutoring after school and during the summer. Team Read partners with elementary schools where more than 50% of the students are low income. "My work with Team Read began over 16 years ago when I served as a high school reaching coach for 2nd and 3rd graders in the Seattle School District. In the summer of 2013, I was reintroduced to the Organization at a board fair. I joined the board in the summer of 2014 in hopes of providing its members with a unique perspective from a former reading coach. When the President of the Board resigned, I offered to step into a leadership role. The ED and new Board President agreed that I would be well-suited as Vice President. I have served as Vice President of the Board since April 2015 and will work diligently over the next few years to implement Team Read’s new strategic plan." Settling into her VP role with Team Read, Tran recounts her time with EDI's Asian Discovery Program, "EDI lead me through a process of self-discovery. It helped me to identify my cultural tendencies and understand the steps required to excel in my career – through professional assertiveness, emotional intelligence and community service."
Dr. Marvi Matos, Director of Chemical Technologies, Metals and Ceramics in Boeing Research and Technology at The Boeing Company, was recently awarded the "2015 Most-Promising Engineer or Scientist-Advanced Degree" award from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC). HENAAC partners with Great Minds in STEM (GMiS), a non-profit that provides resources for recognition and recruitment of Hispanics in STEM on a national level, connecting multi-areas of engineering and science arenas to the general population. For twenty-seven years, GMiS has recognized the achievements of America’s top engineers and scientists within the Hispanic community during the HENAAC Conference. These STEM leaders, innovators and champions represent the best and brightest minds our nation has to offer. Congratulations, Marvi!