Marci's Column - June 2015

AboveOn May 18th, over 40 people attended the Portland Meet & Greet in welcoming Marci Nakano as EDI’s new Executive Director.

I’m now into my 4th month as EDI’s Executive Director (time is flying fast!) and there is one word/topic that is at the forefront of every conversation and that is….

ALUMNI!  Did you know that with this year’s class we now have close to 900 EDI alums?  It’s truly amazing to know that there are 900 of us out there in companies and communities that all share this common thread of participating in the EDI program.  

The greatest pleasure in working for EDI is connecting with and hearing from the alums.  I want to give a shout out to all of the alumni that have been sharing with us your stories and to say please keep the stories coming.  We can feel the momentum growing with each newsletter.  In fact last month after the newsletter went out, we got an overwhelming response of alums submitting their stories to us.  We love that! 

Recently, Marci attended an alumni dinner.

Back: Sandy Hedington (EDI Board Member), Marie Chow, Joe Darza, Char Grinolds (EDI Co-Chair), Darryl Hue, and Ador Yano.

Front: Marci Nakano (EDI Executive Director), Elaine Kitamura, and Vanna Novak (EDI Board Member/Co-Founder)

As you’ll see in this month’s newsletter, we are hosting an “Alumni Open House” at our EDI office in Bellevue.  There’s no agenda or program, just a means to open our doors to all of you and to see & hear from you.  We’ll have food, prizes and you can be the first to sign our “EDI wall”.  If you don’t know what that is – you’ll just have to come and find out.

In the past month, I’ve had the opportunity to have coffee, lunch, dinners with alums and I’m so incredibly excited about all the things I’ve been hearing.   Want to meet up to share ideas, provide feedback, or just catch up?  Please email me and let’s get together!