Marci's Column - January 2016

Above:  EDI's Portland Alumni Reunion.

Above: EDI's Portland Alumni Reunion.

"I started my own company. 

"I wrote a book."

"I joined a non-profit board."

"I got promoted. "

These are all accomplishments of EDI alumni that we’ve learned about over the past few months. Behind these statements are personal leadership stories that compel, inspire and motivate.  In 2016, we’re taking our “Alumni on the Move” section of our newsletter to the next level.  We are bringing to life these important stories and will showcase them in different ways. It won’t stop at alumni, we will involve everyone from board members to managers to sponsors and coaches.  We want you to feel the power and support of the EDI community. 

This month, we start with Cesar’s story.  If you haven’t already done so, take a look at his video interview.  Cesar has been an integral part of the EDI family since he participated in the program in 2012.  We’re so proud, intrigued and inspired by what he’s built with his new company, MX180, and can’t wait to see it all unfold.  I’ve had the opportunity to get an inside glimpse of what he’s been doing including trying his MX180 meals.  It’s all amazing stuff so check out his website when it launches today!

The Class of 2016 is gearing up to start their EDI journeys and we look forward to meeting them.  They will join over 900 alumni and we can’t wait to hear their stories, too!  For those that thought it’s too late to enroll, you still have time.  We will continue accepting applications through the end of February. We are committed to reaching our participant goal and currently sit at 75% to our goal.  We need your help with one last push to the finish line!  The great news is that we do have a few scholarships available so anyone out there that is interested, we encourage you to apply.  Thank you to everyone that has assisted with our recruitment efforts. 

We are excited for all that lies ahead in 2016. There will be more alumni events, similar to the one that you see in the photo above.  This is from our alumni reunion last December which was the first time we did this in Portland.  We had a great turnout and it was fun reconnecting with everyone. Stay tuned for more updates on events and initiatives in the coming months.  Until then, we encourage all of you to think about your own leadership stories. Please share them with us as we’d love to hear from all of you.  #DiverseGlobalLeaders