Kyle Theptee

Alumni on the Move - October 2015

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!

Kyle Theptee   Asian Discovery, Class of 2014

Kyle Theptee

Asian Discovery, Class of 2014


Tran Meyers   Asian Discovery, Class of 2014

Tran Meyers

Asian Discovery, Class of 2014

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."


Marvi Matos   Hispanic  Discovery, Class of 2012

Marvi Matos

Hispanic  Discovery, Class of 2012

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!

Marci's Column - May 2015

Above : Over 100 people attended Marci's Meet & Greet in Seattle last month.

Above: Over 100 people attended Marci's Meet & Greet in Seattle last month.

CELEBRATE!!  That’s the word that comes to mind when thinking about all that has happened in the last few months. 

We CELEBRATE the successes of all our alumni who are out there influencing and making a positive impact in their companies and in the community. The “Alumni on the Move” section of our newsletters showcase promotions, career successes, awards and also highlight how alumni stay connected and engage in the community. We have lots of photos to share this month and we hope to highlight much more throughout the year. Thank you to our alums who have shared photos and stories with us.  Please keep them coming, we love to hear from you!

We had the opportunity to CELEBRATE leadership & diversity at the Portland General Electric Diversity Summit on April 7th. Thanks to Navigation alum, Lorena Juarez, for inviting EDI to participate. There were close to a 1000 attendees and it was great to connect with leaders in the Portland community and reunite with some of our Portland alumni. Special thanks to 2010 alum, Natasha Siores, for helping staff our EDI booth.

On May 3rd we CELEBRATED Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the annual event led by the Asian Pacific Director’s Coalition at Seattle Center. Special thanks to EDI Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Vivian Huang, and Class of 2013 alum, May de los Reyes for staffing the EDI booth. The spotlight was on Class of 2014 alums Joe Darza and Winny Chao who MC’d the event and Kyle Theptee who MC’d the Hum Bow eating competition. Michael Liam and May de los Reyes were the judges. It was great to see alums in the crowd and was a fun way to kick-off API Heritage month.

May 5th was The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG day. In the office this week we CELEBRATED our GiveBIG success with cupcakes! Thanks to your support we were able to raise over $4,700 which is the most we’ve raised since we started participating in this event.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who attended the meet & greet event on April 20th at Four Seas.   We had about 100 attendees and it was great to see so many Executive Directors, community leaders, EDI Board members, alumni and future participants coming together to CELEBRATE EDI. I’m looking forward to the Portland meet & greet on May 18th!