Michael Liam

Alumni on the Move - July 2015

Michael Liam has recently been promoted to Level 3 Network Security Specialist at The Boeing Company. In his new position, Mike supports Boeing IT’s initiatives to run and protect the business against cyber threats. He also leads the development of security standards, best practices, and governance models for the enterprise, while guiding security risk assessments and mitigation efforts. Looking back at his EDI experience, Mike says, “One of the big a-ha moments from EDI was realizing how my core and cultural values are major contributors of the way I approach life and every day at work.  Since then, my peers and manager noticed how I’ve stepped up as a technical leader and improved my presentation skills. My EDI training has been an immense asset in my tool belt.” 

Michael Liam   Asian Discovery, Class of 2014

Michael Liam

Asian Discovery, Class of 2014


Sunshine Monastrial   Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Sunshine Monastrial

Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Sunshine Monastrial was recently promoted to Planning, Development, & Evaluation Supervisor at the International Community Health Services (ICHS), a non-profit community health center that provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health services to improve the health of Asian Pacific Islanders and the broader community, prior to starting EDI’s 2015 Leadership Discovery Program. In this role, she drives the development of ICHS’ community needs assessments; strategic, business, and program plans; policy reviews and analyses; proposal development and grantwriting; program evaluations; and the organization’s various performance measurement tools. She also oversees the management of grants and contracts that support various ICHS programs and services.

Sunshine will also be joining the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors’ for Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC), a statewide organization working to bring Washingtonians more opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, walk and bike. She will assume the role of Treasurer starting in 2016.

With her busy schedule, Sunshine still makes time to attend her EDI classes,"Although my promotion preceded the journey I am currently on with my cohorts in EDI’s 2015 Leadership Discovery Program, the ability to deepen my knowledge and understanding of key leadership competencies within the context of my cultural values—combined with having the opportunity to assess myself against these competencies—have been invaluable. Participating in this Program during the nascent stages of my transition into a leadership position has been especially beneficial because I am able to immediately translate what I have learned from each session to both my roles at ICHS and TCC. I have enjoyed each session thus far, and am appreciative of all the presenters, EDI staff, and our Program co-chairs for fostering such a rich learning environment for us."


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!