Alumni on the Move - October 2017

Barney Herrera   Navigation, Class of 2014

Barney Herrera

Navigation, Class of 2014

I've been working at Boeing, but recently took a position with the Seattle Credit Union as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.

As VP of Strategic Partnerships, my mission is to identify organizations in the community that would make strong partners for Seattle Credit Union – partners like the City of Seattle, El Centro de la Raza, or any of the many other Select Employer Groups the Business Development team has worked hard to cultivate.

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, now known as Seattle Credit Union, has not only gone through a name change but also a shift in mission and vision. The credit union has focused on serving the unbanked and the underserved, which include immigrant communities. The opportunity to not only help the Seattle Credit Union meet its mission and vision but also create positive change in the lives of the people in need was too promising to pass up.  Although I didn’t need to move companies, this job allows me to combine my passion for community development and creative solutions to some very real problems.

My biggest success, thus far, is transitioning from an everyday job to a passion. I was always told that once you find a job loving what you do, you will never work another day in your life.  I honestly believe I have found that here and am ready to build something special. My biggest failure is not finding it sooner! Not to be too cliché, but certainly, believe that everything does happen for a reason and in its own time.

I look forward to getting to know the myriad community and business leaders here in Seattle in an effort to identify and secure new partnerships. I’m especially passionate about supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, as my parents are first-generation immigrants from the Philippines. I watched them overcome many challenges to provide me opportunities – opportunities Seattle Credit Union can help provide to many families. Personally, I am inspired every day by my wife and kids. They push me to be a better person, my wife supports me at every turn and my boys are a joy to be with when they aren't driving us nuts ;)

My advice for those starting out early in their career is to master the transferable skills needed to do your current job and then don’t get comfortable and seek the next challenge. I often see too many young people jump from job-to-job without learning a thing from their previous position. Not taking the time to master those skills that you can take with you, is really doing yourself a disservice. It means that you aren’t growing at a rate that is sustainable. When you claim certain experiences on your resume, future employers will have an expectation of your capabilities. Once you try to fake that, your “Personal Brand” and reputation will suffer and your chances of accelerating and moving up may diminish severely.  So before moving on to a new job, make sure you learn and take important skills from your position in order to add to your toolbox of skills.

Alumni on the Move - October 2016

Todd Kubo  Navigation, Class of 2016

Todd Kubo

Navigation, Class of 2016

Todd Kubo has recently transitioned into the role of Project Lead at Spacelabs Healthcare. 

EDI is responsible for my move into the management structure within my organization. We are looking to develop new leaders. The combination of my previous career experience running creative teams and the Leadership Navigation Program have served me well. Within our organization, a new shift has forced us to look for new ways to be more responsive to our internal and external customers. It was the natural evolution of my abilities and experience within the Operations Engineering group that identified me for this opportunity.

My personal advice to the next crop of leaders to come is that with any position there are always stumbling blocks along the way. The best thing to do is not to lose focus, and also remember to reflect on yourself. Trust that you have the right information (hopefully), the right tools to make decisions, and the confidence to make the tough calls. At the end of the day, breathe, leave what you can within the workplace, and enjoy life!

Marci's Column - October 2016

Congratulations to the EDI Class of 2016! Thank you for taking us on this incredible eight month leadership journey with you and we can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments on November 10th & November 17th. We invite everyone to join us at graduation to cheer on the graduates. We have some exciting things planned that you won’t want to miss!!! 

We are now in the midst of filling our classes for 2017. This is going to be a milestone year as we will surpass the 1000 mark of participants that have been through the EDI program. What started as a class of 11 people in 1994, will now be over 1000 alums strong. That is truly amazing. Help us keep this momentum going by enrolling individuals into our 2017 program.  Application deadline is November 30th.

The last few months have been event season here in the Puget Sound area. In September we held our annual Inclusion Fusion fundraiser in which we surpassed our goals and raised over $110,000. We were overwhelmed by all the support and are already looking forward to planning 2017. We had the opportunity to attend many other galas including, Densho, ACRS, El Centro de la Raza, NW Asian Weekly and many more. We are extremely grateful to be part of this larger community and we love running into so many EDI alumni wherever we go! 

In Portland, our Executive Director Emeritus, Alan Sugiyama, put together a happy hour event and it’s great to see our Portland EDI community growing. We had over 25 in attendance including Board members, community and corporate leaders and Portland alums from the 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes. You can read more about this event and how Al has been doing in this newsletter. We hope to do more events like this in both Puget Sound and Portland.

See you at graduation! 

2016 Program Kick-Offs

This month, EDI is kicking-off its 2016 Programs!

At Portland Kick-Off, the class named themselves, the "Myth Busters" after the fact that we live in a world full of stereotypes and 'myths' about groups of people. The Portland Myth Busters are on a mission to shine a light on what it means to be who they are as people, but also as leaders in their community and workplace.


During Navigation Kick-Off, the class learned about behavioral styles and perception. The Navigators learned that feedback is important in leading a team because there's always room for improvement. 



This week, Puget Sound is kicking-off their programs, but a few weeks ago, they had a chance to meet each other at Jumpstart and come up with team names. It was a grueling naming process for one of the Asian Discovery classes, the AI WallBreakers. They struggled and disagreed over just breaking the 'bamboo ceiling', but also wanting to learn how to utilize their Asian influence in an effective way. The other Asian Discovery Class, Levitate, wanted to learn how to rise up to the next level and named themselves after the idea of rising to the top. The Hispanic Discovery class, Los Gran Ocho, the 'Great Eight' celebrated a participant's birthday with tortas and had fun coming up with their ground rules.

EDI is excited for our 2016 classes and we hope you follow us on our journey this year!

Alumni on the Move - November 2015

Anchie Huang   Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Anchie Huang

Asian Discovery, Class of 2015

Anchie Huang, Level 2 Industrial Engineer at The Boeing Company, was recently promoted to a Level 3 Industrial Engineer. According to Anchie, an increase on skill level is based on the knowledge and skills someone acquires, along with the number of years they've been with the company. However, feeling super driven and wanting to get ahead of the curve, Anchie reached Level 3 in two years, instead of the minimum of five years it takes. Two years ago, he set forth to reach Level 2, but now he has exceeded his target by achieving this success in the past four years working for The Boeing Company. For Anchie, he realizes it's a great accomplishment, but he knows there are more challenges ahead. After recently graduating from the Asian Discovery Program, Anchie reflects on his promotion and time with EDI, "From the Personal Branding workshop, I learned you need to put yourself out there and prove your capabilities whether you’re interested in getting promoted, participating in EDI's Leadership Discovery Program, or looking for another position. If you don’t speak up or communicate, then people won’t know what your interests are."

Carlos Rascon   Navigation, Class of 2015

Carlos Rascon

Navigation, Class of 2015

Carlos Rascon was recently named the Engineering Business Operations Manager responsible for providing direct support to the Vice President of the Washington Design Center (WaDC) and Engineering Functions in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) Engineering. In this role he provides chief of staff type support to the VP and has additional managerial responsibilities that include:

  • Overseeing WaDC Management Information Systems for compliance to organizational strategies, goals and objectives
  • Facilitating development and implementation of strategic initiatives including integration across other Design Centers
  • Managing BCA Engineering support of Enterprise Engineering Excellence initiatives

With his participation in EDI's Navigation Program and supportive peers, Carlos was able to successfully transition into his new role.  "My EDI experience was full of fun and insightful moments. I hope to be able to successfully apply all I have learned and be the best AUTHENTIC leader I can be."

Marci's Column - November 2015

Above : 2015 Navigation graduate,  Christine Sakamoto  (middle) presents flowers on behalf of her class to Navigation Program Director,  Colleen Yamaguchi  (left) and EDI's Executive Director,  Marci Nakano  (right).

Above: 2015 Navigation graduate, Christine Sakamoto (middle) presents flowers on behalf of her class to Navigation Program Director, Colleen Yamaguchi (left) and EDI's Executive Director, Marci Nakano (right).

Our 2015 programs came to an end this month with our graduation celebrations in Puget Sound and Portland.  We are so proud of the 2015 graduates and are excited to see what lies ahead for them.  We wish them the best as they continue on their leadership journeys and will look forward to showcasing them in our “Alumni on the Move”.  Congratulations, Class of 2015! 

Thank you to everyone in the EDI community for your support of the 2015 program and participants.  Special thanks to our 2015 program chairs, facilitators, executive mentors, executive coaches and sponsors.  We couldn’t have done it without you. 

Now we focus on 2016!  Our goal is 83 participants and we need everyone’s help to reach this goal.  Our initial application deadline is November 30th, but we will keep the application process open until all classes are filled.  All applicants must be enrolled prior to the kick-off sessions in March.  Remind your friends, colleagues and others in your network to get their applications in soon.  If you have interested candidates that would like to learn more about our 2016 programs, please contact the EDI staff at  We’re happy to do informational sessions or meet with individuals one on one.  

Alumni on the Move - August 2015

Jason Wong   Asian Discovery, Class of 2014

Jason Wong

Asian Discovery, Class of 2014

Recently, Jason Wong was awarded the 747-8 Production Engineering Employee of the Month at The Boeing Company. This nomination was given to him for working an outstanding job on a specific critical issue, while continually making significant contributions in his day-to-day work. Several of Jason’s peers who nominated him said he went above and beyond the daily minimum, maintained a positive attitude in the work environment, took great pride in his work, and helped others solve problems and create initiatives. Reflecting on his time with EDI, Jason learned about the importance of branding oneself, “EDI provided a lot of useful tips in establishing personal core values. Something I remembered was the emphasis on being passionate, and doing what you love. Give it your 100% and do things with the intent to make a positive change. Keeping a competitive drive will separate me from the rest, and I plan to take all the advice EDI has given me and continue to utilize them to the best of my abilities."

Linda Sorto   Hispanic Discovery, Class of 2012

Linda Sorto

Hispanic Discovery, Class of 2012

After graduating from EDI's Hispanic Discovery Program in 2012, Linda Sorto became a 777 Interiors Design Integration Engineering Lead in March of 2013 at The Boeing Company. Her responsibility includes leading a team of thirteen engineers and technical experts whose goal is to achieve integration of 22 design commodities in a cabin that meets and exceeds Boeing's regulatory, and customer requirements. As of July 10th, 2015, Linda is serving as acting manager for the same team. "EDI has enhanced my personal awareness to skills and leadership attributes, which have been instrumental in my advancement in personal and career growth."



Bradford Chun   Navigation, Class of 2013

Bradford Chun

Navigation, Class of 2013

Bradford Chun has recently accepted a position as Senior Director of Engineering for Hawaiian Airlines in Honolulu, Hawaii. Most recently, Brad was an engineering manager in the Flight Control Design Center for the Boeing Company in Everett, WA.  Having just celebrated his ten year anniversary with Boeing this year, Brad previously worked in various engineering assignments with United Airlines in San Francisco, CA and had a brief 2-year stint as a pilot for a Delta Airlines commuter carrier, based on the East Coast. In his new role, Brad will be in charge of the organization responsible for maintaining the technical excellence of Hawaiian Airlines’ fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, ensuring the fleet meets the latest regulatory and compliance requirements, safety and airworthiness standards, and that preventative, scheduled maintenance and modification activity are accomplished in an efficient and cost effective manner.  “My intent is to ensure that Engineering’s presence is transparent to customers. I want the customer to experience a safe, reliable and on-time trip while enjoying the hospitality from Hawaiian’s world-class inflight staff on their way to vacation to the Hawaiian Isles, Asia, Australia, US Mainland, or wherever else Hawaiian flies to.”  Reflecting back on his EDI experience, Brad says, “EDI has been an incredible opportunity for me to learn new leadership skills that are so critical in getting ahead in today’s environment.  In the Leadership Navigation program, the executive speakers and professional coaches that were available to participants shared such valuable insight, skills, tips and new ways of thinking that allow us to be effective leaders – even if we retain or are able to implement just a fraction of the new skills learned. EDI’s program allows participants to not just learn new skills, but actively practice them, too!  What made the EDI experience most enjoyable and valuable were the friendships developed with other Leadership Navigation participants – folks that I hope stay friends for life.” 

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!