Since 1994 EDI has proven its ability to develop culturally diverse leadership essential to organizations competing in the global marketplace. Today, over 650 EDI graduates are contributing their talents to local corporations and non-profit organizations.
Under the guidance and direction of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce, EDI was created because Japanese Americans were underrepresented in corporate America’s key leadership positions — positions from which the most critical and influential decisions were made. The program quickly expanded to include all Asian and Pacific Islander communities and in 2009, EDI launched its Hispanic-relevant curriculum.
1994: Inaugural Asian Pacific Program with 12 participants
2003: EDI expands to South Puget Sound
2003: Congratulatory reception for new Seattle Foundation President & CEO, Phyllis Campbell
2004: Congratulatory reception for new Gates Foundation Chief Administration Officer, Martha Choe
2006: EDI expands to three Greater Puget Sound Programs
2007: EDI expands to Portland, Oregon
2007: Welcome reception for new Port of Seattle CEO, Tay Yoshitani
2008: EDI launches Leadership Navigation for senior managers
2009: EDI launches Hispanic Leadership Discovery Program
2009: Welcome reception for new Mariners manager, Don Wakamatsu
2009: Welcome reception for new Microsoft President, Dr. Qi Lu
2010: Farewell reception for Dr. Mark Emmert, President-University of Washington
2010: EDI receives NW Asian Weekly Top Contributor to the Asian Community Award
2012: Over 650 EDI alumni provide mentoring and networking support