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Aiko Bethea

Fred Hutch
Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Aiko successfully transitioned her career on several occasions: from being an auditor at a global bank, litigation association at an international law firm, and municipal attorney and first Director of Compliance for one of the largest metropolitan areas.  She then transitioned full time into philanthropy.

For over seven years, Aiko was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she served as Deputy Director of Grants & Contracts Management.  Aiko partnered to develop the first diversity and inclusion strategy at Gates, as well as launch several of its first employee resource groups.

Currently, Aiko is the inaugural Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute where she’s responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of integrating diversity and inclusion principles throughout the Center.

As a consultant, Aiko provides leadership coaching, as well as education workshops focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Aiko currently serves as Board Vice President for the Seattle Children’s Theater and Board Secretary for Worldreader.

Aiko earned her BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a certified diversity professional and Hudson Institute of Coaching coach. Aiko is also a member of the Greater Seattle Chapter of the Links, Inc.  She loves learning new life lessons from her two amazing sons.

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, October 4

6:00pm PDT