Women in business - Today is the last day to apply for XXcelerator

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Women in business - Today is the last day to apply for XXcelerator

Women run some of the most profitable businesses. Data shows they lead companies that are more likely to succeed, more capital efficient, and have higher annual revenues.

The XXcelerator provides the education, mentorship, peer support and accountability that women entrepreneurs need to succeed. This intensive 12 month business building program was designed by women entrepreneur, for women entrepreneurs, and is supported and backed by the best mentors, teachers and comes with access to the resources and help you need at this critical stage in your business growth.

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You're Invited: My People's Market - Elevate and Connect Entrepreneurs of Color

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You're Invited: My People's Market - Elevate and Connect Entrepreneurs of Color

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Support and network with Portland’s entrepreneurs of color at My People’s Market, a vibrant gathering of nearly 100 local multicultural vendors, hosted by Travel Portland, Prosper Portland, and Partners in Diversity. Head to The Redd at Ecotrust on Nov. 9 to meet, network and experience multicultural vendors — all while enjoying live music, artwork and food.

Thu, November 9, 2017

4:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. PST

The Redd
831 Southeast Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97214

My People’s Market showcases the local entrepreneurial community’s commitment to equity and inclusion. A collaborative event between Travel Portland, Partners in Diversity and Prosper Portland, My People’s Market is aimed to advance opportunities for business owners of color, connecting them with the travel industry and other professionals who can help to expand and scale their businesses. This event is one of a series of connection opportunities for the Mercatus platformand Inclusive Business Resource Network of Prosper Portland.

Support Portland’s multicultural community and enjoy an evening of shopping, networking and fun!

Free Admission. Register here. 

***Interested in sponsoring My People's Market? Learn more here.

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Register now for the Building Bridges Summit

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Register now for the Building Bridges Summit

Seats are still available for the Building Bridges Summit. Hosted by the Muslim Educational Trust, it seeks to build bridges and deepen our understanding of the role implicit bias plays in community safety.

We came together last September, at a time of heightened tensions in our country and polarizing political rhetoric. We explored bias as both a bridge and a barrier to maintaining a strong, safe, and caring community. Our efforts strengthened the trust between each other and the communities we serve. As leaders of public safety and diverse civil society organizations, our commitment to this creates hope and our actions build trust.

Building Bridges of Understanding in our Communities: The Brain Science of Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Public Safety

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Registration Begins at 7:30 - 8:30 am Start - 1:30 pm

Location: Muslim Educational Trust

Directions: 10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road Tigard, OR 97223

Registration is Required. Civil society organizations may register up to 5 attendees. Public safety organizations may register up to 3 attendees.

No charge to attend. 

You will receive a confirmation email after your registration has been processed

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CityLab: Metro incomes rise, but inequality remains stubborn

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CityLab: Metro incomes rise, but inequality remains stubborn

"Across U.S. metros, median income climbed 2.7 percent to $60,542 in 2016—that’s slightly higher than the national median of $59,039," CityLab reported earlier this month. "According to American Community Survey numbers released September 14, 21 of the 25 most populous metros saw increases; none saw declines. Poverty rates also fell in 17 of these metros."

Portland is middle of the pack.  Household income is above the US Median, but larger percentage of population are in poverty too. CityLab’s Soren Walljasper created the map below of incomes and poverty rates in the 25 most populous metros using newly released Census data. The larger the bubble, the larger the median household income. The more red it is, the higher the poverty rate. 

Read the full story

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Coming up: Diversity in Leadership Event - Workplace Culture and Employee Retention

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Coming up: Diversity in Leadership Event - Workplace Culture and Employee Retention

What does it take to create a workplace culture of diversity? Join us as we learn from success and hear from leaders who have transformed their organizations.

When: Thursday, November 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. (Light breakfast provided)

Where: World Trade Center, Plaza Conference Room off of SW 1st Street, Portland. (Between SW Salmon and SW Taylor on 1st

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Presented by: Greater Portland Inc, Partners in Diversity, Portland General Electric

Keynote: Jim Piro, CEO of Portland General Electric

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What can we do about diversity in leadership?

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What can we do about diversity in leadership?

Greater Portland 2020 (GP2020) commissioned market research firm FusionMR to conduct a diversity in leadership survey of private sector companies, government organizations, non-profits, and higher-education institutions in the Greater Portland region. Seventy-eight (78) organizations representing over 10,000 employees from around the region completed the survey, which focused on the racial and gender diversity of employees at all levels of management.

Overall, the GP2020 Diversity in Leadership survey results show that leadership in Greater Portland organizations (defined as mid-level management all the way up to the C-Suite) is significantly less diverse than Greater Portland’s population. This gap in leadership applies to both women and people of color in the region.

Equity and diversity in leadership requires intentionality from current leadership to create the change we want to see in our region. Below are three "first steps" you can take:

1. Get help to recruit diverse talent

Businesses and nonprofits don’t have to pursue recruitment of diverse talent on their own. Several local organizations can help you gain familiarity with Portland’s diverse talent pool. Here are six examples of local organizations that can help connect to diverse talent:

2. Create a more inclusive culture within your organization

Diversity and inclusion experts can also help you create a plan, a program, and organizational change by running workshops or providing ongoing structure and support to your leadership, equity team, or all employees in your organization. Here are five examples of local experts who can connect you with partners and programs.

Click here to see a list of local community-based organizations.

3. Build your organization’s capacity to address diversity, equity and inclusion.

A workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion doesn’t start and stop with your human resources department. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) shapes and is shaped by workplace culture from the CEO’s office to front line employees. Here’s a sample of seven common DEI training and workshop themes for your team:

  • Unconscious Bias Awareness, Identification and Action Steps
  • Removing Discrimination from Hiring Practices
  • The Business Value of/Importance of Diversity in the Workplace
  • How to Call Out Bias or Have Difficult Conversations about Discrimination
  • Be an Ally: What role do allies play in Diversity & Inclusion?
  • Diversity in Leadership: How to Grow, Support and Retain Diverse Talent
  • How to Recruit Diverse Talent
    • What should be on a recruitment website?
    • Writing job descriptions that attract diverse candidates

Learn more

To learn more about the Diversity in Leadership survey results, conducted by FusionMR LLC, please contact Lloyd Purdy, GPI’s Vice President of Competitiveness.

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