Creating a Culture of Workplace Diversity

When: Thursday, November 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. (Breakfast buffet included)

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

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

Keynote: Jim Piro, CEO of Portland General Electric

Thank you to Portland General Electric for providing breakfast

Guest speakers


Jim Piro is chief executive officer of Portland General Electric (PGE), and has 41 years’ experience in the utility business. Prior to becoming CEO in 2009, he served nine years as executive vice president of Finance, chief financial officer and treasurer. A 1974 graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., Piro earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in California and, before working at PGE, worked as a civil engineer for San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Piro serves on several boards including the PGE Foundation and is chair of Greater Portland Inc. and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Investment Council. 


Tamara Kennedy-Hill, CMP, MBA is Vice President of Diversity and Community Relations for Travel Portland. In her role at Travel Portland, Tamara seeks to bring the voice of the tourism/hospitality industry to a wide array of local community issues as well as advance the organization’s work in building and strengthening relationships with diverse groups, organizations and communities. 


Kurt Jun has more than 25 years of experience in diversity, equity and inclusion, strategic management of human capital in workforce development and retention, and in cultural competency training. Kurt has served as an expert matter consultant in diversity development programs in the public education systems, private sectors, healthcare industry, government organizations. His expertise drives the delivery of diversity and inclusion initiatives.


Dr. Steven Nakana is the Port of Portland Social Equity Program. Dr. Nakana joined the Port in 2016 and he is tasked with conceptualizing, designing and implementing the Port’s Equity Program a task that includes drafting the Port’s social equity policy, integrating equity considerations into the Port’s decision-making processes. Dr. Nakana has more than 10 years of experience in the social justice field. Prior to joining the Port, he worked at Portland State University and Concordia University as an adjunct instructor in conflict resolution and peace-building, and cultural competence. He also worked as a Conflict and Peace Building Advisor, Project Management Trainer for Mercy Corps, an International Humanitarian Organized based here in Portland. Before coming to the U.S., he worked as policy researcher in Cape Town, South Africa. He also serves on several committees including the City of Portland’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC) and the Rotary International Foundation World Peace Scholar Selection Committee. 


Shiau Yen Chin-Denis is a partner in the Portland office of international law firm K&L Gates LLP, focusing her practice on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, joint ventures, restructuring, corporate governance and other international transactions. She serves as an active member of the K&L Gates firmwide diversity and inclusion committee, guiding the K&L Gates commitment to inclusion of diverse lawyers and staff, including women, racial minorities, the LGBT community, and others. In 2014, she was selected as a fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization of more than 240 law firms and corporate legal departments dedicated to a truly diverse legal profession in the U.S. In addition, in 2016, Shiau Yen has also received the Women of Influence and Women of Vision Awards.

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