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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Untold Stories of Minority Owned Businesses - Learn more October 19

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Untold Stories of Minority Owned Businesses - Learn more October 19

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Join Entrepreneurs Organization for a dynamic diversity event at Wieden + Kennedy on October 19. Hear from Greater Portland's game-changing leaders. Dive into the opportunity to connect with experts who have carved their own path and reinvented what it means to be an entrepreneur in today’s community. Explore the innovation, forward thinking and the openness of this event and leave with the motivation to create success in business and beyond.

October 19 - 8:30 a.m.
Wieden + Kennedy
224 NW 13th Ave.
Portland

Panelists include

SERILDA SUMMERS-MCGEE
Head of HR, Prosper Portland

SU EMBREE
President, DHM Research

MARA ZEPEDA
Co-Founder, Switchboard

ANITA RAMACHANDRAN
Global Director, MicroMentor, Mercy Corps

PAIGE HENDRIX BUCKNER
Founder & CEO, Client Joy

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 Program Spotlight – Growing Small Businesses Globally

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Program Spotlight – Growing Small Businesses Globally

Thanks in part to grants from the JPMorgan Chase and the Oregon Community Foundation, Greater Portland 2020 is creating an export initiative focused on helping small businesses, and in particular those led by women, minorities and veterans, find pathways to exporting. GPI is working with the region’s export and trade partners - like the SBDC’s Global Trade Center, US Commercial Service, Federal SBA and Business Oregon - to prepare entrepreneurs for exporting and international sales.

Fewer than 9 percent of businesses in the region are either minority or women-owned, and they tend to be very small—with annual revenues less than $5 million and employ less than 50 workers. Because 95 percent of the world’s consumers are outside the U.S. and 79 percent of global GDP growth is projected to occur outside the U.S., one of the region’s best routes to widely-shared economic growth and prosperity is through global engagement and international exports. But reaching these new export markets isn’t easy, especially for small firms with limited resources. That’s why the Growing Small Businesses Globally program will offer resources and training to help them find new customers and grow their business.

The Greater Portland 2020 framework, of which this program is a part, builds on the strategies of People, Place, and Business. Its priorities are to recruit, develop and advance the region’s talent (People), improve infrastructure to meet the needs of people, business and innovation (Place), and grow business and pioneer innovation (Business). Click here to learn more.

Watch this space for more news about the Growing Small Businesses Globally program as it takes its next steps.

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