2018 Keynotes

Dr. Steve Robbins | Founder, S.L. Robbins & Associates

Shiza Shahid | Founding GP, NOW Ventures

Shiza also graduated from Stanford University with University Distinction. She was a business analyst with McKinsey & Company. Shiza is renowned for her work, receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME's "30 Under 30 People Changing the World," Forbes "30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs" and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and others. Shiza is a prominent speaker and has spoken frequently at major international events, including Aspen Ideas Fest, Milken Global Institute, Forbes Women, Fortune Most Powerful Women, Inc Women, Women Moving Millions, World Economic Forum and others.

2018 Speakers

Dr. Janet Bennett | Executive Director, Intercultural Communication Institute

Ann Curry-Stevens | Founding Director, Center to Advance Racial Equity, Portland State University

Dr. Emily Drew | Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies, Willamette University

Hanif Fazal | Founder and CEO, Center for Equity and Inclusion

A nationally recognized facilitator, trainer, speaker and organizational development consultant, Hanif brings 20 years of experience, expertise, and commitment to advancing equity and cultural competency. Prior to forming CEI, Hanif founded Heart of Facilitation, a national facilitation training program for educators, social workers, and youth professionals. Additionally, he co-founded the CEI Equity Certificate Program, a collaborative education initiative providing intensive professional development focused on equity and inclusion to educators across multiple school districts.

Dan Friess | Inclusion Strategist, Incight

Dan's greatest passion is human development and culture change. A native Oregonian, Dan was born and raised in Salem. He currently resides in Clark County, Washington with his wife Danielle, where they are raising two daughters and three sons.

Steve Hanamura | President, Hanamura Consulting, Inc.

Tony Hopson | CEO, Self-Enhancement, Inc.

Tony has been a representative for youth and family issues across the country from the Harvard School of Education and the Boston College Education Roundtable to Senatorial hearings, and is passionate about the state of education in America as it relates to the plight of children of color and poverty. Tony has served on various boards in the Portland community; Portland Trail Blazers Executive Advisory Board, Portland All Hands Raised Steering Committee, Portland African American Leadership Forum, and the Albina Opportunities Corporation Board (now Ascent Funding).

Edward Hubbard, Ph.D. | President and CEO, Hubbard & Hubbard, Inc.

Howard Ross | Founding Partner, Cook Ross Inc.

Larry Sherman, Ph.D. | Professor of Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University

Glenn E. Singleton | President and Founder, Courageous Conversation

Marc Smiley | Principal, Solid Ground Consulting

Keith Thomajan | CEO, United Way

Keith then spent three years with Hurricane Island Outward Bound School's youth-at-risk program in the Florida Everglades. He developed the program's education component, oversaw the wilderness component, and in 1998 assumed program leadership. Keith ended his tenure with Outward Bound as the Director of Development for Washington and Oregon. Through his work, Keith helped the school exceed revenue goals and build active regional advisory boards. Keith became President/CEO at Camp Fire Columbia in 2001. At Camp Fire, Keith was instrumental in the revitalization of the 100-year old organization, garnering enthusiastic buy-in from the board of directors, staff, alumni, and stakeholders. By 2012, Keith had oversight for $4M+ in budgets, and a staff of 35 FTE and 175 part time/seasonal employees. Keith's fundraising efforts led to 404% growth in contributed revenues (including grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Meyer Memorial Trust). Under Keith's leadership, Camp Fire positioned itself as a modern youth development program offering high-quality out-of-school time programming to help close the achievement gap; programs served 21 local schools and over 1,000 of Portland's most low income and marginalized youth every week of the school year. 2010 evaluation data for these school-based programs showed that Camp Fire kids made academic gains at faster rates than non-Camp Fire peers. Additional Camp Fire programs include Camp Namanu (a 552 acre rustic summer camp) and Teen Leadership Programs focused on career- & college-readiness. Keith took the helm, as President/CEO, at United Way of the Columbia-Willamette in 2012. That year the organization set a local record by raising $22 million. In his first year, Keith managed the acquisition of Hands On Greater Portland, enabling United Way to better support community volunteerism through 26,000 volunteer "matches" each year. In 2013, United Way launched a ten-year effort to Break the Cycle of Childhood Poverty in our region, citing data that reflects 20% of local kids growing up in poverty, and acute educational, economic and health disparities in our communities of color. Since the launch of this campaign, United Way has seen 5% growth in critical workplace campaigns (besting the 1-2% national and historic average); secured funding from the Gates Foundation as well as multi-million dollar grants from government partners; and landed a $2M estate gift. Keith's team of 45 FTE work closely with community, corporate and philanthropic partners to serve as the backbone partner for the Breaking the Cycle work, and to mobilize the community to join the movement to re-write the script for our low-income kids. Keith has been married to his wife Edie for 20 years and they have two awesome sons (who keep them hustling!). The family lives in southeast Portland. Keith has served on the Portland Parks Board (Chair, 2007-2010), Hands On Greater Portland (Chair, 2010), and as a national Trustee for Camp Fire USA. Keith is active an active volunteer with the Mazamas and serves as a committee member/instructor in the Advanced Snow & Ice Climbing program. In his free time, Keith can be found climbing and skiing the Northwest's highest peaks.

Lillian Tsai | Lead Equity and Inclusion Consultant, Solid Ground Consulting

Her clients include: Bonneville Power Administration, City of Hillsboro, Daimler Trucks North America, Energy Trust of Oregon, Microsoft, NW Natural, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland Farmer's Market, Portland General Electric, Portland State University, Providence Medical Center, Salvation Army White Shield Center, St. Vincent's Hospital, Tacoma Pierce County Public Health Department, Qorvo, Wacom, Washington County, Wells Fargo Co., Western Energy Institute, and the U.S. Forest Service, to name a few.

Bruce Tulgan | Founder and CEO, RainmakerThinking, Inc.

Since 1995, Bruce has worked with tens of thousands of leaders and managers in hundreds of organizations. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a "management guru" and he was named to the 2009 Thinkers 50 rising star list. On August 13, 2009, Bruce was honored to accept Toastmasters International's most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel. He lives in New Haven, CT with his wife Debby Applegate, Ph.D., who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for her book The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday, 2006).

Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D. | Professor of Psychology and Education, Columbia University

Derald is a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, microaggression theory, racial dialogues, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism. He is author of 21 books and over 160 scholarly publications. Four best-selling texts include: (1) COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE: THEORY AND PRACTICE, (2) OVERCOMING OUR RACISM: THE JOURNEY TO LIBERATION, (3) MICROAGGRESSIONS IN EVERYDAY LIFE: RACE, GENDER AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION, and (4) RACE TALK AND THE CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE: UNDERSTANDING AND FACILITATING DIFFICULT DIALOGUES ON RACE. The former has been identified as the most frequently cited publication in the multicultural field and used by nearly 70% of the graduate counseling psychology market. His microaggression book was awarded the 2010 National Diversity and Inclusion Book Prize from UnityFirst.com and Forbes Diversity. His services have been widely sought by many groups and organizations. He has also done extensive cultural diversity training for many Fortune 500 companies, institutions of higher education, governmental agencies, public schools, and mental health organizations. In that capacity, Derald has worked with mental health practitioners, university faculty, teachers, students, community leaders, senior executives, and middle-level managers. He serves on the Advisory Board of the MTV Look Different Campaign, which has created antiracism TV programs to educate millennials about microaggressions and to facilitate dialogues on race. His work is recognized not only on a national level, but on an international one as well. He has worked with UNESCO on their Teaching Respect for All that uses education to combat racism and xenophobia in countries like Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East As evidence of Dr. Sue's stature in the field, two studies of multicultural publications and scholars concluded, Impressively, Derald Wing Sue is without doubt the most influential multicultural scholar in the United States today.

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