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Sep

Leadership Today: Creating Inclusive Organizations

Executive Session Description

What are some of the best practices in moving large systems to become representative of the communities that they represent and serve? How can public sector leaders create structures and processes that include diverse voices in identifying challenges, problem-solving, and making progress in creating equity? In this Executive Session with the Honorable Cherie Buckner-Webb, the first elected African-American state legislator in Idaho, there will be dialogue and strategy-sharing with leaders from all nineteen jurisdictions supporting this year’s Diversity Conference. The desired outcomes of this presentation and dialogue include:

  • identifying the value proposition, for both the individual leader and the organization, of building inclusion within organizations and communicating that value proposition with force and intention;
  • articulating the critical leadership skills for working across difference within diverse communities; and
  • becoming conscious of how privilege works and how leaders can use the privilege of their position to advance progress.

Led by Cheri Buckner-Webb

In a difficult economic climate Cherie Buckner-Webb chose to effect change in a new arena by running for public office. Elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2010 and the Idaho Senate in 2012 and 2014 by wide margins, Cherie’s message in the Statehouse reflects the same collaborative and visionary goals she emphasizes in her life and work.

Cherie Buckner-Webb is the founder and principal of Sojourner Coaching, “Supporting highly motivated women and men to navigate the waters of their lives with purpose.” A certified professional coach and consultant, Cherie brings a breadth of experience to the practice.  Her extensive international business background includes positions in program management, diversity consultation, sales and marketing, business and organizational development, operations, and e-commerce.  Her expertise includes cross cultural collaboration, leadership development, facilitation, consultation and coaching for individuals, teams and organizations.

Additionally, Buckner-Webb is a respected motivational speaker who uses her voice to raise awareness about leadership, diversity, inclusion and human rights topics.  She is in high demand for her presentations addressing purpose, success, and responsibility.

Cherie’s credo, “leave a legacy,” underscores her work in every area of activity and to that end she donates countless hours to a variety of community organizations. She is the winner of numerous awards including 2013 American Mother of the Year (American Mothers, Inc.), the Joyce Stein Memorial Award (WCA), Hewlett Packard Jefferson Award for Public Service, Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award for Peace (Morehouse College), Women Making History Award (Boise State University), the Hewlett Packard Award for Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights,  and NAACP Heritage Hall of Fame Award in acknowledgement of her history of commitment and devotion to volunteerism and equality in the community.

Buckner-Webb is an accomplished gospel, jazz and blues vocalist who has performed in venues across the U.S. and internationally and received the Award for Excellence in the Arts at the 2004 State of Idaho Governor’s Awards in the Arts Celebration.

Cherie earned a Bachelor of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University, and a Masters of Social Work in Management/Community Planning/Social Work Administration from Northwest Nazarene University.

Website

http://www.sojournercoaching.com/

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2
Sep

Social Determinants of Wealth: Building a Culture of Equity and Inclusion

Workshop Description

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn how to use the history of the region to find holistic, inclusive and responsive approaches to maximize opportunity, build social and organizational cultures of inclusion, and realize equitable outcomes for generations to come.

A Public Health approach to organizational development will allow us to define and adapt theories of equity, diversity and inclusion to the Portland context. Tools for small group analysis – such as maps, charts, and data – will be distributed to increase participant’s understanding of the social ecology model, the intersectional impact of the Social Determinants of Health on populations, and how to use

Our shared understanding of Oregon’s context will form the starting point from which we will work to identify robust strategies for monitoring and strengthening our state-wide equity, diversification and inclusion initiatives. Given the urgency, our common goal will be to work to promote the greatest opportunity and most equitable (fair) outcomes for all of our residents.

About the Presenter(s)

Cat Goughnour is an Oregon born human rights advocate with a specialization in equity policy. She holds an MSc Sociology: Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2009); and a BA Liberal Arts: Social and Political Philosophy from Portland State University (2008).

Cat is deeply committed to helping Oregon’s communities understand how issues of diversity, inclusion and equity affect all of us, and uses this grounding to innovate mutli-systemic, sustainable and equitable Public Health interventions to foster community cohesion and empowerment. She employs a solution-focused approach to address and redress the root causes of disparity and catalyze impactful social change.

Her policy advocacy is an exercise in personal-empowerment-cum-pilot-project for meaningful social transformation. Cat employs a data-driven approach to identify and tackle the root causes of inequity and disparity through policy making and advocacy, social narrative reframing, and base building for the most impacted.

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2
Sep

The Portland Development Commission’s Equity Council Work Plan: How to Turn Ideas into Action

Workshop Description

The PDC Equity Council operates in a manner that builds inclusion in the the workplace and its work plan contains projects, which will be described, that intend to increase inclusion and equity at PDC. The presenters will review the PDC’s Equity Council journey from learning about institutional racism to developing a plan to take the first steps to dismantle it.

Attendees will walk away knowing one case study of how an organization chose to approach equity and how to develop a work plan around it. They will take away knowledge of a process that moves from identification of a vision, to obstacles, to goals in the development of an internal equity committee.

About the Presenter(s)

Jeff Fish is a member of the Equity Council at the Portland Development Commission, which is composed of almost equally of management and non-management staff. Multiple members of the PDC Equity Committee will share in the presentation of this workshop.

Other members – John Cardenas, Damian Crowder, Lene Hopson, John Jackley, Katherine Krajnak, Dan Spero, Patrick Quinton, Patricia Weekley

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2
Sep

Authentic Inclusivity: Reimagining and Creating a Counter-Narrative

Workshop Description

The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Inclusion” – the scope of this workshop explores the ways we, at work and in social spaces, set barriers to inclusion and attempts collective re-imagination to dismantle said barriers. This is an interactive workshop to engage participants in developing practical opportunities to create more substantially inclusive work and social spaces.

Participants will walk away with a definition of their Personal Operating Paradigm (TM) which is allows for deeper self reflection and analysis. In addition, they will leave with concrete action steps to create and maintain authentically inclusive work and social spaces.

About the Presenter(s)

Alison Allen-Hall is a social scientist interested in exploring and realising the potential of the liminal spaces between scholarship and practice. She has several years’ experience serving as associate faculty in Social Sciences at various colleges and universities in the United States. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is Managing Director of LynxSE, an organisational equity coaching consultancy based in Portland, OR and she has designed and developed the Un.fil.teredSM Platform of Programmes in service of dismantling the racialised social structure in which we live and replacing it with wholly reimagined and reimaged society that is authentically inclusive and universally hospitable. She continues her academic research and is ABD in pursuit of a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

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2
Sep

Managing Disturbing Emotions in Inclusive Settings: Reaction, Awareness, Reflection

Workshop Description

This workshop will help individuals contribute to equitable and inclusive work environments with more awareness and less emotional reactivity. The session will offer concepts, tools, and processes for relating to diverse people from a place of emotional intelligence and self-knowledge. As a result of the workshop, participants will be more open and less guarded as they reach out to diverse colleagues and co-create fully inclusive and mutually respectful work environments.

About the Presenter(s)

Yvonne Chang is an Executive Coach and Inclusive Mentor who has worked with a wide range of clients, including many people of color, in both the Portland area and The Netherlands. Yvonne’s approach gives her clients a whole new lens to discover their unlimited self, while integrating their professional, personal and cultural identities. Yvonne’s programs reflects her own experience as a Chinese-American growing up in the Bay Area followed by two decades living and working as an immigrant in The Netherlands, where she founded the Executive Human Development & Leadership School for executives and young professionals at management consulting firm, KOAN B.v.

Yvonne’s background includes experience as a professional dancer and business executive, a M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology and Eco-psychology and certification as a Pathwork® counseling Helper and as a facilitator in The Natural Step™. Her professional training also includes 30 years of training in somatic mind-body methods and mindfulness practices which she integrates effortlessly with practical coaching techniques to empower the modern professionals to succeed in the workplace.

Yvonne heads up a new initiative, “Women of Color Empowerment Series” and was asked on as the Program Manager for the 2015 Women of Color Empowerment Conference sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce and Portland Business Alliance. Recently she trained the Portland Parks & Recreations’ City Nature Division and the young mentors of their Environmental Employment Pipeline program, as well as Pacific Islander participants for PSU and OHSU’s Build EXITO program aimed at supporting research career pathways for undergraduates from underrepresented communities. You will also find her contributing to many groups and their programs locally such as the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Portland, League of United Latin American Citizens of Southwest Washington, ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance, Pivot Job Corps, Connecting Communities Coalition’s Leadership Academy, Asian and Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute. As founder of Yvonne Chang Consulting, she feels proud to offer her services locally, regionally, and internationally.

Website

www.yvonnechang.com

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2
Sep

Connecting Communities and Nature: Innovative Approaches to Co-creating Partnerships, Programs and Projects with a Focus on Underserved Communities

Workshop Description

Through this workshop participants will learn about two innovative programs in which Metro and local community-based organizations are working together to develop new methods to improve inclusivity in creating nature based programming, designing park facilities, and facilitating opportunities to connect with regional natural areas.

a. Through a variety of equity initiatives, Metro is demonstrating its commitment to ensuring that its tagline—Making a great place—applies to all who call the region home. Metro’s Natural Areas program has launched a number of programs to connect with diverse communities in the region and build lasting relationships. This session will showcase two approaches to bring community representatives to the table from the beginning and as key decision makers.

b. The Partners in Nature program builds partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) representing underserved communities to provide culturally-relevant opportunities for their constituents to experience nature. Metro and CBO staff work together to co-create programming that increases utilization of Metro parks and natural areas as places of stewardship, learning and recreation by youth from low-income families and communities of color, and improves capacity within partner organizations to lead educational and culturally-relevant programming in Metro parks and natural areas.

a. Case Study: Latino Greenspaces
Latino Greenspaces is a 3 way partnership between Latino Network, Hacienda CDC and Metro with the goal of increasing the utilization of Metro parks and natural areas as places of stewardship, learning, and recreation by youth from low-income Latino families. Working primarily with middle and high school aged youth, this partnership has cocreated programming during spring and summer breaks as well as during school year afterschool sessions.

b. Connect with Nature focuses on identifying nature based activities, designing park facilities, and creating outdoor places in partnership with traditionally underserved communities. Metro is working with a project team that includes landscape architects and Community Based Organizations with knowledge and experience working with underserved communities. The project team will work with local communities to conduct a series of site-specific design workshops to identify activities and facilities relevant to the local community.

About the Presenter(s)

Sheilagh Diez is the Community Partnerships Program Project Manager within the Parks and Nature Department at Metro. She has developed and led natural science programming for over 15 years across the greater NW Oregon region. Sheilagh has extensive experience working with culturally diverse communities both in the region and abroad. She has a particular interest in exploring the many ways that people develop a personal connection with the natural world. Sheilagh currently acts as partnership manager and lead educator for several partnerships.

Olena Turula is a landscape architect on Metro’s parks and natural areas planning team. She works on projects that enable people to experience Metro’s natural areas, ranging from park master plans to play area details. Olena is particularly interested in understanding how people learn about and experience nature. Through her work on Connect with Nature, she focuses on exploring innovative ways that all can share in the benefits of the region’s natural areas.

Other presenters – Jaclyn Hoy, Expresiones Program Manager, Hacienda CDC – Alice Perry, Director of Transformational Youth Opportunities, Latino Network

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2
Sep

Internalized Sexism and White Privilege: White Women’s Position in Equity Work

Workshop Description

As we work in multicultural partnerships, it is important to examine the unique dynamics of our socialization around gender and race. While white women are often challenged with experiences of gender oppression, we also benefit from white privilege. In what ways do these two phenomena work together to create misunderstandings, missed collaborations, and unintentional barriers to equity? The facilitator will guide a dialogue about the experiences of white women to gain insights into learned patterns of behavior and strategies to better collaborate in work to build inclusion. Although this session centers around white women, all conference participants are invited to attend.

About the Presenter(s)

Ilsa Govan, Co-founder of Cultures Connecting (CulturesConnecting.com), has extensive experience as a facilitator, consultant, writer, and social justice activist. She has led conversations about racial equity at workshops and conferences across the country and volunteered on the planning committees for the White Privilege Conference and Seattle Race Conference. Prior to Cultures Connecting, Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Western Washington University and her Master’s Degree in Bicultural Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Ilsa is deeply invested in examining how her own identity as a white woman influences her interactions with others, particularly through the lens of privilege and oppression.

Website

http://culturesconnecting.com/

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2
Sep

Equity & Succession Planning

Workshop Description

The chronic need for public-sector succession planning, knowledge management, social capital transfer, and institutional wisdom sharing is fast becoming acute. As we focus on continuity of services to the public by identifying mission-critical roles, staff, and processes, how do we also incorporate equity? How do we engage in succession-planning best practices without also perpetuating institutional and systemic inequity?

Equity & Succession Planning will provide a framework to look at the social constructs that impact career development at the individual and organizational levels with the intention of tapping the “wisdom of the room” to collectively determine how to best support professional development, career growth, and succession planning to achieve equitable outcomes.

About the Presenter(s)

Steven Joiner is the Career Development Program Specialist at Multnomah County. As a primary liaison for the countywide Workforce Development and Succession Planning Initiative, he strives to answer the question: How do we practice knowledge management and support the transfer of organizational social capital without also perpetuating institutional and systemic inequity? Steven is the author of “The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers” and a featured purpose-driven workplace expert on NPR’s Marketplace and in The NY Times.

Kenya Budd, Principal Owner, Pacific Equity Partners “Creating Inclusive Outcomes.” As a trainer, facilitator and mediator of workforce-related conflict, Kenya strives to find shared interests centered around foundational components of Equity: inclusion, respect, value, and access.  She has partnered with a long list of organizations and institutions to create transformational moments of inclusive, equitable outcomes and to build institutional knowledge.

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Video link for review – www.multco.us/career-management/succession-planning

Handout to bring to the conference – EquityandSuccessionPlanningNWPEDC2015

2
Sep

Allies at Work; Paving the Road to Inclusion

Workshop Description

In order to move towards equity at work, we need to create an environment where people feel supported and empowered. Allies are an important part of this process. When we as allies clearly understand how to act, and take effective action, organizations are able to successfully transform their climate and support equity and inclusion efforts. Everyone can be an ally.

This workshop will focus on practical interventions and strategies for allies to use in a variety of organizational settings. For example when inappropriate behavior or comments are made, identifying policies and procedures that have exclusionary effects, and building a culture that in deeply inclusive.

About the Presenter(s)

Alanna Hein has a training, consulting and leadership development coaching practice that was established in 1991. Her work focuses on: building high performing work teams, planning for and managing change, equity and inclusion, and conflict resolution. Her consulting clients have included: City, County and Federal government agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and corporations of all sizes. Alanna taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the business and management department for many years at Marylhurst University. She has been a Director of Human Resources, and an Auditor. Her training, consulting, and coaching are recognized as exceptionally effective, and her jokes are almost always funny.

Website

http://heinconsulting.org/

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2
Sep

Labor and Management: Tackling Diversity and Inclusion Together

Workshop Description

Public employee unions and public employers have a shared interest in promoting diversity and inclusion, but we often perceive ourselves as adversaries. What better way to build an understanding about how we can join forces in the workplace in order to create an environment that is truly diverse and inclusive, regardless of which the side of the bargaining table you sit?

This workshop will explore the history of public employee unions and diversity and how the face of public employee unions has changed over the last 20 years. We will discuss the role of public sector unions in supporting workplace diversity and inclusion and how to develop strategies for labor and management to move this agenda together. We will analyze why public employee unions, and their employers, are under attack, how weaker public employee unions could change the workplace, and what some public employee unions are doing to meet this challenge.

About the Presenter(s)

Jaimie Sorenson has been a Council Representative since 2011, currently representing workers in Multnomah County. Prior to working for AFSCME, Jaimie was a member-leader in the union: a former President of Local 328 at OHSU, a Council 75 Executive Committee member and co-founder of the Next Wave program. Sorenson has a strong commitment to the social justice movement. She has developed and taught curriculum for University of Oregon’s Labor and Education Research Center.

Andy Chavira has been a Council Representative since 2013. Prior to that, he spent several years with AFSCME International as a Field Representative in the national union’s Organizing Department, covering an assignment area that spanned 20 states. A native of the Tucson area, Chavira is a University of Arizona graduate.

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