2023 NW Equity Summit

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2023 NW Equity Summit

Be Unapologetically DEI

By Partners in Diversity

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, September 26 · 8:30am - 4pm PDT


Oregon Convention Center 777 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Portland, OR 97232

Refund Policy

No Refunds


7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Check-in / Coffee & Tea

NW Natural

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome remarks

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote: Caroline Wanga

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM


10:15 AM

Fireside Chat: Michelle MiJung Kim

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM


12:15 PM - 12:30 PM


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Breakout session #1

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Breakout session #2

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Reception & Community Connection

About this event

  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Partners in Diversity looks forward to seeing you at the 2nd biennial NW Equity Summit.

The conference focuses on helping employees and managers at all levels, as well as diversity influencers, be bold and uncompromising — in other words, unapologetic — when it comes to advancing and advocating for equity and inclusion.

Keynote Speakers

  • Michelle MiJung Kim, author of the Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change
  • Caroline Wanga, CEO of ESSENCE and Founder of WangaWoman

Breakout Session Speakers

  • Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Institute for Trauma-Informed Systems Change at McLean/Harvard
  • Dr. Steven Nakana, Portland General Electric
  • Elizabeth Laine, ClearWay

More speakers and breakout session topics will be announced later.

Special Breakout Session for CEOs

Keynote speaker Caroline Wanga will host a special breakout session after lunch specifically for CEOs, presidents, executive directors, provosts (i.e., organization's top leaders) to share her unique CEO Toolkit. This session is for paid attendees and requires additional registration available at checkout.

A big thank you to our generous sponsors

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About the organizer

Partners in Diversity (PiD) works with employers to address critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. We accomplish these goals through educational programs, a career center and resources for CEOs, human resources professionals and diversity influencers. PiD also helps recently relocated professionals of color connect with the multicultural community through major networking events such as our signature Say Hey! event, civic engagement opportunities, social media and personal relationships. PiD conducts regular scientific research that inform the ways in which Oregon and southwest Washington employers can successfully diversify and retain multicultural talent. The Workforce Diversity Project, completed in 2017, and the Diversity Retention Project, completed in 2020, reveal key findings to the why employers struggle with recruitment and retention, and provides solutions to better recruiting and retention strategies. Partners in Diversity is a membership-based organization that operates as an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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