OEN PubTalk: Intentions Are Worthless – An Honest Conversation About Inclusion in Oregon’s Startup Community
Inclusion has become a popular buzzword these days. But what does it really mean, why is it important, and what can we actually do about it? Our February PubTalk will cut through the jargon and vague “good intentions,” bringing uncomfortable truths about our startup community’s implicit biases to light. Attendees will walk away with a list of concrete actions they can take today to help ensure that all Oregon entrepreneurs have access to the support and resources they need to thrive.
Moderator: Stephen Green, Elevate Capital
Stephen currently serves as Community Director of Elevate Capital. Formerly, Stephen was Vice President at Albina Community Bank where he made loans as large as $4M to a variety of companies in the advanced manufacturing, technology, and craft beverage industries. Stephen also contracted at Nike, providing strategic assistance to area entrepreneurs, and founded the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub, Oregon Public House.
Grace Andrews, Lurébel
Grace Andrews recently wrapped up her time as a cofounder for local company, graphAlchemist. She’s currently working at Puppet Labs, while also building out a new project called Lurébel (an online fashion app). Grace has a background in the social sciences and is passionate about empathetic technologies and open source software. Grace’s longterm mission is to make technology reflective of the rich tapestry of diversity that exists in the world.
Paige Hendrix Buckner, ClientJoy
Paige is a data nerd who loves solving complex problems. As CEO and Founder of ClientJoy, she works with clients to create gifting experiences that make their lives easier. When she’s not geeking out at work, you can find her rolling at the jiu jitsu gym, hiking in the wilderness or adventuring with her nieces and nephews.
Tory Campbell, Felton & Mary’s Artisan Foods
Tory Campbell is the founder and steward of Felton & Mary’s Artisan Foods, a third generation artisanal food company producing thoughtfully crafted products with a story to enhance your barbecuing experience. He is also a Senior Business Development Coordinator at Portland Development Commission, developing and implementing strategies towards achieving more equitable outcomes in supporting entrepreneurs of color in the city.
Dwayne Johnson, ScaleUp Partners
Dwayne is Co-Founder of ScaleUp Partners, which aims to scale up economic competitiveness through inclusion, and Managing Partner of PDXO/Globe Three Ventures, a strategy, business process and venture development consultancy. Dwayne is Deputy Director of Innovate Oregon and leads their Inclusive Innovation Initiative. He also founded Ideal Portland, a non-profit focused on minority tech inclusion.
As always, the program will be preceded by time for networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.
Cost: $10 for OEN members; $20 for non-members. We do take walk-ins but prefer that you register online by clicking the “Purchase Options” link at right.
*Sorry, no refunds.*
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