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Leadership in Equity: A highlight from GoGreen 2017

Leadership and Innovative Partnerships to Advance Equity

Leadership to Advance Equity

This year’s GoGreen Conference recognized business leadership and innovative partnerships to advance equity in the Portland area. If you’re looking for fresh ideas and new local resources for integrating equity into your workplace, here are some highlights:


Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) places amazingly talented college students of color, first-generation to go to college, or low-income college students with Portland's top companies. After just 18 months from its founding, Emerging Leaders Internship received 670 internship applications and has 140 open intern positions to fill at these companies. They are creating a community of companies who believe in the importance of diversity in leadership and are actively creating pathways to leadership in their companies.

Recognized: Ryan Buchanan, CEO, eROI and Founder, Emerging Leaders Internship and Cinthia Manuel, Director of Internships, Portland Leadership Foundation

We Hire Refugees

Indow partnered with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), a nonprofit organization, to form We Hire Refugees. We Hire Refugees is a platform for businesses of all sizes to declare that refugees make our communities, companies and country stronger. Companies can sign if they welcome, hire or support refugees. Employers can also find best practices and resources.

Recognized: Sam Pardue, CEO & Founder, Indow and Lee Po Cha, Executive Director, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization


Partners in Diversity (PiD) operates as an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute and seeks to address employers’ critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. They do educational programs, job postings and distribution of information for CEOs and for those who work in human resources or in diversity roles. PiD also helps recently relocated professionals of color connect with the multicultural community through major networking events such as their signature Say Hey! event, civic engagement opportunities, social media, our website and personal relationships.

Portland General Electric (PGE) has partnered with Partners in Diversity to host the PGE Diversity Summit. The 2015 summit drew an audience of over 1,000 people from across the region to discuss diversification of workforces. They anticipate a similar crowd at the 2018 PGE Diversity Summit.

Recognized: Mari Watanabe, Executive Director, Partners in Diversity and Kurt Jun, Diversity & Inclusion Director, Portland General Electric


Organized by the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative


The Leadership and Innovative Partnerships to Advance Equity session was organized by the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative (CSC) with support from CSC members Sustainability at Work and GoGreen. Session judges were Tastonga Davis, Deputy Director, Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon, Mary Moerlins, Community Affairs and Environmental Programs Manager, NW Natural and Thuy Tu, Principal and Founder, Thuy Tu Consulting, LLC.

The Corporate Sustainability Collaborative is a no-cost membership organization for sustainably minded employees in the Portland area to share ideas and learn from others.