At this year’s GoGreen Conference, the Corporate Sustainability Collaborative organized a session highlighting business leadership and innovative partnerships to advance equity in our region.
If you missed GoGreen, or were interested in learning more about the featured organizations and their work, here are some highlights:
Emerging Leaders Internship, founded by eROI
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 top-tier 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.
- Ryan Buchanan| CEO, eROI; Founder, Emerging Leaders Internship
- Cinthia Manuel| Director of Internships, Portland Leadership Foundation
We Hire Refugees, founded by Indow & IRCO
Indow partnered with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), a non-profit 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.
- Sam Pardue| CEO & Founder, Indow
- Lee Po Cha| Executive Director, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization
Partners in Diversity
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.
- Mari Watanabe| Executive Director, Partners in Diversity
- Kurt Jun| Diversity & Inclusion Director, Portland General Electric