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Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2021 Diversity Summit

Virtual Event
Thursday, February 25, 2021
9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Join us as we bring together industry and community stakeholders to check in on our progress as a region in creating equity in the construction industry and public contracting. Learn about what’s working and gaining traction as best and promising practices to reach our collective goals across our region and share resources, ideas, and promising practices to renew our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Register for the 2021 Diversity Summit to learn more about how what is happening in our region’s construction sector to promote respectful worksites, how public owners are leading efforts to change the ways we invest in equity, what advocacy efforts are underway to make our industry Safe from Hate, and how our collective efforts are changing lives for jobseekers and tradesworkers.

Together, we are making a difference.


9:00 am
Welcome: Kelly Kupcak, Oregon Tradeswomen

9:05 am
Keynote Address:
Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner

9:15 am
Tradesworker Equity Panel: Voices from the Field

10:00 am
Changing Jobsite Culture: Perspectives from the Field

11: 00 am

11:15 am
Leveraging Policy and Public Investments for Equity

12:15 pm
Investing in Workforce Retention: Strategies for Shared Prosperity

1:15 pm
Closing Remarks:
Molly Washington
, Chief Operating Officer, NAMC-Oregon & Oregon Tradeswomen Board Member

Workshop Descriptions

Tradesworker Equity Panel: Voices from the Field

Hear from a diverse panel of tradesworkers who will share their experiences in our industry and how policy moves from paper to practice – and when it doesn’t – the impact on their lives and careers.

Robert Camarillo, Executive Secretary, Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council

Pat Daniels, Executive Director, Constructing Hope

Meet Graduates from Portland Regional Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs

Changing Jobsite Culture: Perspectives from the Field

Culture change is necessary for women and people of color to feel accepted, and for the construction industry to survive. Learn more from leaders in the field who are taking part in region wide initiatives to change our industry and to create respectful worksites.

Dr. Roberta Hunte, PhD

Maurice Rahming, Co-Owner, O’Neill Construction Group
Maura Kelly, Associate Professor, Portland State University
Kenechi Onyeagusi, Executive Director, PBDG

Levering Policy and Public Investments for Equity

Public agencies play a crucial role in setting industry standards as well as providing incentives for industry to change the way they do business. Hear how different agencies have used to influence to increase equity in the field.

Andre Baugh, Principal, Group AGB Ltd.

Sebrina Owens-Wilson, Regional Impact Program Manager Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Metro
Kimberly Branam, Executive Director, Prosper Portland
Larry Williams, MA Operations and Policy Analyst, BOLI Workforce Development Program Apprenticeship and Training Division

Investing in Workforce Retention: Strategies for Shared Prosperity

Investing in workforce retention is key to maintain the number of diverse workers already in the field and to ensuring that the women and people of color in the construction industry have what they need to thrive. This panel will give their insights on the best ways to invest in retaining workers.

Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director Oregon Tradeswomen

Lisa Ransom, Director, Oregon Labor & Industries Apprenticeship & Training Division
Bridget Quinn, Workforce Development Coordinator, NECA IBEW Electrical Training Center
Eryn Byram, Executive Director, Labor’s Community Services Agency
Michael Burch, Community Relations & Outreach Specialist, PNW Regional Council of Carpenters
Andrew McGough, Executive Director, Worksystems Inc.


Event Archive Pages

View the 2020 event recap page

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