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Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2021 Diversity Summit

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

Join us as we bring together industry and community stakeholders to check 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 in ensuring access, opportunity, and equity contracting, procurement, and workforce in our industry and across our region.

Learn more about how our region’s construction sector is promoting respectful work sites, how public owners are leading efforts to change how 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. Join us to share resources, ideas and promising practices and to renew our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Additional details about the event coming soon.



Oregon Tradeswomen extends our thanks to everyone who helped make our 5th annual Diversity Summit a huge success! This year’s event hosted our largest attendance ever, with representation from industry, government, and community organizations.

We are grateful to event co-hosts WorkSystems Inc., and Constructing Hope, who supported this year’s event and helped to provide a platform for stakeholders across the region to reflect on our collective equity work.

Along with record number of participants, Thursday’s event brought 5 different panels of 23 industry experts and peers together to highlight best and promising practices in our industry which support access, opportunity and equity for our industry and region.

Oregon Tradeswomen is grateful for the generous support of our event co-hosts, sponsors, presenters, and moderators. Thank you for contributing your time, talent, and expertise to this year’s Diversity Summit, and thank your continued efforts in creating a model for equity in the construction sector and in our region. Special thanks to Metro for their generous support in donating the space and catering for this year’s event.

Keynote Speakers

Ed Washington, Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, Portland State University
Raahi Reddy, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Metro

Cecilia Estolano, CEO & Founder, Estolano Advisers
Matt Malmsheimer, Haglund Kelley LLP
Maurice Rahming, Owner, O’Neill Construction Group
Cathleen Massier, Compliance Services Manager, City of Portland
Daphne Patrick, Project Compliance Coordinator, Skanska
Steve Simms, Administrator, Oregon State Apprenticeship & Training Council, BOLI
Kelly Haines, Senior Project Manager, WorkSystems
Angela Crain, Manager, ODOT Office of Civil Rights
Raahi Reddy, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Metro
James Faison, CEO, Faison Construction
Kimberly Sutton, Small Business Development Program Manager, Port of Portland
Anita Adams, Labor Equity Associate Manager, City of Seattle
Karen Dove, Executive Director, ANEW
Lisa Langevin, Director, Women in Trades at Industry Training Authority
Kristen Parks, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Alteristic
Cinna’Mon Williams, Director of Education & Workforce Development, Urban League
Anthony Deloney, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Self Enhancement, Inc.
Shian Gutiérrez Ege, Career Coach, Latino Network

Tiffany Thompson, Construction Career Pathways Manager, Metro
Patricia Daniels, Executive Director, Constructing Hope
Lester Spitler, Director, Office of Procurement, City of Portland
Maura Kelly, Researcher, Portland State University
Dr. Markisha Smith, Director, City of Portland Office of Equity & Human Rights
Rana Uzzaman, Program Director, Portland Youth Builders
Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen

Tradesworker Panelists
Heather Mayther-Perez, Oregon Tradeswomen
Emily Irwin, Oregon Tradeswomen
Sarah Moreno, Constructing Hope
Jackie Whit, Constructing Hope
Devin Montani, POIC

Diversity Summit Planning and Host Committee
Tiffany Thompson, Construction Career Pathways Manager, Metro
Sima Anekonda, Construction Career Pathways Project Assistant, Metro
Pat Daniels, Executive Director, Constructing Hope
Afton Walsh, Project Manager, Walsh Construction
Kelly Haines, Senior Project Manager, WorkSystems Inc.
Jay Richmond, Workforce Equity Manager, Oregon Tradeswomen
Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen

Platinum Sponsors
NECA-IBEW Electrical Training Center
NECA Oregon Columbia Chapter

Gold Sponsors
Energy Trust of Oregon
Packaging Corporation of America
Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

Please contact Jay Richmond, Workforce Equity Manager:
jay@tradeswomen.net or 503.335.8200 x 135



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