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RESCHEDULED: February Luncheon & Workshop: Uncover Pathways for More Workforce Diversity

Partners in Diversity presents...Uncover Pathways for More Workforce Diversity - Up to 3 HRCI Business credits and SHRM PDCs!

When: 3/7/18
11:30am - 1:00pm (or 3:15pm)
Where: Doubletree - Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah
Portland, Oregon  97232
United States
Contact: Nikki Schutte, SHRM-CP, PHR

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February Monthly Luncheon & Workshop

Uncover pathways for more workforce diversity

Presented by: Mari Watanabe, Partners in Diversity & Soumary Vongrassamy, Partners in Diversity


  • Partners in Diversity teamed up with Portland Business Alliance and communities of color to identify and remove barriers for people of color accessing living-wage jobs in the manufacturing, healthcare, and skilled trades industries. Learn about this endeavor and walk away with resources to help your organization strengthen its diversity and inclusion work.
  • Objectives:


  • Join Partners in Diversity staff for a workshop on augmenting your recruitment strategies to reach more people of color.
  • Objectives:

About the Speakers:

Mari Watanabe - Executive Director - Partners in Diversity

Mari is the executive director of Partners in Diversity and the program director for Leadership Portland. As Executive Director of Partners in Diversity, Mari oversees this non-profit whose mission is to help companies recruit, support, and retain professionals of color in Oregon and SW Washington. As the Program Director of Leadership Portland, Mari manages all aspects of the 10 month leadership program designed to develop community leaders for today and tomorrow. 

Prior to joining the Alliance, Mari worked in the corporate arena for 25 years before switching to the nonprofit sector. She was the first executive director of Oregon Nikkei Endowment, a Japanese American history and culture organization. Appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber in May 2011, Mari serves as vice-chair on the Oregon Commission for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs under the umbrella of the Oregon Advocacy Commission. 

Mari graduated from Washington State University and studied for one year in Japan as a foreign exchange student at Japan University. Raised in Seattle, Mari moved to Portland in 2000 and enjoys golfing, biking, hiking and spending time with family and friends.


Soumary Vongrassamy - Program Manager - Partners in Diversity

Soumary joined Partners in Diversity in fall of 2017. As program manager, she oversees events and professional development opportunities.
She's worked in the intersections of K-12 education and racial justice as a policy advocate and grantmaker in Wisconsin, Washington DC, and New York City. Immediately prior to Partners in Diversity, she was the HR director of - an amazing tech nonprofit that crowdfunds for teachers and their classroom needs.
Soumary earned her BBA in management and marketing and an MPA for nonprofit management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She deeply enjoys empowering people to reach their best, indulging in art events, and listening to your travel stories.


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Additional Information




Luncheon + Workshop:

  • Members: $65 (members must be “signed in” to receive member pricing)
  • Affiliate Members: $65 (email Chapter Director for registration)
  • Non-Members: $100

Luncheon Only:

  • Members: $30 (members must be “signed in” to receive member pricing)
  • Affiliate Members: $30 (email Chapter Director for registration)
  • Non-Members: $50

Recertification Credit


Luncheon + Workshop:

  • SHRM: 3 PDCs (approved)
  • HRCI: 3 BUSINESS credits (approved)

Luncheon Only:

  • SHRM: 1 PDC (approved)
  • HRCI: 1 BUSINESS credit (approved)


Parking is available and covered by PHRMA in the parking lot attached to the Doubletree. However, please note that parking is available on a first come, first served basis and can fill up quickly.

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