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Special Event: Taking Your Company's Temperature: Are You Ready for a Diverse Workforce?

Taking Your Company's Temperature: Are You Ready for a Diverse Workforce?

When: 11/27/18
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Where: McMenamins: Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland 97211
United States
Presenter: Serilda Summers-McGee
Contact: Nikki Schutte, SHRM-CP, PHR
PHRMA office: 503-544-6474

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Special Event (2 of 2): Education & Networking

Taking Your Company's Temperature: Are You Ready for a Diverse Workforce?

Presented by: Serilda Summers-Mcgee

Throughout the Pacific Northwest companies are exclaiming their interest in recruiting a diverse workforce, but many struggle to retain the diversity they worked so hard to find. In our session we will candidly explore the challenges most companies experience when diversifying their workforce and mitigation best practices. Failed diversity efforts hurt- let’s avoid letdowns.


  • Learn how to recognize unconscious bias in your workplace and how it can impact meeting your organization's ability to meet it's core values
  • Learn how to establish strategic relationships with stakeholders in  your workplace so you can influence organizational decision-making
  • Once you have built those relationships, learn how to influence and execute strategies for affecting organizational change that specifically relate to unconscious bias and it's negative impact on your organization


About the Speaker:

Serilda Summers-McGee


Workplace Change, LLC

Serilda Summers-McGee is the Owner of Workplace Change, LLC, a company that exists to help organizations achieve workplace excellence. She is also author of the book Change the Workgame: Building and Sustaining a Diverse Workforce, which instructs readers on the best and worst practices of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce using case studies from Serilda’s consulting experiences.


Prior to launching her company, Ms. Summers-McGee held previous roles as the Human Resources and Workforce Development Director for the Portland Development Commission, Human Resources Director for the Oregon Department of Education,  Talent Planning Manager at Kaiser Permanente Northwest and she was the first executive director for Partners in Diversity, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance, where she worked with human resources departments at companies throughout the region on strategies to recruit and retain executives of color. She has more than 15 years of experience in government, higher education, and corporate environments with experience across a broad range of HR practices.


Ms. Summers-McGee received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. She is a board member of Meals on Wheels Oregon, Stand for Children, and Willamette University’s Atkinson Business School. In 2014 she received the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty award for professional excellence, leadership and community commitment. And in 2018 she received the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award for blazing a trail personally and professionally for other women to follow.


Additional Details

This is a special two-part event focused on Diversity and Inclusion featuring Serilda Summers-McGee. Enjoy happy hour drinks (one drink is included in the price), food, networking and an amazing program! Discounts apply if you purchase both events in one transaction. 


  • PHRMA Members: $45
  • Non-Members: $75

Special Pricing: Purchase both events in one transaction for a discounted rate. The presentations are meant to build on one another. 

  • PHRMA Members: $80
  • Non-Members: $140
  • Parking is available in the Kennedy School parking lot or on the street.
Recertification Credit
  • HRCI: 2 BUSINESS credits (approved)
  • SHRM: 2 PDCs (approved)
Food & Beverage
  • One drink is included with your ticket! If you would like more, the bar will accept cash and credit cards. 
  • Amazing food will also be available and included with your ticket. 


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