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Small Business Solutions: Building An Inclusive Workforce

Join us on July 19th for an afternoon filled with tips and considerations for employing a modern and diverse workforce. Portland Made has partnered with United Equality Consulting to create an event around diverse hiring practices and inclusion in the work space.


As small business owners building your workforce, it is becoming more and more crucial that businesses are able to understand and apply the tools we’ll provide throughout the evening to navigate today’s diverse business environment. Whether you are an individual launching a startup or an HR representative within an established business, these fresh ideas will keep you up to date with today’s hiring pool. We’ll cover the hiring and support of refugees, transgender and non-binary inclusion, and microaggressions in your workplace. This 3 hour workshop will provide useful insight to ensure your business reflects your values.

The afternoon will include three educational presentations followed by a networking cocktail hour including with food and drink provided by BridgePort Brewing, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, New Deal Distillery and Por Que No?.


  • 3-3:30 – Check-in and Welcome
  • 3:30-4:30 – “We Hire Refugees” with Sam Pardue
  • 4:30-4:45 – Break 1
  • 4:45 – 5:45 – Affirming Safe Work Spaces for Transgender and Non-binary Employees with Shannon Scott
  • 5:45 – 6:00 – Break 2
  • 6-7 – Microaggressions and Unconscious Bias Relating to Race with Ciara Trinidad
  • 7-8 – Closing remarks and Cocktail hour



Sam Pardue – Founder & CEO, Indow WindowsWe Hire Refugees

Sam Pardue is founder & CEO of Indow in Portland, which handcrafts thermal window inserts to make the built environment more energy efficient to fight climate change. He also co-founded the special effects SLR camera lens business, Lensbaby.  Sam Pardue got his masters in international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. His company, Indow, in North Portland, employees a number of refugees. It has won numerous sustainability awards.

Sam will speak on the experience of hiring and working with refugees, the current political discourse around refugees, and why “We Hire Refugees” was created; among other topics related to hiring and supporting the current refugee landscape.

Shannon Scott – Founding President and Lead Consultant, United Equality ConsultingAffirming Safe Work Spaces for Transgender and Non-binary Employees.

(UEC)While working with some of the largest organizations in the U.S. Shannon has established herself as a powerful, engaging and influential speaker. Shannon’s lived experience as a transgender woman provides additional insight into the importance and value of equality. Having served over a decade in the U.S. military, Shannon will present the reliability, dedication and professionalism you would expect from a speaker of this caliber. You will find that Shannon’s leadership abilities are impressive and draw on past and current experience as a leader in Toastmasters International, Basic Rights Oregon and The Human Rights Campaign. As an LGBTQ activist, Shannon serves the community through volunteer work with several local and national organizations.Through education and inspiration, Shannon will deliver the positive change that you are seeking

Shannon will share insight on creating transgender inclusive work spaces and will provide an opportunity to hear directly from a panel of employees who identify as transgender or non-binary. The audience will be left with simple call-to-action steps that can be quickly implemented.


Ciara Trinidad – Head of People Development & Inclusion, LeverMicroaggressions and Unconscious Bias Relating to Race.

Ciara Trinidad works alongside a team that’s looking to revolutionize the way companies like Netflix and Lyft think about recruiting. Having a 50:50 gender ratio at Lever is something that she is wildly proud of. At Lever, Ciara is responsible to ensuring that all Leveroos voices are heard, that the facilities and environment is open and inviting of all people and by creating people programs that foster true inclusion. Having worked previously at Apple, Ciara is wildly passionate about creating phenomenal customer experiences. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco. She considers herself a ‘triple threat’ as she is black, female and queer and she plans to bring that perspective and experience to this panel.

Ciara will help you discover racial microaggressions or unconscious biases that you or your organization may present with but are completely unaware.


About UEC:  United Equality Consulting is a company that works to bring LGBTQ equality to businesses and other organizations with a special emphasis on creating transgender inclusive and affirming work spaces


  • Who is the intended audience for this event? Everyone who is interested in creating a more inclusive workplace!
  • I only want to come for one or two of the presentations, is there an a la carte price? Unfortunately, we cannot provide an a la carte price for this event. We encourage attendees to stay for all three presentations as they will all inform each other throughout the evening. If you cannot stay for the entirety of the event, there will be 15 minute breaks between presentations to allow for entry/exit.
  • What is the format of the event? Each presentation will be slightly different, but the goal of the event is to allow our presenters and audience members to engage in a respectful and educational manner. There will be time for Q/A throughout each presentation as well as the opportunity for more informal conversation during the happy hour portion of the evening.
  • Cocktail Hour? Yes! Although it’s a bit later than a standard happy hour, after 3 hours of intense conversation, people need a moment to let it all sink in, ask follow up questions, and chat. Light and food and beverages will be provided and are included in your ticket costs.
  • Are tickets refundable? Yes, you can refund your ticket within one week of the event.
  • Are tickets transferable? Yes, but please contact so that we can update the name on the ticket
  • Can tickets be purchased at the door? Yes, but we expect this event to sell out, so buy your tickets today to be sure to get a seat!



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July 19, 2017 3:00 PM
July 19, 2017 8:00 PM
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1015 SE Stark St
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