Portland General Electric puts Focus on Workforce Diversity at Upcoming Summitt

Portland General Electric will play host to its seventh annual PGE Diversity Summit at the Oregon Convention Center on May 23.

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With workforce and social diversity a growing issue in the power grid and every other sector, one utility continues to spotlight it at a recurring event in the Pacific northwest.

Portland General Electric will play host to its seventh annual PGE Diversity Summit at the Oregon Convention Center on May 23.

“It’s an opportunity for people to come together and focus on enacting real change when it comes to diversity and inclusion in our community,” says Maria Pope, PGE president and CEO, said in a statement. “In light of current events, we believe this year’s summit is especially timely and will lead to productive conversations about equity and social justice.”

Shiza Shahid, founding GP of NOW Ventures, will be the co-keynote speaker at the PGE Diversity Summit, talking about stories of social and economic justice. Shahid also co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakastani who was shot in the head by a Talibani in retaliation for her activism six years ago. Yousafzai survived her wounds and went on to worldwide activism.

Steve Robbins, the Vietnamese-born founder of inclusion consulting firm S.L. Robbins & Associates, is the other keynote speaker. The event also will feature diversity experts from Wilmanette University, Hubbard & Hubbard, United Way, Columbia University and others.

Topic titles include: Complicity with the Color Line: Racism, Power and Privilege in Oregon; Courageous Conversations About Race; Gender Diversity — When Women Thrive; Leading Diversity and Inclusion: What’s Working and What’s Not Working; Proven Pathways to Organizational Inclusion, Equity and Cultural Responsiveness.

Go to pgediversitysummit.com/register/ for more information.

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