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Mar 27, 2009
Portland Open Forum on Design
Portland State University Shattuck Annex

Portland Open Forum on Design: "Expanding Architecture: A Conversation on Engagement and Change"

Portland State University Department of Architecture, Portland State University Social Equity and Opportunity Forum, and Architects Without Borders-Oregon to sponsor a forum on social responsibility and engagement in the design professions featuring Bryan Bell.

Designers have the potential to benefit many more people than they currently reach. No, this is not a call for pro bono work. Instead we are being challenged to play a more direct role in solving the critical social and environmental problems facing the nation and our communities--and to incorporate outreach into our own practice to serve what is an ever-growing client base with real needs. Come discuss the possibilities and challenges as we try to engage a broader range of issues as concerned citizens and designers.

Special guest, Bryan Bell, founder of Design Corps and editor of the much discussed recent book, Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism; Janet Hammer, Director of the Social Equity and Opportunity Forum at Portland State University; Sergio Palleroni, associate professor of architecture at Portland State University and founder of the BaSiC Initiative; John Duke, Clinic Director, Outside In; Abby Dacey, Architects Without Borders-Oregon, and Boora Architects; as well as other local practitioners and housing providers will engage with the audience in a discussion of the potentials and challenges we face in our efforts to create greater accountability and responsible engagement.

Free and open to the public

Coffee and Oregon apples will be provided.

Mar 8, 2011
About Stock
OTBC (Oregon Technology Business Center)

You're starting a company and have multiple founders. A number of questions come up:

  • What exactly is founders stock? How is it different from options?
  • How is it different from investors' stock?
  • How do you decide how much stock each founder will receive?
  • Do founders purchase their stock?
  • How much do they pay?
  • Should the stock vest?
  • What happens if a founder leaves?
  • What happens if you add more founders a few months down the road?
  • How do founders get diluted when investors buy stock?
  • How much stock do founders typically have when a company gets acquired or goes IPO?

We'll answer those questions and more at this event. OTBC exec director (and former startup CEO) Steve Morris and Ernie Bootsma, an emerging-business attorney with Ater Wynne will provide an overview of how stock works, and answer your questions.

As an extra incentive - all attendees to this event will receive, courtesy of the Synergy Consulting Group, a stock structure / growth spreadsheet that will help you evaluate different valuation/growth/dilution scenarios. The spreadsheet is a $29.95 value!

So join us for this seminar. You'll learn a few things, and walk away with a very useful tool.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Time: 4:30pm to 5:30pm, followed by food, beverage, and networking Where: OTBC: 8305 SW Creekside Place, Suite C, Beaverton Cost: $15

Nov 6, 2013
Portland Area Food Forum; Equity and Access Reading and Discussion Group
P's & Q's Market

The Equity/Access Workgroup of the Portland Area Food Forum (PAFF) will be holding a series of reading and discussion groups in order to think and talk more deeply about issues of equity in the food system. Please join us for a serious discussion about race and how to be inclusive. The group is open to anyone who wants to participate.

Feb 21, 2017
Tech + Inclusion: A Community Conversation

Portland’s technology community has much to celebrate; however, when it comes to having an inclusive and diverse industry we must improve. Diversifying our workforce to include all from our community is the right thing to do, and the data shows it benefits us in terms of innovation, team functioning, and bottom line results. We know that greater diversity leads to greater innovation. Tech + Inclusion Community Conversation is an opportunity for companies who have joined the PDC Diversity Pledge and the community to come together. This event is open to those working in the tech sector, to students and prospective tech sector workers, and those interested in the tech industry. The Tech + Inclusion event will help create partnerships that can ultimately lead to hiring and career advancement of women and people of color in Portland’s Tech industry.

May 14, 2018
Tyrone Poole, Founder of OneApp Oregon, On Entrepreneurship - Presented by The Urban League of Portland Young Professionals
Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown

During this Leadership Narrative lunch and learn, Tyrone Poole (founder of One App Rentals) will talk about what it truly takes to win as an entrepreneur and how failing is a part of the journey. This is a great opportunity to meet with and learn from one of Portland's shining stars. Seating is limited so register now and reserve your spot!

ABOUT ONEAPP OREGON OneApp Oregon was started out of necessity. Tyrone Poole, Founder and CEO, was training to become a firefighter when he suffered a gruesome injury that hospitalized him. With no insurance or income, Tyrone's bills piled up and by the time he was released from the hospital he was broke and homeless. Tyrone took shelter in the YWCA, where he made it his mission to help people find housing. In his time helping people, one thing became very clear: application fees and the uncertainty of applying to properties were crippling. Application fees can cost upwards of $50, and there's no way for an applicant to know whether they meet the property's criteria. From this realization, an idea was born: one application, one application fee, transparency to all properties. OneApp Oregon was born.

*this event is free and open to the public Get your (free ) tickets here:

About The Portland Urban League Young Professionals The Portland Urban League Young Professionals (ULPDXYP) is a volunteer auxiliary of the Urban League of Portland that encourages Oregon young professionals to empower their communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement. We provide service to the Urban League through volunteerism in the areas of advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership development. Our goal is to build a pipeline of young leaders who consider the Portland metro area their home and view the Urban League as key contributors to enhancing their personal development and professional success.

Oct 16, 2019
Out in Tech PDX | Equity by Design
Swift Agency

Join us for a panel of distinguished QTPOC (Queer/Trans People of Color) designers and illustrators to discuss designing for equity and inclusion! There will a Q&A inviting the community to come up with new solutions, challenge existing systems, and feel empowered to create a world that is designed for all people.

This is a DE&I-focused entered event meant to uplift and center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color). This event is all-inclusive. Allies of all identities are welcome.


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5:30pm | doors

6:00pm | short presentation

6:30pm | panel + audience Q&A

7:30pm | social + networking

8:30pm | closes

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ to drink. Arrive early to guarantee entrance.

A BIG thank you to our FABULOUS hosts Swift Agency who made this event possible by graciously allowing us to use their space.

Check out our Code of Conduct.

Questions/Concerns? Please email [email protected]

Feb 5
300 Seconds PDX
Connective DX Community Room


We can address this challenge by creating space for women* and other underrepresented groups of speakers to get their start.

We believe that the world is better when we can learn from the brilliance of the many, not just the few. 300 Seconds events give our peers, and in particular women, a means of gaining confidence and experience speaking in public.

We give new speakers the opportunity to gain confidence and improve speaking skills in a safe, supportive environment. Our veteran speakers volunteer their time to sharpen up presentations, provide support, connections, and tips on shaping a personal brand.

*By women we mean all women (trans, intersex and cis), all those who experience oppression as women (including non-binary and gender non-conforming people) and all those who identify as women.

Jun 16
How to create frameworks and strategies for equity within startups

Join PIE for a conversation with PIE alum Quincy Brown about how to create frameworks and strategies for equity within startups.

"As startups we have a chance to lead with equity as we develop our business plans, marketing, customer outreach, and the like," said Quincy. "From my perspective, equity includes including women, BIPOC, youth, elderly, and everyone undeserved by policies and programming."

Quincy is a young, native transportation planner from Portland. He began is transportation planning career volunteering at TriMet working directly with the HR department where he served as a volunteer translator and helped recruit Latinx employees.

Following his degree from Claremont McKenna College, Quincy engaged in post bac work at Berkeley in Sustainability and the Built Environment and City and Regional Planning. He won best research in Human Rights from the Mgrublian Center for Rights and was Claremont McKenna's first Mellon Mays undergraduate fellow, a fellowship for minority students interested in becoming PhD professors.

His research has consistently focused on creating sustainable and equitable planning and programming that support and involve people of color, people with disabilities, and low income residents. In all pursuits, Quincy is passionate about bringing equitable and sustainable practices to everyone regardless age, race, gender, sexuality, or belief.


Oct 28
PDXWIT Presents: Diversity Dinner Discussion (Apply to attend virtually)
Virtual Event

Appllications are now closed.

Join us for a small, informal yet focused discussion where we can share our experiences with diversity in the workplace.

The intimate and safe setting will allow us to discuss tactics, strategies, and support to resolve the issues that arise. This event will be led by Marcus Carter, Crystal Sincoff, Zhou Fang, and Emma Holland.

Our goal is to ensure this event results in a well-represented, honest and impactful conversation about diversity in our industry, so we are asking folks to apply to attend this event by copying and pasting the link noted below and completing the form.

Link to apply:

Applications are due by October 21st and the 10 invitees will be notified by October 26th, 2020, on how to register in Zoom.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.