“Diversity in the Public Sector: Getting from Here to There” Seminar Scheduled for July 11

Do you have a diversity program?  Does your organization need one?  If you have one, is it dusty and sitting on a shelf or alive and well and making an impact?  Is your program in existence only to address legal requirements or worse yet, viewed as the pet project of the HR director? Regardless of which category fits your situation, join us for what is sure to be an engaging, practical and worthwhile morning. The Oregon Chapter’s training workshop scheduled for July 11 at Clackamas Commuity College will provide you with real world tips and tools for HR folks and supervisors who would like to be able to launch or revitalize a diversity initiative to secure its place as a program-level priority supported by employees and leadership.  The key points of the workshop will be:

  •  Assessing your organization
  •  Role of HR
  •  Creating urgency
  •  Achieving incremental change
  •  Patience versus progress
  •  Eye on the prize

Vicki Nakashima, our presenter, will share her experiences in the public sector including serving on Governor Kitzhaber’s most recent Transition Team to assist him in creating a diverse Governor’s Office staff.  You won’t want to miss this one. Vicki has lived and worked in the Portland/Salem area since 1967.  She is 3rd generation (sansei) Japanese American.  Vicki currently serves on the Board of Partners in Diversity and previously served as its first Executive Director.  This non-profit program was founded in 2005 to help major employers in Oregon and Southwest Washington to increase opportunities to attract, hire and retain a highly talented and diverse workforce.  One of the programs supported by Partners in Diversity is Say Hey, NW, a quarterly networking reception sponsored to welcome new professionals of color relocating to the area.

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Diversity: Attracting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce

IPMA-HR Oregon Chapter’s September 13 Seminar will be featuring workplace diversity with seminars in Northern and Southern Oregon.  Details are already firmed up for the seminar, to be held at the Tualatin Police Department.

Diversity: Attracting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce

  • Who wants a diverse workforce anyway?
  • Statistics and legal imperatives (small pieces of the puzzle)
  • Importance to employers…the business case
  • Developing a diversity mission statement
  • Recruitment best practices
  • Candidate interviews
  • Please don’t go…(retention)
  • Q & A

As usual, check in and breakfast @ 7:30 a.m.
Presentation: 8:00 a.m. –10:00 a.m.


Bill Tolbert is Metro’s Diversity Program Manager. He received his MA in Cultural Anthropology from The George Washington University. After 3 years in the D.C. area and 20 plus years prior in Denver, he decided in 1990 the west coast was the place to go. Before joining Metro in early 2012, Bill had previously worked for United Airlines, traveling the world; New Season Market for 7 years as the recruiter; and Deputy Director for Diversity and Inclusion for Governor Kitzhaber. Bill has served on the Urban League of Portland Board of Directors for the last 5 years. He is an avid tennis fan and player. Bill currently resides in Northeast Portland with his partner James and their dog Bishop.

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IPMA Oregon Chapter
Serving Oregon and Southwest Washington
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