Thursday, June 4, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.
Light Breakfast Provided

Event Description

Gender is for everyone! Building Skills to Move Beyond the Binary

Kaig Lightner, Quantum Gender

In this session, we will explore the complex layers of how the rigid gender binary system is impacting everyone and ultimately creating division within our workspaces. Often transgender and non-binary people are the focal point when the discussion focuses on gender identity.

This session will center your experience of gender in our society in order to recognize the greater connections between cisgender, transgender, and non-binary people. Through interactive, small group discussions mixed with engaging storytelling from the presenter, you will have the opportunity to increase your gender diversity knowledge in order to create a more welcoming environment for people of all genders.

Understand how the rigid gender binary system is impacting all of us and how cisgender, transgender and non-binary people can work together to create more inclusive spaces for people of all genders.


  • Recognize and embrace gender as a full spectrum instead of just two categories
  • Examine how your own gender identity has formed in order to test assumptions
  • Commit to questioning the supposed “rules” of gender in your daily lives

Area of Nonprofit Excellence - Leadership & Culture

Every learning opportunity NAO offers is aligned with one of nine areas of our Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence that NAO believes are critical to every nonprofit’s effectiveness and success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for a thriving, effective and successful nonprofit; therefore, DE&I is embedded across all nine areas.

This event focuses on Leadership & Culture. For additional resources in this category, visit: Leadership & Culture.

About the Presenter

Kaig Lightner, Quantum Gender

Kaig Lightner has been speaking about and educating others on the concept of inclusion of all gender identities since 2006. Through the telling of his own personal lived experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community mixed with useful, tangible information, Kaig creates an environment of expansive growth mindset to learn about a complex and often challenging subject. As the founder of Quantum Gender and the nonprofit soccer club Portland Community Football Club, Kaig is well versed in the challenges that entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders face, especially when it comes to creating a foundation of inclusion. Kaig graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a master's degree in Social Work and is currently an adjunct professor in the department. When Kaig isn't running two businesses and teaching you can find him on the soccer field coaching or playing, but also spending time with his partner and their dog Charlie.



$35 NAO Member 
$70 Nonmember

If you are logged in as an NAO member you will see your member discount reflected in the cost listed on the following registration page. For questions about this event, or trouble registering contact


June 4th, 2020 8:30 AM   through   10:30 AM
Ecotrust - 2nd Floor
Billy Frank Jr Conference
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 70.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Development & Fundraising, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Networking
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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