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Thursday, February 2, 2017
(Originally scheduled for January 12 but postponed due to inclement weather)

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00, Presentation at 8:30


2rd Floor Conference Room
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
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FREE to Member Pass Holders*
$25 NAO Members**
$50 Nonmembers

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Event Details

Steve Hanamura, Owner, Hanamura Consulting, Inc.

As the field of diversity, inclusion and equity continue to grow, it is becoming more apparent that we need to understand the importance of creating safety on the job if we expect co-workers to engage in truthful and respectful conversations with one another. A key inhibitor to having open dialogue with each other is our lack of understanding in how to engage with colleagues who come from different cultural backgrounds. There is a hesitancy not only because we lack the skills, but we fear offending our colleagues. This ninety-minute seminar will help participants expand their ability to create a safe climate for conversations.

During this session, participants will:

  • Explore methods to create an environment where truthful and respectful conversations can occur
  • Study the connection between power, authority, and differing cultural backgrounds
  • Learn three tips to work through difficult conversations

About the Presenter

Steve Hanamura

Steve Hanamura is president of Hanamura Consulting, Inc., a firm he founded in 1986. Steve brings over 25 years experience to the consulting, coaching, training, and speaking profession. He is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development and innovation, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, working with people with disabilities, and managing personal and organizational change.

Steve has authored two books, In Search of Vision, and I Can See Clearly, and was contributing author to Valuing Diversity. He writes journal articles for a variety of publications as well. Steve has served as past president of the Portland Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (now ATD, Association for Talent Development) and was chair of the board with the Oregon Commission for the Blind for 6 years. He is an emeritus member of the Diversity Collegium, a group of thought leaders in the field of diversity. Steve received his master's degree from the University of Oregon and his Bachelor's degree from Linfield College. Though blind, he enjoys running and is an avid sports fan. He and his wife, Becky, live in Beaverton and have 3 adult sons.

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February 2nd, 2017 8:00 AM through 10:00 AM
Ecotrust - 2nd Floor
Billy Frank Jr Conference
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Leadership Development, Networking
Presenter Steve Hanamura
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach