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Thursday, February 09, 2017
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

Simon Tam, Author, Speaker & Musician, Marketing Director, Oregon Environmental Council

Diversity and inclusion is often an afterthought, not an ongoing process in developing equity within organizations - especially in the world of marketing and communications. When “diversity” is seen as a separate area or something to be included into imagery rather than something that is embedded into all areas of the organization, the effort will never be successful. This workshop will examine successful – as well as unsuccessful attempts at creating a truly inclusive marketing practices that doesn’t isolate or tokenize diverse audiences. Case studies, personal stories, and examples of what to do/what not to do will be provided. In this EILN session, participants will:

  • Learn how to create culturally competent marketing and communications
  • Understand the difference between accountable relationships and tokenizing relationships
  • View marketing through a different lens (in light of #blacklivesmatter and other social movements)
  • Learn the important difference between impact and intent

About the Presenter

Simon Tam

Simon Tam has over a decade of marketing and nonprofit experience, including leading organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Portland Community College, and Clackamas Community College. In addition to his role at Oregon Environmental Council, Simon is also an award-winning musician, best-selling author, and activist. His approach to social justice has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 82 countries, including: BBC World News, NPR, and TIME Magazine. He has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at events and organizations such as The Department of Defense, Stanford University, SXSW and over 1,200 others across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has also appeared on the TEDx stage 10 times. Simon is best known for winning a landmark case against the U.S Trademark Office and helping expand First Amendment rights for marginalized communities.

Simon received his Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University, where he also received a Distinguished Alum Award. Recently, he was recognized as a “Portland Rising Star” and was twice-nominated for Portland Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” He enjoys music, photography, reading, and spending time with his two rescue dogs.

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This event is part of the Equity & Inclusion Leaders Network (EILN) training series. Are you a current member? Attend the series as a Member Pass Holder! A Member Pass includes a package of 10 seats to use at any network session in your area. Engage your entire team including board members, volunteers, and staff members.

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February 9th, 2017 8:00 AM   through   10:00 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Communications & Marketing
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Leadership Development
Presenter Simon Tam
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach

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