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Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.

Event Description

Lessons on Equity, Diversity & Loyalty through the Stories of Unsung Heroes

Gideon F. For-mukwai, Author, Educator and Story Warrior

During this training, participants will learn about equity, diversity and loyalty through the story of an unsung hero. Participants will engage in a “life story performance” that showcases the tragic life of York, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804, 1805 and 1806. Unlike the other members of the Corps of Discovery, he was Captain Clark's slave. His status notwithstanding, the records show that he contributed to the expedition with utmost honor and loyalty.

Human history is fraught with many mysteries, myths and unsung heroes. By looking back at yesterday's unsung heroes, we remind ourselves of the need to acknowledge today’s disparities and challenges in our communities. Without acknowledging our past stumbles, how can we fully know how we got here?

York’s journey from St Louis to Oregon and back, his trials and tribulations, will help us to better understand underdogs. It turns out, every organization has underdogs and underlings with incredible potential. With the right story, and approach, every organization can unleash the hidden potential and loyalty of all their people.

The Lewis & Clark expedition is reminiscent of some of the challenges and opportunities organizations encounter today. It is time to turn those pitfalls into windfalls by starting with the right story that engages, encourages and empowers everyone.

About the Presenter

Gideon F. For-mukwai, Author, Educator and Story Warrior

Gideon helps professionals to tell captivating stories to influence and inspire more followers for a bigger purpose, or for a profit motive.

He is a battle-tested storyteller who’s used storytelling to build his business and to win speaking awards in Asia and America. For over a decade, he has used his Story DNA Method in teaching over 17,200 executives in 18 countries worldwide.

He is often ranked in the top one percent at major conferences worldwide. He fervently believes that without storytelling, he would not even stand a chance against the giants from the Ivy Leagues with all their clout, eloquence and air of invincibility.


Individual Session
$35 NAO Member
$65 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. View the full EILN schedule here.


January 11th, 2018 8:30 AM   through   10:30 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 65.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Leadership Development
Presenter Gideon For-mukwai
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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