Values to Emotional Intelligence at Work
In 2000, David Kahl was an M&A executive in New York City who was working long hours at a static desk with an old school task chair. When he started noticing stiffness, an aching back and bad posture in his 30’s, he switched to a little-known Norwegian task chair called Capisco. After the switch, David noticed that not only did he feel better, but he was sleeping better and found it easier to focus and be present. After the events of 9/11, and disillusioned with Wall Street, David set out to build a socially-conscious business around active seating and healthy workspaces. He built a website centered around products like Capisco, that would enable people to connect more fully with themselves, and Fully was born. Fast forward 15 years, and Portland-based Fully is disrupting the furniture industry by designing innovative, movement-inspired products like the Jarvis standing desk and Tic Toc stool, and selling directly to businesses and consumers without a dealer network.
Owner, Workplace Change, LLC
Values to Equity and Inclusion at Work
Serilda Summers-McGee is the Owner of Workplace Change, LLC, a company that exists to help organizations realize workplace excellence. She is also author of the book Change the Workgame: Building and Sustaining a Diverse Workforce, which instructs readers on the best and worst practices of recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce using case studies from Serilda’s consulting experiences. Prior to launching her company, Ms. Summers-McGee held previous roles as the Human Resources and Workforce Development Director for the Portland Development Commission, Human Resources Director for the Oregon Department of Education, Talent Planning Manager at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and she was the first executive director for Partners in Diversity, an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance, where she worked with human resources departments at companies throughout the region on strategies to recruit and retain executives of color. She has more than 15 years of experience in government, higher education, and corporate environments with experience across a broad range of HR practices.
Ms. Summers-McGee received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University. She is a board member of Meals on Wheels Oregon, Stand for Children, and Willamette University’s Atkinson Business School. In 2014 she received the Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty award for professional excellence, leadership and community commitment. And in 2018 she received the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award for blazing a trail personally and professionally for other women to follow.
CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting
Values to Environmental Sustainability
Kevin has over 20+ years’ experience working with over 120+ organizations to implement successful and transformational sustainability strategies. He wrote the book on sustainability strategy, Making Sustainability Stick, and continues to inspire new ways of thinking to create systemic change. He is an expert facilitator and strategist and specializes in helping organizations uncover opportunities and that will improve their financial, brand and sustainability performance.
Bryan Papé, Founder, MiiR & Rebecca Papé, Director of Impact, MiiR
Values to Philanthropic Action
Rebecca Papé is the Director of Impact at MiiR, a Certified B Corp and Product to Project™ company, where every MiiR product sold funds a trackable giving project. To date, MiiR has given over $500,000 to sustainable projects, empowering 100,000+ people around the world. Born and raised in the greater Seattle area of Washington state, Rebecca and her husband Bryan, founder and CEO of MiiR, consider themselves outdoor enthusiasts and builders of community. Together they have summited Mount Rainier twice and enjoy skiing, hiking and camping. In the city, Rebecca can often be found walking with her daughter (and dog) to MiiR’s Flagship store in the Fremont neighborhood for a cup of much needed coffee. Rebecca earned her BA in English Literature in 2007 from Seattle Pacific University and worked in the Private Wealth Management division of both Morgan Stanley and UBS Financial Services for seven years before transitioning to the family business.
Bryan Papé is Founder of MiiR. Having inherited his grandfather’s entrepreneurial spirit, it wasn’t until a life-or-death ski accident at the age of 20 that Bryan Papé fully realized his vision to begin building a legacy of generosity. That clarity, coupled with design opportunity in active lifestyle products, led to MiiR’s launch in 2010. A Product to Project™ company committed to trackable giving, MiiR gives 3% of revenue to partner organizations with an aim to provide people with access to a better future. Every product they design is built in-house with an emphasis on innovation, timelessness, simplicity and sustainability. MiiR partners with some of the most respected nonprofits in the world to create sustainable giving projects in the clean water, health and food sectors that address both domestic and international issues.
To date, they have given over $600,000 and empowered the lives of 100,000+ people worldwide, and invite customers to track the impact of their purchase through our Give Code™ registration process.
Outside of MiiR, Bryan has many passions including bird hunting with his vizsla and drafting plans for his family’s cabin in the middle of nowhere. He enjoys skiing and mountaineering, and has successfully summited Mount Rainier on four occasions, two of them with his wife. Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, he considers the Pacific Northwest home after having lived in Seattle for over ten years.
Vice President, City of Roses Disposal and Recycling
Alando Simpson is the Vice President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling which is a materials management organization that specializes in waste collection, material processing and demolition services. Alando has been with City of Roses for over 10 years and has worked diligently to solidify the company as a leader in the sustainable waste/recycling field with a strong emphasis on the circular economy. His leadership within City of Roses has not only enabled the company to be recognized as a reliable and timely service provider but also a trailblazer in recycling and innovation for the Portland Metro region.
Outside of City of Roses, Alando loves spending free time with his family and spends countless hours dedicating his time to youth sports and various civic engagements. As a leader of a certified Benefit Corporation, Alando has taken his socially and environmentally conscious principals from his business and has begun to share these values throughout his civic activities. Alando has high aspirations for the Portland Metro Region in hopes to build a 21st century sustainable community that fosters a vibrant economy, leaders in environmental stewardship and equity for all people.
Director, Equity and Community Programs, Resolutions Northwest
Resisting Microaggressions and Interrupting Racism
Carlos moved to Portland from the Bay Area where he worked for Netherland & Associates as a proposal writer and accounts manager. Since landing in Portland, he has done contract work with the Multnomah Youth Commission as a Youth Development Specialist and Portland Housing Bureau as a Community Outreach and Development Professional. Carlos has significant experience in community outreach, leadership development, administration, project/team coordination, training, public speaking, media relations and community facilitation. He has dedicated both his personal and professional life to the pursuit of human rights and positive social transformation.
Training Coordinator, Resolutions Northwest
Resisting Microaggressions and Interrupting Racism
Teri led her first anti-oppression training over 25 years ago, and she has been a professional facilitator for over a dozen years. Her work as a trainer, facilitator, and consultant at Resolutions Northwest and in private practice supports individuals and organizations to develop the will and capacity to bring their outcomes in line with their values, particularly around racial equity. As a white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is always up against her own learning edge in working for racial and social justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of Aikido, a Japanese martial art that is often called “the art of peace.”
Environmental Products Representative, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Carbon and Water Footprinting 101
Heather’s background is in sustainability, outreach, marketing and sales. Heather was previously the Portland Regional Manager of the ReDirect Guide, a local green directory, and has served on the boards of Green Drinks PDX and VOIS (Voice for Oregon Innovation and Sustainability). She has also been a professional singer, nutritionist and speaker. As a Portland native, Heather enjoys the Pacific NW for its many outdoor offerings and as such she has a passion for protecting it and its communities.
Sustainability Director, Scout Books
Inclusive Company Culture
Rose Lavelle is the Sustainability Director at Scout Books and has worked at the company since 2011. As part of Scout Books' ongoing sustainability efforts, she organized the B Corp Certification process in 2017. She has a bachelor’s in Geology from Portland State University. She enjoys bike touring in the summer, playing pool, and her cat named Pickles.
Bindery Lead, Scout Books
Inclusive Company Culture
Amanda Gregory is the Bindery Lead at Scout Books and has worked at the company since 2015. As Scout Books’ unofficial Chairwoman of Fun, she helps facilitate team outings and team bonding activities. Her interests include corn, history, rock 'n roll, and her cat Rev Spaceman.
Senior Community Services Associate, B Lab
Recertification (and more!)
A Bay Area native, Jocelyn has dedicated her career to working with organizations with a deep commitment to social change in the fields of social entrepreneurship, food justice and environmental stewardship. Jocelyn studied cross-sector leadership as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and is committed to elevating the efficiency and impact of mission-based work. As Senior Community Services Associate at B Lab, Jocelyn runs the Inclusive Economy Challenge and supports B Local communities across the U.S. and Canada.
Representative Karin Power
Representative Karin Power grew up in a small town in New Jersey and went to Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts before moving to the west coast. She's spent time in Geneva, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, and Portland before making her home in Milwaukie. Rep. Power and her wife live in Milwaukie with their baby, and two rescue dogs. In her other job, Rep. Power is Associate General Counsel for The Freshwater Trust. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School.
Rep. Power is committed to progress for our environment, for stronger communities and better schools, and for equity and equality. She puts her years of environmental law experience to work by advocating for cleaner water and air in our communities, and protecting Oregon's strong environmental heritage. As a new mother and first time homeowner, Rep. Power knows how crucial stable housing and public education are to building successful families and communities. Rep. Power is also the first LGBT woman elected to serve House District 41. She understands how important it is to make our government more accessible, and champions equitable policies both for the Oregon we are today and for the generations yet to come.
In addition to her work in the Oregon Legislature and at The Freshwater Trust, Rep. Power is a board member of the Oregon Food Bank and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. In her spare time, she's working on fixer-upper projects for her new (old) 1920s house, and finding out which funny faces make her baby son laugh the hardest.
Representative Power was elected to office in November 2016. Prior to her election, she served as a Milwaukie City Councilor, Chair of the Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee, and as Chair of the Island Station Neighborhood District Association.
Chief Collaboration Officer, Business for a Better Portland
Ashley is the Chief Collaboration Officer for Business for a Better Portland. She leads the organization’s efforts to engage Portland’s business leaders in the civic processes that shape the direction of the city. She is passionate about ensuring that our community’s business leaders are connected with strategic opportunities to bring greater shared prosperity to all Portlanders. Just five months after launching BBPDX, the organization was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s Top 25 Chambers of Commerce. Ashley was also personally named as “One of 18 To Watch in 2018” by the Portland Business Journal and is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.
Executive Director, The Bus Project
Samantha Gladu believes in addressing power inequities by building representative and progressive leadership. She got her start in Oregon politics after completing New Leadership Oregon in 2012, and has since worked on statewide and legislative district campaigns and as Chief of Staff to two Oregon legislators. With a degree in community development and a background of reproductive health advocacy, Samantha has worked on issues globally at the United Nations as a Planned Parenthood Global Youth Advocacy Fellow, regionally as board vice president for the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, and in both chambers of the legislature. She also serves as a member of the NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon board of directors and was a founding board member and co-director of New Leaders Council Portland. When she’s not working to make the world a better place, Samantha is playing bass in her feminist punk bands, cuddling her dog Pierre, or sampling the best of Oregon’s food, wine and beer with her spouse Zach.
Owner, Green Drop Garage
Values to Action (and Joy!)
Farhad Ghafarzade founded and owns Green Drop Garage, an eco-friendly auto repair shop. After graduating UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Molecular Biology, Farhad decided to take some time off before entering dental school. He moved back home to Beaverton, OR in his vegetable oil powered Mercedes in 2005. A long, strange trip led to Farhad abandoning dental school and pursuing his believe that auto repair can be sustainable, ethical and fun! Green Drop Garage is a certified Eco Biz and a Certified B Corporation. Both Farhad and Green Drop Garage have been recognized through numerous awards including Portlnd Business Journal's 40 under 40 award (2017), Oregon's Fastest Growing Company (2016 & 2017), Oregon Ethics in Business Finalist (2016) and named Portland's favorite auto repair shop by Willamette week (2016). When not working or skiing, Farhad spends time with his very beautiful wife and two young children.
MA, Imago, LLC
Closing & Commitments
Angela has been organizing effective change efforts since the 3rd grade, when she instigated a school-wide anti- smoking campaign that empowered kids to support their parents in kicking the habit. Since then, she has gained over 25 years of consulting and service experience working with for-impact organizations, earning her M.A. in Organizational Development from Bastyr University in 2001. She has served as Adjunct Faculty with Seattle University’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership Program, and works with leaders on issues ranging from executive coaching and thought partnership to strategy development and research design. She has particular interest and expertise in supporting people and organizations to navigate the nuances of quickly changing environments. You can learn more at www.imagorevolution.com.