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BLD PNW 2019

B Corp Leadership Development
Pacific Northwest Conference

June 13, 2019
at The Redd on Salmon Street
831 SE Salmon St | Portland, Oregon

BLD PNW Conference (Ticketed): 8 AM - 5 PM, with reception to follow from 5-6pm
Block Party (free & open to the public): 6-8 PM

BLD PNW is the largest gathering of Certified B Corporations in the Pacific Northwest. The event is organized by the B Corp community, for the B Corp community. By inspiring and connecting B Corps in the Pacific Northwest and their teams, we build a stronger movement to use business as a force for good.

Our Theme: Building the B Ecosystem

Our theme for the day is Building the B Ecosystem. Together, we’ll examine and generate ideas towards creating holistic partnerships that connect us as local, socially responsible businesses supporting our communities to build a more sustainable and just world. Leaders will share stories, ideas, and experiences about collaborating around shared values and working towards inclusivity in the B Corp community.

What is the B Ecosystem?

Our B Ecosystem is an ever-evolving, holistic, and expanding organism. It’s a vibrant network of thriving B Corp companies, the individuals that make them go, local and global communities, and engaged stakeholders. These parts work together to benefit the world through thoughtful partnerships that maximize positive impact upon the immediate community. We are working to create an inclusive and durable prosperity for all, using the B Corp Certification model to measure and verify high standards of social and environmental performance. The future of our world—particularly the quality of life for people living in it and our natural environment—depends upon our ability to solve some of today’s most difficult issues through innovative and collaborative efforts.

Conference Host: B Local PDX

B Local PDX is an association of certified B Corps in Greater Portland that exists to equip and empower our organizations and employees in service of a shared and durable prosperity for all. We serve our constituents through certification support for aspiring and existing B Corps, connections for business development opportunities and personal growth, and collaboration around social and environmental impact.

Our Venue: The Redd on Salmon Street

The third annual BLD PNW will be held at the beautiful new Redd on Salmon Street event space. The Redd is a multifaceted project of Ecotrust that was formulated to support a more equitable, restorative, and regenerative food system in the Pacific Northwest.

Redd East is a newly renovated, uniquely industrial venue space that blends historical charm with a bright, modern feel. With a main hall that can seat over 500 guests, the sky’s the limit with The Redd for BLD PNW. We are excited to bring BLD PNW to a venue that shares our B Corp values and is run by our colleagues at Ecotrust.

Learn more about getting to The Redd in the logistics section.

Image courtesy The Redd on Salmon Street

Have a question about BLD PNW?

Questions? Comments? Please feel free to contact our planning team at

This event has passed and registration is closed for BLD PNW 2019.

Who Can Attend & Ticket Information

This conference is geared mainly toward Certified B Corporation companies. For the first time at BLD PNW, a limited number of tickets are available for others in our values-aligned B Economy community, such as students, academics, nonprofit organizations, benefit companies, and aspiring B Corps. We welcome companies actively working on their B Impact Assessment, registered Benefit Companies and Social Purpose Companies, nonprofits, public sector organizations, students and academics, and other businesses aspiring to increase their social and environmental impact. We especially encourage leaders and changemakers from underrepresented groups to join us, with the Inclusive Economy ticket type.

The B Economy is built by everyone who works for, buys from, invests in, learns or teaches about, or supports businesses striving to create a shared and durable prosperity for all. ~B Lab

Ticket levels available:

  • Certified or Pending Certified B Corps - $75
    Certified B Corporations® (B Corps) have completed the B Impact Assessment and have been certified by the nonprofit B Lab. Please note that a registered benefit company falls under the ‘movement builder’ category.

  • Inclusive Economy - $25
    Students or underrepresented communities. This subsidized registration level is for members of the B community with historical/institutional barriers to access or who may be precluded from attending due to ticket cost. These include (but are not limited to) individuals who live on a fixed income or experience ongoing financial hardship, individuals living with a disability or impairment, military veterans, and students. Registration at this level is also encouraged for individuals whose attendance would contribute to diversity and equity at the conference, including people of color and LGBTQ+ identifying individuals. We are only able to offer a limited number of these tickets and therefore request that attendees hold space for individuals who identify with this. Please note that being a job seeker is not an automatic qualification for this category. If you feel that you identify with this language and/or may otherwise be precluded from attending due to cost, feel free to register at this level. Thank you for helping us build a more inclusive economy.

  • Movement Builder - $100
    Registered Benefit Corporations / Social Purpose Companies / Prospective B Corps (BIA in progress / working with PSU cohort / working with consultant) / Nonprofit / Public sector / Academics

  • Patron - $200
    Any business that is not a Certified / Pending / Prospective B Corp or Benefit Company

What does your ticket include?

  • Admittance to all conference keynote & panel sessions with expert speakers and thought-provoking topics.

  • Professional development & networking opportunities with the local B community.

  • Light pre-conference breakfast including fresh breads from Grand Central Bakery paired with local jams, plus fruit and Kure bars courtesy of New Seasons Market.

  • B Corp beverages flowing all day: locally-roasted coffee coffee roasters Nossa Familia & Stumptown, teas by Stash Tea & kombucha by Brew Dr.

  • Lunch by local Greek-Mediterranean restaurant Aybla Grill.

  • Hosted reception with B Corp wine & beer (2 drink tickets included in conference registration) and appetizers by Elephants Delicatessen, from 5-6pm following the conference.

  • Access to post-conference B Corp Block Party.

Content Agenda for BLD PNW 2019

at The Redd on Salmon | June 13, 2019

7:45 - 8:30am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 - 8:30am
New "B" Breakfast: Welcome & Networking for First-Time Attendees
Craig Hill, Beneficial State Bank
8:30 - 8:45am Welcome to BLD PNW 2019
Lily Wilson, New Seasons Market
8:45 - 8:55am Mapping the B Ecosystem: An Interactive Art Experiment
Kelsey Moody, The Joinery
Danya Rose-Merkle, WERK_
8:55 – 9:00am A Word from Our Presenting Sponsor
Beneficial State Bank
9:00 - 9:20am Building an Ecosystem of One: The Fractal Nature of Equity Work
Stephanie Ghoston Paul, Cultivated Sense
9:20 - 9:40am Building a High-Functioning Team: Creating a Culture of Collaboration
Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer
9:40 - 10:00am Building Sustainable Change: Leading by Example in the Restaurant Industry
Kristofor Lofgren, Sustainable Restaurant Group
10:00 - 10:15am Coffee Break!
10:15 - 10:35am Building Resilience in Leadership: Lessons from Punk Rock Business Strategies
Jenelle Isaacson, Living Room Realty
10:35 - 10:55am Building the Triple Bottom Line: A Case Study in Changing the Relationship Between Business and the Environment
Jonathan Jennings, Health in Harmony
10:55 - 11:15am Building a Better System: Elevating Impact through System Innovation
Desirée Pacheco, Portland State University
11:15 - 12:00pm Lunch
11:30 - 12:15pm
Optional Lunch Content: Sustainable Food Systems Panel
Emma Sharer, Ecotrust
Franklin Jones, B-Line
Steven Payne, Nossa Familia Coffee
Chris Tjersland, New Seasons Market
12:00 - 12:20pm
12:30 - 1:30pm Break Out Series One*
[Main Hall] B-Brave: How to ReDesign a more Equitable Employee Experience
Katie Augsburger & Nina Narelle, Future Work Design
[Boardroom] Let's B Friends: Rethinking Collaboration
Laura DeVito & Aaron Scher, Oregon Institute of Technology; Lauren Schaefer, Upward Technology
[Kitchen] Rewilding at Work
Cara Meyer, Organizational Culture & Employee Engagement Consultant
[Redd West] Tour of B-Line and Redd West
Andrea Christman, B-Line
1:30 - 1:45pm Coffee Break!
1:45 - 2:45pm Break Out Series Two*
[Main Hall] Ethical Leadership, Climate of Innovation, and Employee Engagement: How These Work Together to Make It Easier to Attract and Retain Employees
Virlena Crosley & Duncan Hart, Linfield College
[Boardroom] Workshop: White Supremacy Culture in the Workplace – Identifying Characteristics and Antidotes
Andrea Bailey, Kinesis
DeAnna Ornelas, Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Justin Peters, Partners in Diversity
Chenoa Philabaum, New Seasons Market
Kate Rood, Beneficial State Bank
Alison Tierney, Kinesis
[Kitchen] Understanding How Emotional Intelligence Can Affect Organizational Culture
Angela Anderson, Canvas Host
[Redd West] Tour of B-Line and Redd West
Andrea Christman, B-Line
2:45 - 3:00pm Coffee Break!
3:00 - 4:00pm Break Out Series Three*
[Main Hall] Overcoming the Hurdles & Fears of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion work
Robin Wang, Ascent Funding
Kristin Bowers, Revelry Group
Ruth Chang, Northwest Permanente
Camille Elmore-Trummer, Brink Communications
[Boardroom] The B's Guide to Ethical Email Marketing
Jacqueline Fassett, Idealist Consulting
[Kitchen] Green Monday: Engaging Employees Through Sustainable Food
Katie Cantrell, Green Monday
[Redd West] Tour of B-Line and Redd West
Andrea Christman, B-Line
4:00 - 4:15pm Coffee Break!
4:15 - 4:35pm Building a New Business Paradigm: Learning to Walk Upright
Shawn Busse, Kinesis
4:35 - 4:45pm Mapping the B Ecosystem: An Interactive Art Experiment Reveal
Kelsey Moody, The Joinery
Danya Rose-Merkle, WERK_
4:45 - 5:00pm Farewell
Lily Wilson, New Seasons Market
5:00 - 6:00pm Reception
6:00 - 8:00pm
B Corp Block Party

*Our breakout spaces have the following capacity constraints, and session leaders may need to limit attendees accordingly on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Boardroom: 45

  • Kitchen: 40

  • Redd West: 20

Keynote Speakers

Additional Speakers

About the Redd

The Redd on Salmon is located at 831 SE Salmon St, and is a two-block campus stretching between SE 7th and 9th, and SE Salmon and Taylor. Our event will be hosted at the event venue, Redd East. We will also be offering tours of Redd West in the afternoon, courtesy of B Corp company B-Line Urban Delivery, which has its headquarters at The Redd.

Getting to The Redd on Salmon

Car parking will not be available for BLD PNW, and we encourage our guests to choose another transportation mode to get to the conference, as street parking options nearby are also limited. A few parking spots will be available at the venue to those who have an accessibility need. If this applies to you, please email us at or indicate in the accessibility question of your ticket registration.

Portland Streetcar
The A/B Loop of the Portland Streetcar runs north and south on SE Grand and SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., only a quarter-mile from the Redd. The closest stop is SE MLK/SE Grand & Taylor. Check out current schedules and learn more at the Portland Streetcar website.

TriMet Bus
Four bus lines stop within a quarter mile of the Redd. #4 bus: Westbound stops at SE Madison and Grand; Eastbound stops at SE Hawthorne and 6th. #6 bus: Southbound stops at SE MLK Jr. Blvd. and Taylor; Northbound stops at SE Grand and Taylor. #15 bus: Westbound stops at SE Morrison and 9th. Eastbound stops at SE Belmont and 9th. #70 bus: Southbound stops at SE 11th and Belmont; Northbound stops at SE 12th and Madison. See schedules and learn more at the TriMet Bus website.

The Redd is in the Central Eastside Industrial District and is connected by nearby bike routes, to the west on 7th and to the south on Salmon street. Bike parking is available around the building. Visit City of Portland Office of Transportation for more information on bike routes, including bike maps.

BIKETOWN - One free for BLD PNW attendees!
How you get there matters. BIKETOWN makes it easy and convenient with 1,000 bikes across Portland. BIKETOWN is a fun, affordable and convenient way to get around the city – perfect for commuting, running errands, getting to appointments, and more. We are grateful to BIKETOWN for making a special offer for BLD attendees: your first hour of riding is free with code BLD19 (expires June 30, 2019)! Redeem in the BIKETOWN app to find nearby bikes, reserve bikes and track your trips. Check out this video for how to unlock a BIKETOWN bike.

For more information, please see The Redd’s website.

 Thank you to our 2019 BLD PNW Sponsors!

Want to sponsor BLD PNW? It’s never too late to become a sponsor! Learn more about sponsorship here.

Presenting Sponsor


Marketing & Design Sponsor


Impact Sponsor


Community Sponsors


Supporting Sponsors


Believer Sponsors


In-Kind Sponsors

B Corp Block Party - June 13, 2019

 B Corp Block Party

Thursday, June 13 from 6-8pm
at The Redd on Salmon
831 SE Salmon Street
Portland, Oregon

B Local PDX is excited to bring you our first B Corp Block Party, following the BLD PNW conference. This event is free & open to the public. The goal of the event is for a wide audience to join us and learn about B Corps, celebrate the local B Corp Community, see our vibrant and collaborative B Ecosystem, try out local B Corp products, and have a fun time! The block party will include drinks, food, live music, and B Corp vendors.

Tickets are free & open to the public, registration is required. Drink tickets for B Corp wine and beer will be available for purchase in advance and at the door for $5 each.

Join us at the Block Party for fun, games, food, drink, swag and more from the following B Corps:

  • A to Z Wineworks

  • African Clean Energy

  • B-Line Urban Delivery

  • Brew Dr. Kombucha

  • Brooks Wines

  • Chehalem Winery

  • Hopworks Urban Brewery

  • GladRags

  • Love Bottle

  • Nossa Familia Coffee

  • Red Duck Foods

  • Sokol Blosser Winery

  • Stoller Family Estate

  • Stasher Bags

  • Tofurky

…and more!

Call for Block Party Vendors

Want to get involved? Is your company a B Corp and interested in participating, including contributing, serving, or selling products? Do you have a fun activity to contribute to our summer block party theme? Vendors are welcome to sample or sell product, do giveaways, have activities, and more.

Vendor Fees
We are asking vendors fees to cover our event hosting costs:

  • $250 for a 10'x10' booth

    • Vendor should provide their own canopy/covering and all supplies

    • This space & fee could be shared with multiple vendors

  • $100 for a 6' table space under our tent

    • Vendor should provide their own table, linens and all supplies

  • The vendor fee (booth or table) can be waived if your company does any of the following:

    • Provides at least $500 retail value of giveaway swag and/or food & beverage items (including samples) to block party attendees.

    • Contributes a fun block party-themed event (to be approved by Block Party planning team).

    • Has purchased at least 4 tickets to attend the BLD PNW conference.

    • Is a financial sponsor of the BLD PNW conference at $500+.

Vendor Logistics

  • Vendors should plan to provide all of their own supplies and equipment they need to run their booth or table, including table(s) and linen(s). If this presents a particular barrier for you please let our planning team know.

  • Alcoholic beverage vendors must be set up by 5pm for the start of our post-conference reception.

  • All non-alcoholic beverage vendors should plan to be fully set up by 6pm for the start of the block party.

Interested? We want to hear from you! Please reach out to with your interest.