Tuesday, September 12, 2017

McMenamins History presents…

Experienced Women of Color in the Workplace

Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

Kennedy School - Gymnasium

6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. event

Free

Minor with parent or guardian

About Experienced Women of Color in the Workplace

Experienced Women of Color in the Workplace

Most women in the workforce are in general staff positions—even with the recent, small penetration of the “glass ceiling” in gender and racial equality in the workforce, Black, Hispanic and Asian women (Native American women aren't even mentioned!) hold just 3% of board director roles at Fortune 500 companies. In part, this is because few women of color can even snag a job at Fortune 500 companies, where they make up 17% of the workforce. Once in, only 4% are able to rise up to managerial or executive posts.

Women-of-color managers and professionals describe barriers to their advancement as a “concrete ceiling,” as opposed to the “glass ceiling” for White females and Men of Color. Not only is the ‘concrete ceiling’ more difficult to penetrate, women of color say they can't see through it to glimpse the corner office. Join us to hear from four Women of Color who have managed to make a difference in our State while making a dent in the concrete ceiling.

About the Speakers:

Vicki Nakashima
, (Retired) Director, State of Oregon Department of Human Services Multicultural Health,
Sharon Gary-Smith, (Retired) Director, Mackenzie River Gathering Foundation, Retired
Linda Castillo, Coordinator, New Portlander Program, ONI, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Donita Fry, Coordinator, Portland Youth and Elders Council, NAYA, Native American Youth and Family Center 

About Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue

This series deals with race in Oregon, both historically and up to the present time, to provide learning experiences that support the development of racial identity and sensitivity.

Each month, Kennedy School hosts a presentation on a different topic of ethnicity and racial elements in Oregon history, given by educators and/or experts in the topic at hand. The aim is to provide educational and learning experiences that support the development of intercultural sensitivity and racial identity.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp