Progress,  Not Perfection

2022 Speakers


Réland Logan

Gray Digital Marketing
Réland Logan is an award winning marketer, the founder of Gray Digital Marketing. Growing up multi-racial in a world where she could only check one box, Réland uses her marketing and sales skills to help you discover who you are as a business owner and share your message to the world to increase your revenue.

Keynote Speaker

Nina Byrd

EXP Consulting
A corporate strategist for more than 10 years provides businesses with organizational development to strategic growth and scaling initiatives. Through deep questioning and analysis, she brings empathy and human-centered design thinking to traditional business practices.

Keynote Speaker

Marcus Carter II

First Tech Credit Union
Carter is an Organizer, Teacher, and Catalyst dedicated to transforming the cultural, material, and systemic conditions of the workplace and the society. Currently, he’s engaged with various equity, justice, and liberation projects locally and nationally.

Keynote Speaker

Rick Thomas

Business Advisor
A business strategist and financial advisor to privately held businesses and family enterprises. In a career that has spanned over 35 years, through the many hats he has worn as an engineer, business consultant, financial advisor and entrepreneur, all have been guided by two primary tenets.

Panel Moderator

Himalaya Rao-Potlapally

The BFM Fund
Managing Director of the Black Founders Matter Fund, a $10m seed-stage fund focused on highly scalable Black-led deal flow within the U.S. Prior to becoming a General Partner, Himalaya worked as a Venture Capital Consultant for seven different firms along the West Coast.


Norberto Gonzalez

Workplace Change
An experienced Human Resources professional who enjoys the challenge of supporting business growth through HR best practices focused on leadership and development. Norberto has worked in different HR roles that give him a complete HR experience from Talent Management to Learning and Development to Business.


Shari Dunn

ITBOM Consulting
The CEO/ Principal of ITBOM, Inc., that specializes in institutional and organizational coaching around equity, leadership, change management, women in leadership, and workforce development. IT BOM consults with companies as diverse as fortune 500's, State Agencies, and medium to small-sized businesses.


Chris Magana

Money Nerd | Part-time Educator
Chris is a full-time investment practitioner, part-time financial markets educator, and lifelong value investing student. He manage wealth for high-net-worth clients and foundations and endowments based in the Pacific Northwest. He developed a equity strategy in 2007 and led the strategy until December 2014.


Karen Foster

KF Curates
MSIMC, Pacific Northwest native, of Black and Caribbean & Heritage, a HBCU graduate, and a champion for change who creates spaces for historically excluded communities. Also the Founder and Event Producer of KF Curates, Event Consulting, Strategy, and Execution Agency for mission driven virtual and in person events.


Max Traughber-Crismon

Get Hired Cascade Talks
A Navy Veteran and a Senior Recruiter at Astra graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science with concentrations in Communication and Psychology. He is the founder of GetHired Cascade Talks, an organisation that helps professionals to manage their career and opportunities.


Amina Moreau
The CEO of an online platform that's dedicated to making work more flexible, equitable, and healthy. She believes that remote work doesn't have to be lonely, and that if we lean into third places as opportunities to gather remotely and foster work-life separation, we can create a healthier, more equitable future of work.


Kimiko Matsuda

Director of Culture
Kimiko loves a great story and is obsessed with simple everyday pleasures. She was born in Los Angles, grew up in New York but calls Portland, OR home. She never thought that she would see the support for the BIPOC community that she has seen over the past year. This energy gives her hope for future generations.


Stefani Coverson

Jamii Pae Consulting
A committed DEI strategist and practitioner working to embed equity and anti-racism practices into business and HR strategy. An executive who works to build equitable and inclusive workplaces where employees feel empowered to do their best work.


Abbi Russell

Maul Foster & Alongi
A Clark County native, U.S. Army veteran, communications professional, wife, and mother of two. For 24 years, she's been helping people connect with those around them, and with the public and private entities that build our communities and nation. Abbi's work includes social and political advocacy as well as crisis communications.


Brianna Renae

A spoken word artist from Portland, Oregon. She started writing as a way to heal herself and was pleased to find out that her words helped heal others as well. Brianna's work centers around themes of activism for equality, the vulnerability of love, and raw black girl magic. All of her work is centered from a female perspective.

Schedule 2022

Day 1 - Thursday, October 06

  • 4:00 PM

Registration OpensIn The Lobby

  • 5:00 PM

Opening Remarks By Nathan Webster, Event Host

  • 5:15 PM

The Ultimate Business Plan By Rick Thomas

  • 6:00 PM

Keynote: The Exclusion of DEI By Marcus Carter II

  • 7:00 PM

Vendor Love PanelBy Reland Logan, Tamara Crucey, NDUB, Karen Foster

  • 8:00 PM

Mingle & ConnectMeetup

  • 9:00 PM

Conclusion See you tomorrow

Day 2 - Friday, October 07

  • 8:30 AM

Registration OpensIn The Lobby

  • 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks By Nathan Webster, Event Host

  • 9:30 AM

The Great Resignation Panel By Noberto Gonzalez, Chris Magana, Kimiko Matsuda, Amina Moreau

  • 11:00 AM

Spoken Word Poetry By Brianna Renae, Poet

  • 11:30 AM

Obliterating Imposter Syndrome Panel By Max Crimson, Shari Dunn, Stefani Coverson, Abbi Russell

  • 1:00 PM

Mingle & Vendor LoveMeetup

  • 1:30 PM

Keynote - Why the Best Ideas Finish Last By Nina Byrd, Event Host

  • 2:00 PM

Conclusion Thank you for attending