Design thinking has the power to reshape our approach, at every scale, to achieving equity in a world that is not always accessible and inclusive for all. How do we leverage design to create environments, things, and experiences that holistically respect and value differences?
Join thought leaders and designers from across industries as they discuss their experiences and approaches to inclusion challenges such as universal product design, environmental justice, creating diversity within project teams, and equity at the community level. Following the panel discussion, attendees will be invited to participate in breakout sessions to explore topics that address equity, diversity, and inclusion through design.
All event proceeds will go to Visible - a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing equitable access to the work of the creative industry. Visible members provide creative services free of charge to organizations serving immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ+, and underrepresented communities and causes.
Event moderators and panelists include:
Martha Clarkson, Microsoft
Martha's commercial interior design experience created her workplace strategies role at Microsoft in 1997. Since then, she has been instrumental in evolving the workplace for Microsoft around the world. Martha manages the Experience Design program in the corporate real estate group. She manages design for Microsoft, including how to design for people with disabilities, beyond just code requirements. Martha is also a poet, photographer, fiction/non-fiction writer.
Sun Joo Kim, Gensler
Sun Joo is a seasoned project manager with over 18 years of experience guiding teams through complex building projects. She advocates for and promotes diversity and equity as a member of the Mentoring Committee of ULI's Womens Leadership Initiative and co-founder of a professional networking group for people of color in the architecture, interior design, and related industries - Diversity in Design.
Steve Nakana, Port of Portland Prior to joining the Port of Portland, Steve worked for Mercy Corps, an international Humanitarian Organization as a Peacebuilding advisor. He holds a PhD in International Studies from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, which obtained Summa Cum Laude recognition. He also holds two masters’ degrees in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and International Relations from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, as well as numerous traineeships in conflict management and negotiation from organizations and universities including the Harvard University-based Program on Negotiation.
Alison Selby, Gensler
Alison is an experienced designer with a diverse portfolio. She has led design and production across multiple practice areas including commercial, institutional, hospitality, retail, mixed-use, and adaptive reuse projects. Alison is also a deeply committed humanitarian and Community Impact leader focused on supporting vulnerable and underserved populations. She currently serves as a co-leader of the new Portland chapter of Project Color Corps, a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to creating change by painting inner city neighborhoods with color and pattern that impart positive messages of optimism and hope.
Jeff Selby, City of Portland Office of Equity and Human Rights
Jeff’s diverse communications and design career has included roles with the U.S. Army, Walt Disney Company, and BMW. As a communicator, graphic designer, and facilitator, Jeff brings his creative and media relations experience to his role of Communications Manager with the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights. He is also founder of AIW Creative, a creative agency that supports small business and non-profit organizations. Jeff is responsible for the internal and external communications process at The Office of Equity and Human Rights and serves on the Training and Education Team, where he develops, co-designs, and facilitates racial and disability equity education. His social justice experience is rooted in his lifelong involvement with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the nation’s oldest Asian American civil rights advocacy organization. He volunteers with Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Western States Center. He is also a volunteer and former board member of MRG Foundation.
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