EB DWP2019

Diversity Drives Creativity

Creating a Sustainable DEI Culture at Your Agency

Too often, agencies embrace the idea of diversity but have a difficult time in hiring and retaining diverse management and staff. Organizations and teams that leverage diversity are more creative, more collaborative, and better at solving problems. When companies are able to create actions toward becoming more diverse and inclusive, they perform better. According to a recent McKinsey study, more diverse companies are also better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, which all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.

This thought-provoking workshop is designed for agency leaders and those in charge of recruitment and retention who are committed to empowering their creative workforce to address tough diversity, inclusion and culture questions head-on and strengthen their organization’s core culture.

Join our equity experts in an all-day workshop that offers tools and practices to develop a culture that authentically develops a culture of inclusivity:

•Examine blindspots to developing equitable and inclusive spaces for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQ employees.

•Begin to build an understanding of how to create a more equitable environment for employees of color and LGBTQ employees to do their best work, to thrive and to grow into leadership positions.

•Model practices to move from diversity in hiring to inclusion in systems and gain access to resources to do this work immediately

For the workshop to be effective, an agency must register a decision-maker (Partner, CEO or Department Head) and a Hiring Manager/HR Lead (if one exists), plus anyone else who is interested in helping to lead the effort.

Space is limited, register early!

Festival Event registration is closed.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm





We Are HERE is a new collective of designers, illustrators, makers, creatives and beyond, who are POC (people of color) and LGBTQ+. We want to remove the veil in Portland. This collective was formed specifically for POC and LGBTQ+ folks who wish to take action on the questions: “Where are the designers, illustrators and creatives who are people of color and the LGBTQ+ in Portland?” and “How can we increase our visibility and impact?” We aim to move beyond a discussion about the lack of diversity in the creative industries, and become part of a movement to showcase and grow the visibility of creatives of color (COC) and LGBTQ+ creatives impacting Portland today.