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Emerging Professionals Diversity Conference

January 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Dear future business professionals,

You are formally invited to Beta Alpha Psi Epsilon Alpha’s Emerging Professionals Diversity Conference!

Date: Friday, January 26th, 2018
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Location: SMSU 026
Registration Link

Do you want to learn more about how implicit bias impacts not only your personal life, but your future business career? The second annual Emerging Professionals Diversity Conference is the perfect place to expand your understanding and discuss this complex topic with local professionals and your peers.

Here’s a little background:

Diversity in leadership is critical to continued success in business. A recent study found that diverse companies were 45% likelier to report a growth in existing market share than their less diverse counterparts, and were 70% likelier to report having captured a new market year-to-year. Business thrives when a diverse culture is achieved, but to foster that diversity there are many roadblocks to overcome.

Bias, the most human and unavoidable roadblock of all, may make the process of diversification difficult or impossible if left unchecked; this is especially true when they exist not at the explicit (overt and conscious) level, but at the implicit (subtle and unconscious) level. As the next generation of professionals, we must become aware of these biases within ourselves and take the first steps toward overcoming them!

The conference will highlight the real-world implications of bias in the workplace, through the experiences of local professionals, in a panel discussion. Moderated by PSU’s own Rachel Foxhoven, International Business Programs Coordinator, this panel includes:

– Areena McLaughlin, Recruiter at Perkins and Co.
– Carmen Suarez, Ph.D. Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion at PSU
– David Shin, Financial Analyst at The Standard
– Sarah McPike, Senior Accountant at KEEN Footwear

Small group discussion will immediately follow the panel, allowing attendees to continue the conversation and follow-up on key points from the discussion in an even more direct setting. Prior to the event we ask that all attendees also complete a few brief preparatory materials. These materials are Harvard University’s Implicit Association Tests (IATs). A report by Deloitte Australia says “research supports that when we have an awareness of our own biases and how they work, we can minimize their impact and open our field of vision.” The IATs provide a great starting point towards self-awareness of our own biases. More information about the IATs and the link to the website will be shared prior to the conference.

The conference is free, however advance registration is required and space is limited. Click here to register!

Thank you, and I hope to see you at the conference!

Have questions? Don’t respond to this email! Please instead contact Alli Davis at diversity@bappdx.org


January 26, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


SMSU 026
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, 97201


BAP – Epsilon Alpha