Everyone Benefits From A Diverse Workforce

COURTESY: PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE – (LEFT TO RIGHT) Sue Haley of Vigor Industrial, Maurice Rahming of O’Neil Electric, and Riik Salonen of OHSU discussed the issue of equity hiring in today’s business climate during a recent Portland Business Alliance breakfast event.
It is great to see that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are getting talked about. Millennials are the most diverse generation and both private and public organizations need to catch up when it relates to a “diverse” workforce.
As a person of color, Tyler TerMeer experienced a culture shock when he moved to Portland from Washington, D.C. three years ago to become executive director of Project Health, which provides healthcare to the LGBTQ+ community.
“In Washington, D.C., everyone around me was a person of color. In Portland, even walking downtown five blocks doesn’t always feel safe to me,” he says.