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Leading Diverse Teams

  • The Standard Building, Atrium Room 900 Southwest 5th Avenue Portland, OR, 97204 United States (map)

Numerous studies have shown that diversity — encompassing race, age, gender, experience, culture and more – is associated with business success: higher profits, greater revenue, more customers and increased innovation. With so much at stake, and with increasing scrutiny on workplace practices, many companies are trying to attract and retain a more diverse workforce.

But simply bringing together a mix of men and women, young and old, of varying backgrounds doesn’t guarantee high performance; diverse teams can be complicated and are often messy. Maximizing the potential of a diverse team requires inclusive leaders able to ensure that all team members feel valued, respected and inspired – leading to huge payoffs for the team and the company overall. 

Join WCL and Cara Meyer, an organizational culture consultant, as she moderates our panel of experts: Tia Coachman, Debra Porta, and Paloma Medina.

In this interactive session, you’ll learn:

• Why we should care about team diversity.
• How leading a diverse team is different than leading a homogenous one.
• Practical tips and tools for leading a diverse team.


Cara Meyer is passionate about helping organizations to understand their existing culture and align it with their values and goals. As an organizational culture and employee engagement consultant, she is driven to create workplaces that allow employees to bring their whole selves to work; empower female leaders; and design structures, policies and procedures that balance feminine and masculine energy.

Tia Coachman currently works as the Director of People Operations at 24/7 Laundry Service, a full-service agency for content creation, production, and media. She previously served as an HR Manager at Wieden + Kennedy, where she helped to transform the agency’s HR initiatives and programs. Tia also leads community work around the intersection of blackness, feminism, queerness, and motherhood, and holds multiple degrees and certifications including a MBA.

Debra Porta is the Executive Director of Pride Northwest, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and SW Washington's LGBTQ+ community. Debra has been managing people for 30+ years and strongly believes in an inclusive and affirming organizational culture.

Paloma Medina is a performance coach, trainer and owner of 11:11 Supply, a store that specializes in beautiful work tools designed to help you feel more productive, happy and balanced in your everyday life. Her background includes working with tech companies, homeless healthcare clinics, as well as individual leaders and CEOs. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and has made a home since on the West Coast since she was 8 years old.


PRICE: $35 per person. Includes lecture and breakfast.

LOCATION: This event is located is located at the Standard Building, Atrium Room, 900 Southwest 5th Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204. (The building with the marble sculpture)

Later Event: October 1
WCL AFTER FIVE LAB: TBA