Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM PDT

Add to Calendar 



  • 8am - 3pm: Catholic Charities, 2740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland
  • 5:30 - 8pm: St Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland


  • 8am - 4pm: St Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland

Driving Directions


Brandy Steffen 
Cascade Chapter of IAP2 

Cascade Chapter - 2018 PI Works! Conference

We're excited to focus on the issues of diversity and inclusion for our 2018 PI Works! Conference. We hope the information you take away will result in deeper, meaningful conversations within our communities. 

Come join us for 2 full days of sharing, learning, and networking as we discuss how to proactively remove barriers and create a more diverse community. The conference will bring together experts, community members directly affected by hot-topic issues, and public participation professionals. AICP credits are available for the conference. 

Thursday sessions (8 am - 3 pm  at Catholic Charities, 2740 SE Powell Blvd., Portland) will include three townhall sessions on hot topic issues and is organized by the CELs Program. 

  • Policing our communities together: Public safety partnerships
  • Home stress: affordable housing crisis among underserved communities
  • Community engagement: ensuring equality via equity practices

Learn more about each townhall session and the facilitators. 

In the evening (5:30-8:00pm at St Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland), dinner attendees will get to participate in a National Dialogue Discussion process, networking with other conference attendees while discussing the current situation of dialogue/community engagement and how it affects the public participation field.

During dinner, we'll have facilitated "world cafe" discussion around the following questions:

  1. We hear a constant message that we are a divided country. What are the challenges to our work?
  2. How are those challenges affecting public participation?
  3. What might we do to support quality public participation in our communities and nation?

Friday sessions (8 am - 4 pm  at St Philip Neri Catholic Church, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Portland) will include TED-style sessions with ample time to ask presenters questions and time to connect with fellow practitioners. 

  • SUZANNE DONALDSON, Donaldson Enterprises Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
  • METRO + MOMENTUM ALLIANCE Beyond Inclusion: Community partnerships for racial justice
  • CARLOS KAREEM-WINDHAM, Resolutions NW Equity Minded Dialogue - From Awareness to Action!
  • LORNA FLORMOE, City of Eugene Innovative outreach for the Parks and Recreation Systems Plan
  • KIT COLE, Kit Cole Consulting Storytelling makes for a good story
  • JESS COLUMBO, Med|Ed Digital Storytelling for Social Media
  • YEE WON CHONG, Yee Won Chong Consulting Incorporating trans-justice into public involvement
  • JOY ALISE DAVIS, PAALF Creating the People’s Plan

Learn more about each presentation and presenter. 

Early bird ticket prices are still at the 2014 rate and have been extended until June 10! Ticket prices will rise by $50 per ticket on June 11, so buy your ticket today! 

  • All day Thursday + Friday = $300/$350 members/non-members 
  • Thursday evening + all day Friday = $250/$300 members/non-members
  • Thursday only = $50 per session ($150 for all day)
  • Student tickets = $180 for 2 full days (college or high school ID required)

Sponsorship levels are still available until June 10 (email Hello@BrightsideEngagement.com to become a sponsor): 

  • Bronze $300 = Business advertised on social media, printed materials, and event signage.
  • Silver $500 = 1 ticket for 2 full day attendance plus all of the above.
  • Gold $1,000 = 1 additional ticket for 2 full day attendance (2 total tickets), a table to hand out business information/answer questions, plus all of the above.