Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Vu Le, Executive Director and Writer, Rainier Valley Corps and Nonprofit with Balls

Session: What the Bleep is Social Good?, Keynote Remarks


Vu Le is the writer behind the humor blog nonprofitwithballs.com. He is also the humor writer for Blue Avocado. Vu is the Executive Director of an organization in Seattle, Rainier Valley Corps, which aims to bring more leaders of color in to the nonprofit sector. He was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a “Writer with Attitude.”



Deep Dive Speakers

Emily DrewAssociate Professor of Sociology, Willamette University
Session: Strategic Interventions: Moving from ‘Diversity’ to Racial Equity, Equity, Diversity and Inclusions Deep Dive

Emily Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, education, Black Lives Matter and social change. Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew is a trainer with Crossroads Antiracism works with CAUSA, a coalition for immigrant rights, and is in the process of publishing new research about mixed-status families living “Under One Roof” in Oregon.


Signe BishopM.A., Learning & Development Specialist, Oregon Health & Science University
Session: Leading with Emotional Intelligence, 21st Century Leadership Deep Dive

Signe_Bishop_Photo.jpgSigne graduated from the University of Illinois in 2004 with a degree in International Studies. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Oregon to fight poverty with AmeriCorps VISTA, coordinate volunteers for “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon, engage national service members and college students in their communities with Oregon Campus Compact, and, most recently, train managers in leadership skills at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Signe holds a Master’s degree from the Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) program and a certificate in Intercultural Training & Development through Portland State University. Signe is a foodie, loves the ocean, accidentally neglects her houseplants, and is a dedicated patron of the public library.


Amie Fishman, Project Director, Educator & Trainer
Session: Leading from the Inside Out, Personal Meets Professional Deep Dive

Amie Fishman has been working at the intersections of public health, education, and incarceration for over 18 years, and has spent the last two decades developing and leading curriculum with diverse groups of educators, organizers, and others invested in making their work for social justice more powerful and effective. She is currently project director of an employer/educator partnership between City College of San Francisco and the Transitions Clinic Network (TCN)—a national network of primary clinics that hire, train, and integrate formerly incarcerated community health workers into health care teams to promote the health of people recently released from prison. She also trains college educators in cultural humility, social justice leadership, and self-reflective pedagogical practice, and teaches Training and Facilitation for Masters students at San Francisco State University.  Amie holds a masters degree in public health from San Francisco State University and a bachelors degree from Vassar College. 


Margarita GutierrezPresident of Executive Committee, VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project Session: Strategic Interventions: Moving from ‘Diversity’ to Racial Equity, Equity, Diversity and Inclusions Deep Dive

Margarita Gutierrez graduated in 2012 from Willamette University with a degree in American Ethnic Studies. Margarita is the president of the Executive Committee for VOZ Workers' Rights Education Project. She has empowered and supported immigrants navigate the complexities of immigration law with her work with Immigrant Law Group PC and the Innovation Law Lab.  Margarita has worked with Willamette Academy, a college access program for historically underrepresented youth in higher education. She believes strongly in using her education to change and create a more just world. 


Amy VargaPrincipal & Founder, Varga Consulting LLC
Session: Leading from the Inside Out, Personal Meets Professional Deep Dive

For more than eighteen years, Amy has helped executive leaders and board members transform organizations.  Amy helps leaders create organizations where people love coming to work, where fundraising is fully embraced, and where board members are deeply engaged. Amy has helped launch two community fundraising certificate programs, developed and taught graduate courses in fundraising and organizational strategy at the University of Portland and Portland State University, and has played a significant role in rebooting Portland State's Nonprofit Institute. She holds a masters degree from Santa Clara University and a bachelors degree from Willamette University.  Amy is the principal and owner of Varga Consulting LLC.


Beth Kanter, Master Trainer, Author, and Blogger 
Session: Emerging Leaders Playbook Training, Mini Deep Dive

Beh_Kanter_Photo.jpgBeth is internationally recognized thought leader in networks, social media, and data. Beth has over 35 years working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for nonprofits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica). She is an in demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Named one of  the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek's Voices of Innovation for Social Media, Beth was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2009-2013. Her past and current clients include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gates Foundation, Brainerd Foundation, Knight Foundation, Knight Digital Media Center, Edutopia, HHS, and others. She author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit Books published by J.Wiley and is currently working her next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Impact with Burnout.