NW Equity Summit

September 26, 2023

Be Unapologetically DEI

Mark your calendar for Partners in Diversity’s 2nd NW Equity Summit on September 26, 2023, at the Oregon Convention Center.

The conference focuses on helping employees and managers at all levels, as well as diversity influencers, be bold and uncompromising — in other words, unapologetic — when it comes to advancing and advocating for equity and inclusion.

The Summit features national experts on topics related to championing diversity, equity and inclusion. Participants will have a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with a DEI coach.

Sponsorships are available now. If you want to show your support for DEI and showcase your organization’s commitment, contact Mari Watanabe at

Registration is not open yet.

Keynote Speaker

Michelle MiJung Kim

Michelle MiJung Kim (she/her) is a queer Korean American immigrant woman writer, speaker, activist, and entrepreneur. She is the award-winning author of The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change, winner of the 2022 Nautilus Gold Medal and 2021 Porchlight Personal Development & Human Behavior Book of the Year Award. She is CEO and co-founder of Awaken, where she has consulted hundreds of organizations and leaders from Fortune 500 companies, tech giants, nonprofits, universities and beyond on their equity education journey. Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and has served on a variety of organizations such as the San Francisco Human Rights Commission’s Advisory Committee, LYRIC nonprofit’s Board of Directors, and Build Tech We Trust Coalition. She currently serves on the board of Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE). Her work has appeared on world-renowned platforms such as Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The New York Times, and NPR, and she has been named LinkedIn’s Top Voice in Racial Equity, Fast Company’s Queer 50, and Medium’s Top Writer in Diversity three years in a row. She lives in Oakland, California.