Master of Ceremonies
Ozzie is a founding member of the US Green Building Council’s LEED User Group and currently represents the 2nd District on the Trimet Board. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Regional Arts and Culture Council Board, sits on the Advisory Board of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, and is on the Executive Board of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is the Owner of P3 Consulting and has served as Diversity Director for the NW region of Howard S. Wright and before that was the Global Sustainability Director for CH2M Hill.
Mayor Chuck Bennett
Salem Mayor Bennett took office on January 4, 2017. He is serving his second term as Mayor after nine years on the City Council, where he was Council President and chair of the Salem Housing Authority.
A passionate community volunteer, Mayor Bennett has served on numerous committee for the past 25 years, including the city Budget Committee, Library Advisory Board, Planning Commission, Cultural and Tourism Promotion Advisory Board, as well as on task forces addressing issues such as revenue, homelessness, traffic congestion, and water quality and quantity.
He currently serves on the advisory board for the Career and Technical Education Center for the Salem-Keizer School District. In addition, he has also served on the board of Pentacle Theatre and on the board of the Oregon Council for the Humanities.
Representative Diego Hernandez
Speaker – MSW Outer East Portland, HD47
Rep. Hernandez is the youngest legislator serving in the Oregon Legislature. He represents Oregon’s 47th District, comprising of outer East Portland. As a freshman legislator, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Assistant Majority Leader. Rep. Hernandez was raised by a single hard-working immigrant mom. He is a product of East-Multnomah County public schools including the David Douglas and Parkrose Districts.
At the age of 25, he was the first Latino elected to the Reynolds School Board. He is currently serving his second 4-year term on the board.
He is the co-founder of Momentum Alliance, an innovative youth-based nonprofit dedicated to developing our next generation of intersectional social justice leaders.
Rep. Hernandez is a strong voice for Oregon’s students, families, and underrepresented communities, advocating for a more responsive government to the needs of its most marginalized.
In May of this year, Elizabeth received the City of Albany’s Human Relations Commission Award, which recognizes an individual for excellence in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
After graduation, Elizabeth launched her career in Paraguay, where she began working for several national and multinational companies from South America and Japan, immersing herself in different areas like public and private health, telecommunications, financial businesses, higher Ed, among others.
She has worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Xerox and Hewlett-Packard, as well as large corporations and start-ups such Regence BlueCross BlueShield and Oregon’s Health CO-OP and the Portland Leadership Foundation.
Cinthia holds a BA from Linfield College, an MBA from George Fox University and a Certificate of Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management from Georgetown University.
Women CEOs are a rarity, especially in tech. In fact, there are none leading Fortune 500 semiconductor companies. Jessica Gomez, of Rogue Valley Microdevices, is an accomplished CEO, civic leader, wife, and mother. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Jessica will share her personal journey with you and how she drew upon her cultural background to overcome obstacles posed by education, gender, and socioeconomic status.
In 2003 Jessica relocated to Southern Oregon and founded Rogue Valley Microdevices, Inc. Jessica is an active member of the community and is dedicated to supporting economic development.
She serves on the Oregon Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Oregon Business Development Commission, serves on the Oregon Business Council’s Board of the Directors, The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County and Chairs the Rogue Workforce Partnership. Jessica is also married and is the mother of two beautiful daughters.
A community-builder and color enthusiast, Meghan Gallop strives to seek the whimsy in everyday life. Her vibrant Instagram photography has been featured by Travel Salem, Visit Boise, Willamette Town Center, Press Play Salem Magazine, Big Wig Donuts, Willamette Minis, Photovision, National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, Street Sweets 1969 and @IHaveThisThingWithFloors, among others.
Meghan is Chemeketa Community College’s Small Business Management program coordinator, a business adviser and marketing, web and social media consultant for entrepreneurs and businesses owners.
As an internationally acclaimed expert in profession coaching, Lucy has made a difference as a business coach, mentor and transformational leader to entrepreneurs and business owners across the world.
Lucy is an international certified John Maxwell Team member and a certified behavior analysis consultant. She is committed to adding value to individual leaders and leadership teams around the world.