RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

Filling the spaces between races with compassion, conversation, and education

WOC in the Workplace

Experienced Women of Color In the Workplace

experienced women of color in the workplace poster

Women-of-color managers and professionals describe barriers to their advancement as a “concrete ceiling,” as opposed to the “glass ceiling” for White females and Men of Color. Not only is the “concrete ceiling” more difficult to penetrate, Women of Color say they can’t see through it to glimpse the corner office. Join us to hear from four Women of Color who have managed to make a difference in our State while making a dent in the concrete ceiling.


Vicki Nakashima, (Retired) Director, State of Oregon Department of Human Services

Sharon Gary-Smith, (Retired) Executive Director, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation

Linda Castillo, Coordinator, New Portlander Program, ONI, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Donita Fry, Coordinator, Portland Youth and Elders Council, NAYA, Native American Youth and Family Center

McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland | Phone: 503-249-3983

Newcomers Welcome: 6:45 pm

Doors open at 6 p.m.; 6:45pm – 9:15 pm;

Free | Minor with parent or guardian

RACE TALKS is a free series co-sponsored by Donna Maxey (Founder/Director of RACE TALKS), World Arts Foundation, Resolutions Northwest, and McMenamins.

Please forward this email and poster to any group, business, school, class, and individual you feel might be interested. If you have questions or suggestions about the upcoming program (or the series in general), please contact us at the email addresses given below.


Tuesday, OCTOBER 10, 2017
WHITE AMERICA: Educate Yourself and Dismantle Racism

HATE IN OUR TOWN posters will be for sale by Emily’s Fund Foundation