CREATE A NEW NORMAL

 
 
 
 
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Focus on Inclusion

Emerging Leaders was co-founded by Su Embree, Ben Sand, and Ryan Buchanan as they imagined how an internship program could create a new “normal” for the Greater Portland area by challenging local business leaders to play an active role in fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in their own companies.

To Create Opportunity

Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) matches underrepresented college students and recent graduates with paid internships at top companies throughout the city. So far, over 200 interns have participated in the program, with many successfully transitioning into full-time roles.

And Strengthen Community

Emerging Leaders Mentoring (ELM), our newest initiative, empowers people of color, women, low-income people, and other diverse groups who seek jobs in the technology and healthcare sectors by matching them with established Portland-area professionals. Mentees should already be enrolled in TechRise PDX or NW Promise.

 
 
 

Be the Portland You Want to See

We want to create and empower leaders in Portland-area companies who reflect the rich and growing diversity of their community. Our programs and initiatives are designed remove barriers to access and establish talent pipelines to foster a stronger, more inclusive Portland.

You are needed here.
You are wanted here.

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The Emerging Leaders Team

 
 
  Cinthia Manuel  Director of Workforce Initiatives

Cinthia Manuel
Director of Workforce Initiatives

  Demetrius Rhodes   Assistant Director, Healthcare

Demetrius Rhodes
Assistant Director, Healthcare

  Natalie Christiansen  Assistant Director, Career Mentoring

Natalie Christiansen
Assistant Director, Career Mentoring

  Amani Austin  Assistant Director, Emerging Leaders

Amani Austin
Assistant Director, Emerging Leaders

  Gabi Nygaard  Communications Coordinator

Gabi Nygaard
Communications Coordinator

 
 
 
 

 

Emerging Leaders is made possible through the support of The Columbia-Willamette Workforce Collaborative—made up of Worksystems Inc., SW Washington Workforce Development Council, and the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County—which supports local leaders in Portland and SW Washington to help the region compete economically.