Authentic Best Leadership™ (ABL) Conference Portland


A one day conference focused on developing authentic, effective and intentional leaders. Explore how cultural values influence behaviors and perceptions and how these impact leadership presence.  Gain tools of how to thrive in your career by leveraging your core values to get the results that you want.   

In addition, have the unique opportunity to network and share experiences with other like minded professionals and community leaders. Together, we will discover ways we can leverage our diversity to create better outcomes in organizations and in community. 


Open to anyone looking to understand how culture impacts leadership and increasing leadership effectiveness.  EDI's programs  have an emphasis on the cultures of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and Hispanic/Latino communities. 


9:00 AM Welcome & Authentic Best Leadership™ Introduction

10:15 AM Workshop #1

11:45 AM Lunch & Integration Activity

12:30 PM Workshop #2

2:00 PM Leadership Panel

2:45 PM Closing Remarks


Date: Saturday, November 16th

Time: 9 AM - 3 PM

Location: Daimler Trucks North America

Address: 4555 N Channel Ave, Portland, OR 97217


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Aligning Your Inner-Strength with Your Brand by Alisa Yannello

Does how you describe yourself match how others see you? When you lack a professional brand, others might try creating it for you. When others take control of your brand, this can create a narrative that’s not aligned with who you are. Many of us underestimate the power of a strong brand and this workshop is geared towards building your brand, staying connected to who you are and balancing that with how you need others to see you in the workplace.     

Creating a strong professional brand is not about self-promotion or pretending to be someone you’re not; it’s about communicating your talents and being the authentic you. We’ll spend time in this activity-based workshop understanding and working through different strategies to help you clarify and communicate your personal brand.

Courageous Connectivity: The Power of Your Network & Knowing Your Value

by Gina Walker & Natasha Siores

Developing and recognizing your ability to make authentic connections and relate with others will unlock a powerful component of your leadership toolkit.  Gina and Natasha will lead you on an exploration of how to effectively connect and develop your network in a way that’s true to your values and personal style. 


  • Claire Mak, Prototype Development Manager, Daimler Trucks North America

  • Mari Watanabe, Executive Director at Partners in Diversity

  • Eric Nguyen, Chief Product Officer at Kollective Technology

  • Lindy Lee, Footwear Development Director at Nike, Inc.

  • Jiangping Gu, Director of Engineering, PCC Structurals, Inc.


The cost is $100/person which includes breakfast, lunch, materials and two workshops.

Are you an EDI alum? Contact us at for a $25 off discount code!


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TAKE A PEEK AT OUR 2018 ABL Conference!

Read Anita Loomba’s Panel Recap: Navigating an Intersectional World from last year’s conference.

Colleen Yamaguchi introduces Authentic best Leadership™ to conference attendees.

Facilitators Julian Schrenzel, Teresa Park, Venus Rekow, & Shian Chuan led the workshops for the day.

Jennifer Nielsen moderates the executive panel made up of Tonita Webb - EVP/COO of Seattle Credit Union, Meiling Elsner - SR. VP, Washington State Area Manager of HSBC, & Anita Loomba - Program Director of Female Founders Alliance.