State of Womxn of Color: Advancing Community, Culture and Careers

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The future of work is one with womxn of color at the center.

Join The Riveter and Future for Us for The State of Womxn of Color Roadshow, an evening to tell audacious stories of womxn of color at work, accompanied by an overview of the data, insights and solutions. This collaboration provides a platform for rising and established womxn of color professionals to share their experiences and next step strategies as they build powerful communities to create a future for where womxn of color lead at the highest levels across all sectors.

This is a special roadshow edition of Future for Us’s State of Womxn of Color, featuring a panel of local leaders. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Paige Hendrix Buckner and others will share personal experiences, discuss how womxn of color can navigate the world of work, and leave us with insights on negotiation, building community, and true allyship. Portland is one of the fastest growing cities on the West Coast. With its history of racial inequities and increasingly diverse population, it is of critical importance that we are actively working to build community, and ensure that across all sectors, womxn of color are in visible leadership roles across the city and state.

Allies and champions are invited to come together to support womxn of color professionals through community, culture and career development – to create equity of access and opportunities for advancement. Together we can take actions to advance womxn of color and explore what it takes to build intentional communities for and with womxn of color, examine how allies can strengthen their cultural competency muscle, and explore what true workplace collaboration can make possible!


6:00 – 6:30pm Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:00pm The State of Womxn of Color Presentation with Future for Us Founders
7:00 – 8:00pm Panel + Q&A
8:00 – 8:30pm Networking

Why womxn and not women?

The spelling of womxn is meant to show inclusion of trans, nonbinary, womxn of color, womxn with disabilities and all other marginalized genders. Both The Riveter and Future for Us use this spelling to indicate that our spaces and platform are open to anyone who identifies as such. We respect people of all genders, identities, and the use of pronouns that best identify an individual.


Paige Hendrix Buckner is the Program Director of Founder Gym, an online training center that helps underrepresented founders build successful tech startups. In the first eighteen months of operation, FG has trained 329 founders across 16 countries, who’ve gone on to raise over $35MM. Throughout her career, Paige has operated at the intersection of education, entrepreneurship, and social justice. She is a well-respected leader in the Portland startup scene and has helped cultivate their ecosystem, including teaching entrepreneurship with the TiE Young Entrepreneurs Oregon Program, serving on the board of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, and co-founding the Xxcelerate Fund for women entrepreneurs.

Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty is also the Principal Partner of Consult Hardesty. She is focused on increasing democracy in low-income communities & communities of color, eliminate barriers to advocacy, public policy deliberations, and public policy improvements that create disparate outcomes in communities of color and low income communities. JoAnn is also the President of the NAACP Portland Chapter.

Lynn Le is the founder and CEO of Society Nine, a modern women’s performance and lifestyle brand celebrating the fight within every woman through high quality boxing gear and activewear to empower them in their fight. Frustrated with the lack of quality options for women’s gear in boxing fitness, Society Nine is disrupting an industry that has underserved a passionate community of women all over the world who are on a journey to uncover their power from within through boxing. She was named to Forbes’ 30under30 in Retail/E-Commerce for the Class of 2018, and Portland Business Journal’s 40under40 for 2017. She is passionate about advocating for, investing in and creating access to fitness, self-defense and health and wellness to all self-identified women because she believes fitness is so critical to overall well being and mental health and should be a right, not a privilege.

About Future for Us

Future for Us is a platform dedicated to advancing womxn of color at work through community, culture and career development. We envision a future of work where womxn of color lead at the highest levels of corporate, government, and social sector organizations. We do this through a mix of monthly events, large-scale conferences for both womxn of color professionals and allies, and research. Join the movement and a community dedicated to womxn of color on Slack! Visit for more information.

More speakers to be announced soon!

Ticketing Information

Tickets for this event are on a sliding scale. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Contact for more information.

Host level tickets (25 max) will include individual and/or company name and/or logo in the event program.

Cover image courtesy The Riveter: Portland.

Event Detail

October 11, 2019 6:00 pm
October 11, 2019 8:30 pm


The Riveter: Portland