2017 Speakers

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Adam Nicholas Phillips
Pastor and Social Justice Advocate

Adam is founding pastor of Christ Church: Portland, an open, active and inclusive faith community established in 2014. In February 2015, Adam and his faith…

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Adrienne Nelson
Servant Leader

Adrienne, a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge, is the second Black female judge in Oregon’s history. She is a sought-after speaker on a variety of…

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Bri Pruett
Comedian and Writer

Bri is a Portland-born comedian and writer, currently based in Los Angeles. She was recently featured on Comedy Central's Roast Battle and Fox's Laughs. In…

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Chad Fez Gaetz

Chad 'Fez' Gaetz is a Portland, Oregon-based artist best known for his large scale interactive works. He has created his own niche designing sculptures and…

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Charles McGee
Racial Equity Activist

In 2006, Charles McGee and Johnell Bell co-founded the Black Parent Initiative (BPI) where Charles continues to serve as Executive Director. BPI works to help…

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Damien Fair
Behavioral Neuroscientist

Damien is an Associate Professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department at OHSU where his laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain.…

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Derenda Schubert
Intergenerational Community Leader

A licensed psychologist with extensive professional experience in counseling children and families, Derenda has found herself creating, managing, and evaluating foster care and mental health…

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Gregory McKelvey
Community Organizer

Gregory earned a Political Science degree from Oregon State University and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. In Portland, Gregory is easily…

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Rachel Harry
Tony Award Winning High School Teacher

Rachel believes teaching should be student-driven and wants students to explore and to reach and to fail, because all of those things — especially failure…

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Vineet Edupuganti
Teen Scientist and Innovator

In December, 2016, at age 16, Vineet Edupuganti was named the national winner of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. His winning project…

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