Women in Business: Using Business as a Force for Good

About Your Seminar:

Businesses of all sizes hold increasing power to influence social, environmental, and economic conditions. To build a new economy that invests in all communities and repairs our environment rather than depletes it, we must change how we do business. Whether you own a small business or work in a larger organization, we all have a unique opportunity to engage in conversation about how businesses can design their operations, products and services to do good in the world.

In this workshop we’ll explore different topics related to incorporating social, environmental and community impact into your business, and how to measure that impact. Our discussion will include an overview of external certifications and communities for your business to get involved with, such as 1% for the Planet, Social Justice Label, Certified B Corps, Business for a Better Portland.

About Your Presenter:

Kate Rood serves as Community Engagement Officer for Beneficial State Foundation, a unique foundation that supports the triple bottom line mission of Beneficial State Bank. Prior to joining the movement to change banking for good, Kate advised Portland State University’s Impact Entrepreneurs on community events and programs. Her background is in executive education and leadership development, bringing business executives together for learning.Kate received a BA in political science from Smith College and an MBA from Portland State University. A published writer, Kate believes good things happen when we speak, write and bear witness to each other’s stories. She is on the board of directors for Write Around Portland.

Kate is passionate about the positivity, creativity and mindfulness of handwritten mail, and makes and sends cards every week. When she’s not crafting snail mail, she can be found cooking, reading, playing cribbage and spending time with friends and family.


About Your Panel 


Raised by a family of communications professors, politicians, activists, and public school teachers, working for social good was a non-negotiable for Emily Goetz. A dedicated creative problem solver, Emily is a listener first and synthesizer second. She loves showing up every day to Pyramid Communications, to work with a group of incredibly passionate, talented people. As Pyramid’s Chief Marketing Officer, Emily works closely with her clients to uncover opportunities and define clear, outcome-oriented goals. Then, she leads multi-disciplinary teams of strategists and creatives to find expected—and unexpected—paths forward to accomplish them.  Emily chairs the board of directors of p:ear, a local nonprofit working with homeless youth aged 14-24 and serves as the Learning Chair of the PDX B Local Board.





As the Social Justice Program Manager at the International Living Future Institute, Francis Janes helps organizations worldwide in support of their efforts to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive. Through a consultative process, Francis assists organizations through the process of developing progressive policies, program and practices that lead to more engaged, happier and more productive workplaces. Francis has served in a variety of leadership roles in a variety of sectors including information technology, financial services, global development and AEC. Prior to working at the Institute, Francis served as Vice President Beneficial State Bank.




Sponsored by Beneficial State Bank 

Event Details

Date & Time:


  • Sat, Jan 20 2018 | 10:00 - 1:00 PM
    No seats left
Mercy Corps Northwest | 43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR
43 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR

Stay in the loop. Subscribe to our newsletter.