Sessions designed as an introduction or refresher.
Beyond the Basics
Technical sessions for those wanting to “go deep.”
Hot Topics & More
Trending topics that range from the complex to the controversial.
A broad range of vital issues across multiple sectors.
Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Workforce
With the ever-increasing presence of new and established technology, businesses in the Pacific Northwest face challenges in obtaining and retaining top talent. What does that mean for the business community? What is the impact on operations, innovation, and safety? How are existing employees affected? What recruiting and retention programs have been implemented? Have they been successful? Why or why not?
Dr. Kelli Klindtworth
Chief Workforce & Strategy Officer
Bonneville Power Administration
Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition
Chief Executive Officer
On Track Together
Senior Vice President | External Affairs & Communications
The Greenbrier Companies
Hear from Jack Isselmann, senior vice president for The Greenbrier Companies, as he discusses their recently released 2022 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, On Track Together. The report summarizes the Company’s global sustainability initiatives and performance from the 2022 fiscal year.
On Track Together describes Greenbrier’s efforts to deliver on a robust ESG agenda, including a review of its 2021 materiality assessment to address stakeholders’ evolving values and priorities. Greenbrier’s strategic ESG plan is guided by five core pillars: Safety & Quality, People, Environmental Sustainability, Governance & Ethics and Communities.
About Greenbrier – Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures, Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars and marine barges in North America, Europe and Brazil. Greenbrier manages 408,000 railcars and offers railcar management, regulatory compliance services and leasing services to railroads and other railcars owners in North America.
CHIPS Act, Clean Power, and the New NW Economy
Director, Regional Business Initiatives
Portland General Electric
The transition to clean energy presents Oregon with an opportunity to radically reshape its economy, workforce, and sustainable practices. This talk will explore how emerging opportunities through the CHIPs and Inflation Reduction Acts can align with state goals around climate, industrial land, and semiconductor production, unlocking shared prosperity throughout the region.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Washington State Department of Ecology will kick off Business & The Environment with the opening keynote panel on Day 1. Come hear the latest information in a lively discussion, moderated by Laura Kerr, Stoel Rives LLP.
Stoel Rives LLP
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Washington Department of Ecology
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Anthony L. Barber, PE
Director, Oregon Operations Office
US EPA Region 10