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April General Education Session - Microaggressions and Age

April 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

K&L Gates LLP, Umpqua Bank Plaza
1 SW Columbia St #1900
Portland, OR 97258
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Join Lillian Tsai and guest speaker, Alisa Blum, for the 4th presentation of our 5-part series on diversity.  

Microaggressions and Age: Ageism, or discrimination based on age, is an extraordinarily complex and overlooked issue in our society.  This form of microaggression continues to present as biases are often covert, subtle in nature and/or hidden in our language.  Despite its subtlety, age-related stereotypes are damaging and have a negative effect on all age groups. 

Attend this presentation to learn how microaggressions affect both older and younger generations and what we can say/do when it happens to us.


Lillian Tsai, Founder and President of TsaiComms LLC, has been working with a plethora of organizations on cross-cultural competency, intercultural communications, and diversity & inclusion (D&I) since 2005. Ms. Tsai’s strengths lie in the ability to understand and bridge gaps between cultural (organizational, team and individual) differences as a result of her experiences as an immigrant and working in global and multi-cultural environments for more than 35 years. 

She has trained and/or consulted for many corporations in the Pacific Northwest and specializes in training on topics and onboarding expatriates on business practices/etiquette. 

Ms. Tsai holds a Practitioner’s Certificate from the Intercultural Communications Institute in Portland, Oregon, and a Certificate in Artful Facilitation from Resolutions Northwest. She is an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks, an instructor at Portland State University’s Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) and a returning guest lecturer at the University of Oregon’s Executive MBA program since 2012.

Guest Speaker:

For over 15 years, Alisa Blum has combined an in-depth understanding of human behavior with innovative techniques to help organizations develop high-achieving employees. She specializes in Multi-Generational Communication, Attracting & Retaining Top Talent, Strengths-based Management Development, Customer Relations and Performance Optimization.

Some of the organizations she has provided training & consulting to include: 3M, Hewlett-Packard, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Providence Health Systems, Clackamas Community College, the City of Tualatin and Tri-Met.  Alisa has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Towson State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Her previous work experience includes positions as a training director, program manager, supervisor and psychotherapist.

Lillian and Alisa have trained together in working across generations and cultures since 2013 at the US Forest Service, Western Energy Institute, Oregon Medical Board, and Boeing.

Lunch will be provided.


$25.00 Member Registration

$35.00 Non-Member Registration