GlobalPDX Annual Conference

Conference Schedule (1)


Andrea Johnson
Afternoon Panel Speakers

GlobalPDX Members: Make sure to use the Discount Code in the GlobalPDX Member Portal to claim your discounted tickets!

Is your Organization a GlobalPDX Member? If so, you qualify for discounted tickets too! Register for the Member Portal to access your discount code.

Conference Sponsorship

If you or your organization interested in sponsoring the 2021 Conference, we would be delighted to highlight your mission to a group of highly invested and engaged global practitioners. Check out our Sponsorship One Pager, or reach out to [email protected] for more information.

2021 GlobalPDX Conference Sponsors

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Health In Harmony is an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity.

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Using Business as a Force for Good.

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We’ll donate 1% of our net revenue from this account to 1% for the Planet (at no cost to you)

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ACE helps Zambian moms and caregivers to raise SAFE KIDS, grow STRONG families, and build SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES.


Green Empowerment works with rural communities and partners around the world to improve access to affordable and renewable energy, safe drinking water, sanitation systems, fuel efficient cook stoves and more.

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Investing in the potential of communities around the world

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Our staff works in South America and Mexico fighting for the protection of forests and the people who live in them. 

Health & Safety

GlobalPDX will host this event in accordance with all local and state guidelines, including those of McMenamins Kennedy School. In addition to these policies, GlobalPDX requires all attendees to provide proof of vaccination upon checkin (or a negative COVID test taken within 3 days of the event).

McMenamins current guideline states: Guests are required to wear face masks or coverings, at all times  and while indoors. State guidance may change without notice and current guidelines at the time of this event apply.

In the case that the 2021 GlobalPDX Conference needs to be rescheduled to maintain the health & safety of our attendees, all ticket holders will be offered the opportunity to receive a full refund. This decision will be made based on issued government mandates relating to group size, etc.

Past GlobalPDX Conferences

About the 2019 Conference

Local to Global: Sustainable Solutions for a Changing World

We were delighted to grow and expand our community at the third annual GlobalPDX Conference. 2019's conference took place at the Smith Memorial Student Union on October 24th. Broadening our presence in Portland through this annual event by hosting the most dynamic speakers, innovative sponsors, and engaged attendees is a cornerstone of building GlobalPDX - Oregon's Hub for Global Changemakers! 2019's conference was a full day of networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, and plenary sessions designed to help us all expand our understanding of how local actors can have positive global impacts.

Conference Program

The GlobalPDX Conference 2019 was a full-day conference (9am - 6pm), with lunch, snacks, and beverages included. We brought the most influential presenters across multiple fields to do keynote presentations, lead break out sessions, and answered questions ranging from individual queries to industry-wide standards and practices.

View our full program here!


Main Sponsors 2019

Supporting Sponsors 2019

About the 2018 Conference

The Humanitarian, Development, & Peace Nexus

On Friday November 2nd GlobalPDX hosted their second annual conference at the Smith Memorial Student Union. Nearly 160 people from across Oregon attended the conference representing a wide range of non-profits, businesses and universities. Participants engaged in multiple networking opportunities, workshops, panel discussions, and plenary sessions focused on the triple nexus of Humanitarianism, Development, and Peace.

The conference kicked off with Patrick Hiller, Executive Director at the War Prevention Initiative, and Rebecca Wolfe, Director of Evidence and Influence, at Mercy Corps. These keynotes set the foundation for the theme of the conference; helping us all to think critically about the intersection of humanitarian aid, international development and peacebuilding and how we can be positive change agents for a more equitable world. In the afternoon we had several panels hosted by various organizations covering topics such as how to address Gender Based Violence, durable solutions for refugees, wildlife conservation and planetary health, monitoring & evaluation, and fundraising.

About the 2017 Conference

Pathway to the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2017 GlobalPDX hosted it's first conference in response to the demand from our members for a forum in which they can engage with others in Oregon with similar interests. The conference focused on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and took broad strokes on topics such as innovative financing models, inclusive development, working cross-sectorally, and advances in technology that support monitoring and evaluation activities.

The November 17 conference featured keynote speaker Martha Newsome, CEO of MedicalTeams International based inTigard. The closing plenary, “Working Across Silos,” included panelists from Portland State University, Green Empowerment, Oregon Zoo, Oregon State University College of Forestry, and World Forestry Center to discuss the importance of partnership and working across sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.