GlobalPDX Annual Conference


Sponsors of GlobalPDX Conferences

Past Conferences

2021 Conference

Reimagine Global Change

The 2021 (un)Conference explored ideas for innovative change and deeper collaboration amongst Oregon's Global Changemakers. Our attendees were comprised of the international development community in Oregon, and beyond. The 2021 Conference re-affirmed our commitment to collaboration and inclusivity by hosting our event in the “UnConference” format. Attendee-driven conversations included Empowering Women, the SDGs, Aid Dependency, Local Climate Change Initiatives, Innovative Leadership Tools, Technology at the Village Level, Afghanistan, and more.


Conference Recordings

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!

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.

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.