"How Workplace Behaviors Build Successful Organizations"

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About the event

Most organizations want to succeed at what they do, right?  And an inclusive workplace is a key aspect of successful organizations.  What does an inclusive workplace feel like? What behaviors make people feel like they’re part of the team? These questions must be answered if the goal is to create an environment where everyone can grow and thrive. To build such a culture, there are specific strategies that can be employed in any organization.

Join us for the SIM Portland November 2018 meeting when we will discuss the concepts of diversity and inclusion, along with the behaviors that make it possible – or impossible – to achieve true workplace inclusion.

Key topics that will be explored include,

  • Key aspects of successful organizations
  • The concepts of diversity and inclusion
  • Strategies that create an inclusive workplace
  • What does this all mean to IT leadership? How can you create an environment where everyone can grow and thrive?

The Speakers

Melody Riley Ralphs picture Bob Leek

As the current Interim Director and Chief Information Officer for the Department of County Assets at Multnomah County, Oregon, Bob is an ambitious, results-oriented team leader with over twenty-five years of leadership experience, including over fifteen years of experience in information technology. Over the last five years, his experience in public service has rounded out his servant leadership skills. Accountable for the internal service teams for technology, facility, fleet, and numerous operational and support functions at the County, he helps the County deliver solutions and improved outcomes across multiple areas of public services including health, human services, libraries, and public safety.

Bob’s previous roles have included a concentration in human and pet health care for over thirteen years. He has developed his experience through positions in retail operations, corporate financial reporting and decision support system development, sales, international operations, logistics management, and staff recruiting, supervision, and retention. He has previously worked for Kaiser Permanente, Banfield The Pet Hospital, and Egghead.com.

Bob is most proud of his work in leading Information Technology to support Business Operations teams in strategic planning and tactical execution of yearly and multi-year efforts towards transformational change. His personal tag line: leveraging technology and other solutions to improve outcomes in the communities we serve. Bob, a native of the Netherlands, received his degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. And Bob always tees off on a par 5 expecting to have a putt for eagle.

Melody Riley Ralphs picture Kory Murphy

Kory is an extraordinary organizational leader whose work has had far-reaching impacts in Multnomah County, as well as with other jurisdictions in this region. Born and raised in Portland, Kory brings over fifteen years of experience in leadership, policy and program development with various non-profit, public, and private organizations to fulfilling his life mission: developing the social structures that lead to health and success, specifically for African American families - beginning with his own.

Kory started working for Multnomah County in October 2013 to help roll out their Equity and Empowerment Lens - to make it accessible, meaningful and most of all, functional to leaders and staff in all nine departments. Currently, he works in the County’s Department of County Assets as the Equity and Inclusion Manager, where he uses his skills to create a leadership and workplace culture of inclusion and equity, specifically within the Information Technology, Property Management, Contracting, and Finance divisions. He works on projects ranging from priority based budgeting and strategic planning to leadership coaching and internship program development. Prior to coming to Multnomah County, he worked for the Oregon Department of Human Services, in which one of his major contributions was coordinating the Governor’s Child Welfare Racial Equity Task Force and the Casey Foundation’s Partnership with DHS to reduce disproportionality in foster care, leading to a report submitted to the 2011 Legislature on the issue.

Kory graduated from Benson High School In 1991 and went on to attend University of Oregon on a football scholarship. While at the University of Oregon, Kory was a three-year football letterman, including a member of the 1995 Rose Bowl Team and went on to earn his bachelors of science in sociology. Many of the lessons learned through sports helped guide him through life experiences as a young black male - in Oregon. To this day, he enjoys reinvesting those lessons in the lives of young people through coaching youth football for the Jefferson Democrats, in addition to being the program’s President for the past three years.



When & Where
Nov 7
7th November 2018
05:30 PM - 08:15 PM
Portland, OR
2018-11-07 05:30 PM 2018-11-07 08:15 PM America/New_York "How Workplace Behaviors Build Successful Organizations" 1225 Southwest 6th Avenue Portland, OR, United States 97204

University Club of Portland

The University Club is located in the heart of downtown Portland at the intersection of Southwest Sixth Avenue and Jefferson Street on the northwest corner.

Online registration is available until 1159pm 11/6/2018 at http://simpdx.org

SIM Portland Member $35,
SIM Portland Non-Member $120,
SIM Portland Student $25.


5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
6:50 PM Meeting Start
7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
8:15 PM Close

About SIM

The Society of Information Management (SIM), Portland Chapter, is a professional organization of senior IT practitioners; CIOs to IT managers. The monthly SIM-Portland event is a NO SALES ZONE. IT vendors/service providers may contact marketing@simpdx.org for sponsorship opportunities.