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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Serilda Summers-McGee

Date: 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT October 22 Location: Zoom

  • Serilda Summers-McGee
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Serilda Summers-McGee is the Founder and Principal of Workplace Change, LLC, a Human Resources consultancy created to guide, advise, and encourage the business world through internal as well as external growth and transition, while incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into HR systems. Serilda has been an HR/DEI innovator for over 15 years, honing her ability to identify challenges and opportunities while teaching the masses how to be better leaders. She has inspired thousands to create, embrace, and mobilize lasting organizational

Most recently, Serilda was Chief Human Resources Officer for the City of Portland, Oregon, one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.. While serving as the CHRO, she led a bureau of 84 professionals who supported a workforce of more than 10,000. She has held leadership roles for the Portland Development Commission, the Oregon Department of Education, Kaiser Permanente, Partners in Diversity, and Reed College.

In 2019, Serilda positioned the City of Portland’s Bureau of Human Resources to win the Western Region International Public Management Association For Human Resources “Agency Award For Excellence.” In 2018, she received Portland Business Journal’s “Women of Influence Award,” and in 2019, she received Portland Business Journal’s “HR Excellence Award.”

Serilda believes in the power of an equitable and inclusive work environment. She knows that to be a healthy company, there must be healthy culture. Serilda has made it her life’s work to help organizations and leaders create and sustain optimal work cultures. For her, the importance of HR became apparent while working the counter at Taco Bell in her first high school job, that lasted 8 years.

While not in the office, Serilda focuses on her family, her friends, and making the occasional gourmet meal.

When clients engage with Serilda, they get experience, expertise, and everything else it takes to create positive Workplace Change

Sponsored by the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends. Since we can’t meet in person right now we will Venmo you $10 after the Lunch with a Leader for your next meal!