A Night for Networking (N4N)

OHSU's Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity department, led by AAEO Director Michael Tom, hosted the sixth annual Night for Networking on October 28, 2015 in the CLSB. N4N provides a forum for job-seekers with disabilities to meet person-to-person with local employers and recruiters. Attendees included job-seekers, local recruiters, event sponsors, volunteers, community affiliates, job-coaches, interpreters and other supporters.

Thank You

A big thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, speakers and everyone else who brought enthusiasm and support to this event. For a full list of event sponsors, scroll down the right-hand column of this page. Thank you to event photographer Maileen Hamto - click here to view N4N 2015 in pictures.

Your Networking Story

We've already begun to hear that important connections were made for job-seekers and employers alike. If you made or facilitated a successful connection, we would love to hear about it! Please send your networking story to us at n4n@ohsu.edu.

Employers to Contact

For job-seekers, we have compiled a list of participating businesses. Click here for the list, which includes links to their jobs pages.

Master of Ceremonies: Steve Hanamura

Steve Hanamura

Founder and president of Hanamura Consulting Inc., Steve Hanamura has an extensive portfolio of professional consulting, training and speaking. He is a valued resource in leadership development, diversity, team building, organizational change and generational differences.

Keynote Speaker: Nick Fish

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Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was elected to the Portland City Council in a 2008 special election, and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Nick serves as Commissioner in charge of the Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services, and serves as Council liaison to older adults, the arts, and neighborhood small businesses.

A former civil rights lawyer, Nick is committed to removing barriers to equal opportunity in employment. His father helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act - Nick has one of the pens President Bush used to sign the bill into law.

Other Presenters

Dr. Mark Richardson, OHSU

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Dr. Richardson has served as Dean of the School of Medicine at OHSU since 2007. Read about the SOM diversity initiative and its other strategic initiatives here.

Emily Purry

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We love the success stories that come out of Night for Networking. Emily has one to tell. A mother of three and highly motivated employee for Multnomah County, Emily has some experience with overcoming barriers faced by people with disabilities. We are excited to have her back to share her experience as a job-seeker at this event!

Michael Tom, OHSU


Michael Tom, Director of OHSU's Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity department, is also a co-founder of N4N. Mike works with community partners and OHSU committees to enhance accessibility, diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community.

Ian Jaquiss, OHSU

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Ian Jaquiss is OHSU's Diversity Awareness Trainer and Outreach Specialist. He serves on a number of OHSU committees, leads outreach and education efforts, and acts as a liaison for job-seekers who have disabilities.


Musician Ian James Picture

Ian James grew up in North Portland. A vocalist and guitarist with a range of styles, Ian's acoustic sound includes funk, jazz, folk, gospel and soul music influences. His music is unique and fresh, and he is a favorite among fans of local live music.

Night for Networking 2014 - a look-back to last year