Experienced Women of Color in the Workplace

Women-of-color managers and professionals describe barriers to their advancement as a “concrete ceiling,” as opposed to the “glass ceiling” for White females and Men of Color. Not only is the “concrete ceiling” more difficult to penetrate, Women of Color say they can’t see through it to glimpse the corner office. Join us to hear from four Women of Color who have managed to make a difference in our State while making a dent in the concrete ceiling.


Vicki Nakashima, (Retired) Director, State of Oregon Department of Human Services

Sharon Gary-Smith, (Retired) Executive Director, McKenzie River Gathering Foundation

Linda Castillo, Coordinator, New Portlander Program, ONI, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Donita Fry, Coordinator, Portland Youth and Elders Council, NAYA, Native American Youth and Family Center