The event, hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, aims to educate about social issues.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - The second annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce is on Sept. 29.

The Washington County Chamber of Commerce has announced its second annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium will be held in Hillsboro on Sept. 29.

The symposium aims to teach attendees how to understand and act on issues of cultural awareness in their businesses, organizations and in their communities. The topic of this year's symposium is "Gentrification of the Race Conversation."

"We are truly excited about this year's DEI Symposium," said Deanna Palm, president and chief executive of the Hillsboro-based Washington County Chamber, in the announcement. "Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation about their own lived experiences after this event."

The speaker panel includes: Ndongo Khouma, a principal engineer at Genentech; Jenn Klotz, community and external relations spokesperson for Genentech; Deborah Lange, assistant superintendent of the Oregon Department of Education; and Bo Stephens, a race and cultural awareness consultant at Shades of Unity PDX.

The event will be held at the Venetian Hillsboro at 253 E. Main St. The start time is listed at 8:15 a.m. and is expected to last until 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at the chamber's website.

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