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News Release
The Safety and Security Impacts of Houselessness on Businesses and Organizations - 06/07/24

Join industry leaders for the second session of the four-part 2024 Public-Private Partnership Security and Resilience Seminar Series.

The Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM) invites you to the second session of the 2024 Public-Private Partnership Security and Resilience Seminar Series, titled “The Safety and Security Impacts of Houselessness on Businesses and Organizations,” on Thursday, June 13 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

This 90-minute session will feature insights from experts in government, the private sector and non-profit organizations. Speakers will share lessons learned and best practices from businesses that have developed innovative and socially engaging programs to address the complex issue of houselessness.  

This session will help businesses create forward-thinking plans and initiatives to tackle the challenges houselessness presents for their operations, customers, employees and the communities they serve. Attendees will learn how small businesses to Fortune 500 companies have proactively addressed issues related to mental health, public safety, substance abuse, poverty and equity.  

Featured Speakers:

  • Julissa McWashington — The senior manager of global social impact for Starbucks, McWashington has been with the company for 13 years. She has worked across various teams, including Global Coffee, Marketing, Food and Latin America. Currently, she leads the Community Resilience team, overseeing local Outreach Worker Programs and Community Resiliency Funds nationwide. Passionate about community service, McWashington serves on the boards of Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and After-School All-Stars. She also co-chaired Starbucks’ Hora Del Café a Latino Employee Resource Group (ERG).  
  • Dr. Jillandra Rovaris — A psychologist and Founder and chief executive officer of the Supply Chain Project, Dr. Rovaris brings more than 35 years of experience to her role. She has served as director and executive director for Student Health and Counseling Services at various universities. Dr. Rovaris is currently the assistant vice-chancellor/provost - executive director of Student Health Services and Counseling Services (SHCS) at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Her holistic approach to mental therapy and wellness focuses on treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit. She is also a subject matter expert for the California Board of Psychologists.  
  • Steven Robinson — The founder and chief operating officer of the Supply Chain Project, Robinson is an award-winning supply chain and operations executive with more than four decades of experience. He has led multi-billion-dollar global operations, strategy and supply chain transformations for some of the world’s largest companies. His expertise spans procurement, strategic planning, manufacturing, transportation and international logistics. Robinson previously served as the head of global supply chain for Walmart and Starbucks. Passionate about mental health, Robinson aims to democratize wellness for students globally. 
  • Laura Ellsworth — Ellsworth has served as the public policy and engagement manager for the Council for the Homeless in Vancouver, Washington for the last six years. Ellsworth has spent her entire career working in the nonprofit sector, and has extensive experience with advocacy, public policy, and community engagement around homelessness, healthcare and organ donation.  
  • Don Lynn — Lynn is the director of crisis and business continuity management for Albertsons Companies. With more than 20 years of experience in the food sector, Lynn specializes in crisis and business continuity management. His diverse background spans law enforcement, power and telecommunications—focusing on national security and emergency preparedness. 
  • Cara Steele — A crime and intelligence analyst with 23 years of experience, Steele is renowned for her collaborative work with community members and law enforcement to solve crime and enhance safety. At the Oregon DOJ’s retail theft unit, she uses her expertise in data analysis to combat high-level retail theft. Steele’s background includes work on drug and criminal organization investigations, making her a seasoned professional in her field. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is a certified crime analyst through California State University, Sacramento.
  • About the Series:  

Sponsored by the Idaho Office of Emergency Management, this series is a collaborative effort with the Oregon Department of Emergency Management (OEM), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Albertsons Companies. It involves volunteer speakers with firsthand experience in key business and industry security and resilience topics.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Session 2: June 13 – The Safety and Security Impacts of Houselessness on Businesses and Organizations
  • Session 3: September 12 – Safely Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Session 4: October 10 – Emerging Cybersecurity Threats: Preparing for the Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence

Each course can be taken individually and counts towards continuing education with Continuing Education Unit credits.

Register Today!  

To register for the series, please click here. For questions or more information, contact training@ghinternational.com. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your organization’s preparedness and resilience.

Click here for a recording of Session 1 of this Seminar Series. For recordings of the 2023 seminar Series, please click here

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