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    171 years of Bad Days: Creating a Culture of Inclusion for AAPIs

    Date: May 12, 2021, 7:30am
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    When an Anti-Asian race crime can be described as the shooter “having a bad day” it’s time to talk (again) about the impact of 171 years of Bad Days and how we can respond.

    On March 16, six Asian women were victims of a mass shooting in Atlanta. A month later, four Sikhs were killed in Indianapolis. Both recent and horrific, there are still those who question the racial motivation of these incidents. Initial responses in Atlanta by the Atlanta Police Department said that the shooter was “having a bad day.” We know better.

    Join us for a special conversation as we honor and celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage in May, to recognize these victims, and the nearly 4,000 victims of anti-Asian hate crimes over a 13-month period.

    DEI consultant, coach and facilitator, Lillian A. Tsai will take us through the 171-year history of “bad days.” She will educate us as to how Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) experiences have been erased, minimized, unseen and unheard. Lillian will also speak to how COVID-19 and the model minority stereotype has impacted her community. Our 50 minutes together will include a brief history of xenophobia, followed by strategies we can act on to support AAPIs locally and nationally. The session will also include an opportunity for small breakout group dialogue.

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    Speakers Bio:

    Born and raised in Malaysian Borneo, award winner Lillian Tsai has worked with hundreds of for-profit and nonprofit organizations on communications, cross-cultural competency, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) since 2005. Her expertise includes: assessing organizational DEI effectiveness, working with DEI committees, facilitation, training, team interventions, listening sessions, keynote speeches, executive and management coaching, and coaching of foreign- and U.S.-born persons of color.

    Ms. Tsai founded TsaiComms after a 25-year career in marketing and communications in global technology. Tsai has worked with organizations such as City of Beaverton, City of Lake Oswego, Columbia Sportswear, Habitat for Humanity, Jama Software, National Crime Victims Law Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon Health Authority, PeaceHealth, Microsoft, The Freshwater Trust, U.S. Forest Service, PGE, Lease Crutcher Lewis, SRG Partnerships, Clean Water Services, and many more. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach, consultant, and facilitator. More information about Ms. Tsai and her work is available at and LinkedIn.

    She is also a two-term board member of the Portland Human Resources Association (PHRMA) and Director of the DEI and Global HR Committees.