24th Annual Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference
Tuesday, October 24
Keynote Speaker: Simon Tam
Simon Tam is an award-winning musician, author, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed troublemaker.
He has been a performer, presenter, and keynote at TEDx, SXSW, Comic-Con, The Department of Defense, Stanford University, and over 1,200 other events across North America, Europe, and Asia. He has set a world record by appearing on the TEDx stage 12 times.
He is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock and anti-racism band. His work in the arts has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across 200 countries and territories, including BBC, NPR, TIME Magazine, and Rolling Stone. He was called a champion of diverse issues by the White House and worked with President Barack Obama on a campaign to fight bullying.
Simon recently helped expand freedom of speech through winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case in constitutional and trademark law (Matal v. Tam).
He designed one of the first college-accredited social media programs in the United States. Bloomberg Businessweek called him a “Social Media Rockstar.” Forbes says his resume is a “paragon of completeness.”
Recently, he was recognized as a Freedom Fighter by the Roosevelt Rough Writers, named Citizen of the Year from the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Portland Lodge, Portland Rising Star from the Light a Fire Awards, received a Distinguished Alum Award from Marylhurst University, and has earned 34 awards for his marketing campaigns work.
He is the board chair for the APANO United Communities Fund and serves as a board member/advisor for Know Your City, Color of NOW, and the Cultural Resource Centers Advisory Council for Portland State University.