PABA Launches LGBTQ-Friendly Career Shadow Program


By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

The Portland Area Business Association (an LGBTQ chamber of commerce) is launching a career shadowing program to provide LGBTQ students with experiential learning opportunities and is currently seeking additional business participants.

The program is a partnership among PABA member businesses, LGBTQ agencies, non-profits, and higher education institutions in the Portland metro and Vancouver area. Student participants will learn about career opportunities in LGBTQ-supportive organizations and develop an understanding of how their identity and interests align with various fields of study and work.

PABA is currently looking for businesses/professionals who can provide shadow experiences in the following areas:

– Administrative
– Human Resources
– Technology, Computers
– Retail (music, books, clothing, grocery)
– Architecture, Design
– Marketing
– Communications/Public Relations
– Manufacturing
– Accounting/Finance

The LGBTQ business association plans to offer the program 3-6 times each year, depending on resources. Specifically, PABA needs the following resources to make the program a success:

– A meeting space and supplies
– LGBTQ and allied employees willing to donate 2-4 hours to work with a shadow program participant.
– Tours of a department or facility
– Equipment such as laptops (up to 6 may be needed), a wireless enabled printer, etc. – Underwriting costs of staff, meals, and supplies (corporate sponsorships of $1,000 and $2,500 corporate partnerships are available — each session costs approximately $1,000 to run)

To learn more about the program and opportunities for businesses to get involved, contact Randi King at / 503-309-1087 or Tamara Ryan at / 971-313-1995.