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About Social Enterprises


What We Do

Social Enterprises, Inc. is a social cause event company committed to enhancing local communities by creating high-level, revenue-generating, innovative events that educate attendees and help create a socially-driven, sustainably minded world. Our ultimate goal is to create memorable collaborative experiences that empower sustainable communities.

Why We Do It

Social Enterprises, Inc. exists to serve the many non-profit and social organizations working to create a better world. Non-profits and sustainable social organizations often lack the funding and expertise to put on effective educational and revenue-generating events. These events provide crucial funding for their organizational programs and support their educational mission. Our goal is to help these organizations achieve a level of reach and financial support that will allow them to deliver their vision within their target community with the greatest possible impact.

Who We Are

The Social Enterprises team is a group of dynamic leaders, committed to enhancing local communities by organizing top-notch events for non-profits, socially driven and sustainably focused entities. We believe in the power of community; in changing the world with our actions; that sustainability and social responsibility are one in the same.

Sustainability

Social Enterprises is committed to producing sustainable events that minimize environmental impacts and make positive economic and social impacts on the communities we touch. We implement a comprehensive policy based on industry-wide standards across the entire lifecycle of each event. Click here to read the Social Enterprises Sustainability Policy.

B Corporation

With the B Corporation framework, we are able to hold ourselves accountable to the same standards we recommend to our clients, and assure our stakeholders that we mean business when it comes to implementing the triple bottom line across all aspects of our enterprise. Learn more about our B Corporation status and find other businesses committing to #BTheChange. Social Enterprises, Inc. Updates Corporate Status to Join Ranks of Oregon Benefit Corporations.

Ericka Dickey-Nelson | Founder & President

Ericka Dickey-Nelson

Ericka is the founding force behind Social Enterprises, Inc. — a full-service event planning firm specializing in conferences and summits with a sustainability or social impact focus. Working off a passion for bringing people together around ideas that will shape the future, she has built a formidable expertise in executing events that drive revenue to support the growth and continued success of non-profits, government programs, and educational institutions. In 2008, Ericka co-founded the GoGreen Conference series in Portland with the intent of holding a much needed dialogue on how regional stakeholders can collaborate to create sustainable economies at scale through the adoption of green business solutions at their own organizations. The series has since expanded and is now also held annually in Seattle. Ericka's previous corporate experience includes leading business development and marketing for a division of AOL/Time Warner, DoubleClick, ZDNet and CNET.

Katie Culbert | Event Manager

Katie Culbert

Katie is an experienced event leader responsible for managing and driving the success of our largest events at Social Enterprises. She holds a B.S in Business Administration Marketing Management from Oregon State University and previously worked as an Event Manager with the Rose Quarter and Portland Trail Blazers for eight years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, live music, watching and attending sporting events, game nights, book club and exploring the outdoors.

Avery Lemons | Event & Program Manager

Avery Lemons

Avery leads as a liaison and coordinator for both the Programming and Events teams to ensure events are successfully deployed. She leads event coordination and logistics, speaker management, run of show, sustainability practices and much more. Avery graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism: Public Relations with minors in Art History and Communication Studies. While not at work you can find Avery sipping Oregon wines, wandering through the city's museums, or on the hunt for the best taco in town!

Jody Damas | Senior Event Coordinator

Jody Taylor

Jody coordinates and manages the registration process to ensure events run smoothly and helps coordinate our great volunteers. Her favorite aspect of event coordination is seeing the smiles of each attendee as they gain new perspectives. Jody graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 with a Communications and Spanish degree and she now resides in Tigard, OR with her husband and four-legged fur-baby, Chevy. In her spare time, she enjoys trying all the unique foods Portland has to offer, Crossfit, and planning her next vacation to the mountains for a ski trip or a tropical location for some rest and relaxation!

Jenna Stathopoulos | Event Coordinator

Jenna Stathopoulos

Jenna handles registration, volunteer outreach and management, as well as a plethora of event details. She is deeply passionate about fostering connections and creating spaces where innovation flourishes. From facilitating gardening courses, leading workshop events with nonprofits, cooking with all-star chefs, to planning weddings at treasured gardens, she brings her varied experience to join the conversation on sustainability and our community. You can find her cruising on her purple Breezer around town.

Noel Sandberg | Communications Outreach Manager

Noel manages marketing strategies, communications outreach, and media partnerships for all our events. She has a background in marketing for non-profits and higher education and holds a B.S. in International Studies from the University of Utah. When she's not singing with her band you will usually find her walking her dog, camping, hiking, or sipping a cocktail on a patio.

Cory Griffin | Design & Web Manager

Cory Griffin

Cory is responsible for all aspects of Social Enterprises design and web presence. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Design Management from the Art Institute of Portland and has previous experience in design and marketing from McClenahan Bruer as well as The Oregon Zoo, VIA and CJ Hurley Century Arts. Outside of work you can find Cory at one of the PNW's fantastic wineries, the theater or having an overly competitive game night with friends.

Caroline Digilio | Communications Outreach Coordinator

Caroline Digilio

Caroline assists in coordinating community outreach and marketing strategies for our events. She has a background in sustainability through her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from The University of Arizona, and a familiarity with communications and social media management from her time spent interning with a non-profit local business coalition in Arizona. After graduating in 2016, Caroline relocated to Portland and is excited to be working for a company that aligns with her passion for sustainability. Outside of the office you can find Caroline cooking, gardening, or spending time outdoors!

Hannah Walker | Partnership Operations Coordinator

Hannah Walker

Hannah is responsible for coordinating partnership acquisition, support, contracts and marketing deliverables. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with a minor in Business, and has previously worked as an event coordinator at several non-profit organizations. In her spare time, she teaches Pilates, and loves to travel, hike, read, and explore Portland.

Savannah Mallo | Partnership Coordinator

Savannah Mallo

Savannah is responsible for coordinating partnership acquisition and support for Social Enterprises events, from initial outreach to trade show management. She holds a B.S in Public Relations with a minor in Sustainability from Northern Michigan University, and has previous experience as an event coordinator in the tourism industry. In her spare time, you can find Savannah camping, hiking, experimenting in the kitchen, sampling Oregon craft beers and enjoying live music.

Sierra Winegarner | Program Coordinator

Sierra Winegarner

Sierra leads our programming, conference content and speaker management efforts for many of our nonprofit clients. Sierra was most recently Program Director for a non-profit in Alaska for four years prior to joining the Social Enterprises team. She graduated from University of Cape Town in South Africa with a triple major Bachelor of Arts in Media & Writing, Film Studies and Philosophy. You can usually find Sierra camping and hiking or training for her next big triathlon!

Brandon Triglia | Accounting Manager

Brandon Triglia

Brandon manages the development and oversight of the accounting and financial functions of Social Enterprises. Before joining Social Enterprises Brandon worked in logistics, purchasing and as an entrepreneur. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration: Finance from Portland State University. As a native Oregonian, you can find him exploring the great outdoors, enjoying music, art and new dining experiences.

Jill Critchfield | HR Manager

Jill Critchfield

Jill is a professional Human Resources Consultant and the HR Manager at Social Enterprises. Through her business, Pacific HR, she has provided HR services to over 175 small and mid-sized businesses in Portland, Oregon since 1999. She holds PHR certification (Professional Human Resources) through the Human Resources Certification Institute, SHRM-CP certification through the Society of Human Resources Management.

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