At the Oregon Hospitality Foundation (OHF), we believe in the importance of investing in long-term workforce outcomes, and we do this in part by continuously informing and inspiring students to engage with the hospitality industry. We cannot be successful with these efforts without also being able to share the real perspectives and stories of industry professionals.
One way industry members can connect with younger generations looking to enter the workforce is by participating in career fairs. The Northwest Youth Careers Expo will be hosting an event on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. This is an incredible opportunity for us to come together as an industry and showcase why hospitality is a great investment into these students’ careers.
This annual community event attracts 6,000 high school students and educators from around Oregon, as well as the region's leading employers and postsecondary partners, such as Intel, Nike, Boeing, the city of Portland, Kaiser Permanente, OHSU, and many more, hosting 200+ booths and hands-on demos. The Expo is a fun, efficient way to educate students and teachers about career paths within hospitality, as well as about ways to earn work experience through part-time or summer jobs.
To learn more about the Expo, sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, and participating schools, visit Portlandworkforcealliance.org/our-work/expo. You can contact the Portland Workforce Alliance at email@example.com with any questions.
As the new Workforce Development Coordinator for the Oregon Hospitality Foundation, my goal is to learn more about our members and the struggles they face in the workforce space. I am also searching for members who are willing to engage with schools in speaking or mentorship capacities. If you are interested in setting up a meeting, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. | Ella Sturdevant, Oregon Hospitality Foundation
Want to learn more about how to get involved with our workforce development initiatives? Maybe volunteer for guest speaking opportunities, job shadows, participate in job/career fairs or offer experiential field trips? Contact Ella Sturdevant.
The Oregon Hospitality Foundation (OHF) team includes Courtney Smith, ProStart Manager, Ella Sturdevant, Workforce Development Coordinator, and Jason Brandt, President & CEO (ORLA) / Foundation Board Member.