Bridging the Generational & Equity Gap in Business
BREAKING DOWN THE WALLSOF YOUR TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE
Our community believes that unique experiences, paired with incredible content and high-level executives, is what makes The PDXYZ different from the rest. The PDXYZ breaks down the walls of traditional conferences by providing the ability to network with your peers, engage in meaningful discussion, and experience the culture of our host city by exploring the surrounding areas. We aim to visit the top companies headquartered in the area for site visits and campus tours, while also exploring some of the "local gems" nominated by our members. This unparalleled 2 1/2 day gathering focuses on "Bridging the Generational & Equity Gap in Business" and brings some of the brightest minds in HR, Marketing, Legal, Technology, Finance, and more. (Picture an early-stage SXSW) The purpose is to engage in a series of discussions about talent and the universal challenges each profession experiences.
World Renowned Speakers
Peer-driven content from some of the most well-respected business leaders in the world.
Peer-driven content on, Equity, Future of Work, The Next Generation, Branding your Culture & Company, Cross Discipline Teamwork, Employee Engagement, Consumer Engagement, and more
Opportunity to visit innovative headquarters and unique venues, while also having access to the PDXYZ Experience Center where companies will create interactive experiences for the attendees.
Opportunity to network with 200+ of the top business leaders in the country. A cross-pollination of senior executives from multiple disciplines and professions
Exclusive access to renowned speakers, incredible content, unique experiences, cross-pollination of senior executives, private networking, and more...
Experience The Culture
Experience the culture of the host city as you explore the town and attend the multitude of sessions, experiences, and headquarter visits.
PEER 150 Members , VIP guests, C-Level, SVP, VP, Director & High Potential Leaders, from some of the most well respected brands in the world.
PREVIOUS SPEAKERS INCLUDE
President & CMO | RedBull
Amy spent 20 years at Red Bull North America, most recently as its President and Chief Marketing Officer. She was responsible for the brand marketing, sports marketing and culture marketing departments, the US arm of the global Red Bull Media House and the field operations across 12 US Regions. In previous roles, Amy has served as Executive Vice President/General Manager for the East Business Unit (2012-2017) and as Vice President, Marketing (2007-2012) for North America among others.
Prior to beverage and brand marketing, Amy logged six years in sports and entertainment, holding positions with the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks and producing events for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.
Amy is a Director and Vice Co-Chair for Board of The Trevor Project, sits on two start-up advisory boards and serves as an advisor, mentor or active member at several advocacy groups with a focus on social responsibility, human rights and equality.
Amy is a former Division I NCAA / USA Track and Field athlete and a current weekend warrior. She is a “professional appreciator” of many forms of art and music, and an avid global traveler. She and her wife Emma live in Los Angeles, CA, with frequent trips back to Emma’s homeland of Northern Ireland and with stops along the way in Amy’s ‘other home,’ New York City.
President | KFC
Hochman joined Yum! Brands in January 2014 as CMO of KFC U.S. He served in that role until 2017, when he was appointed president and chief concept officer. From December 2019 to January 2022, he concurrently worked as president of Pizza Hut U.S. Prior to Yum!, Hochman spent more than 18 years at Procter & Gamble in various brand management and marketing roles.
Chief Marketing Officer | Gatorade
I believe in using the power of sport and innovation to unlock human potential. After 10 years of leading transformational brand initiatives at Nike and Jordan Brand, I joined the Gatorade team in 2021.
At Gatorade, I work with an amazing team to lead brand strategy, integrated marketing, portfolio management, creative storytelling and the expansion of consumer engagement across digital channels. We are driving the company’s evolution from a sports fuel innovator to a brand that fuels sport.
I'm a proud Longhorn, as alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin, spent time playing professional football with the Dallas Cowboys, and transitioned into the financial industry with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in 2006. In 2011, I was fortunate to matriculate and receive my master’s in business from Stanford University before starting at Nike. My family recently moved from Portland to Chicago, and looking forward to building a new community, eating some great food, and enjoying this amazing sports town.
CEO & Founder | Salt & Straw
KIM MALEK is the founder and CEO of Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Since founding the company in 2011, Malek has built Salt & Straw from a humble ice cream cart into a fast-growing company with 30 locations while retaining its bones as a family-run company. Malek is a champion for causes such as childhood hunger and equal rights through initiatives. Prior to launching Salt & Straw, Malek held positions at Starbucks Coffee, Yahoo!, adidas and Gardenburger. She also worked with Bono of U2 on an online music service (RED) and with Seattle’s Cupcake Royale. In 2014, Malek received the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, and in 2017 was recognized by Basic Rights Oregon as an Equality Advocate Honoree. That same year, Malek interviewed Vice President Joe Biden for his “Promise Me, Dad” nationwide book tour. Additionally, Malek has been named to Inc magazine’s 100 Female Founders list of entrepreneurs, the Cherry Bombe 100 list featuring female leaders in the culinary space, and Nation’s Restaurant News’ Power List.
Chief Giving Officer | TOMS
Business executive and entrepreneurial strategist with 20 years of corporate and non-profit experience leading strategy and innovation in social impact at the intersection of profit and purpose. Effective at working across complex organizations, corporate partners and projects with a focus on inspiring, equipping and mobilizing talent to deliver on desired outcomes.
Expertise in strategy development, organizational development, program design, social impact, cause marketing and creative campaign management. Have also had experience in NGO mergers and organizational integration, design thinking, change management, talent acquisition, board governance, and large-scale event design and execution.
An optimist with a passion for leadership, problem-solving, and continuous learning.
Dr. Kara Allen
Chief Impact Officer | San Antonio Spurs
Kara trusts that communities have the answers and is an unapologetic believer in young people and the adults that uplift them. She is lucky to be called “mom” by some beautiful humans; her oldest is at UC Davis Medical School and her youngest is loving elementary school. She also really likes donuts, biking and getting people what they tell us they need to be great.