October 11, 2022 All Day

Join us for our first co-located/hybrid event! As you develop a DEI program at your office, and go through recruiting efforts, there are retention and growth tools that also need to be established. We will talk about how to effectively practice DEI by implementing mentorships and empowerment strategies.


Date: October 11, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM



Portland: New Location!

Skanska Office: 1010 NW Flanders St.

Suite 500,

Portland, OR 97209

Bend:This presentation will be virtually cast. If you can’t join us in person for breakfast, you may join us virtually.

Kirby Nagelhout’s Office – The City of Bend Public Works Campus Co-Location Space

63049 Lower Meadow Dr.

Bend, OR 97701

Registration Fees:

  • $35 In-person Members
  • $55 In-person Non-Members
  • $20 Virtual Members
  • $25 Virtual Non-Members


Register Now – Portland & Virtual Register Now – Bend (Virtual Cast)


Speaker Biographies

Mariel Acevedo, LC, MIES | Solus, Inc.
I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a bachelors in Anthropology and Theater. I worked as a theater tech and lighting designer for over 6 years, as well a grip in the film industry and eventually found my way to Architectural Lighting as a rep with Glenn International. After obtaining my Lighting Certification in 2010 I started the local Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Section with a group of other local firms. In my 6 years at Glenn, I worked on multiple Public/Private Design Build partnerships, doing lighting design, calculations, and project management.
In 2013 I moved to Portland to work for Solus in Specification Sales. In the past nine years I’ve worked with architects, engineers, lighting designers and electrical contractors in specifying and designing multiple local jobs. I’ve been involved with Oregon DBIA since 2017 where I currently serve as Programs Co-Chair. I’m also active in several DEI initiatives and teach Lighting Design for Interior Designers.

Danáe Sakuma, AIA | Hennebery Eddy Architects
Danáe Sakuma, AIA, is a project architect who is passionate about integrating many voices and perspectives into designs that respect the community and natural environment. She has experience with engagement in a variety of settings and communities. For the last year, she has been spearheading an effort to create a firm-wide process at Hennebery Eddy to consistently promote DEI through all of their work from academic and cultural to commercial and aviation projects.

Erica Thompson, AIA | Hennebery Eddy
Erica Thompson, AIA, is a project architect and manager who leads her firm’s net-positive design efforts across a range of project types including commercial, academic, historic, and mixed-use. She is committed to a holistic, integrated design approach based on values of sustainability, passive design, equity, and occupant health and wellness. Erica is Vice Chair of Portland’s Planning and Sustainability commission, where she advocates for policies and urban planning that advance equity, resilience, and climate solutions.

Herb Yamamoto | CEO | BIM Connection
Herb Yamamoto is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., M.S.) and CEO of BIM Connection LLC, a provider of BIM services for MEP trade partners.
As a DBIA NW Board Member, Herb serves as Chair of the National DEI Committee and Co-Chair of the NW Committee.
He is a passionate about Design-Build because he first learned D-B principles working in the automotive sector with Toyota Motors Corporation.
Further, he believes diversity and inclusion is part of the fabric of design-build because it’s about teaming and collaboration.
In fact, the DBIA DEI Committees are promoting: “Let’s Design-Build it together!”
Herb also serves as Vice Chair of OAME (Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs), an organization that pioneered DEI principles in Oregon for over 30 years.
Most of all, he values his faith in Christ and his family.