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Multi-Generational Workforce by the Portland CFO Leadership Council

Multi-Generational Workforce hosted by The Portland CFO Leadership Council Tuesday November 11, 2019 5:30 PM to 6:15 PM Networking | 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM Program 760 Southwest Ninth Avenue, Suite 3000 | Portland, OR

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Drinks & Networking 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM | Program 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Stoel Rives LLP
760 Southwest Ninth Avenue
Suite 3000
Portland, Oregon  97205
United States
Contact: Pamela Franklin
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Program Description

The Millennial generation has begun making its mark on the U.S. workforce. Within just a few years, this up and coming group will represent the largest demographic in all workplaces. While much thought has been given to how business leaders can get the most from Millennials, the true challenge is a bit more complex: The workforce of the near future will be a multigenerational one, featuring members from between four and six generations.

Join us for  "Multigenerational Workforce by the CFO Leadership Council," a comprehensive and lively panel discussion where senior finance and HR leaders will discuss the dynamics of working with these cohorts.

Learning Objectives

  • Address challenges complicated by the differing values and styles of each generation. 
  • How to navigate and embrace multigenerational skills, contributions and dynamics in assembling teams.
  • Discuss leadership challenges associated with managing diverse age groups
  • How to create a unified management style for all generations 


Dionne Denson, CFO, Port of Portland

Dionne Denson is the Port of Portland’s chief financial officer. She manages the accounting, finance, budget management, audit and risk functions.  Prior to joining the Port in June 2019, Dionne was deputy commissioner and chief financial officer for the Georgia Department of Public Health. She oversaw fiscal policy and managed the financial management functions, which included accounting, payroll, budget services, grants management, cost allocation, asset management, procurement and contracts management.


Dionne has more than 15 years of experience with the state of Georgia in the areas of finance and budget. That includes leadership roles at Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Building Authority.  Dionne holds a master’s degree in accounting and is a Certified Government Financial Manager.



Sara Stowe, Director of Human Resources, Cura Cannabis


Over the course of her 20-year career, Sara has developed a passion and talent for distilling the complexity of workplace culture into straightforward HR programs, from making smart hiring choices to inspiring, engaging, and retaining the best of a diversity of talent. Now, Sara is Director of HR at Cura where, in the midst of one of the largest acquisitions in cannabis, she leads the culture transformation (and soon to be integration) through a lens of equity and inclusion. To scale the culture through exciting growth, she applies an individualized, structured approach to those programs to provide an excellent experience throughout the employee lifecycle.


Stacey Polk, VP Finance, Willamette Dental

Stacey Polk is the Vice President of Finance for Willamette Dental Group, the largest multi-specialty group dental practice in the Pacific Northwest serving more than 500,000 members at more than 50 dental offices across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.  In this role, she leads all aspects of accounting, FP&A, treasury, and procurement functions for the enterprise which includes a staff model dental practice, a practice management company, a dental laboratory and three dental insurance companies.  Prior to joining Willamette Dental, Stacey led accounting operations for Touchmark, a premier senior living provider.  Stacey began her career in Texas, working in various financial and commercial roles within railcar manufacturing, equipment leasing, and financial services industries.


Stacey holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas, and is an active CPA licensed in both Texas and Oregon.



Ray Ratan- CFO, Commerce Global Holdings


Ray has both technical expertise and industry knowledge which he brings to his leadership role at a PE backed software venture. He has spent the last 20 years building finance and HR organizations at various companies in the software and technology space. He is passionate about creating shareholder value and providing meaningful insight to management. He earned an MBA from Yale and spent the early years of his career at AT&T. In his free time, Ray can be found skiing down the slopes.


Louisa Waldman, VP, Senior Relationship Manager, Robert Half- Moderator

Louisa Waldman is a regional vice president for Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm. In her role, she oversees operations in the company’s Oregon offices, including Portland, Eugene, and Beaverton, as well as Boise, Idaho. Louisa oversees four of Robert Half’s specialized divisions – Accountemps, OfficeTeam, Robert Half Management Resources and Robert Half Finance and Accounting.

Louisa joined the company in 1999 and has since held roles of increasing responsibility since that time. She has nearly 23 years of staffing industry experience and has been recognized with numerous company awards for her professional accomplishments.

Louisa holds a B.S. from West Virginia University and is an active member of the local business community. She is part of the Go Red Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, on the Advisory Board for Dress for Success Oregon and a member of Ninety-nine Girlfriends, an Oregon-based women’s organization that supports fundraising for a number of community groups.

CPE Information

- Instructional method: Group-Live
- Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 Credits in Personnel/Human Resources
- Experience Level: Normal
- Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program at a one-time cost of $60.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Pamela Franklin, Portland Marketing Director, at


Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

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