Knowledge Universe and Portland Monthly magazine teamed up for the second year in a row to present the Light A Fire event honoring 20 innovators around Portland, Ore., who are considered the city’s Rising Stars, including a leader from KU’s human resources team.
While Light A Fire has been a Portland event for the past decade, when KU became a presenting sponsor last year the company launched the Rising Stars program to recognize and honor social, political, and business leaders from around the city. Winners, chosen from nearly 300 peer nominations, are acknowledged at the event and learn more about each other’s work at a separate happy hour gathering hosted by KU.
“For KU it’s important to recognize innovation and creativity at all levels and connect people imbedded in their fields with each other,” explained Rachel Sample, community manager for KU. “Bringing these leaders together and acknowledging the work they’re doing helps to elevate the work all of us in the Portland business community do on a daily basis.”
This year’s Rising Stars list includes Lindsay Curley, KU’s senior director of talent experience. Nominated for her innovation in the human resources field, Lindsay has had a steady stream of successes in the nearly two years she’s been with KU, including revamping the center director onboarding program and leading the annual CD Summit. During the quarterly CD onboarding, now called The Welcome, Lindsay not only leads the Talent Experience team in introducing new CDs to KU, she also serves as an ambassador for Portland to hundreds of new KU employees.
“Welcoming our new directors to the KU family by bringing them here for a Portland experience celebrates them from the start and helps them connect with our community and our important mission right out of the gate,” Lindsay said. “I’m proud of this program and proud to represent my amazing team and the KU family with other local leaders as part of Light A Fire.”