Portland Chapter Board

Kymm Nelsen
Co-Chair Manager
Kymm Nelsen

Co-Chair Manager

Kymm Nelsen is a Coach and Consultant at Being First, Strategic Advisors to the C-Suite for over 40 years. She works to carry forward the company’s purpose of advancing the conscious evolution of humankind through catalyzing breakthrough and transformation in Visionary Leaders and their organizations to deliver innovation in business results, culture, leadership, and teams, while developing world-class change leadership capability.

Before joining Being First, she founded the Institute for Conscious Leadership and, for more than 15 years, directed Great Life Training, a coaching and consulting firm guiding leaders and entrepreneurs to achieve their personal and professional breakthroughs. On weekends, she and her grandson, Dylan, volunteer in their community planting trees and helping ease the challenges of homelessness.

Vawn Shandy Hicks
Co-Chair Manager
Vawn Shandy Hicks

Co-Chair Manager

Vawn Shandy Hicks is passionate about the Conscious Capitalism movement and strives to inspire others to elevate humanity through business. She has worked in Marketing, Healthcare, Human Resources and has been recognized for bringing innovation to the workplace. Currently serving as Co-Chair and Marketing Communications Manager for the Portland Chapter, Vawn channels her energy to attract new members and help create impactful experiences for the Conscious Capitalism Portland tribe.

Matthew Koren
Partnerships Manager
Matthew Koren

Partnerships Manager

Matthew Koren brings over 10 years of strategic operations and organizational consulting experience to Conscious Capitalism Portland. His expertise in leadership development, strategic planning, organizational change, and training design informs his practice of building high-performance teams that thrive. He has trained and managed marketing and sales teams in the Education (Ed tech), Finance (Fin Tech), Automotive, Hospitality and Tourism industries.

For the last 12 years, Matthew has been an advisor, consultant and coach to executives of big business and local organizations alike. He thrives in projects involving people strategy, organizational change, as well as training design with a focus to ensure sustainability of his implementations over time. Majority of his work has been with business units within Fortune 1000 firms, including Wells Fargo and LinkedIn. His approach assimilates the latest research in consciousness studies, psychology, business, organizational development, mindfulness meditation, and quantum resonance theory. He holds a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in cross-cultural communication from Reed College in Portland, OR, and a certificate in International Business from the University of International Relations while studying Mandarin in China.

Matthew’s key strengths lie in strategically arranging resources to align with organizational goals that serve the long-term vision and sustainability of the business. His process allows clients to create clarity of purpose, confidence in their process, and access to their team’s collective intelligence. You’ll always know when Matthew is active on a project because every voice is included while ensuring project outcomes are achieved.

Amanda Carey
Social Media Manager
Amanda Carey

Social Media Manager

Amanda graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008 with a degree in Public Policy and Spanish. After college she spent time in the wellness field, working as a Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist from 2013 to 2019. She is now pursuing a career in the skilled trades and works as an Assistant Carpenter with a B Corps sustainable building company called Green Hammer. She also plans to begin a Master's program in the fall at Portland State University with an end goal of helping to develop sustainable businesses in the Portland area.

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