Chaos Theory + Civil Rights = 21st Century Corporate Practices

There is much discussion about systemic actions and attitudes that have been the basis for so much homogeneity and exclusiveness in large corporations. Patriarchy. Ageism. Cultural Biases.

But according to a recent​ ​McKinsey & Company study​, companies in the top quarter for racial diversity are 35% more likely to have financial returns higher than the national median in their industry, while gender diversity boosts performance by an additional 15%.

So what if we take the mathematical processes that built up those systemic attitudes as the norm, and break them down to their theoretical origins, in order to recalculate a sustainable procedure that would intentionally include diversity, equity and inclusion in its make-up?

And then make that the new norm? And actually positively affect the bottom-line of the organization?

Takeaways include:

● How mathematical theory shows up in human relationships ● What natural pattern-making can be re-worked for team wellness ● Diagramming a defined approach for an inclusive corporate environment for all cultures, disciplines, genders and generations



Kate Ertmann

Kate Ertmann is a businesswoman, seasoned speaker, and thought leader. A child actor for kid’s television programming and commercials, Kate renounced her Hollywood hopes in favor of a telecommunications degree from Ohio University. She is one of the founders of Portland’s Women in Animation chapter and is an active member of the her city’s Rotary Club. She is a past board member of Bradley Angle, the oldest domestic violence services organization on the west coast, and is currently a board member of Bitch Media, supporting their feminist take on pop culture.

Kate became a partner at Animation Dynamics, Inc in 2000, sole owner in 2008, then sold the company in 2014 to Funnelbox, a strategic video agency. The following year Kate became COO at Qcut, making women’s jeans in 400 sizes to fit 8 different body types and all heights.

She currently works with a variety of creative and tech organizations focusing on the human side of operational systems and management. Her energetic leadership style can best be defined by the tattoo that runs the length of one arm: a series of mathematical equations that represent movement, followed by the word “GO!”.

Kate’s favorite food is buttered popcorn.