Riikka Salonen

Riikka Salonen

Program Manager, Diversity Talent Acquisition

Company: Oregon Health & Science University
Role: Session Presenter Session: Addressing Workplace Unconscious Bias through Artificial Intelligence (AI) (SEM-C)

Riikka Salonen, a bi-national native of Finland, brings more than 20 years of experience as a diversity and inclusion strategist, intercultural facilitator and consultant worldwide. Riikka leads the diversity talent acquisition efforts at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Ore., and is a founder and managing partner of Global Inclusion Consulting, a company that assists organizations with diversity and inclusion strategic planning.

Prior to going to OHSU in 2008, Riikka served as an intercultural program specialist and on the faculty of intercultural communication at an oceangoing university, The Scholar Ship. This global assignment took her to 17 different countries and involved intercultural teaching, training, coaching, and program development within an academic community comprised of over 50 nationalities. Earlier, she was the associate director of assessment and research at the Intercultural Communication Institute.

Riikka received her master’s degree in intercultural communication and intercultural relations from University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and a Professional Intercultural Certificate from the Intercultural Communication Institute. She is the author of several publications and speaks regularly at national diversity, inclusion, and equity conferences.