Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Steve Humerickhouse is the Executive Director of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. Humerickhouse has been with The Forum for more than sixteen years. During that time he has expanded The Forum from a one-day event into the leading international global conference for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
“I have come to realize that participants attend for two reasons: learning and community. By working together and getting to know each other, we create a unity of purpose and a community of action.”
Steve is also an active freelance instrumentalist in the Twin Cities.
Amy Perez Ortiz
Assistant Director of Business Development
Amy Perez Ortiz has been involved with The Forum for more than 17 years in a variety of roles and serving on multiple committees. Her focus as Director of Business Development is on building relationships with sponsors and collaborative business alliances in ways that engage diverse stakeholders and promotes inclusive collaboration.
Amy is experienced in strategic diversity and inclusion business development, sales and marketing, initiatives, and management consulting to result in growing workplace and community engagement. She has worked with the non-profits, including the Spokesman-Recorder on African and African American scholarships, and is on the Twin Cities Corporate Advisory Board for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
Assistant Director of Finance and Operations
Assistant Director of Marketing
A staff member as of spring 2018, Ender Göçmen leads marketing efforts of the programs, events, and initiatives of the Forum on Workplace Inclusion (FWI). Ender also manages and facilitates FWI’s brand.
Ender’s experience and background is in marketing strategy and implementation, graphic design, branding, web design, journalism, project management, and public relations and communications.
Ben Rue (he/him) is The Forum’s program associate, which means he’s our right hand, left hand, and everything in between! He manages and leads The Forum’s monthly webinars, bi-monthly podcasts, and Diversity Insights Presentations. His role also includes management of the sessions and workshops for The Forum annual conference including the annual call for proposals process, serving as liaison and support to presenters, and onsite oversight of program logistics and volunteers. In addition, he works closely with our executive director to manage and curate programming throughout the year.
Prior to his work for The Forum, Ben was an Event Coordinator at Events by Lady K, creating inclusive and empowering events that bring people together to have fun while doing good. He still enjoys occasionally partnering with them to bring inclusive events to life.
Interim Registrar and Administrative Assistant
Ernest Jefferson joined The Forum in January 2020 to serve as Interim Registrar and Administrative Assistant. He ensures a smooth and successful registration experience for all who participate in Forum events, organizes internal data, and responds to inquiries. If you have questions about The Forum, he is happy to point you in the right direction!
Ernest is a graduate of Macalester College, where he studied history. He lives in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis.