OBIís Ginny Lang Gives Oregon Tech Commencement Speech

Published Thursday, June 21, 2018


Oregon Business & Industry (OBI) Interim President & CEO Ginny Lang delivered the commencement address to the 2018 graduating class at Oregon Institute of Technology’s Portland-Metro Campus on Sunday, June 17, offering this advice to graduates:

“Continue to be curious. Listen more than you talk. Connect the dots. Say thank you. Be kind and decent. Be on time. Be bold. Be constructive. Be your best self. If graduates follow those principles, it will make a huge difference in their lives and the lives of others.” 

Oregon Tech’s choice of OBI’s Interim President to deliver the commencement address was recognition of the importance of the connection between business and industry in a fast-growing an evolving economy such as Oregon’s.

As Lang noted in her speech, Oregon Tech fills an important niche in Oregon’s education landscape. It specializes in technology, not only providing graduates for an important sector of Oregon but also teaching skills that are in demand by a variety of employers. OBI members such as Nike, Intel, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health compete for graduates from Oregon Tech each year. 

Also, many of the students at the Portland-Metro campus are older students who have gone back to school to improve their career opportunities. Reaching these non-traditional students is an important part of preparing Oregon’s workforce for the future. 

For these reasons, OBI will work to deepen its relationships with Oregon Tech and with other schools and training programs that help current and future workers develop new skills that fill employers’ needs. Working together, we can be more effective in advocating to the Legislature for better funding for students, research programs and facilities at schools that are training the next generation of workers.

OBI also will seek to work with Oregon Tech and other universities to help connect students with experiential learning through our member employers. One place where this will happen is the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose. Members such as Boeing, Daimler Trucks and Blount International helped make this center a reality.

Read Ginny Lang’s full commencement speech click here.