From EPIC fail, to a win.

Sierra Durfee

If you’ve ever participated in a team relay, you know what a labor of love it can be. There are 12 runners to a team, 6 in each van and you are coordinating from van to van to pass the “baton” off to the next runner at each exchange point. Each van has to account for food, water, flashlights, sleeping arrangements and most importantly, support for your runners. Each team is running continuously for nearly 2 days Read more…

Examining our views

Madeline Luce

There’s no doubt about it – the Coates Kokes office is beautiful. We moved into the Commonwealth Building in downtown Portland in 2011 (before my time here), onto the “unlucky” 13th floor. Superstitions aside, we have whiteboard walls, a fridge stocked with sparking water, a stunning, in my opinion, a 360-degree view of Portland – stretching from OHSU to the Fremont Bridge.

Starting in April, or whenever the rainclouds leave town and the temperature breaks 60 Read more…

Finding the courage to dance

Lance Heisler

In the aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Justin Torres for The Washington Post wrote “In praise of Latin Night at the Queer Club,” a tribute I shared among friends, many who identify with a letter in the LGBTQAlphabet, and many who don’t. The outpouring of support and the Read more…

Give Better.

Christina Bertalot

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Really, every two seconds. Most of us probably take for granted that the blood will be there, waiting for transfusion, if and when we or a loved one need it. But there’s no guarantee of that… unless we all do our part to contribute to the local and national supply.

Yesterday Coates Kokes teamed up with the American Red Cross to sponsor Read more…

CK team watching March Madness on TV

One Shining Moment

Sue Van Brocklin

This time of year makes me happy. The days are getting longer, rain and snow will be behind us soon (OK, maybe not rain), and NCAA college basketball playoffs are underway.

Coates Kokes is not alone in sponsoring a Bracket Challenge competition: 70 million people filled out March Madness brackets in 2016. USA Today says that embracing March Madness at work “will create a happier, more cohesive, more positive workplace.”

Getting ready for a trip to the Big Read more…

Coming Together for Better

Christina Bertalot

What does it mean to “Live Better?” For some people, it may mean cutting back on calories (goodbye, Christmas cookies!) and getting a little more physical activity. To others it could mean working a little less and spending a little more time with loved ones. Or possibly cutting back on a bad habit that prevents us from being our best selves.

But for the immigrants and refugees from war-torn countries, the notion of Live Better has a far Read more…