The Host Mindset (as it pertains to Benefits)

“One of the things we hit upon was the quality of a host. That is, the role of the architect, or the designer, is that of a very good, thoughtful host — whose energy goes into trying to anticipate the needs of his guests  —  those who enter the building and use the objects in it.
— Charles Eames (Designer & Visionary)

At Blackbird, we are the hosts with the most.

This is how we want our clients to feel about their experience in working with us – that we apply the principals of a thoughtful host, we hold space for them, anticipating their needs, thoughtfully addressing them, and creating an experience that delivers results with style.

To that end, we are an energetic, forward-thinking creative team who pride ourselves on providing a unique, customized consulting approach and incredible service to support your success (and general day-to-day happiness in dealing with your benefits). 


  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, EAP, FSA/HSA/HRA. We work with all key players both local and nationally.

  • Unique Benefits for Unique Living – It’s Portland. We walk, bike, skate, and now apparently, we scoot. It’s inevitable we’re going to bump into, or fall off, something at some point. We’ll help you put benefits in place to cover the bills while you get back on your feet (or wheels).

  • A Better Employee Experience – Driven by human connection. (Don’t worry, there are still all the apps and web tools too…)

  • Compliance Support – We’ve got you covered with regular updates, checklists, and vendor partners to keep you on the right side of the DOL.

  • Alternative Funding Models – If you’re anything like us, you hate to leave money on the table (or generally light it on fire).  We’ll show you creative ways to take more control (without taking more risk).

  • Advocacy – What could be worse than dealing with a serious health condition, than getting a notice your bills aren’t covered? We’ll help by taking that burden off your plate and working fiercely to get you resolution.

  • Customized Employee Communications with Multi-generational Reach – Because one size doesn’t fit all, and everyone receives information differently.

  • Executive Benefits – Your top executives have a different set of needs, and we’ll help you find Solutions to ensure they’re fully protected.