Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Oct
24
2017
Member Interview with Kay Toran

Member Interview with Kay Toran

  • Tuesday
    October 24, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Kay Toran

As the President and CEO of Volunteers of America Oregon (VOA Oregon), Kay Toran provides the overall leadership and strategic direction for the organization. VOA Oregon is a broad-based human services organization providing programs designed to improve the lives of Oregon’s children, families, and seniors.

Kay joined the organization in July 1999 after serving six years as the Director of Oregon Department of Services to Children and Families – Oregon’s child protective services agency in the Department of Human Services.

Prior to her leadership role in child welfare Ms. Toran served in other key leadership roles in Oregon State Government. She was the Administrator of Oregon’s Purchasing Department; Assistant to the Governor and Director of Affirmative Action for the state of Oregon under Governor Victor Atiyeh; and Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University.

Kay received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland and Masters of Social Work degree from Portland State University. In May 2012, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portland.

She currently serves on the Board of Regents – University of Portland; Board of Directors – Albina Community Bank and Providence Health and Services Community Advisory Board.

Kay served on the Board of Directors, Oregon Community Foundation from 2008 – 2016 and the Oregon Education investment Board from 2011 – 2015. This board was charged with leading the transformation of the public education system in Oregon from early childhood through higher education.

Kay has been recognized by many organizations for her leadership and service including the following:

February 2017                   Pillars of Leadership & Service Award – Oregon Black Pioneers

January 2017                     Rosa L. Parks Award – Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church

March 2016                        Women of Achievement Award – Oregon Commission for Women

February 2014                  Governor Victor Atiyeh Leadership in Education Award from Concordia University

April 2013                           Pioneer Leadership Award from REAP (Reaching and Empowering all People)

November 2012               Compassion and Wisdom Award – Providence Health and Services

August 2009                     Mayor Sam Adams proclaimed a Day of Appreciation for Kay Toran

December 2008              CEO of the Year for Non-profits – Oregon Business Journal

April 2006                          Nohad Toulan Urban Pioneer Award from Portland State University

May 1995                            Alumna of the Year – Portland State University



Kay also received Leadership awards from the March of Dimes of Oregon and the Oregon State Management Association, among others.

Ms. Toran is the mother of an adult son and daughter and the grandmother of two.
Oct
31
2017
Ethics of Driverless Cars

Ethics of Driverless Cars

  • Tuesday
    October 31, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Hans Witt

It's HALLOWEEN! Feel free to dress up 

The shift to digital is transforming the way businesses deliver and track goods, from the point of initiation to the final destination.

Last-mile delivery, self-driving cars and trucks, delivery drone and robots, and artificial intelligence applications in logistics are all poised to change how companies send goods, how customers receive packages, and how the population gets from Point A to Point B.

This talk will focus on the disruptive impact that self-driving cars will have on technology, economy, city planning and society.

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Mr. Witt received a Masters in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Brunswick in Germany and a Bachelor in Business administration from the University of Hamburg, Germany.

 

He worked in senior management positions at IBM, NCR, Datapoint, Microsoft and Intel over the years. His aim was always to use AI algorithm in his projects.

 

In 2000 he joined a small startup from the Carnegie Melon University to develop a natural language business rule system based on machine learning algorithm. The company was acquired by Oracle Corporation in 2008 to be incorporated in the Oracle policy management suite.

 

In 2012 Mr. Witt joined a small Portland startup, Attensa Corporation, to work on external content processing services. At the core of the system is a natural language engine that allows semantic tagging of content for categorizing, searching, filtering and other advanced AI capabilities. The services are in use at several large pharmaceutical companies (Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi, etc.)

 

Mr. Witt’s background in AI and the machine learning algorithm has spiked his interest into the self-driving car segment since it touches several core areas that the AI community is trying to resolve - Ethics in AI development, Economic impact through advances in AI development, and control and regulation of those categories.

Nov
07
2017
Veterans Day - Tony Marshall

Veterans Day - Tony Marshall

  • Tuesday
    November 07, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Tony Marshall

On July 3 while on his combat 266th mission he was forced to eject over enemy territory and was captured. Lt. Col. Marshall’s talk “My TDY to Ha Noi” translated means, My Temporary Stay as a Prisoner of War in the North Vietnamese Hao Lo Prison known euphemistically by American Fighter Pilots as the “Hanoi Hilton”.

He’ll discuss his life in the 13th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Udorn Air Base, Thailand, what led up to his ejection from his F-4 Phantom fighter jet over enemy territory, and his capture. Throughout his ordeal as POW Tony kept his wits about him, and developed a warped sense of humor, thus his title “Ha - Noi”.


This is a great opportunity to bring a guest - Please register ahead of time if you are a non-member by clicking the 'Register Now' link below


Reception for Lt. Col. Tony Marshall
November 6th
6:30-8:30 PM
The Oswego Pointe Condo Club House

On November 6th, Angel Pilato will be hosting a reception for Lt. Col. Tony Marshall.

If you would like to attend this event or the reception + lunch, please RSVP by clicking the 'Reception + Lunch RSVP' link below

Nov
14
2017
PERS – The Problem That Just Won't Go Away

PERS – The Problem That Just Won't Go Away

  • Tuesday
    November 14, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Allen Alley

An explanation of the size and reason for the unfunded liability of PERS, the attempted changes to try to fix it, and how bad it is likely to become.

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Allen Alley has been both a successful entrepreneur and a general partner of one of the premier US venture capital firms. He is one of the few people who has invested in and co-founded companies that grew from startups to have public market capitalizations of more than $1 billion. His expertise spans software as a service, computer graphics and semiconductors.

 

Allen is hard to categorize. He is a republican who worked for a democratic governor. He drives a Smart Car and a Corvette. He loves cars but also walked 400 miles across Oregon in his campaign for Governor. He has extensive experience building global companies and is as comfortable eating tonkatsu in Tokyo, hotpot in Chengdu, ribs in Cincinnati or Taco Bell in Tualatin.

 

He manages a very active venture portfolio of technology companies as well as devoting time to making government more transparent, efficient and accountable. The foundation of his career is a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue and design engineering at Ford and Boeing.

 

Allen is here today to talk to us about the solvency of the Oregon Public Employee System with a presentation titled, “Oregon PERS, It’s the cash flow stupid!”


Nov
21
2017
Oregon Ethics Panel

Oregon Ethics Panel

  • Tuesday
    November 21, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Oregon Ethics Panel

Business Ethics is not a one night a year issue. There are many organizations doing business the right way in Oregon. We honor those organizations at the annual Oregon Ethics in Business Awards each spring. As we are right in the middle of the nomination process for 2018, we will bring back some of our 2016 Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honorees for a panel discussion.

 

Our panel of guests will include:

 

Panelists will share their experience as on Oregon Ethics in Business Awards honoree, talk about how ethics has specifically shaped their organization and share examples of ethically challenging decisions they have made.

Dec
12
2017
Chief Economist - Windermere Real Estate

Chief Economist - Windermere Real Estate

  • Tuesday
    December 12, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Matthew Gardner

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 28 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew also chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; sits on the Urban Land Institutes Technical Assistance Panel; and is an Advisory Board Member for the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate forecasting.

Matthew received his undergraduate degree in economics from Oxford University and a graduate degree in Econometrics from the London School of Economics