Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

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
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

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 in a costume (maybe your favorite Rotarian?) and show off your scary side!

 

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.

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
17
2017

Fall Business Exchange

  • Tuesday
    October 17, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Various Locations

Speaker: Fall Business Exhange

Rotary Club of Portland's Fall Business Exchange is October 17th. We will not be meeting at the Sentinel Hotel, instead each member will sign up to visit one of the following business' where our members work and volunteer. Enjoy a smaller setting and an in depth discussion on the company, while building closer relationships with fellow members.
 
 

Fearless Brewery

Host: Bennett Johnson
326 SE Broadway Estacada
 
Fearless Brewing Company sits at the base of Mt. Hood National Forest.  Our beer is brewed from the ‘magical waters of the Clackamas River’, which, in our opinion, is the best water in the world for making beer.  We have been in business for over 14 years, and our beer is distributed throughout Oregon, Washington and Western Canada.  We are known best for our Fearless Scottish Ale (gold medal winner), but other beers such as our Mjolnir IPA, Fearless Peaches & Cream Ale, Loki Red Ale (named top ten by Willamette Week) and Fearless Porter (gold medal winner) are also very popular.  We are not a large brewery, but we enjoy a loyal customer base.  Two years ago we added a new state of the art brewing system, which we love to show off.

 

RVK Inc.

Host: Kim Cash
1211 SW 5th Suite 900
 
Headquartered in Oregon, with branch offices in NYC and Chicaco, RVK (formerly R.V. Kuhns & Associates) is one of the largest fully independent, institutional investment consulting firms in the U.S. Our 120+ professionals help corporations, public funds, endowments, foundations, and pension and defined contribution plan sponsors (and more!) with the investment side of their business. The heart of RVK is our team-centered approach to client service, and that’s the only way we make money – no proprietary products, no revenue sharing or soft dollar arrangements.

Salvation army

Host: Adam Fyn
1712 NE Sandy Blvd

The Salvation Army Portland Tabernacle is one of several locations in the Portland area. From our location on NE Sandy Blvd, we offer a variety of social services throughout the week including food assistance, senior prescription assistance, and others. A unique feature of this location is that we operate a membership senior drop-in center, the Rose Center, which is open Monday-Friday every week. This program allows seniors affordable lunches, fun in-house activities, and exciting trips to locations all over Oregon. In addition to these programs and services, we are also a church. We hold regular Sunday morning worship services, as well as various activities throughout the week for people of all ages. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
 

allen trust company

Host: Tara Hendison
121 SW Morrison Suite 875

Allen Trust Company provides comprehensive trust and investment management services for individuals, families and charitable organizations. Allen Trust Company is proud to be a local and specialized alternative to large, far-flung trust companies and investment managers. We are Oregon’s only independent trust company, with a focus on providing highest-quality, personalized service. We have also opened offices in Washington and Alaska to better serve our Pacific Northwest clients.
 

The Barnett firm

Host: AJ Barnett & Jim Dunn
11501 SW Pacific Hwy; Suite 201 Portland

We are a damn good law firm
 

medical teams international

Host: Dale Canfield
14150 SW Milton Ct, Tigard OR 97224

Responding to urgent health needs is core to the mission of Medical Teams International. Medical Teams International is a global health organization working to provide care to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty. Current projects include responding to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, health clinics to more than 1 million refugees around the world, and urgent dental care in our local community.

SUPREME perlite COMPANY

Host: Frank Petterson
4600 N Suttle Rd. Portland

Come see how we levitate a water laden, mixed glassy silicate particle over an intense natural gas flame.   This process first softens the glassy silicate and the entrained water  within the particle then turns to steam , forcing  it to expand  like popping popcorn.
 
Oct
10
2017
President Teddy Roosevelt

President Teddy Roosevelt

  • Tuesday
    October 10, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Joe Wiegand

Joe Wiegand is considered the world's premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor. As an actor and historian, Joe's portrayals of Theodore Roosevelt in live performances make people wonder if TR has come back to life. He will give us a glimpse of the life of our 26th President (1901 to 1909), who was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, TR became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States during the early 20th century.

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Joe Wiegand is a political science graduate from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He was elected president of the Student Body twice. He served as a graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University before launching his own business as a political campaign consultant and public opinion survey expert.   Joe has been named a Wilkins Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.

In 2004, at the pinnacle of a twenty-five year career in public policy and political campaigns, he began performing as Theodore Roosevelt. In 2008, Joe, his wife, Jenny, daughter, Samantha, and Faith, their golden retriever traveled across America in celebration of Theodore Roosevelt's 150th birthday and the final centennial year of TR's historic presidency. The highlight of his 50 state adventure was his performance at the White House and in New York City, the birthplace of Theodore Roosevelt.

Joe has been featured as President Roosevelt on the History Channel in “The Men Who Built America” and “National Parks Adventure”. He served as the model for the TR sculpture that’s at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Joe lives near Colorado Springs and has been a member of Rotary for 25 years and is a member of the National Association for Interpretation. During the summer, Joe performs in Medora, North Dakota, which is gateway to Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

 

Joe’s performance is gift from Joe Wiegand and the Oregon Historical Society.

Oct
03
2017
Rotary International Director - Zone 25/26

Rotary International Director - Zone 25/26

  • Tuesday
    October 03, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: John Matthews

John has been a Rotarian since 1988 and is a currently a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island, Washington. He served as District Governor for District 5030 in 2010-11 and has been selected to serve as the Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26 for the years 2017-19.

In addition to his work with Rotary, John has completed two successful careers. The first with the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a Commander in the Supply Corps. The second where he recently completed 25 years as a Senior Vice President with Costco Wholesale. Costco is a $110B company with 180,000 employees worldwide. While with Costco, John had responsibilities for all of the Human Resource and Risk Management functions.

While living in Seattle, John has been active in both corporate and community boards, including the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, The Advisory Board for the University of Washington Bothell, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Rotary First Harvest and NW Reinsurance.

John and his wife Mary Ellen, who is also a Rotarian have been active supporters of the Rotary Foundation. They have travelled internationally in support of foundation grants and polio immunization. They believe that some of the greatest gifts that Rotary brings to the world are our Peace Programs and the scholars that graduate from them. In support of those efforts, John and Mary Ellen have established the John and Mary Ellen Matthews Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.

Sep
26
2017
Big Brother, Big Sister

Big Brother, Big Sister

  • Tuesday
    September 26, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Beach Pace

Community service comes in many forms, from Rotary to the military and all points in between. Beach will present on Service and ways it's been expressed in her life. She will also cover her current work with Big Brothers-Big Sisters to include the history of the organization, what it's doing now and how it helps the community of Portland and Vancouver. You will also hear from Abby Frederick, a Portland Rotary club member and Big Sister, about her experiences as a mentor.

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Beach Pace BIO:

Educated at the United States Military Academy, West Point -Class of 1991, BS Latin American Studies.

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI - Class of 1998, Masters in Public Administration - named Outstanding Graduate Student.

Currently, Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Portland Metro & Vancouver, an organization that helps children achieve success in life through stewardship of strong and enduring professionally supported mentor/mentee relationships.

Officer (Commander) US Army. 1991-1998.

She lead and managed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company (Bomb Squad), which provided nuclear, biological, chemical, and terrorist device support to the Mediterranean, Africa, and Southwest Asia regions. She also provided support to the U.S. Secret Service and State Department for the protection of the President, Vice President and Secretary of State. She was responsible for the leadership and technical training of the unit from new privates to seasoned sergeants and for providing consistent liaison with Italian authorities and other host country security depending on deployment.

As a Professor at Northern Michigan University, she coordinated and trained leadership development to ROTC college students bound for service in the US Army as officers and leaders.

Formerly served as:

  • National Sales Director, Roadtrip Nation, an organization whose mission is to empower individuals to pursue fulfilling careers.
  • Vice President & Executive Director, City Year, San Jose/Silicon Valley, an international non-profit organization that engages, trains and deploys a diverse group of college-aged youth to serve disadvantaged children in schools and communities.
  • Regional Manager/Territory Manager and Trainer, Warner Chilcott Pharmaceuticals.

While at West Point she was a member of the varsity soccer team, Mountaineering Club, Scoutmasters Council and supported Special Olympics. She was a former member of the American Society of Public Administrators and a member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, CA. Beach grew up in the Rotary community via her father who served with a NJ based Rotary club for over a decade.


Sep
19
2017
Renee Campbell, District Governor

Renee Campbell, District Governor

  • Tuesday
    September 19, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Renee Campbell

Raised in Pendleton, Renee has lived in the Willamette Valley since the late 70’s. Se and her husband, Ron, owned and operated a commercial printing business until he retired in 2008. Renee continues to sell printing, mailing services, web, marketing, and communication services, serving some of the same loyal clients she started with in the business. She and her husband, Ron, enjoy six children between them (plus their spouses) and twelve grandchildren. In her ‘spare’ time, she sings with a local chorus, likes gardening and reading.

One of Renee’s customers shared Rotary with her and she knew she had found the place where she could serve local, in the region, and around the world. She says, “The great friendships I have developed are a fabulous plus to the opportunity to serve.” She believes these friendships build a strong sense of community and keep clubs vibrant and effective.

She served as President of the Rotary Club of Salem and as Assistant Governor to the North Salem region of our district. She is a multiple Paul Harris fellow and has sponsored 13 new members.

Sep
12
2017
Medical Research in Oregon: OHSU as the State’s Academic Health Center

Medical Research in Oregon: OHSU as the State’s Academic Health Center

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

Speaker: Dan Dorsa

Dan Dorsa will present on the following:

  1. Current research mission at OHSU
  2. OHSU's collaborations with other research intensive universities in Oregon
  3. The role of Medical Research Foundation in supporting medical research statewide
  4. Commercialization of discoveries at OHSU

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Dan Dorsa, Ph.D., an experienced research administrator and scientist, is OHSU's senior vice president for research. Dr. Dorsa administers and coordinates academic research at OHSU's three schools and helps develop the agenda for building OHSU's research capacity.

Sep
05
2017
Portland Japanese Garden - Past, Present, & Future

Portland Japanese Garden - Past, Present, & Future

  • Tuesday
    September 05, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom, Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden, will speak about the Garden’s 54-year history and its recently-completed Cultural Crossing expansion project.  He will talk about the timeless relevance and continuity of design between the five original gardens by P. Takuma Tono and the new buildings designed by internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma and the new gardens designed by the Garden’s Curator, Sadafumi Uchiyama.

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Steve Bloom has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Portland Japanese Garden since 2005. Beginning early in his tenure, Bloom led the formation of a comprehensive ten-year strategic plan which was completed in December of 2016 and that has been transformational in its scope and impact on the Garden.

Under Bloom’s leadership, the Garden has seen strong organizational growth and increased financial stability. He oversaw the completion of a $33.5 million expansion of the Garden and its facilities, created a curatorial department, expanded and improved programs in culture, art, and education, established an International Japanese Garden Training Center, formed an International Advisory Board, and has dramatically increased national and international visibility and recognition.

In 2015, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was awarding the Foreign Minister’s Commendations in Honor of the 70th anniversary of the End of World War II. The award was given to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in the promotion of friendship between Japan and the United States. Steve Bloom was awarded this prestigious recognition along with only 27 other individuals.

Bloom was a 2008-09 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, and concurrently served as Visiting Scholar at Tokyo University of Agriculture. Following his fellowship in Japan, Bloom led an effort to create the North American Japanese Garden Initiative and Association (NAJGA) of which he served as its Founding Board President.

Presented by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Bloom is the recent recipient of the “2017 Portland Award” recognizing greatest overall contribution to the promotion of Portland’s visitor industry.

Aug
29
2017
An Inside Look at the Zidell Yards Master Plan

An Inside Look at the Zidell Yards Master Plan

  • Tuesday
    August 29, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Charlene Zidell

The presentation will include the Zidell family vision for the re-development of its 33 acre site in South Waterfront, home to the family’s industrial businesses for the past 90 years. Zidell Yards is a 5 million square foot mixed use development which includes office, residential, retail and open space. Phase 1 construction will start in 2018 with buildings opening in 2021.

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Charlene Zidell, a native Oregonian, is a member of the third generation of the Zidell family. She was a public sector labor lawyer in Portland for over 25 years. She earned her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. She currently sits on the boards of Komen of Oregon & SW Washington, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, B’nai Brith Camp, EngAGE OR and the Advisory Committee of Compassion & Choices.   Ms. Zidell joined the family businesses as Director of Corporate Relations and Communications in 2012. She currently spends the majority of her time incorporating the family’s vision into the Zidell Yards development project.

Aug
22
2017
Storytelling - Russians/FBI/CIA/PDX

Storytelling - Russians/FBI/CIA/PDX

  • Tuesday
    August 22, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Judy Snyder

Judy Snyder has been a trial attorney since her third year in law school when she began trying cases for the local District Attorney. Judy graduated from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1973 – which was unusual only in that she was neither Catholic nor male, the demographic of the University at that time. She then moved to Oregon to clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Otto Skopil. After her federal clerkship, she enjoyed an active trial practice for four years in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office where she prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases. In 1978, Judy resigned from the District Attorney's office to establish her own law firm. Judy represents clients in actions for serious personal injuries, wrongful death, professional negligence, employment, civil rights and torts. Judy also has developed a practice representing medical doctors, psychologists, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals who are facing disciplinary proceedings before state licensing boards.

In August of 2001, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) honored Judy with its Distinguished Trial Lawyer Award. Earlier that year, in March 2001, the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section awarded Judy the Owen M. Panner Professionalism Award. In May of 2009 the Multnomah Bar Association also honored Judy with its Professionalism Award.

Judy is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), an “invitation only” organization which rigorously vets proposed members. She is also a member of the Oregon Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a national organization devoted to the preservation of the jury system. ACTL and ABOTA invite into membership only experienced trial attorneys with distinguished professional reputations.

Since 2006 Judy has been recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyer in civil litigation. She also has an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest rating for both legal ability and professional standing in the legal community.

In addition to maintaining an active trial practice, Judy has participated in numerous professional associations. From 1989 to 1990, she served as the president of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA). From 1999 to 2000, she was the president of the Multnomah Bar Association (MBA). She has also been a long time member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and the Federal Bar Association. She has been actively involved in committees within the Oregon State Bar Association, including serving on the State Professional Responsibility Board.

Judy currently is a member of the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability. Her prior community activities have included a four-year term on the State of Oregon's Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB). She also served on the State of Oregon's Board of Psychologist Examiners from 1986 to 1988.

Judy is frequently requested by the local, state, and federal bar associations and private organizations to present continuing education programs. She lectures several times a year on various aspects of trial practice and substantive law issues. To round out her life, Judy has enjoyed a 36-year marriage to Paul Ellis, an architect. They have two adult children, a daughter, Danielle, and a son, Taylor. Judy and Paul are resisting the passage of time by staying active.

Aug
15
2017
Your Own Transformation in Hiring + Mentoring an Emerging Leader Intern

Your Own Transformation in Hiring + Mentoring an Emerging Leader Intern

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

Speaker: Ryan Buchanan

MEETING WILL BE HELD ON 4TH FLOOR

 

Ryan Buchanan is CEO of eROI, a digital marketing agency, which he founded to inspire and be inspired by partnering with great clients like Aramark, Kaiser Permanente, Nike, and Taco Bell. He is utterly fascinated with solving marketing problems and always goes back to the business goal, asking "why?" to get to the core of the issue. His philosophy is all about stepping into client's shoes with a business mindset first with a competitive desire to drive amazing results for clients - after all, ROI (return on investment) is 75% of their name. He has a marketing mindset with an innate curiosity to stay ahead of the frenetic pace of growth in digital marketing channels and trends. He is an entrepreneur with early experience growing an email marketing agency into a full digital agency focused on strategic planning and creative execution of digital campaigns.

 

Through Buchanan's leadership, eROI was named an Inc. 500 company nationally and was recognized as one of the Most Admired Companies in Oregon by a Portland Business Journal survey of 2,000 CEOs in the state. Buchanan currently serves as the Chairman of the Greater Portland 2020 Council – setting a vision for the Greater Portland region for a shared economic prosperity for all residents, not just the usual suspects. He is also incoming President of Entrepreneurs Organization- Portland (EO), and runs the Strategy Committee on the Board of Friends of the Children and has recently served on the Board of Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN), and Portland Ad Federation (PAF). Buchanan also co-founded a non-profit called Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) which connects underrepresented college students and college graduates to opportunities in top Portland companies and improves their access to leadership development.

 

Buchanan was named as the Portland Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40,’ an award that recognizes city leaders under 40 years old. He was also named by Oregon Business magazine as one of “the 50 Great Leaders for Oregon - 50 who fix it, move it, build it, change it and get it done right.” Buchanan was named as 2013 Marketer of the Year by American Marketing Association Oregon Chapter.

Aug
08
2017
Mayor Ted Wheeler

Mayor Ted Wheeler

  • Tuesday
    August 08, 2017
    12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • The Sentinel
    614 SW 11th Ave, 3rd floor
    Portland, OR

Speaker: Ted Wheeler

Ted was motivated to enter politics while volunteering as an overnight host at the Goose Hollow Shelter and he saw firsthand that we could do much more to help the most vulnerable among us. He has a reputation as a leader who brings people together to get things done.

As the Chair of Multnomah County from 2007-2010, he balanced a county budget during the worst years of the recession, reducing the debt while maintaining safety net programs for the elderly, drug and alcohol treatment programs and forging partnerships to fund a Mental Health Crisis Center. He jump-started long-stalled infrastructure projects, including the Sellwood Bridge and East County Courthouse.

Under Ted's stewardship as state Treasurer, Oregon's investment portfolio outperformed every one of its peers in the nation and earned an upgraded credit rating. He re-launched the Oregon college savings plan, and passed legislation that created the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan, which is now a national model for state-sponsored retirement security.

Ted has assumed a leadership role in economic development. He convened business leaders and spearheaded a new statewide blueprint, dubbed the Oregon Investment Act, and it was approved by the Legislature in 2012. The Oregon Investment Act helps the State invest more effectively in the growth of small businesses.

A sixth-generation Oregonian, Ted was born in Portland, and graduated from Lincoln High School. Ted earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, an MBA from Columbia University and a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ted is a longtime community volunteer leader, and has devoted energy to diverse organizations including Neighborhood House, Portland Mountain Rescue and the Oregon Sports Authority. He is an Eagle Scout. He lives in Southwest Portland with his wife and daughter.