Gaia Giladi

Gaia Giladi

Gaia Giladi is the co-founder and chief creative of HILOS, a Portland-based start-up focused on making zero waste, additive footwear. When she’s not designing shoes, Gaia loves to go on outdoor adventures, eat amazing food, and run along the bridges of Portland. Where did the idea for HILOS come from?…

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Abby Stoddard

abby stoddard

Abby is a pharmacist with ten years of experience across all facets of the industry including retail, hospital, managed care and public policy. During her tenure at a pharmacy benefit manager Abby held the role of principal state lobbyist, directing all advocacy, lobbying, and policy work across 13 states. In…

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Caitlin Rethwish

Caitlin Rethwish

Caitlin Rethwish is the creative mind behind Etcetera Embroidery, which offers a variety of finished art pieces and DIY kits and patterns. Designs are inspired by botanical themes, nature, food, and a heavy dose of bad jokes. Caitlin lives in Portland, Oregon, and is often inspired by all the natural…

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Andrea Sommer

Andrea Sommer

Andrea is the Founder & Business Lead at UvvaLabs, a female-founded technology company that uses AI to help companies make better decisions that create more diverse and accessible workforces. Previously she was the Founder & CEO of Hiver, a female-founded, majority women technology company that helped event marketers measure and…

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Andrew Plato

Andrew Plato Tech Entrepreneurs

Andrew Plato is a 25-year veteran of the information security industry. In 1995 while working at Microsoft supporting one of the first Internet e-commerce sites, Andrew inadvertently hacked the production site using a SQL injection style attack. When the site’s developers dismissed this vulnerability as irrelevant, it perplexed and inspired…

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Jolene Cherry

Jolene Cherry

Moments of crisis can seem like towering infernos with no end in sight, but if you focus on your breath, your body and mind will respond with tranquility and clarity.   Jolene Cherry is a certified and experienced yoga instructor and personal trainer based in Portland, Oregon. She has always…

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Anita Ramachandran

Anita Ramachandran

Train yourself to see big-picture possibility, rather than small obstacles. If you get too bogged down in the details, you’ll never reach for anything outside of your comfort zone.   Anita Ramachandran is the Executive Director of MicroMentor, a social innovation of Mercy Corps, and the largest online community for…

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Cait Pearson

Cait Pearson

Hold yourself accountable because no one is going to give you your dreams, but don’t live for those few monumental moments either.   Cait Pearson moved from Pennsylvania to Portland, Oregon in 2016 with only two bags, and a dream to be a food photographer. Without knowing a single person…

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Nathan Richardson

Nathan Richardson

Trust the work and yourself, be vulnerable, and commit.   Nathan E. Richardson is a Luthier, guitar designer, and technician currently working to share his understanding of the guitar with all guitar enthusiasts. His career began at Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst, Massachusetts, and since then he has served countless…

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Steve Lesnard

Steve Lesnard

Find a consumer pain point and find a way to solve it.   Steve Lesnard is the newly appointed Global VP of Marketing at The North Face. In his previous tenure with one of the largest athletic brands in the world, Steve Lesnard served as global vice president and general…

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