2018 Event in Review
Thank you to everyone who made the inaugural Rose City Women’s Summit such a huge success! On Friday, May 11, 2018, more than 300 guests convened at the Hilton Downtown Portland for a day of inspiration and reflection on key issues affecting all women such as diversity, equity and inclusion, social justice concerns of racism, human trafficking and the #MeToo movement, as well as topics on personal empowerment and professional development.
We are so grateful for our amazing lineup of speakers and panelists who kept guests engaged and empowered throughout the day, including Cheri Anderson, International Movement Expert and Coach; Emily Evans, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Oregon; Jane Schwartzberg, Author of Naked Jane Bares All; Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia, Executive Director of OHSU, Avel Gordly Center for Healing; Sarai Johnson, Founder of Lean NonProfit; Jessi Duley, Founder of BurnCycle; Crista King, Fitlandia; Yasmin Nguyen, Yasmin Nguyen International; Becca Uherbelau, Senior Community Relations Manager at Metro; Victoria Venturi, Founder and Creative Director, Paper Epiphanies; Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair; Grayson Dempsey, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Liz Alston, DHS; Joel Shapiro, Attorney with the Oregon Attorney General’s Trafficking Intervention Advisory Committee; JR Ujifusa, Special Assistant United States Attorney; Officer Natasha Haunsperger, Portland Police; and Ashley Eil, Junior League of Portland Volunteer of the Year.
Keynote speaker Tarana Burke, activist and founder of the #MeToo movement, shared her personal story as a sexual assault survivor and gave an emphatic call to action, stating “I’m one person with one idea. It’s going to take many ideas to end sexual violence.” Tarana’s powerful message has made a lasting impact on attendees, who shared their thoughts after the event:
“The ultimate high for me was hearing Ms. Burke speak. To hear her full story and background of the Me Too movement and getting a better understanding of the movement and its full context was so eye-opening.”
“It was most valuable being around like-minded people and being around such a dynamic and relevant speaker. Tarana was an amazing gift, especially as I believe we all had been processing and learning and reflecting about sexual assault, accountability, victim’s voices and patriarchy throughout the year with media.”
This event would not have been possible without our generous sponsors! With their support, this event raised more than $32,000, with net proceeds going to the Junior League of Portland’s 1910 Campaign. This special appeal campaign will culminate in 2020 in celebration of JLP’s 110th year, with a gift of $110,000 given to New Avenues for Youth, a local nonprofit organization working to end youth homelessness.
A million thanks to all of our sponsors, including Presenting sponsor UBS, Platinum sponsors Athleta and Paper Epiphanies; Gold sponsors Creola Coaching, Bob’s Red Mill, The Commerce Bank of Oregon, Chown Hardware, United Way; Patron sponsors Cider Summit, Andrew & Kristin Kilshaw, Stein Oil, Halprin Bariatric Surgery Group, Applied Divorce Solutions, HealthePractices, Frank Holding, Robert & Ashley Eil, Allsports, and ONEHOPE Wine. Table sponsors include Nike, Toyota, Vacasa, Wieden & Kennedy, and Cambia Health Solutions.
Generous in-kind donations were provided by BurnCycle, Chinook Book, Paper Epiphanies, Schmidt’s, The Bar Method, Clif Bar, Revolución Coffee House, Nossa Familia Coffee, Cerulean Wine, Firefly Photography, Jackrabbit, Leanna René Photography, and Zaugg Photo Design.
Additional thanks goes to our marketplace vendors, who offered guests the chance to shop and engage with local and regional organizations throughout the day: Athleta, Women’s Foundation of Oregon, Roxy & Lola, The Accessory Junkie, Paper Epiphanies, Nuraxi, Bellevie Paris, ONEHOPE Wine, Carpenter Smith Consulting, Brew Dr. Kombucha, Ground Up PDX, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Thank you to our event photographer Helen with Firefly Photography!
Finally, we want to thank our amazing team of 40 volunteers who helped produce and staff this event from start to finish. We simply could not have done it without you!
We are actively planning our 2019 event, which will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019. Check back regularly for updates on the second annual event. We look forward to seeing you there!
-Rose City Women’s Summit Committee