OEN PubTalk: Think Like a CEO


***Registration is closed. We will take walk-in registration at the door. Come join us!***


You’re a new entrepreneur. You’ve started your first company. Your LinkedIn profile says “Founder & CEO.”  You know what it’s like to be a new entrepreneur, but how do you make the transition to CEO? What does it mean to “think like a CEO?” And how is the CEO mindset different from the way you thought before?

You’ll learn:

  • How to transition from a first-time entrepreneur to a successful startup CEO.
  • How to decide what and when to delegate (and what you should NOT delegate).
  • Common pitfalls of a transition to CEO and how to avoid them.

Now that you’ve started a business, how do you manage it like a successful CEO? Come to our September PubTalk to learn from those who are doing it today.


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09/11/2019 05:15 PM
09/11/2019 07:00 PM
OEN PubTalk: Think Like a CEO
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Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby



The OEN PubTalk™ is our flagship monthly happy hour — a perfect starting point for new community members and a great place for established members to make new connections. As always, the program will be preceded by time for casual networking and will include free appetizers and pizza. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. We take walk-ins if space allows, but prices will be $20 for OEN members and $35 for non-members at the door. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

Not yet an OEN member? Join today and you can get a free pass to our February PubTalk!



Malia Spencer

Reporter, Portland Business Journal

Malia Spencer covers technology and startups for the Portland Business Journal.




Liam Pelot

Owner, Dick’s Kitchen

Liam, originally from Washington, DC and having spent 20 years in Atlanta in small business banking, found himself and his family in Portland in 2013. He spent a year and a half in the nonprofit finance world before meeting the owner of Dick’s Kitchen, Richard Satnick, and decided to help Richard with a succession plan for his burger restaurant focused on local and sustainable food. In 2018, Liam acquired the business. The unique experience of assisting businesses for 20 years as a banker and then “flipping the script” to run a small business gives him a perspective that he is excited to share. In addition to running the restaurants, Liam enjoys hiking weekly and spending time with his wife and two teenage sons.


Allison Hartsoe

Founder & CEO, Ambition Data

Before Ambition Data LLC, Allison was Group Director, Digital Intelligence at Cardinal Path, Senior Manager at Ernst & Young and VP Analytics at Semphonic. Allison was the founder and CEO of Aspyro; a business-analysis technology that included proprietary algorithms to help eBay power sellers get the best return on their investment. Allison co-founded iSyndicate which sold digital content to Fortune 500 corporations from media publishers. The company grew to 230 employees with six domestic and three international offices before being acquired. Allison’s experience and passion for analysis allow her to see future trends and relate it all the way back to the tactical moves her clients need to make today. She is a profoundly skilled marketing technologist who spent many years leading digital strategies for Genentech, Nike, Kohler, GSK, and Intel.


Farhad Ghafarzade

Founder, Green Drop Garage

Farhad Ghafarzade is the Founder of eco-friendly auto repair shop Green Drop Garage. After graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Molecular Biology, Farhad took some time off before entering dental school. In 2005, he moved home to Beaverton, OR in his vegetable oil-powered Mercedes. After a long, strange trip that included a boat, lots of road trips and a brewery, Farhad abandoned dental school to pursue his belief that auto repair can be sustainable, ethical and fun! Both Farhad and Green Drop Garage have been recognized through numerous awards including Portland Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award (2017), Oregon’s Fastest Growing Company (2016, 2017 & 2018), Portland Rotary Club Oregon Ethics in Business Finalist (2016) and named Portland’s favorite auto repair shop by Willamette week. Green Drop Garage is a certified Eco Biz and a Certified B Corporation and recently was named #3 Greenest workplace in Oregon. Farhad also currently serves on the Board of Metro Family Services and is an active member of the Portland Pearl Rotary Club.



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September 11, 2019 5:15 PM
September 11, 2019 7:00 PM
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Lucky Lab
1945 NW Quimby
Julie Brown
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