OEN 2017 Entrepreneurial Summit: Leap of Faith
Whether it’s the decision to quit your day job and go all in, to make a major pivot, or to take on a new partner, entrepreneurship involves many leaps of faith.
Join us at our 2017 Entrepreneurial Summit to hear stories from successful local entrepreneurs on the leaps of faith they have had to take, and whether success or disaster ensued.
Cost: Registration is $65 for OEN members and $95 for non-members. Students with valid ID may take advantage of our $45 student rate. *Sorry, no refunds.*
Want to take advantage of our member discount? Become a member – plans start at $60 per year.
Program: The opening reception includes food and drinks (including a wine tasting) and kicks off at 4:00 p.m. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. and wrap up by 7:30 p.m.
Highlights from our 2016 Summit
G Cody QJ Goldberg
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Harper’s Playground
G Cody QJ Goldberg co-founded Harper’s Playground, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting vital communities through the lens of inclusive outdoor play spaces. He is the child of bona fide San Francisco hippies and was actually babysat by Janis Joplin once. At age 30, he played percussion in a wandering tribal band of gypsies for one magical year in Mexico. He accidentally fell into a 14-year career in brand marketing for both adidas and Red Bull Energy Drink before working up the nerve to pursue a life of purpose. Cody and his wife led a movement that designed and built the first inclusive playground in Portland, OR, raising $1.2 million in just two years without any previous fundraising experience.
Co-Founder and Chairman, The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA)
Jesce Horton is the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens, a medical cannabis cultivation center, and co-founder of Panacea, an award-winning dispensary. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the MCBA, the first nonprofit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs. In 2016, Jesce began development on Saints Cannabis, a vertically-integrated cannabis campus that will house adult-use (recreational) retail, cannabis lounge, indoor and greenhouse cultivation, processing and R&D operations all in one flagship property. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, he worked for Siemens USA for nearly seven years.
Founder, Ruby Receptionists
From humble beginnings 14 years ago, Jill Nelson has grown Ruby Receptionists into a four-time winner of FORTUNE magazine’s top five Best Small Companies to Work for, and a Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon recipient for the past nine years. Today, Ruby’s 400 employees provide friendly live receptionist service to more than 6,000 small businesses throughout North America. In addition to her own entrepreneurial endeavors, Jill has been recognized for her contributions to Oregon’s business and technology communities, receiving the Technology Association of Oregon’s 2017 Technology Executive of the Year Award as well as EO’s 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Founder and CEO, Society Nine
Lynn is the founder and CEO of Society Nine, which makes gear for female fighters. She is multi-lingual, has lived in France and ran the Amsterdam Marathon before she realized that running was not for her. She decided to try her hand at Krav Maga after a trip to Israel, where someone recommended it to her. After realizing how much it empowered her, she never turned back. Lynn started Society Nine on the side while working full-time designing sports retail environments for Nike. In 2015, after winning a $15,000 grant from the Portland Development Commission, she quit her job and sold almost all of her possessions. Since then, she has raised over $58,000 on Kickstarter, appeared on an Oxygen network television show, and completed her first round of angel funding.
Founder and CEO, barre3
barre3 is a boutique movement company whose innovative, results-driven, feel-good workout and whole-body-health approach are breaking new ground. In addition to more than 100 studios around the globe and 250+ do-anywhere online workouts, barre3 offers hundreds of delicious, whole-foods-based recipes, a thriving digital magazine and an annual retreat that inspires healthy, balanced living. Since opening her first studio in 2008, Sadie has continued to evolve barre3 based on her quest for knowledge on how best to balance the body. She works side-by-side with a growing team of experts ranging from physical therapists to scientists to meditation teachers. Her talks and articles about discovering body wisdom, finding joy in movement, the power of body diversity, and achieving results without pain have inspired thousands around the globe.
Founder and CEO, Sudara
A trip to India in 2005 inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to disrupt the social enterprise space and create lasting impact for survivors of and those at the highest risk of sex trafficking has led her to found and cultivate Sudara, a thriving benefit corporation. Sudara’s mission is rooted in job creation for women in India. Sudara products support the training and jobs for the women who make them, and also help to fund the non-profit arm that allows the organization to provide for those same women across their entire ecosystem. More than a give-back model, her organization enables women to have freedom-filled choices for themselves and for their families. Shannon was awarded the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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Stories from Past Summits
2016: True Grit – The Power of Perseverance
2015: What’s Your Wilson?
2014: The School of Hard Knocks