BYOB May PubTalk: It’s Time to Build


The May 13th, 2020 OEN PubTalk will again be #BYOB #virtual and #statewide! Crises always beget innovation, whether out of necessity or hope. The Corona crisis, albeit painful, also offers fertile ground for paradigm-shifting and opening up new ways of thinking and operating. This month we’ll feature three Oregon founders on the panel, sharing how they’ve adapted their businesses to stabilize during COVID, but more importantly how they are seeing the future and their company’s role in it.

We invite you again to pour yourself a beverage, don a fun hat or boa to lighten the mood, and join us for a relaxed virtual PubTalk, complete with breakout discussion and networking groups following the panel.


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. May will be BYOB and virtual! Register to receive the live stream link.

Hashtag: #oenpubtalk

Cost: $15 for OEN members; $25 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

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



Scott Sandler

Fund Manager, Oregon Venture Fund

Scott grew up in Massachusetts, and after earning his degree in Computer Systems Engineering at UMass Amherst, he came west to Oregon in search of big mountains and to start his career at Intel, where he quickly discovered that he was really a startup kind of guy. Stints in customer support and marketing at four software startups followed before Scott became CEO of Novas Software, which had a successful exit in 2008. Having committed to do “something completely different” after Novas, he joined OAF as an investor in 2010 and as a member of the team in 2012.



Lora Haddock

Founder & CEO, Lora DiCarlo

Lora Haddock DiCarlo founded sex tech company Lora DiCarlo in 2017, and after spending a decade in the healthcare industry she put her obsession with anatomy hard to work. Lora is the inventor of Osè, a first of its kind product that holds 9 patents pending in micro-robotic technology and was a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics category. When the award was redacted, she opened the public conversation about gender bias and inclusion in the tech industry and worked with CTA to update their policies for 2020. Lora has been listed as one of the top 53 women CEOs disrupting HealthTech by Forbes.


Mac Lavier

Founder & President/CEO, GearUp Sports

Mac has a 20+ year career in the technology industry including leadership positions at Radisys (RSYS) and Tektronix. Mac is passionate about youth sports and has been involved in coaching youth sports and serving on youth sports boards for more than 15 years. Currently, Mac is Head Track & Field Coach at St. Pius X CYO, and a member of both the St. Pius CYO board of directors and the Portland CYO Track & Field Commission. Mac holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Montana State University and an Executive MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.


Ciara Pressler

Founder & CEO, Pregame

Ciara Pressler is the founder of Pregame, author of Game Plan: Achieve Your Goals in Life, Career, and Business, and host of Work/Life on Digital Trends Live. She has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives, managers, and creative professionals to create their Game Plan for success. Ciara has created and collaborated on professional development programs for teams at MTV, A&E Networks, Conde Nast, Hearst, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Travel Portland, Dubspot DJ School, Wanderlust, and for coaching firms across the U.S. and internationally.


May PubTalk is presented by:
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May 13, 2020 5:30 PM
May 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Calendar Type:
Online! Link will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the call
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