Fuel your own entrepreneurial journey with the personal stories of challenge and triumph from Oregon’s Doers and Big Thinkers.
OEN’s Entrepreneurial Summit is an annual storytelling event that brings a group of successful Oregon entrepreneurs into one place for one evening. Each speaker gets 10-15 minutes to share his or her story.
See highlights from our 2015 Entrepreneurial Summit: What’s Your Wilson?:
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Popular Stories from Past Summits
Here’s just a sampling of popular stories from past OEN Summits. You can find all past stories here.
Emma McIlroy, Wildfang
Emma shares an honest glimpse of what it’s like to be at the helm of a clothing company as a first-time entrepreneur, calling upon some of the more famous graduates of the School of Hard Knocks—that is, rappers Run DMC, Brother Ali, and Gang Starr.
Sean Beers, Korkers Footwear
Twenty-two years ago, Sean Beers was caught in a DEA sting with five pounds of cocaine. Serving 39 months in prison helped get him straightened out, but it also created significant hurdles. Here, he talks about how he overcame them.
D’Wayne Edwards, Pensole
D’Wayne chronicles his journey from growing up in inner-city LA to becoming a shoe designer and going on to found his own design school, despite the fact that he had never set foot in a design school in his life.
Eric Winquist, Jama Software
Eric shares lessons learned from his experience as CEO and Founder of a company that has grown by 2,000 percent in the last five years. He discusses how Jama closed its first few customers and how it passed the magic $1 million mark.
Lisa Sedlar, Green Zebra Grocery
Lisa Sedlar left her stable job as CEO of New Seasons Market to launch her own chain of small, health-conscious grocery stores. She says, “It sounded like such a good idea, kind of like, ‘Oh, let’s have a baby!’” Here, she shares what she’s learned as Founder and CEO of Green Zebra Grocery.