Staff Advisory Board

The Center for Women’s Leadership’s success is driven by the tireless efforts of many people including volunteers, donors, grant recipients and the community at large. These efforts are guided through the work and dedication of our Advisory Board and our staff.

 
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Alison Arella

Corporate Social Responsibility, Cambia Health Solutions

Why is it important for you to be on the board of the Center for Women’s Leadership?

I don’t just want to talk about doing something, I actually want to do something! Being engaged on the board at CWL gives me an opportunity to put change into action by supporting the next generation of female leaders. 

 
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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

Congresswoman, 
Oregon's 1st Congressional District

When making a challenging decision about a future opportunity, how do you prepare?

When I make a challenging decision about a future opportunity, I prepare by reading and learning as much as possible. I try to weigh advantages and disadvantages, and always strive to consider every possibility. And importantly, I have conversations with family, friends, and if a professional or career opportunity, with co-workers. It's usually impossible to be 100% sure about a decision, but the more I learn and discuss, the more I am confident with what I decide.

 
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Rep. Janelle Bynum

Representative, Oregon Legislature

Why is it important for you to be on the board of the Center for Women’s Leadership?

Bio coming soon…

 
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Amy Edwards

Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

Why is it important for you to be on the board of the Center for Women’s Leadership?

As a member of Generation X, I learned so much from the women who led the women’s rights movement in the 70s and 80s when discrimination was open and rampant. I appreciate how their experience shaped my journey and want to help the next generation of women succeed in an environment that still contains many obstacles, even if they are now more camouflaged. CWL provides the platform to empower girls and young women to be leaders in their community and I am excited to share my experience with them.

 
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Nicole Frisch

Senior Director, Community Engagement, First Tech Community Credit

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

Stop leading from behind – and start leading from the front. What that means is get out of the weeds and stop micro-managing (at work, in your personal life, wherever); instead lead with your vision and values. Leading from the front is freeing – when you’re true to yourself and trust your gut, you’ll be surprised at the things you can achieve.

 
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Michelle Giguere

Partner, Summit Strategies

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

To listen well to others, especially during periods of conflict. To not be afraid to take a risk, knowing that it may not turn out the way you had hoped but it is always a good learning experience.  To support other women and all stages of their lives, to mentor younger women, and to “give back” with financial support whenever possible.   Some of the most rewarding experiences I have had is to mentor young women, becoming friends with them, and giving them the best advice I can as they follow their career path.


 
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Carrie Hinton Ritchie

Owner, Good & Gold Marketing

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

My mother told me at a young age, “The definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results.” Meaning, if you want something different out of life you need to change the way you are doing things. That thinking has been a key component  in some of the most pivotal and rewarding changes in my life.

 
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Alexa Jakusovszky

Legislative Director, State Representative Karin Power

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

Bio coming soon…

 
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Pam Knowles

Pam Knowles Consulting

We all fill many roles throughout their lives: daughter, student, mother, partner, professional, politician, civic leader and caregiver. What roles have you experienced in your life that meant the most to you, and why?

Daughter, student, mother, partner, professional, politician, civic leader and caregiver. I have experienced all of these roles but the ones that have meant the most are those where I have a strong personal bond – daughter, wife, mother (soon to be grandmother!) caregiver and friend. While my professional, political and civic roles have been important to me and allowed me to grow and help others, it is family and friends who have meant the most to me. These are the people who know me best, love me, support me in all my endeavors and provide some of my greatest challenges and greatest rewards.

 
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Annette Price

Vice President of Government Affairs, Pacific Power

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

The best advice I’ve gotten that has made the biggest difference in my life was from my parents. Here it is in a nutshell: 1. Be respectful 2. Be kind 3. Be present for others 4. Do the right thing, even when no one is looking 5. Make time 6. Be a mentor 7. Set an example 8. Give, even the smallest of jobs, your all 9. Laugh 10. And, most important, love.

 
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Bobbi Stedman

Chief Administrative & Equity Officer, Port of Portland

What person influenced you the most in your leadership style?

I’ve worked with some great leaders in my career, and one that was not-so-great, and I have been influenced by all their leadership styles.  Ross McMullin, the past-President of adidas-America taught me about leading with grace in the face of unimaginable adversity. He touched so many lives in his short 48 years.

 
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Kellie Torres

Business Development & Strategy, Portland Parks & Recreation

Why is it important for you to be on the board of the Center for Women’s Leadership?

Nearly every leadership role I’ve had—from my teens to now—has been championed and supported by other women. I feel impassioned to effectively continue this cycle. Unity in support of impactful individuals is important and gratifying work. The Center for Women’s Leadership board connects me with diverse women in my community with a similar mindset and intention.

 
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Dr. Anne Udall

CEO, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

"Watch your feet."  The moment I heard that, the lightbulb went off. It is not what I say, it's what I Do.  What are my actions?  Do my word and actions reflect what is important or meaningful?  My actions are the best indicator of what is most important to me--my values and beliefs.  

 
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Dr. Constance Tucker

Vice Provost of Educational Improvement and Innovation, OHSU

What person influenced you the most in your leadership style?

 My grandfather, William Jones, was a Buffalo Soldier and prisoner of war (POW) in the Korean War.  He influenced my leadership by being an example of a humble servant leader.  As a Buffalo Soldier, the mottos of “we can and we will” kept him alive as a POW and “ready forward” influenced his career as an entrepreneur meeting the needs of his community.  As I lead, I hope to follow his example of perseverance in difficult situations, creative solutions when problems seem too complex, and a willingness to humbly serve all.

 
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Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson

Commissioner, Multnomah County District Three

When making a challenging decision about a future opportunity, how do you prepare?

I make sure to reach out to some key friends, mentors, and family members for advice and perspective. I always consider the impact the decision will have on my kids. And I reflect on what opportunity will bring the most joy and purpose to my life – after all, we’ve only got on shot to live it right!

 
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Mari Watanabe

Executive Director, Partners in Diversity

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

I learned from a friend who was the senior vice president at a Fortune 100 company that the old style of top-down leadership/management does not work anymore. Good leadership is not about the leader knowing everything or what is always right. Research shows that having diversity of thought brings better results whether it is to get new ideas or increase revenue. Taking more time to be inclusive and inviting others in when trying to solve problems or gain new ideas is good leadership. It can take longer but the end result is much better.

 
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Lisa Watson

Executive Director, American Leadership Forum

When making a challenging decision about a future opportunity, how do you prepare?

When I have a tough decision to make, I follow this process:

Get somewhere where I can be alone, no distractions, phone calls, or interruptions. I close my eyes and make one decision with all my heart, then live in it in my imagination and get really aware of how I feel. Then I do the same thing with my other option(s). The right decision becomes clear.

 
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Pia Wilson-Body

President, Intel Foundation / Director, Corporate Affairs Group - Greater Americas

What's the best advice you've gotten, or you would give, that has made a difference in your life?

A quote from Maya Angelou has stuck with me during my life’s journey “ When you learn, teach and when you get, give.”  It’s important to me to pay it forward, the returns are tremendous.