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Join us for the 9th Annual Women's Leadership Luncheon

Each year over 550 of Oregon's top leaders join to celebrate and support another year of the emerging leadership stories of girls and women. Make sure you are among this year by being a sponsor or purchasing a ticket, because we know that given the opportunity and training she will lead for a lifetime. 

Please contact our Executive Director Sunny Petit at 503.725.2895 or at for more information about sponsorship levels or tickets. Sponsorship and tickets can be purchased online here 

Disrupt: Filipina Leaders

We are co-sponsoring a reading of Disrupt, the first book focussed on Filipina leadership! The readingwill be held on Monday, October 5, 2015 from 6:00-8:00PM in the PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238. The event is free and open to the public. 

Women Lead Change Happens Panel

AAUW of Portland is celebrating 110 years! The anniversary program consists of a visual display of the branch's achievements over 110 years and a panel discussion on When Women Lead Change Happens. Panelists include: Emily Evand, Executive Director, Women's Foundation of Oregon; Gloria Pinzon Marin, Las Mujeres PSU director and NEW Leadership Oregon Alumna; Sunny Petit, Executive Director, Center for Women's Leadership; Kay Toran, President and CEO, Volunteers of America, and Rep. Jennifer Williamson. The event is free and open to the public. The celebration will be held on Tuesday, October 13 from 5:00-7:00PM at The Old Church (1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland). To RSVP for this event, send a note to Diane Winn (


New CWL board members recognized by Oregon Live

Portland -- The Center for Women's Leadership at Portland State University has selected a new chair, vice chair and new community leader to its board of advisors.. Read full article here.

CWL Recognized in GoLocalPDX 

The Center for Women’s Leadership recognized in GoLocal PDX Hot Section of Who's Hot and Who's Not in Oregon Politics … Read full article here.

CWL Collaborates with Portland Monthly for the Oregon Women Rising Issue

Portland Monthly Magazine's March issue features women accross our state including Kendall Clawson, Amber Starks and Rebecca Tweed. The Oregon Women Rising issue honors amazing Oregon women breaking barriers, kicking ass, and inspiring us all. More details here.

Oregon is One of the Best States for Women in Government 

Oregon is one of the top states in the nation when it comes to having women serving in government leadership positions. CWL Executive Director Sunny Petit reflects on Gov. Brown becoming Oregon's governor, noting that "she opens up the possibilities and dreams of girls to see themselves in her position." Read the full article here. 

Setting the World on Fire

The portrait unveiling of former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts reveals more than a tribute, but a legacy that blazed the path for women like Gov. Kate Brown. Read the full article about the event here. 

What Does #TheNextFrontier Mean to You? 

TedxCourtauldInstitute featured CWL Staff Member and NLO Alumna Lea Woods' perspective on #TheNextFrontier in women's leadership. Read the full opinion piece here. 

CWL Executive Director Sunny Petit Gives Talk at the Portland Office of Management & Finance Speaker Series

On December 17, 2014, Executive Director Sunny Petit participated in the Portland Office of Management & Finance Speaker Series. 

CWL Executive Director Sunny Petit Receives Las Mujeres Latina Luncheon Award

On May 30, 2014, Executive Director Sunny Petit received one of the Las Mujeres Latina Luncheon Awards in honor of her dedication to Oregon's emerging women leaders.

Anna Vetter Speaks at PSU Commencement Ceremony

2013 NLO Alumna Anna Vetter was selected as a Student Speaker for the 2014 Portland State University Commencement Ceremony. Listen to Anna's speech here. 

Herrera Finds Own Path to Student Speaker Role

2013 NLO Alumna Yesenia Herrera was recently awarded the Community College Presidents' Award at Washington State University-Vancouver where she'll attend in the fall. This comes on the heels of being named the student speaker for the 2014 Portland Community College commencement ceremony. Read the full article here. 

National Equal Pay Leader Lilly Ledbetter Talks to Sold Out Room: 2014 ASD Speaker Series

Our Abigail Scott Duniway Speaker Series with Lilly Ledbetter was a wonderful success! Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici delivered closing remarks at the Ledbetter keynote address on Thursday, April 24 at the Lincoln Recital Hall. Lilly Ledbetter shared her inspiring story of being at the center of the historic discrimination case that inspired the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act. More with Lilly here, with the Oregonian's Dana Tims.

2014 Teens Lead Group Wins First Place for Video on "Women Changing the World"!

Congratulations to our amazing and talented freshmen and sophmore girls from De La Salle North Catholic High School for their winning video from the World Affairs Council of Oregon! Check it out here!

New Board Members for the Center for Women's Leadership

The Center for Women's Leadership have an all volunteer board consisting of a diverse group of women leaders from government, business, and nonprofit sectors. At t he beginning of our fiscal year the Board Members meet to discuss the Center's goals for the coming fiscal year and . . . READ MORE

Archive Empowers Women:

Women from the PSU Center for Women’s Leadership program and a who’s who of Oregon’s female politicians gathered to mark recent victories and launch the Center’s new digital archive of personal political documents of some of Oregon’s most high-powered women leaders. Oregon’s First Woman Governor Barbara Roberts, spoke at the launch of the Center for Women’s digital exhibit. Read the full article here.

Oregon Marks 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage:

On November, 5, 2012, the group Century of Action gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. The Center for Women’s Leadership is a partner of Century of Action. Read the full article here.

A Century for Votes for Oregon Women:

In 1912, women’s suffrage was passed and allowed women to run for electoral office.. Among women in the United States, the women of Bend, Oregon may have been the first to vote. In 2012, the movement celebrated an entire century of women’s suffrage…READ MORE

Women’s Center has digital archive:

The Center for Women’s Leadership launched its digital archive featuring personal papers of some of Oregon’s leading political women… READ MORE

Celebrating Oregon’s Women: a century after the vote, still more to do:

The Center for Women’s Leadership, along with other women’s organizations, participated in the 2012 Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade. These women’s organizations will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Oregon women getting the right to vote by marching the same parade route that the suffragists marched in 1912. Read the full article here.

The media meltdown:

Robin Doussard of Oregon Business spoke to the 2009 NEW Leadership Oregon class on the state of media and while she shared much of the struggles of today’s media industry she was inspired by the enthusiasm, smarts and drive of the participants.. Read the full article here.  

Women at top aim to go beyond political boot camp:

The National Education for Women’s Leadership Oregon’s board of directors are discussing an expansion of the reach of the Center through considering a teen version of the program, a corporate program and exploring…Read full article here.