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Veggie Grill Fundraiser

You haven't lived until you've tried Veggie Grill's vegan carrot cake! Try a slice AND contribute to the Center by visiting the Veggie Grill for lunch or dinner on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at either the downtown or Cedar Hills locations!  

When you mention the fundraiser on May 8, Veggie Grill will donate 50% of your food and beverage purchases to the Center! 

You can find the Downtown Portland location at 508 SW Taylor St., Portland, OR 97204 or the Cedar Hills Crossing location at 3435 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005.

DNA of Leadership with Sallie Krawcheck

The Center for Women’s Leadership and Ellevate Portland are proud to co-sponsor a special panel discussion for female professionals in Portland! Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, will be coming to Portland to speak about “The DNA of Leadership.” Suzanne Stevens, Editor of the Portland Business Journal, will moderate the discussion with participants Sallie Krawcheck, attorney and commercial mediator Susan Hammer, and entrepreneur and growth hacking expert Kristin Luck. We invite you to join us and to learn about what it takes to become a great leader.

For more information and to RSVP, follow the link to:

$TART $MART Negotiation Workshop 

Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man -- simply because she is a woman. The $TART $MART Negotiation Workshop, co-sponsored by the Center for Women's Leadership, will provide you with the knowledge and skills to successfully negotiate your professional salary and benefits package. The event will be held at the PSU Multicultural Center SMSU Room 228 on Tuesday, May 12, from 10:00-1:00 PM. Registration is required, so contact Mariana Lindsay at if you'd like to attend!  

NEW Leadership Oregon Friends Night

You're invited to join us for our annual Friends Night Celebration where you will network and celebrate alongside our 12th NEW Leadership Oregon class. Friends Night is on Monday, June 22 from 5:30-8:00 PM at the PSU Smith Memorial Student Union located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97201. RSVP to Mariana at or by calling 503.725.2895. 


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.