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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Lunch with a Leader: Heather Paulson

Date: 11:30am PST February 3, 2016 Location: J.R. Howard Hall, Room 302

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J.R. Howard Hall, Room 302

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Learn from a future colleague in a casual setting while enjoying a free lunch. If you have any interest in law, finance, analytics and/or working at Nike, come listen to Heather Paulson talk about her post-college career path, being a career nomad and her exciting ascent through departments at Nike.

Heather Paulson leads Strategy, Partnerships, and Analytics for NIKE North America. Her team works with the North America executive team to define and execute the strategic growth agenda and to develop advanced analytic data products to solve consumer needs. Heather has spent over 10 years in law, investing, finance, and strategy. After graduating from Cornell and Harvard Law School, Heather spent a year as a Harvard Law School Fellow exploring whether prenuptial agreements should be mandatory (they should!). After deciding that the professor life was not for her, she spent three years as an antitrust attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz in New York. From there, Heather became an investor at a $16B hedge fund – TPG-Axon. In 2007, she moved to Oregon and has been at Nike for over 8 years. Her first role was in Global Business Planning where she helped set the 3-year and 1-year budget and led performance management for the CFO. Three years later, she moved to lead the Corporate Development function where she helped to divest of Cole Haan and Umbro. Most recently, she co-led Corporate Strategy & Development for three years, working with the CEO to develop the long-term strategic plan, lead projects against critical strategic initiatives, and partner with Sports Marketing to re-sign the NFL and acquire the NBA license. Outside of work, Heather is on the board of Social Venture Partners where she is focused on improving Kindergarten Readiness for Portland’s most at-risk populations. Heather loves spending time with her husband Merritt and two girls Cassidy (7) and Addie (4).  They take full advantage of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, skiing, reading, and playing and watching soccer (Go Timbers! Go Thorns!).

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