2021 Winterim

Winterim is a five day entrepreneurship immersion event that culminates in a pitch competition. Since Winterim will be virtual this year, the Bates Center views it as an opportunity to open up part of the programming to alumni, parents, students, faculty/staff, and the professional community.

Over 40 professionals served as speakers, mentors and judges for our 21 students during January 11-15. Here are the events we invited our alumni/parents and the greater community to participate in and/or watch. Three of these events were recorded and are available to watch on our YouTube channel.  

Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. PST - “The Farmer’s Advocate”
Beth Ford, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a nearly century-old farmer-owned cooperative, believes closing the growing rural-urban divide should matter to everyone. This fireside chat will focus on the importance of innovative thinking and immediate action in ensuring our rural communities can connect, thrive and continue to provide a safe and affordable food supply for a growing world population. Fireside chat with Qwynci Bowman ’23.

Tuesday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m. PST - How to Invest Without Compromising Your Values -  Click Here to Watch on YouTube
Alumna Myah Moore Irick ’03 will discuss how to align your values with your money, regardless of your age or net worth. She will also share insight on how to live with intention through your financial journey. Fireside chat with Ochuko Akpovbovbo ’21.

Wednesday, January 13 at 9:30 a.m. PST - Meet Your Entrepreneurial Cofounders: Depression and Anxiety -  Click Here to Watch on YouTube
Emma McIlroy of Wildfang will discuss why Entrepreneurship, Depression and Anxiety are often entwined, how it is common amongst successful entrepreneurs, and strategies to deal with it. Guests may ask questions after student questions.

Wednesday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m. PST - How to Present so People Remember What You Said
One day while riding the MAX train to the Portland airport, someone asked Carl Guess what he did. “I get executives to tell stories so the audience actually understands what they’re talking about.” The entire train car started laughing. We’ve all been in presentations that bored us silly; Carl will give you tools to help ensure that yours isn’t one of them. A highly regarded executive presentation coach (and alumnus!), he will share tricks of the trade that you can use on pitch day and every day - including bonus segment about how to come across with authority in virtual meetings. During student breakout time, Carl Guess ’85 will answer as many guest questions as possible.

Thursday, January 14 at 9:30 a.m. PST - Is Capitalism Failing? - Click Here to watch on YouTube
Rukaiyah Adams and alumnus Jed Emerson ’81 will discuss the role of capital in the current economy, how social equity is impacted, and where hope and market opportunity overlap. Guests may ask questions via chat after student questions.

Friday, January 15 at 1:00 p.m. PST - Student Pitch Competition
Remarks by President Wim Wiewel followed by the annual pitch competition. Each of the seven teams will have four minutes to present followed by two minutes of judges’ questions. Cheer on these students (then hire them)!

Winterim 2021 Overview/Booklet

Winterim Schedule


Winterim Judges, Mentors and Speakers

At Winterim, our students met an outstanding network of engaging professionals, and our volunteers met the students who will become their next colleague, customer or employee. Below is the list of the volunteers who joined us for Winterim 2020. We are grateful for their time and talent.



Tony Abena - Operating Partner at Seven Peaks Ventures

John Bates - Retired Professor, Life Trustee

Diane Fraiman - Director of Voyager Capital

Jim Huston - Managing Director of Portland Seed Fund

Cliff Johnson - Chief Commercial Officer of Rented.com

Mohan Nair - Senior VP & Chief Innovation Officer at Cambia Health Solution

Suzanne Stevens - Editor of the Portland Business Journal

Linda Weston - Principal of Rapporto



Kanika Agrawal - Strategy Operations at Lyft

Matt Bolte - VP Product/Merchandising, Apparel & Footwear, Nike

Sara Conte - Management Consultant at SGC Ventures

Mitch Daugherty - Cofounder and Director of Built Oregon

David Harris - Executive at Harris Oil, banking and insurance

Marcus Harvey - Founder of Portland Gear

Brent Hutchings - CEO of North River Boats

Fred Jacobs - Chairman of the Board, DMS Bank

Michelle Janke - Partner at Coraggio Group

Hongda Jiang - M&A Finance Integration Lead - Intel Capital

Bob Julier - Retired Director of Business Research, The Dow Chemical Company

Jim Kean - VP Infrastructure and Operations, Cambia Health Solutions

Gary Korotzer - Marketing Executive

Ben McKinley - Founder/CEO Cascade Web Development

Amber Moore - Founder of Moore Communications

Anupam Narayan - Rockwood Associates LLC

Skip Newberry - President and CEO of Technology Association of Oregon

Scott Owen - Founding Partner at Baker Brothers Studios

John Paik - Executive Marketing Consultant

Brie Bridegum Pierznik - Attorney at Stoel Rives

Mark Reed - Owner of MJP Management

Matt Rhoades - Master & Professor of the Strategic Design and Innovation program at the DeTao School of Design

Kate Rood - VP, Organizational Development and Culture at Beneficial State Foundation

Enrique Sánchez-Rivera - CEO of Augmented Island Studios

Eric Schindler - Product Director, Global Apparel for Nike Running

Tawny Schlieski - President of Oregon Story Board, Founder of Shovels and Whiskey

Cara Snow - Chief Community Engagement Officer Technology Association of Oregon

Rick Turoczy - Founder, Silicon Florist, PIE, Tech Fest NW, Oregon Story Board

Paul Vogel – Managing Director at Teneo

Nicole Vollebregt - Adidas’ SVP of Global Purpose

Robin Wang - Consulting CFO at CFO Selections



Rukaiyah Adams - CIO of Meyer Memorial Trust

J Cheema - Allergan

Jed Emerson - Founder, Blended Value Group

Beth Ford - CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Meredith Goddard - Director of Enterprise Applications; L&C Innovation Instructor

Carl Guess - Executive Presentation Coach

Brent Hutchings - CEO of North River Boats

Myah Moore Irick - Co-Founder and SVP of Irick Group

Shashi Jain - Innovation Manager at Intel

Charlie Lambropoulos - Co-Founder of ScrumLaunch

Emma McIlroy - CEO of Wildfang

Max Mirho - Co-Founder of Moss Generation, Host of EntrepreNERD


Winterim 2020