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Upcoming Events

October 27th, 2020

  • Mohan Nair 9:00am - 10:00am: Expert in Residence: Mohan Nair - Health Care
  • Traci Rossi 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Traci Rossi

    Listen to the Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Portland address the widening digital divide and the resultant issues impacting underrepresented children across Portland. Traci will discuss the challenges that “going virtual” has presented to her mission of removing the obstacles that stand in the way of success for these highest priority youth, and discuss solutions for closing that digital divide.

October 28th, 2020

  • A portrait of Beth Ford, president of Land O Lakes at the company’s headquarters in Arden Hills... 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Beth Ford

    Converse with the first openly gay woman to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Beth Ford, CEO of Land O Lakes ( a company that touches 300,000 farmers and half the harvested acres in the nation) wants to respond to your questions about career advancement, innovations in sustainable agriculture, and amplifying underrepresented voices in the workplace. Beth is getting to know Lewis & Clark with her daughter, Gigi, who happens to be a First year here!

October 29th, 2020

  • Brie Bridegum Pierznik 10:00am - 11:00am: Expert in Residence: Brie Bridegum Pierznik - Law

    Wondering what legal issues you should consider when exploring ideas? Do you need to form a business entity? Thinking about law school? Meet our Expert in Residence, Brie Bridegum Pierznik. Brie is an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and an active member of the firm’s start-up and emerging companies practice. Office hours with Brie will be available via Zoom! 

  • Zoe Feldman 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Zoe Feldman

    Come learn about Zoe’s mission to make the food sector more diverse and inclusive and why she is backing companies overlooked by traditional investors. The Chobani Incubator tackles broken food systems and provides start-ups with access and expertise to achieve scale and growth.

November 10th, 2020

  • Sandra Shotwell 2:00pm - 3:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Sandra Shotwell

    Engage with a seasoned life science entrepreneur on the various and nefarious ways to engage in entrepreneurship. Sandra’s career has involved product development, IP licensing, global health, and relationship-building among NGOs, government agencies and international businesses. She will share insights gleaned from work in academia, government agencies in the U.S. and Europe, start-up companies and nonprofits.

L&C Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the News

  • Semester updates from the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership
  • Matt on left, Ramez on right
    Ramez Attia BA ’21 and Matthew Brown BA ’21 were named the winning team at the annual Invent Oregon Collegiate State Finals, earning $10,000, plus an additional $2,000 as People’s Choice winners. Their invention is a cost-effective and tech-savvy device programmed to stop drunk driving before it happens.
  • Fall 2020 is different for all of us but the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership continue to be your advocate in Portland and beyond. Use our office hours to learn more about what we have to offer. 




  • Do you have some time on your hands and skills that need exercising? Remember Emma McIlroy, Wildfang CEO, who served as a mentor at Winterim? Bet you do. Like many small businesses Wildfang is really scrambling with this COVID/recession cocktail we’re all swimming in. HOWEVER, here’s a chance for you to shine
  • March 3, 2020.
    Lewis & Clark Faculty just voted to approve the new Minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation. 

  • Chris Bailey BA ’08 shares his entrepreneurial skills with Latinx start-ups at Portland’s Mercado.