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Lunch with a Leader

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Lunch With a Leader provides opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends while you enjoy a free lunch that begins at 11:30 a.m.

Registration is required and you may register for multiple speakers by using the links below. If it turns out you cannot attend a lunch, please notify as soon as possible so we can release the spot to a wait listed student. You may not transfer your position to another student–we will go through the wait list first, but encourage your friends to sign up. 

These lunches count for credit for Passport to Leadership and the Work Study Pilot.


February 11th, 2020

  • Brian Druker 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Brian Druker

    Recognized as “Oregon’s best known scientist,” Brian Druker will talk about his inauspicious beginning and his path to becoming the Director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute. He will explain why he believes cancer will be treatable and curable.

February 13th, 2020

  • Jaime Schmidt 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Jaime Schmidt

    Hear the story of developing a personal products brand in her kitchen, selling her products at farmers’ markets, and then selling her company to Unilever. Schmidt’s next venture is elevating emerging and underrepresented entrepreneurs.

February 20th, 2020

  • Jan Chernus 11:30am - 1:30pm: Lunch with a Leader: Jan Chernus

    Learn about being mentored by an uncompromising leader in the natural food world and Jan’s rise to head of international sales in an employee-owned company with over $100M in sales and in over 80 countries.

February 25th, 2020

  • Rukaiyah Adams 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Rukaiyah Adams

    Overseeing an investment portfolio of about $750M and chairing a board that manages $90B of Oregon funds, hear how this liberal arts graduate weighs social justice in her investment decisions.

March 11th, 2020

  • Ana Chaud 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Ana Chaud
    Learn how Ana moved from Sao Paulo to the US and made (and recently sold) a business based on a mission to provide fresh, healthy and delicious salads for busy people.

March 12th, 2020

  • Zoe Feldman 11:30am - 1:00pm: 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.




These events require pre-registration. Space is limited.

See past Lunch with a Leader guests here.