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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.

October 3rd, 2018

11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Juan Barraza

Director of Student Innovation at PSU Center for Entrepreneurship

Is Winterim right for you? Come learn why you need no entrepreneurship background for the opportunity to problem solve and network with passionate community/business leaders. Free pizza kindly provided by Juan Barraza of PSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship who will discuss Winterim’s new $2,500 prizes.


October 17th, 2018  NEW DATE

11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Nolan Lienhart

Urban Planner and Architect  

Learn how a liberal arts education helped civic leader Nolan Lienhart weave passion, politics, public policy, urban planning and architecture to help forge multi-faceted solutions to Portland’s urban livability issues.



October 18th, 2018

11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Shobi Dahl 

Former CEO of Dave’s Killer Bread

Meet the former CEO of Dave’s Killer Bread who started by wrapping muffins in the bakery, rose to build and sell a popular brand, and now advocates for a better understanding of the broad benefits of working with the underserved.




October 24th, 2018

11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Kim Malek 

Owner and co-founder of Salt and Straw

Can you stay true to your ideals, align with like-minded funders, and run a successful business? Kim Malek, owner of the popular Salt & Straw ice cream chain, will discuss her guiding principles, her first mentor, and why she has some of the best employee retention in the food industry. Dessert will be served!



November 1st, 2018 

11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Rebecca Shapiro 

Artist and small business consultant

Artists, writers, performers (and everyone else): How do you market your skillset in this gig economy so it shows value and builds trust with potential/existing clients? Social media expert, business advisor and artist, Rebecca Shapiro, will discuss the fundamentals for strategically creating branded and meaningful content.


These events require pre-registration. Space is limited.

See past Lunch with a Leader guests here.