Lunch with a Leader

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Lunch with a Leader is a series of opportunities to converse with industry leaders in a casual setting. Learn more about career paths and industry trends. 

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 the ELI minor, Passport to Leadership and the Work Study Pilot.


September 28th, 2022

  • Brad Swift 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Brad Swift

    Learn how the critical thinking mindset of his liberal arts degree translated to this speaker creating and nationally scaling a high-quality product that reflects the social and environmental values the founders hold true.

October 5th, 2022

  • Ian Williams 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Ian Williams
    Come listen to the entrepreneurial journey that weaves from janitor to Nike footwear designer, to leaving it all behind to start a coffee shop built around the sneaker community and the guiding mantra “Coffee Should Be Dope.”

October 13th, 2022

  • Dawn Moothart 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Dawn Moothart
    Learn how this Lewis & Clark alumna combined her pattern-making skills and knack for engineering, math, and art to create a company that works with a variety of apparel designers and innovators, enabling them to construct manufacturing-ready digital prototypes, all the way through from concept to creation.

October 25th, 2022

  • Jocelyn Rice 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Jocelyn Rice
    Ceremonial designer and outdoor futurist Jocelyn Rice is a visionary creative force, award-winning apparel designer, and Founder/CEO of Black Earth United. Her mission is to reclaim the narrative around Black folks and their connection to the outdoors through storytelling and clothing.

November 2nd, 2022

  • Shea Flaherty Betin 11:30am - 1:00pm: Lunch with a Leader: Shea Flaherty Betin
    Learn how this cross-cultural communicator deeply influenced by his immigrant Colombian upbringing led to him being in leadership roles in private and nonprofit companies including the Director of Hacienda CDC’s Portland Mercado to overseeing the City of Portland’s economic development.



These events require pre-registration. Space is limited.

See past Lunch with a Leader guests here.