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Chef/Owner, Mother’s Bistro and Mama Mia Trattoria
Author, Mother’s Best

Lisa Schroeder is a mother, grandmother, chef and restaurateur devoted to providing better-than-authentic renditions of traditional home-cooked favorite dishes in her two Portland restaurants, Mother’s Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria.

In 1992, while simultaneously working full-time in marketing, catering on the side and raising her daughter, Lisa concluded that what the world really needed was a place which served “Mother Food” – slow-cooked dishes, such as braises and stews, made with love.  From that moment on, Lisa was determined to open such a restaurant and spent the next eight years working toward that dream.

Lisa soon gave up her business career and enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America.  While there, she was selected as one of the Top Ten Student Chefs in America by Food and Wine Magazine.  After graduating with honors in 1995, she continued honing her skills at two four-star restaurants in New York City undefined Lespinasse and Le Cirque.  Her education continued with apprenticeships in Provence, France, at Roger Vergé’s Moulin des Mougins, and at Mark Veyrat’s L’Auberge de L’Eridan in Haute Savoie.  In addition to this invaluable training, she toured France, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Switzerland where she gained an understanding of regional cuisine and indigenous products, affirming her belief that some of the best regional meals are not found in restaurants, but in homes, made by mothers

Searching for a new beginning, Lisa returned to the states and relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1998.  She was the Chef at Besaw’s Café for two years while continuing to plan her restaurant-to-be; gathering and testing recipes, refining her menu, and planning her décor whenever she was away from the stove.

In 2000, Chef Schroeder’s dream came true when she opened Mother’s Bistro & Bar in downtown Portland to rave reviews. Much more than simply comfort food, this “mother food” is based on made-from scratch, slow-cooked recipes, utilizing the best available ingredients.  In addition, Lisa honors mothers everywhere with her “Mother of the Month” (or “M.O.M.”) menu, where she celebrates original recipes from a different mother each month, along with a brief background on the Mom which shares her unique story. In August 2004, Lisa Schroeder opened Mama Mia Trattoria, inviting Portlanders to experience the classic Italian dishes she grew up on in Philadelphia’s Little Italy.

Chef Schroeder nurtures her community as well as her guests.  She was on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Restaurant Association and the Chef’s Advisory Board for the American Dairy Council, co-chair for the Portland Business Alliance’s Downtown Retail Council, a member of the Chef’s Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Slow Food, and IACP, an educator for Share our Strength’s Operation Frontline, Honorary Chair of the Our House Dinner Series and a founding member of the Bridges of Hope Campaign for the Bradley Angle House, an organization committed to helping survivors of domestic violence


Senior Editor,
Portland Monthly Magazine

A Beaverton native, Cordell joined Portland Monthly’s staff four years ago, after working at National Geographic Adventure in New York and Boulder’s Daily Camera in Colorado. At Portland Monthly, she edits the news and culture section, Mudroom, and oversees cover packages, such as Family Summer Fun Guide, Camping, and Education. Her byline has appeared, among other places, in Monocle, Yoga Journal, and 5280 magazines.


Editor, NW KIDS Magazine
Jessica took over the reins of NW Kids in mid-2007 and has worked to transform the publication into a hip, modern parenting guide that is all about Portland. She dreams up and pens many of the features in the magazine and online, as well as runs operations and the publication and distribution arms of the business.

Jessica has spent her entire career working in the media, from television to print to digital. Her first job was at CNN in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was a journalist in the newsroom, covering assassinations, bombings, airplane crashes, presidential elections and politics, missing children, not one but two O.J. Simpson trials, and too-many-to-count cute animal stories. She was an associate producer for Larry King Live and several political talk shows.


Social Enterprises, Inc.


Go Green Conference
Ericka Dickey is the founder and principal of Social Enterprises, Inc. and The GoGreen Conference. Her contagious enthusiasm for sustainability, social causes and world-changing ideas, when paired with broad experience in marketing, strategic planning and event management, allows Ericka to drive meaningful results for each event she undertakes. Ericka’s former experience as Portland’s CRAVE Maven and Director of Business Development at both Babcock & Jenkins and CNET form the foundation of her community focused business philosophy and strong belief in the power of partnerships.


Co-Founder/VP of Marketing & Development,
Little Busy Bodies, Inc.
(Boogie Wipes)

Mindee & her business partner, Julie took their product idea from concept to $9 Million in retail sale in less than three years. They now manage a 13 person team from their international distribution center in Beaverton and distribute 15 skus of saline nose wipes to retail giants like Target, Walmart and Walgreens. The Mompreneur story of Boogie Wipes has been featured in over 200 media outlets across the country including CNBC, FOX News, The TODAY Show, Readers Digest, Chain Drug Review and the LA Times.

Before breaking ground at Boogie, Mindee managed West Coast marketing programs for Procter & Gamble, and was a Marketing Manager for McDonald’s Corporation.  She also ran her own event  production company, producing tradeshows for women across the Northwest. Mindee is a member of Mamapreneurs, Inc, Savor the Success, Ladies who Launch, WBENC, OEN and MIPO and has been a featured speaker at Moms in Business Unite and Moms ReInvented.  A graduate of Western Oregon University, Mindee, age 34, lives in Beaverton, Oregon and has three children, Aidan (8), Avree (4), and Austin (18 months).

julie duryea
Founder/Owner,souk, llc
Julie Duryea is Founder and Owner of souk, Portland’s first coworking space in Old Town Chinatown which opened in January 2007.  Her professional experience is a hybrid of private and public sector work beginning with Bain & Company, and including non-profit work with The Bus Project in Portland, Yoga for Youth in Los Angeles, and teaching high school in South Central.

She is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, creatives, and, in particular, female business owners.  In addition to running the business, and a fourteen-month old, she is currently serving on two boards:  Oregon Creative Industries, and Chair of MercycorpsNW Women’s Business Center’s Advisory Board


Co-Owner, Purple Moon Child Development & Owner, Sitter Soiree

Jennifer Ferrero is the co-owner of Purple Moon Child Development, Inc., an eco-healthy community based Preschool in NE Portland and owner of Sitter Soiree LLC. She is very active in the community and has volunteered for many projects including CASA, LAWalk, Big Sisters, Mamapreneurs, Inc. and Café au Play.

Jennifer enjoys photography, painting, wood burning and creating beautiful pieces of art from discarded furniture. She brings out her “inner-Martha” in her spare time and always has an art project on the back burner to relieve stress and decompress. She has been happily married to her hunky husband Steve for over 11 years and currently resides in NE Portland with her hubby and two children Max (10) and Ella (4


Wardrobe Stylist &
Author, The Denim Diet

Kami Gray is a TV and film wardrobe stylist, a professional style and image consultant, and the author of the bestselling book, The Denim Diet: Sixteen Simple Habits To Get You Into Your Dream Pair of Jeans . She’s worked with Hollywood stars Hugh Laurie, Kristen Bell, John Corbett, Gordon Ramsay, Taye Diggs, and Jenny McCarthy on TV shows such as House, Veronica Mars, and Hell’s Kitchen and ads for Toyota, Nike, and Discover Card. Kami has contributed to or has been featured on MSN.com, CNN.com, WomensDay.com, Redbook, Yahoo, AOL, the Toronto Star, iVillage, and other outlets.


Publisher, Portland Family Magazine & Goodness magazine

Janna Mock-Lopez is the president and publisher of Oregon Family Media, which publishes Portland Family and Goodness magazines. Prior to entering the publishing realm, she had her own public relations
consulting business called MediaWrite. While she served several
mulit-million dollar companies such as Prudential Northwest Properties and Avamere Health Services, her specialties included creating awareness for nonprofits and small businesses. Past clients were Outside In, Cascade AIDS Project, Earth Share of Oregon, Pittock Mansion and Juvenile Rights Project to name a few.

Janna is the mother of a 10-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, a French fry and See’s Candy aficianado, and 80’s rock enthusiast.


Owner, Queen Bee Creations

Rebecca Pearcy launched Queen Bee Creations in 1996 when she was 23 years old. Rebecca started creating her colorful bags, wallets, and accessories from a corner in her bedroom and slowly grew the business as demand increased. Queen Bee now employs 14 skilled staff members who crank out the goods at “the Hive” on North Williams in Portland, Oregon.  Visitors to the studio shop can see production in action from the store, offering an unusual connection between buyer and maker.  Queen Bee & Chickpea Baby goods are sold to retail & wholesale customers throughout the country & world and are recognizable for their trademark colorful appliqué, contrast stitching, and high-quality construction. Rebecca is excited to be launching her next project, Rebecca Pearcy Textiles, a line of hand-printed textile goods for home & life.
Founder, Zenana Spa &
Wellness Center

Zenana-Renee Rose is the founder of Zenana Spa and Wellness Center located in SE Portland. Zenana, who began her career as a labor and delivery nurse and lactation consultant, quickly developed a love of working with mamas and families.  In August 2006, Zenana realized her dream when she and her partners collaborated to establish the only family-focused spa and wellness center in Portland.  She hopes every woman and her family find Zenana Spa a place where they receive the compassionate support, truthful guidance and loving community that are so valuable in life in general but especially when growing a family.  Zenana lives in SW Portland with her husband, 21-year-old daughter and her two Toy Manchester Terriers.


Financial Planner,
Rosenbaum Financial

Kim Rosenberg is a financial planner with Rosenbaum Financial and mother of three (ages 15, 13, and 11).
She offers her clients a broad view, long term approach to their wealth. She believes each client’s unique goals can be achieved through creative, sustainable solutions, and she provides clear explanations of the options. Kim listens carefully, educates passionately, “I see wealth is a conduit for making a real and significant difference. I work with my clients to succeed in developing the freedom to support their family, their values and to initiate positive change in our world through support of the worthwhile causes that resonate with them.”

Kim is currently engaged in reaching women entrepreneurs with the goal of expanding her already extensive client base to a new generation of investors.  Kim is especially passionate about helping clients who are faced with the financial strain of chronic illness.
Anchor, KATU Channel 2
Angelica Thornton is the 4:00 news anchor at Portland’s ABC affiliate, KATU TV.  She’s also one of the “On Your Side” Problem Solvers.  As a  consumer reporter, she loves to profile local businesses or just people in the community who have great ideas on how to improve our lives.  Angelica just started a new Do-it-Yourself series which covers everything from landscaping  and home repairs, to crafts and projects to keep you and your home more organized and eco-friendly.   She lives in Northeast Portland with her husband Bill, a professor at the University of Portland, and their one year old son, Soren.

Realtor and
Publisher, Peekaboo Picks
Megan Thomas is a Realtor, social connector and entrepreneur.  While building her own successful real estate sales business, Megan is also spearheading a network for women in the real estate industry focused on community, education, and empowerment.  With a background in online marketing, Megan has trained entrepreneurs from across the country on social media, blogging, and effective website design.  Besides her adventures in real estate and online marketing, Megan is also the Founder and Publisher of Peekaboo Picks Magazine, an e-zine featuring fabulous finds for hip moms.  Megan lives in Carnation, WA with her awesome husband Jason and their two crazy kids Aiden (3) and Ireland (2).


President, Resource Staffing Services, Inc.

Jennifer Wall has built success on the foundation of tenacity and integrity. As President of Resources Staffing Services, Inc. (RSSI), this driven mom entrepreneur has worked tirelessly to create a successful, competitive staffing company that has seen consistent growth and brought in more than 4-million dollars revenue in 2009. RSSI has been recognized three times by the Portland Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Women-Owned Business Enterprises, and has been honored for two years as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies. A strong community advocate, her company is also a regular corporate supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jennifer is a member of the American Staffing Association, the Society of Human Resources Managers, the Oregon Staffing Association and the Staffing Industry Analysts Association. She lives in Vancouver, Washington with her husband and their six-year-old son.


Christina Williams Portland Business Journal

Founding Editor, Sustainable Business Oregon/Portland Business Journal

Christina Williams is the founding editor of Sustainable Business Oregon a publication powered by the Portland Business Journal that covers news and ideas at the intersection of business and sustainability.  Prior to joining the staff at The Portland Business Journal, Christina had a two-year stint in public relations, served as managing editor at Oregon Business magazine, technology columnist and business reporter at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. and associate editor at Tech Capital magazine in Vienna, Va. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Christina lives in Portland with her husband, son and handsome dog.

Dr. Christie Winkelman

dr christie winkelman
Naturopathic Physician & Counselor,
Insights to Health

Dr. Christie Winkelman provides insightful, attentive health care with the goal of helping you to re-discover your physical and emotional health– and thus your joy and purpose in life. She has been in the healthcare field since 1992, first as a psychotherapist and later as a Naturopathic physician– and is the owner, with her husband Dr. Gil Winkelman, of Insights to Health Clinic in Multnomah Village.  Together they are also the founders and owners of iCaduceus: The Clinician’s Alternative, the premier web-based Naturopathic medical resource in North America.   Dr. Winkelman’s comprehensive, systems-based approach focuses on creating a state of health and balance within the human organism. Her blend of medical and psychological expertise makes her approach to healing unique within Portland and the United States. She has special skill in helping women entrepreneurs optimize their success at work and their balance at home, and is the creator of the Insights to Health, Health to Wealth program for women.

* please note: due to these amazing women being the busiest people on earth, speakers are subject to change.

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