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Presented by Bank of America


Celebrating People as Our Region's Most Valuable Resource

What: Greater Portland Inc's Annual Economic Summit
When: September 13, 2018
7:30 a.m.: Registration, breakfast and networking (Sunken Ballroom)
8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Main program (Kridel Grand Ballroom)
Where: Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland 
GPI investors: $125 each or $1,250 for a table of 10
(Use your investor code for discount)
Non-investors: $150 each or $1,500 for a table of 10

Greater Portland Inc’s signature event celebrates GPI’s role as the region’s premier public-private partnership and shines a spotlight on our region’s competitiveness in a global economy.

This year, the Summit highlighted our region’s most valuable resource - our people. Learn more about the people and programs we featured at the Summit here.

With conversations led by nationally recognized experts, we explored how investing in our entrepreneurs, educators, businesses and communities can drive returns to our region’s advancing economy. The Summit is the one event of the year that brings hundreds of key decision-makers from different parts of the region and different industries together in one room.

Uniting Regionally Award Honoree: Gert Boyle

GPI is pleased to honor Gert Boyle, Chairman of Columbia Sportswear Company, with the 2018 Uniting Regionally Award. As we celebrate people as our greatest asset, please join us in recognizing Gert as a leading regional icon for her strength in leadership, her philanthropy, and her achievement in growing a local family company into an admired global brand.

The Uniting Regionally Award recognizes a public or private sector individual, collective, or organization’s efforts to advance Greater Portland’s economic prosperity. GPI’s mission is centered on helping to unite the many different organizations in the region around this shared goal.
The individual, collective, or organization honored with this recognition has:
  • Actively demonstrated the values of regionalism by working to grow prosperity for all throughout the Greater Portland region
  • Shared in promoting the importance of the uniting regionally through ambassadorship, marketing, collaboration, partnership or established business practices

Keynote Speaker: Elaine Waxman

Keynote speaker Elaine Waxman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. - as well as a contributor to the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and a lecturer at University of Chicago - will talk about the Future of Work and the Partnership's role in leading transformative outcomes. Learn more about Elaine's work here, and see her Summit presentation here.


Panelists include:

Shane Bemis Toya Fick Mark Mitsui

Mayor, City of Gresham
Chair, Youth Involvement Task Force,
U.S. Conference of Mayors
Board member,
Meyer Memorial Trust
Executive Director, Stand for Children
Portland Community College
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary,
U.S. Department of Education
Lauren Ranke Astrid Scholz
Director of Creative Recruiting,
Wieden + Kennedy
Founding Entrepreneur,
XXcelerate Fund
CEO, Sphaera


A personal invitation

Roger Hinshaw will be moderating the panel. Roger is Bank of America’s Market President for Oregon and Southwest Washington and a GPI board director. Watch the video below to see his personal invitation to this year's summit.


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To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and become a sponsor today, contact Cara Rene, VP of Stakeholder Relations.



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