Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders of Portland for 2023. Portland is a vibrant city located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, in the state of Oregon. Its economy is diverse and includes a mix of industries such as technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and services. This year’s list celebrates the rich history of women leaders across various sectors contributing to the city's diverse community. Through strategic decision-making, innovative practices, and community engagement, these women have important roles within their organizations as Senior Vice Presidents, Chief Marketing Officers, Chief Executive Officers, and more, shaping the political, social, and economic landscape of Portland and the surrounding region.
Some standout women on this year's list include Elsa Shapiro, Managing Partner of Shapiro Neuropsychology Consulting, who contributes extensive experience from her renowned research in neurocognitive and neurobehavioral manifestations of genetic neurodegenerative disorders. Another notable figure, Julie Pylypczak, serves as the Vice President and Senior Client Solutions Director of Robert Half, the world's foremost specialized talent solutions firm. Leveraging her technical background and strong interpersonal skills, she assists financial executives with their resourcing needs. Meanwhile, Monique Matheson, the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Nike, plays a crucial role in leading business growth and transformation, overseeing the company's strategic global HR strategy.
We commend these individuals for their commitment to the organizations they serve. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Women Leaders of Portland for 2023.
1. Mary Coucher
Vice President of Sales, IBM Partner Ecosystem, IBM
Mary Coucher is the Vice President of Sales at IBM Partner Ecosystem. She has worked at IBM for more than 20 years and is currently serving as the worldwide IBM Ecosystem Sales Vice President. There, she markets the myriad analytics and data-oriented products and solutions IBM offers to enterprises around the world.
Prior to Coucher’s current assignment, she was living in New York City and managing IBM's global sales channel for the Systems group, managing a dynamic international group of executives who are driving results for their clients and business partners. She is passionate about solving client problems and growing IBM's footprint of infrastructure solutions via the hybrid cloud for Storage, Power, and System Z.
From 2015 - 2018, she completed a three-year international assignment for IBM in Shanghai, China, running IBM's Technology Partner business. It was an exciting experience to work with their Greater China Group clients and business partners. In a past role, she was IBM's senior state executive, as well as senior location executive for Oregon, and managed their global Patent Licensing and IP Licensing team.
Coucher also serves on the Oregon State University Foundation’s Audit and Finance committee. Coucher graduated from the University of Portland with an MBA and from Oregon State University with an undergraduate degree ChE.
2. Kristin Valente
Accounts Managing Partner, US West Region, EY
Kristin Valente serves as the Accounts Managing Partner for the EY US-West Region, where she leads teams in delivering value and distinctive service across thousands of clients. She has delivered difference-making services, ideas, and insights to executives at leading consumer and technology companies. Previous EY roles include global client service partner, Americas innovative assurance leader, technology risk advisor, and auditor. She’s served the firm from five different US offices. EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people, and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform, and operate.
Innovation and transformation are at the core of her 30-year consulting career – pioneering solutions and capabilities, serving clients’ growth agendas, and delivering value to the world’s most innovative companies. A skilled strategic transformation architect, Valente envisions solutions to address business challenges at the intersection of business processes and technology. She is respected by clients to be a critical success factor in their high-stakes initiatives.
Valente has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Santa Clara University, California, and is a licensed CPA. She is a strategist and innovator, as well as an idea instigator, risk-taker, and changemaker. She is a believer in the diversity of thought, a wife, mother of three, and sister to 12. Valente is a chef, artist, and avid advocate for at-risk youth.
3. Liz Bohannon
Founder and CEO, Sseko Designs
Liz Bohannon is the Founder and CEO of Sseko Designs. She founded the company in 2008. Sseko Designs is a socially conscious lifestyle brand using business to create community and opportunity for women across the globe. After buying a one-way plane ticket to Uganda, Liz started Sseko for women in East Africa, while producing a brand of beautifully designed and sustainably conscious products from jewelry to clothes, shoes, and handbags.
Sseko is a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation and their products, model, and mission have been featured by Vogue, Redbook, Shape, Fitness, O Magazine, Fast Company, People Magazine, Huffington Post, and Daily Candy. They've generated economic opportunity for thousands of women across the globe and enabled hundreds of female scholars in developing economies to pursue their dreams and become leaders in their community and their world.
As an entrepreneur, international speaker, and leader, she shares uncommon ideas toward success like, Stop Trying to Find Your Passion… Create It. Liz continues to manage 100s of employees across multiple continents, and her mindset sets her apart as courageous, creative, and effective. By taking her team through the principles in her Bestselling Book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose & Impact Now, Liz helped her team reclaim their Pluck by choosing to get curious and tap their inner beginner. Organizations around the world are using Plucky Principles like Dream Small so you can do big things and Own Your Average to smash sales goals, drive innovation, and build teams focused on passion, purpose, and impact.
Previously, Bohannon was in corporate reputation and branding at Fleishman-Hillard, and before that a graduate research assistant at the University of Missouri. Earlier in her career she worked with Black Repertory Theatre as a public relations assistant. Bohannon earned an MA from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Among other notable honors, Liz was named a Top Three Transformation Leader by John Maxwell, Forbes listed her as a top 20 public speaker in the US, and Bloomberg Businessweek named Sseko as a top social enterprise to watch. Liz now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs and raise their two young sons.
4. Deborah Graziano
Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Executive, Bank of America
Deborah Graziano is the Senior Vice President and Credit Risk Executive of Bank of America. Bank of America is a North Carolina-based financial institution that provides personal and commercial banking products and services for individuals and businesses. Graziano is a highly effective credit risk management professional with a diverse background across commercial and corporate banking platforms. She has extensive experience in credit risk and portfolio management, domestic and international lending, and credit policy. Her vast career experience has been gained across a broad range of clients, industries, and types of credit exposure. She demonstrates leadership skills that have resulted in highly motivated credit and underwriting teams, from her deep understanding of both risk and reward and the ability to work across functional organizations to reach consensus.
Before joining Bank of America, Graziano was a private mortgage banker at Northeast Residential Mortgage and Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services. Graziano graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management with an MBA and from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo with an undergraduate degree in agriculture management.
5. Bree Casart
Chief Marketing Officer, Shutterfly
Bree Casart serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Spoonflower. Most recently, Casart also served as the head of digital for Hanna Andersson where she oversaw marketing and e-commerce for the beloved digital-only children’s apparel retailer. Shutterfly is a California-based holding company that owns and operates brands in fields such as photography, interior decor, and equipment rental.
In addition to her experience at Hanna Andersson, Casart brings expertise from iconic brands like Nike, J.Crew, and West Elm, where she has led efforts to significantly grow their digital revenues through data-driven marketing and consumer-focused experiences. As Nike’s global senior director of consumer experiences, Casart oversaw the extension of Nike’s loyalty program to their wholesale partners, launching their first partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods, and bringing the benefits of being a Nike member to the consumer, wherever they shop. Prior to Nike, Casart was the vice president of performance marketing at J.Crew where she helped to reposition the brand’s marketing strategy through a multi-touch attribution lens, implement new technologies focused on personalization, and rehabilitate the SEO program. Previous to J.Crew, Casart was the vice president of marketing and e-commerce for home furnishing retailer West Elm, where she led the brand’s personalization efforts, launched its first-ever integrated brand marketing campaign, and spearheaded a ground-breaking mobile experience redesign.
Casart holds an MBA in Marketing from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in international political economy from Colorado College. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and 7-year-old son, two cats, and a very large English Mastiff.
6. Kimberly Fuson
Chief Executive Officer, Cedar Sinai Park
Kimberly Fuson is the Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Sinai Park. Cedar Sinai Park provides residential and community-based care to their elders and adults with special needs, allowing them to live with comfort, independence, and dignity in a manner and an environment based on Jewish values. Fuson has 30 years of experience. She began her career in 1993. Fuson’s passion for culture change and social justice to assure access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable healthcare commenced in 1990 when she discovered her secret identity as a change agent. Her guises include social worker, private case manager, guardian ad-litem, administrator, chief program officer, chief operating officer, executive director, and now, Chief Executive Officer at Cedar Sinai Park.
Before joining Cedar Sinai Park, Fuson was an executive director in Las Ventanas at Summerlin of HumanGood, and before that a senior director of long-term care and critical access at Maui Health. Earlier in her career she worked with Washington County Circuit Court as a court visitor and guardian ad litem. Fuson graduated from Portland State University and the University of Oregon with an undergraduate degree in sociology and women's studies.
7. Catherine Needham
Head of Internal & Corporate Communications for Americas, Wipro Limited
Catherine Needham is the Head of Internal and Corporate Communications for the Americas of Wipro Limited. Wipro Limited is a leading technology services and consulting company focused on building innovative solutions that address clients’ most complex digital transformation needs. Leveraging their holistic portfolio of capabilities in consulting, design, engineering, and operations, they help clients realize their boldest ambitions and build future-ready, sustainable businesses.
Needham is a passionate communications leader with more than 30 years of experience developing strategic content and communications programs for high-powered teams in high-tech industries. She has deep industry experience in the development of marketing content for technology companies ranging from healthcare start-ups to SaaS organizations in the financial and telecom industries. As an integral driver of lead generation programs, she’s built highly tuned sales and marketing processes to deliver actionable content, resulting in a productive and measurable marketing funnel.
Before joining Wipro Limited, Needham was a director of content strategy and creative services at Smarsh and before that a VP of marketing at Springbrook Software. Earlier in her career she worked with InFocus Corporation as a worldwide brand manager. Needham graduated from Marylhurst University with an MBA and from Oregon State University with an undergraduate degree in technical journalism.
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8. Tosin Abiodun
Diversity and Inclusion Partner, Intel
Tosin Abiodun began her professional career 16 years ago. Today, she is the Diversity and Inclusion Partner of Intel. Intel is a California-based multinational company that designs and manufactures products such as microprocessors, motherboards, and storage devices for PCs and smartphones.
Abiodun is a change agent, equity strategist, and diversity, inclusion, and belonging practitioner focused on addressing racial and systemic inequities, building fair, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations, and helping people find purpose, joy, meaning, and fulfillment at work.
She is a people-centered leader who believes strongly in coaching and inclusive leadership.
Abiodun first got her start in 2007 as a conference events coordinator and host at the University of Texas at Austin. From there, she went on to the World Affairs Council of Oregon, before eventually rising to equity and inclusion manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation, her most recent position prior to joining Intel. Abiodun graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a PhD and from The University of Texas at Austin with an undergraduate degree in African history.
9. Raejeanne Skillern
Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Amazon Web Services
Raejeanne Skillern is the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Amazon Web Services. She first joined the company in 2023. Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost.
Skillern spent more than a decade at Intel, most recently as president of the chip giant’s cloud service provider business. She joined manufacturing giant Flex in 2019 and led its communications and enterprise computing group. Skillern earned an MBA from Marylhurst University and an undergraduate degree in computer engineering and mathematics from Pepperdine University.
10. Jensine Larsen
Founder and CEO, World Pulse
Jensine Larsen is an award-winning digital entrepreneur, international journalist, and speaker. She is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of World Pulse. World Pulse is powered by more than 109,000 women from 200+ countries, as a state-of-the-art, multi-lingual social networking platform for women who are speaking for themselves, growing movements, and collectively improving the lives of 24.8 million people. Jensine is a leader in digital communication, women’s leadership, online communities, reciprocal philanthropy, and strategic partnerships. She founded World Pulse magazine in 2004, growing that platform into WorldPulse.org, an independent global social network and leader in grassroots women’s digital empowerment training. For 15+ years, Jensine has made it her job to listen to women in forgotten communities around the world. She is a frequent speaker on how social networking and technological innovation are powerful accelerators for women’s global power, appearing in media and on stages from NPR and BBC to TED as well as the United Nations.
Over the last decade, Jensine has assembled talented teams to develop World Pulse magazine, a research-validated methodology for women's digital empowerment along with digital skills training with frontline women change makers. With her finger on the pulse of women's voices globally she writes and speaks on the power of technology to speed up global gender justice - and how we can all be a part of this grassroots revolution. She's the recipient of multiple global awards and fellowships, including the United Nations Media Social Impact Award, UNESCO Prize for Gender, Wellbeing, and Cultures of Peace, and the Academy for Systems Change - a ten-year fellowship for the planet's next generation of system change leaders. Larsen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an undergraduate degree in comparative international studies.
11. Kaitlin Christine
Founder and CEO, Gabbi
Kaitlin Christine is a breast cancer survivor and ovarian cancer previvor who has made it her life's work to empower women to understand their bodies and advocate for themselves. She is the CEO and Founder at Gabbi, Inc. where she and the Gabbi team are on a mission to decrease delayed diagnosis.
As the driving force bringing an innovative B2B2C FemTech tool to market, she is in charge of the vision and execution. With early market validation, she has worked tirelessly to add the best talent to her team, including an all-female and minority leadership team. With extensive market research, she was able to strategically determine the business model, bootstrap and utilize capital efficiently while creating partnerships in the healthcare industry leading to a contract with a large health system before they even had a product.
Kaitlin has spent over 9 years in women’s health—working for leading nonprofits and as a sought-after national speaker. She was the youngest hire for the world’s leading genetic testing company, Myriad Genetics. So far, she has brought Gabbi through a successful oversubscribed first round of funding in early 2021 and has pulled together a team of highly qualified experts and advisors. Kaitlin has also been selected as Oregon’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2021, winner of the HITLAB Women’s Health Tech Challenge and HITLAB’s audience choice award.
Christine graduated from the University of Denver with an undergraduate degree in theatre. Kaitlin Christine lives in Portland, Oregon. She frequents the Portland State Farmers Market every Saturday and in her free time is a yoga instructor, avid hiker, and wine aficionado.
13. Trish Damkroger
Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Trish Damkroger is the Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. She first joined the company in 2022. HPE is a Texas-based cloud technology company offering solutions such as infrastructure development, Internet of Things management, and data optimization for IT environments. Damkroger leads the end-to-end product strategy for the organization, driving efforts to scale the business to enable the next wave of growth and innovation.
Trish brings more than 30 years of HPC leadership and expertise within the public and private sectors. Most recently, she was the vice president and general manager of HPC at Intel where she led strategic initiatives to deliver accelerators and memory optimized for supercomputers, including exascale-class supercomputers. These initiatives include a significant collaboration with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to commit to delivering future generations of HPC and AI architecture for the upcoming Aurora exascale supercomputer, which will be built by HPE, in partnership with Intel.
Prior to Intel, Trish was the deputy associate director of computation at the US DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where she led a group of more than 1,000 engineers and scientists focused on supercomputing efforts. In her previous roles, Trish has been a strong partner to HPE’s HPC team members for many years, having jointly designed and developed powerful supercomputing solutions that have made breakthroughs in science and engineering.
Earlier in her career she worked with Sandia National Laboratories as a program manager of advanced and exploratory weapon system programs. Damkroger earned an MS from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in electric engineering from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.
14. Monique Matheson
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Nike
Monique Matheson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Nike. NIKE, Inc., named for the Greek goddess of victory, is the world's leading designer, marketer, and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Operating segments for the Nike brand are North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Greater China, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Matheson oversees and drives the strategic global Human Resources strategy for NIKE, Inc.
As Chief Human Resources Officer, she leads business growth and transformation through the lens of people—managing functions including recruitment, succession planning, learning and career development, diversity and inclusion, org effectiveness, employee engagement, pay and benefits, and employee relations.
Previously, Matheson served as VP, chief talent and diversity officer. Since starting at Nike in 1998, she has held roles of increasing seniority, including VP and senior human resources business partner for North America, global product creation (for footwear, apparel, and equipment), global finance, and NIKE, Inc. affiliates. Prior to joining Nike, Matheson practiced employment law. She holds a JD from Indiana University, as well as an undergraduate degree in political science and government from the University of Washington.
19. Elsa Shapiro, PhD
Managing Partner, Shapiro Neuropsychology Consulting LLC
Elsa Shapiro is the Managing Partner of Shapiro Neuropsychology Consulting LLC. She first joined the company in 2017 as a managing partner. Her expertise is in neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes for natural history studies and clinical trials. Shapiro is internationally known for research in neurocognitive and neurobehavioral manifestations of genetic neurodegenerative disorders, and also their relationship to neuroimaging and other surrogate markers. She has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and invited chapters. She has been consulting on neurocognitive endpoints in patients with rare diseases for more than 10 years. Her expertise is broad with special interests in lysosomal and peroxisomal diseases.
Dr. Shapiro also has a strong interest in the effects of poverty on the developing brain and previously led a large study of the effects of lead burden and other social and biological variables on the cognitive development of high-risk inner-city children and has consulted on the effects of cerebral malaria and HIV on neurodevelopment in African children.
In addition to her research, she founded the Pediatric Neuropsychology training program at the University of Minnesota in 1974, trained many post-doctoral fellows, and directed the autism program for several years. She has mentored 11 fellows and junior faculty in research in neurodegenerative diseases. She has conducted workshops and given lectures on cognitive and behavioral endpoints around the world, presented to the FDA and EMA, and was the 2017 WORLD symposia keynote presenter. In August of 2017, she was awarded the Visionary Leader Award by the National MPS Society of the US. Shapiro has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Minnesota and took her internship and post-doctoral training at the National Children's Medical Center in Washington DC. She founded and directed (1974-2006) the pediatric neuropsychology division at the University of Minnesota.
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21. Jessica Getman
President, Brown & Brown
Jessica Getman is the President of Brown & Brown. She first joined the company in 2012. In addition to managing the Northwest region, including offices in Portland, Bend, Medford, and Southwest Washington, she provides service and consultation to many large, commercial clients. Brown & Brown Northwest is one of the largest insurance operations in the Pacific Northwest, and they are focused on providing exceptional service to their current clients and continuing to grow through talent recruitment and strategic partnerships with like-minded insurance agencies.
At Brown & Brown, they pride themselves on creating an open, diverse, performance-driven, and transparent culture that celebrates and recognizes teammates at all levels. They consider themselves teammates, not employees, and believe that teammates and the relationships they form with customers are their strengths. Their reputation has been built on a solid foundation of teamwork, strengthened by people who are dedicated to providing the highest degree of service and landing them at #4 in the 2021 rankings of The Oregonian’s Top Workplaces of Oregon & SW Washington as well as being recognized nationally as a Great Place to Work.
Getman has also served on the Alliance’s Board of Directors since 2016. Over the years, Getman’s leadership on the board has contributed greatly to the chamber’s growth in membership, financial stability, policy efforts, and the organization’s overall success. Moreover, her leadership extends to the broader community where she offers up-and-coming business leaders the guidance and mentorship needed to help them succeed, and where she gives of her time, talent, and treasure to serve on nonprofit boards. She was also recognized in the Portland Business Journal as one of the Top Executives of the Year for 2023.
Previously, Getman was an EVP at Brown & Brown Insurance. Getman earned an undergraduate degree in finance from Bowling Green State University.
24. Jennifer Doll
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Oregon Health & Science University
Jennifer Doll is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oregon Health & Science University. She first joined the company in 2018 as vice president of hospital finance. At OHSU, they deliver breakthroughs for better health. They're driven by the belief that better health starts with innovations in the lab, in the classroom, at the bedside, and in their communities. From cancer to Alzheimer's to cardiovascular care, they collaborate every day to identify and deliver new ways to understand disease, treat illness, and train the next generation of scientists and health professionals.
Doll is a financial executive with progressive leadership responsibility in health care and academic medical institutions. She provides executive leadership over financial reporting, budget and planning, reimbursement, accounting, financial internal controls, transaction processing, systems implementations and upgrades, clinical integration, and special projects. Ms. Doll stands out as an exemplary leader with a deep understanding of the complex mechanisms that fund Oregon's academic health center.
Previously, Doll was an interim CFO and executive director of finance at the University of Missouri Health Care and School of Medicine, and before that a Missouri research and education network director of fiscal and contractual services at the University of Missouri. Earlier in her career she worked with Deloitte as an audit manager and senior auditor. Doll earned an MPA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an undergraduate degree in accounting from Missouri State University.
27. Corinne Sanders
Chief Executive Officer and Partner, Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere
Corinne Sanders serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere, where she is also a partner. Her exceptional business leadership is a testament to the power of visionary leadership and unwavering commitment, earning her recognition and acclaim within the real estate industry. Her expertise and dedication have been instrumental in shaping the company's continued success and growth. Under her strategic guidance, Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere has evolved into a prominent force in the real estate market, consistently delivering exceptional results for their 180 real estate agents and their clients.
Corinne's leadership is characterized by her ability to empower and inspire others. She passionately believes in cultivating a culture of collaboration and innovation, creating an environment where individuals can thrive. Her natural talent for fostering strong relationships throughout the industry has further solidified her as a respected and influential leader.
Beyond her role as CEO and partner, Corinne Sanders is deeply committed to giving back to the community she serves. Actively engaged in philanthropic endeavors, she leverages her resources and expertise to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Her dedication to social responsibility is as integral to her identity as her astute business acumen. She served as the 2023 President of the Women’s Council of Realtors in the Portland Area. In addition, she currently holds the position of President for the 2023-2024 term in an elementary school PTO, actively devoting significant time to volunteering within the school system attended by her three children.
As Corinne Sanders continues to lead Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere toward new heights of success, she sets a profound example for aspiring leaders everywhere. Her relentless pursuit of excellence and her innate ability to navigate through challenges have set her apart as an outstanding CEO, inspiring others to reach for greatness.
28. Kathryn Correia
President and Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Health
Kathryn Correia is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Health. Now in her fifth year as Legacy Health's first woman president and chief executive officer, Correia understands the importance of setting the stage for other women leaders in the organization to continue to propel their careers. At Legacy Health, she makes it a priority to eliminate subtle and overt barriers for women. Correia’s experience in elevating women in the workplace crosses over to patient care, where she empowers Legacy leaders to advocate for underserved patients — especially those whose health disparities have been exasperated during the pandemic. Only 15.3% of hospital system chief executive officers are women who can leverage this same kind of connection between being part of an underrepresented group in the workforce and championing the needs of disadvantaged groups in health care.
Additionally, Correia has also made physical, professional, and psychological safety a top priority across the organization. She is appreciated by staff and colleagues for being direct, transparent, collaborative, thoughtful, and focused. Colleagues say that her authenticity and ability to convert vulnerabilities into strengths are key aspects of her leadership.
Also, in 2022, the Portland Business Alliance announced Correia as the recipient of the Sandra K. McDonough Leadership Award. Individuals selected for this honor are chosen based on mentorship of women in the business community, level of community engagement, and public perception of the individual as a leader. Previously, Correia was a chief administrative officer at Fairview Health Services and before that a president and CEO at HealthEast. Earlier in her career she worked with Central Ohio Medical Group as a VP. Correia graduated from The Ohio State University with an MA and from Denison University with an undergraduate degree in English.
29. Joy Fowler
Chief Diversity and Equity Officer, Multnomah County
Joy Fowler began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Diversity and Equity Officer of Multnomah County. At Multnomah County, the organization's top priority is to meet the many needs of its residents. They provide a wide array of essential services including health, community justice, roads, elections, libraries, jails, bridges, tax and assessment, marriage licenses, animal services, passports, mental health and addiction services, and more.
As Multnomah County’s Chief Diversity and Equity Officer (CDEO) she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the County’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, both those related to internal systems and culture as well as community-facing policies and programs. She serves as an advisor to the Chair and a member of the leadership team, and ensures that equity and inclusion are infused in the county’s culture, strategies, and goals. She also supports the effective implementation of critical equity-centered programs within the Office of Diversity and Equity, ensuring that in collaboration with youth, community members, employees, and equity practitioners, the County continues forward progress towards dismantling systemic racism and becoming a more racially just and equitable organization.
Before joining Multnomah County, Fowler was a senior diversity manager at Port of Portland and before that a VP of diversity and inclusion manager at Umpqua Bank. Fowler graduated from Portland State University School of Business with an MBA.
32. Susi Proudman
Chief Executive Officer, Rose & William Consulting
Raised in the UK, Proudman received her undergraduate degree in textile management at the University of Leeds, and kick-started her career in various commercial and supply chain roles with Mark and Spencer. There, being one of the very few women bolstered her ambitious spirit and efforts to empower the industry. She then developed end-to-end capabilities so she could drive the change she envisioned.
Driven to gain a more diverse experience across all aspects of the global supply chain, Proudman transitioned to Canadian-based brands, Lululemon and Aritzia, and delved further into the global field. Then with an expanded breadth of knowledge, she moved to Nike in Oregon which is where she now calls home. After being introduced to the North American approach, she contributed global insights to implement key product and material innovations that transformed their signature styles.
After 7 years, she joined Allbirds as their chief product officer and helped create the product and innovative vision by incorporating strategies that expanded their product lineup and expedited their sustainable manufacturing processes. Her diverse and comprehensive experience propelled her initiative to develop her own consultancy, and in 2021, Rose & William was born. Passion drives her work, alongside an eagerness to share her extensive insights and activate the dreams of anyone looking to scale their business.
34. Stefanie Kondor
Senior Vice President of Development, Related Northwest
As Senior Vice President of Development for Related Northwest, Kondor is responsible for establishing Related’s presence in the Northwest while leading and managing all aspects of development and financing for affordable developments.
Prior to joining Related, Kondor was director of real estate development for Central City Concern where she managed the land acquisition, entitlements, and due diligence process for the development of new clinical and affordable housing in Portland, Oregon. While at CCC, she was a recipient of Housing Oregon’s Star Player Award in 2017 and led her development team named as top affordable housing developer by the Daily Journal of Commerce for 2018. She developed award-winning projects receiving the prestigious AIA/AAH design award for Healthcare Design, as well as the Novogradac New Market Tax Credit QLICI of the Year for her development of the Blackburn Center. As a senior asset manager for Bayside Communities, she managed a portfolio of more than 60 multifamily properties throughout the West Coast including senior housing, assisted living, low-income housing, and HUD communities.
Kondor is a resident of Washington County and works in Portland, Oregon. She holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Portland. She is a member of PSU’s Real Estate Advisory Board and a Portland Housing Advisory Committee Commissioner.
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37. Lisa Larpenteur
Private Wealth Advisor and Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Lisa Larpenteur is the Private Wealth Advisor and Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Private Bank. As one of the nation's leading providers of wealth management services, Wells Fargo Private Bank has extensive experience and a wide range of resources to help their clients achieve their financial goals.
Larpenteur is a private wealth advisor in Portland and has more than 30 years of experience in financial services, 21 of which have been with Wells Fargo Bank. Lisa is responsible for working with high-net-worth clients to assist them in effectively managing their wealth, first by identifying each client’s unique goals and then by coordinating a team of specialists to implement custom, comprehensive wealth plans to help accomplish those goals. A perpetual problem solver, Lisa finds it very rewarding to identify clients’ needs and help them determine the right solutions for their situation. She also thoroughly enjoys making personal connections with people during the discovery process, which has led to lifelong relationships.
Prior to entering the industry, Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in finance and management from the University of Oregon. Within her community, Lisa regularly volunteers with The Pixie Project, Habitat for Humanity, and The Oregon Food Bank. She is also one of the founders of The Ivy School, a Montessori charter, and formerly served as its treasurer.
38. Stacey Polk
Senior Vice President of Finance and Supply Chain, Willamette Dental
Stacey Polk is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Supply Chain of Willamette Dental. The Willamette Dental Group companies include a staff model dental practice, a practice management company, a company-owned and operated dental laboratory, and 3 dental insurance companies. The vertically integrated dental care company operates more than 50 offices in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho serving approximately 500,000 patients in all market segments.
Polk brings more than two decades of experience formulating, prioritizing, and implementing solutions across commercial, functional, and operations value streams to this leadership role. As a member of the leadership team, she will support the vision and mission of Willamette Dental Group. In her current role, Polk will provide leadership for financial functions and policies along with optimizing treasury, accounting, and purchasing functions.
Before joining Willamette Dental Group, Polk served as corporate controller for Portland-based real estate developer and operator Touchmark. Prior to that role, she led the leased railcar syndication team as assistant vice president of structured finance for Greenbrier Companies in Portland. Polk is a graduate of the University of Texas, holding an undergraduate degree in administration/accounting, and is licensed as a certified public accountant in both Oregon and Texas.
40. Laura Szeliga
President, Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Laura Szeliga has been the President of Stumptown Coffee Roasters since December 2020. Stumptown Coffee is a leading 3rd Wave Coffee roaster based in Portland, Oregon with roasting operations in Portland and New York City, and a growing omni channel business including 8 cafes, wholesale, eCommerce, and CPG segments.
Laura has over 25 years of experience building iconic brands and high-performing teams across a number of different consumer-driven businesses. She has held marketing and general management roles of increasing responsibility across eCommerce, CPG, and restaurants, largely focused on food and beverage. Prior to joining Stumptown, Laura was the CMO at Papa Murphy's Take & Bake Pizza and early in her career, she spent 16 years at Kraft Foods in Brand Management in the Beverages and Desserts Divisions.
Laura holds an undergraduate degree in consumer economics from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, and an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.
42. Amy Weeden
Chief Strategy Officer, Propeller
Amy Weeden began her professional career 25 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Strategy Officer of Propeller. Propeller is a management consulting firm that helps businesses thrive in change by delivering impact-driven solutions that build momentum. They're consultants, strategists, builders, and doers — but mostly they are a company full of people who love the adventure of solving complex problems. They have offices in Portland, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Denver, Dallas, and Minneapolis.
Propeller was founded in 2012 by Weeden and Jeff Foley. During Weeden’s time as CEO, she led the business to annual revenues exceeding $45M, expanded its reach into five markets, and established Propeller as a trusted advisor for several Fortune 500 companies. With the intent to build a people-first culture, Weeden led the firm to earn notable awards, including the Great Place to Work® certification, Most Admired Company by the Portland Business Journal, and Fastest-Growing Private Company by the Portland Business Journal for eight consecutive years.
As part of long-term, strategic succession planning, as Weeden transitions into the role of Chief Strategy Officer, she will focus on the long-term strategy for Propeller, competitive positioning, partnerships, and other key strategic projects. Weeden will continue to remain as co-owner and chair of Propeller’s board. Amy is also a sought-after and respected advisor to C-suite and VP-level business leaders at some of the US’s most recognizable and global companies on a wide range of issues including organizational performance, culture, talent acquisition, and strategic execution.
Weeden first got her start in 1998 as a manager of international practice at Watson Wyatt. From there, she went on to PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a senior manager and global human resources practice, her most recent position prior to joining Propeller. Weeden graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business with an MBA and from World College West with an undergraduate degree in international development.
44. Kim McCarty
Executive Director, Community Alliance Of Tenants
Kim McCarty is committed to addressing the struggles of renters in Oregon. Central to that struggle are systemic and historic barriers to housing, and economic and environmental injustice faced by people of color, women, indigenous communities, the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. Kim has served as the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of Tenants since 2020. Formed in 1996, the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is Oregon’s only statewide, grassroots, tenant-controlled, tenant-rights organization. The mission of CAT is to educate and empower tenants to demand safe, stable, and affordable rental homes because housing is the basis of a strong community.
Kim leads CAT’s efforts to bring tenants together to organize and collectively advocate for fair and equal protection in housing practices and policies. Kim believes that CAT’s model of community engagement, education, and advocacy works to empower renters to make the changes they need. She is excited by her role in helping CAT grow its staff, and influence and reach more Oregonians.
Kim’s career includes community organizing, contract management, and policy development. She has a wide range of housing sector experience including affordable housing development, property management, and housing policy with a focus on renters and fair housing. Kim has spent over 13 years at the City of Portland in various housing development and service roles, including the Rental Services Office Manager at the Portland Housing Bureau. In her role at the Portland Housing Bureau, she increased the number of rental service providers, sought partnerships with culturally specific providers, initiated innovative services, and focused providers on improving access and delivery of services to the black, indigenous, Latinx, and all people of color communities. In all of her work, Kim brings the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion. She plans to build on these values with the passionate tenant advocates in Oregon.
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