Lori Abrams

Lori Abrams

May 9th, 2017

This week we were joined by Lori Abrams, who shared her expertise in negotiation and communication with us. Lori discussed issues of inequality in the workplace, especially regarding gender. While negotiation can feel uncomfortable for many women, it is a skill that must be learned and can make a huge difference in closing the gender pay gap. We learned that it is important to go into negotiation with the mindset that is not a battle, but a process that will create better solutions for everyone involved. This does not mean that women should lower expectations or try to act less assertive. We must understand our value, and make that value clear. Women need to learn to negotiate with higher expectations, and be willing to work to get what we deserve. We should not be afraid to negotiate, and if we research, plan, anticipate challenges, and prepare for negotiations, we will see the benefits.

Thank you Lori for taking the time to teach us about such an important topic!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Kristin Luck

Kristin Luck

April 11th, 2017

We were recently joined by Kristin Luck, a graduate of the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Journalism and a minor in statistics. She shared about her experiences working in the fields of research, marketing, entrepreneurship, and consulting, including time in the entertainment industry. Kristin enjoys telling stories through data, which drew her to research and modeling. She learned about business through the experience of starting her own company, something she has done multiple times with great success.

During her time with us, Kristin shared some valuable business advice:

  • Be able to dig into data, understand and analyze
  • Understand the financials of a company
  • Negotiation is important!!
  • Build your network- seek out people who could be instrumental in moving your career forward
  • Focus on the things that energize you. You’ll be good at the things that are interesting to you
  • Go into business with confidence

Thank you Kristin for spending time with us and sharing your story!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Cortney McDermott

Cortney McDermott, Entrepreneur

February 28th, 2017

At the end of winter term we had the pleasure of hearing from Cortney McDermott, an award-winning writer, international speaker, and business life strategist. She spent part of her time with us sharing valuable advice she wishes someone had told her when she was younger. Here are some of the main points she shared:

  • Remember your values and live them everyday, and then it won’t matter what you’re doing. That is how to find happiness.
  • We spend a lot of time dealing with things that may be urgent but not truly important to us. It is valuable to focus on what’s really important.
  • Have a vision, but make sure you know where you are now.
  • Focus. Where you put your attention is so important.
  • If you have a dream, it is there. The question is, do you love it enough and is it embedded enough in your values?
  • Comparison is a sin. Have confidence and trust in yourself.

Thank you Cortney for your wonderful stories and words of advice.

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Holly Jones, Corvallis Knights

Holly Jones, Corvallis Knights

February 14th, 2017

At our third meeting of the term we heard from Holly Jones, the Senior VP of Operations for the Corvallis Knights. Holly graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 with a major in Journalism and PR. She was also heavily involved in the Warsaw program. An important component of Holly’s time as an undergrad was her work as an intern for the Aloha Knights of Gresham, and continuing to work as an intern when the baseball team transitioned to Corvallis. In her internships, she realized that she preferred working in marketing and operations rather than PR and communications.

After graduation, Holly took the opportunity to work with the NBA Associate Program in New York, and was part of the partnership and marketing team. She took a similar marketing partnership role with JetBlue Airways after her time with the NBA. One of the most important lessons she learned through her work in New York is that the environment of a company you work for matters. Company culture can affect how much you enjoy a job, and it is important to feel comfortable and valued.

Holly moved back to the West Coast when an opportunity arose for her to help launch a new West Coast League baseball team in Victoria B.C. as the general manager. The HarbourCats had a successful opening and are still thriving in the WCL. Holly’s internship experience with the Knights provided her with the knowledge and experience that allowed her to successfully manage the new team. After a year with the HarbourCats, Holly found her way back to the Corvallis Knights. She now oversees operations for the Knights and league relationships, in addition to holding a leadership role in the league. We left the meeting feeling inspired by Holly’s story and advice.

Thank you Holly for sharing with us!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Denise Callahan, The Ford Family Foundation

Denise Callahan, The Ford Family Foundation

November 1st, 2016

This week we had the privilege of hearing from Denise Callahan, the Director of Postsecondary Success for The Ford Family Foundation. In this position, her work involves providing college scholarships and grants to deserving recipients. As a first generation college student herself, Denise has a passion for helping others succeed in education. Before finding her current job, Denise worked with other nonprofits, including Willamette University. Denise received her MBA from Willamette, and has found her business knowledge to be very valuable in her nonprofit work.

During our meeting, Denise answered numerous questions about working with nonprofits.
Here are some of her main points:

  • Make sure that you care about the mission of any nonprofit you work with
  • You need both passion and business in nonprofits
  • Learn as many aspects of a job as you can, and figure out things that you don’t know
  • Think about the network you have, and keep your network alive

Thank you Denise for sharing with us!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Jennifer Arteaga, PepsiCo

Jennifer Arteaga, PepsiCo

October 18th, 2016

Our wonderful first guest of the term was Jennifer Arteaga, a University of Oregon Alum who currently works as a Sales District Leader at PepsiCo for the Frito Lay North America Area Division. While studying business administration at UO, Jennifer was a member of WIB, as well as many other extracurricular groups. She stressed the importance of participating in clubs, as they provide opportunities for personal growth and relationship development.

Jennifer started out studying accounting, but thanks to an internship at Frito Lay, found her true interest in management and PR. An important lesson that she shared is to make sure that where you’re going, and what you’re doing, means something to you.

Some more pieces of wisdom that Jennifer shared with us include:

  • Be bold in whatever you do, but also be sweet. Just like Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos!
  • Realize the importance of a good network of people who can bring you up when you’re down.
  • Say yes when you have the opportunity to do something. Change is always good for you, and it will make you the person you are.
  • Advocate for yourself, and don’t worry about looking cocky or aggressive.
  • Keep yourself centered and happy.

Thank you Jennifer for sharing with us!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Lisa Peterson, Oregon Athletic Department

Lisa Peterson, Oregon Athletic Department

May 17th, 2016

This week we got to hear from Lisa Peterson, from the Oregon Athletic Department. Lisa first shared some parts of the path that brought her to Oregon. She started as an athlete at a junior college in Kansas, but completed her degree in business management and received her MBA from St. John’s University in New York. Lisa learned through the jobs she had, made connections, and wasn’t afraid to take big opportunities when they arose. After meeting Rob Mullens early in her career, Lisa still works closely with him in Oregon, highlighting the importance of good relationships in business.

Lisa fills many roles with the Oregon Athletic Department, including overseeing seven of our women’s teams and working with Title IX. She shared some of the specific Title IX issues that affect Oregon athletics, as well as educating us about Title IX in general.

There are numerous challenges that come with working in her field, but Lisa finds great reward in giving back to people who gain so much through sports. Sports are all about providing good experiences, and the passion involved in sports makes them great.

Lisa closed our meeting by sharing some wonderful advice:

  • Know that everything happens for a reason
  • Relationships are important – you never know when you’ll be working with, or for, someone
  • Under promise and over deliver
  • Take advantage of every opportunity
  • Get a mentor and be open to hearing honest feedback
  • Anything is possible if you’re willing to put in the work
  • Get into a career you have passion for – follow your passion and not the money
  • Remember the quote by Maya Angelou – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Thank you Lisa for sharing with us!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

Jenny Ulum, King Estate Winery

Jenny Ulum, King Estate Winery

April 19th, 2016

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from Jenny Ulum from King Estate Winery. Jenny received her Masters in Journalism from UO and then went to work in the public relations field. After gaining experience in different firms she decided to open up her own PR business, The Ulum Group.

As a seasoned professional Jenny had a wealth of knowledge to share with us. Including:

  • Have more confidence in yourself
  • Be fearless
  • Just own it – assert that you belong
  • Take advantage of internships!

Thank you Jenny for sharing with us! Hope to see you all at our next meeting!

Melissa Achtien, Gilt + Gossamer & TGX Medical Systems

Melissa Achtien, Gilt + Gossamer & TGX Medical Systems

April 5th, 2016

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from Melissa Achtien who is the Co-Founder of Gilt + Gossamer and a Controller at TGX Medical Systems. Melissa shared with us what it is like to open your own business and the challenges and rewards that come with entrepreneurship. She also told us about working as an accountant both for public and private firms.

She had great advice for the members of WIB:

  • Step outside your comfort zone and the rewards are huge
  • Think about looking for a job through a temp agency
  • If you are thinking of starting a business, just go for it!
  • You just have to ask – ask for flexibility, ask for money, ask for benefits, etc.
  • You can have it all, but not all at the same time

Thank you Melissa for sharing with us!

See you all at the next meeting!

Ashley Horner and Jenny Bennett Meeting

Ashley Horner and Jenny Bennett, Summit Bank

February 9th, 2016

This week we had the pleasure of hearing from Ashley and Jenny from Summit Bank. They were very insightful and shared some great advice. They explained 4 roadblocks we have to networking success:

  • The old adage “Don’t talk to strangers”
  • Have to wait to be properly introduced
  • Don’t be busy
  • Better safe than sorry

To remove these roadblocks we can redefine the term stranger, practice a self-introduction, move from “guest” to “host” behavior, and ignore the “rejecters” and move on.

Other networking advice from Ashley and Jenny included:

  • Have 3-5 interesting news stories to discuss
  • Adapt a positive attitude
  • Dress for the occasion
  • Focus on the benefits of the event
  • Prepare your small talk
  • Practice your handshake
  • Smile
  • Just say yes to new opportunities

Thank you Ashley and Jenny for sharing with us!

Hope to see you all at the next meeting!