New YEBW Board Members Expand Promise of a Bright Future

New YEBW Board Members Expand Promise of a Bright Future

Leadership evolves education, entrepreneurship and workforce development

Portland, Ore. – Nov. 14, 2018 – Young Entrepreneurs Business Week announces four new strategically-selected YEBW Board Directors: Megan Chrisman of Oregon Business & Industry (OBI); Roger J. Lee of Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO); Caroline Lewis of Rogue Venture Partners; and David Solomon, of Lightspeed Technologies Inc.

Each brings unique value and perspective to the YEBW Board:

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Megan Chrisman, Director of Government Affairs with Oregon Business & Industry, brings education and workforce development issues to the forefront at YEBW. While OBI serves as the largest statewide business association building a prosperous economic landscape statewide, YEBW educates and inspires the next generation of business leaders. Megan’s background includes legislative roles and extensive policy work for the Senate Republican Caucus, including campaign strategy, messaging and fundraising. Her context on YEBW is even greater after serving as a Judge at YEBW 2018.

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Roger Lee is the CEO of Economic Development for Central Oregon and his leadership on the board includes guiding YEBW’s geographic expansion in partnership with OSU-Cascades. EDCO focuses on industry and business development across the region, including assisting startups, established manufacturing and tech companies, and recruiting new traded-sector employers. The organization is also heavily engaged in development of a robust regional internship program; he has a particular passion for helping connect students and employers.

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Caroline Lewis with Rogue Venture Partners is a proponent for business acceleration and her influence on the board fuels the organization’s growth. Rogue Venture Partners is a local venture capital firm that invests in the Oregon entrepreneurial community. Her specialties include strategy, operations, community engagement and portfolio management. Caroline mentors local entrepreneurs through Oregon State University’s Advantage Accelerator, Portland State University’s Business Accelerator, Xxcelerate and TiE Oregon. Her involvement as a Speaker at YEBW 2018 reinforces her commitment to serving youth in business.


David Solomon is the President and CEO of Lightspeed Technologies and his connection to the board broadens YEBW’s access to educational tools that enhance programs. Lightspeed Technologies develops classroom audio solutions in K-12 education—providing teachers and students stronger listening-learning environments. Past employers include Griggs Anderson Research, Preview Systems and Audio Precision. With his background in sales and marketing in technology and education, he is also a role model for students interested in emerging fields and industries.

“We have faithfully executed YEBW’s mission, emerging as the pre-eminent high school youth business education program in the State of Oregon,” said Jeff Gaus, Board Chair of YEBW. “This new slate of Directors will help us expand so we may serve more students, enhance our curriculum with the most relevant learning, and provide more opportunities for local companies and employers to engage with future leaders. We are honored to have Megan, Roger, Caroline and David join us in serving this next generation.”


About Young Entrepreneurs Business Week (YEBW): YEBW, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, educates and inspires the next generation of business leaders. Established in 2006, YEBW empowers young people to explore business industries and careers, while developing leadership and professional skills. Led by local entrepreneurs and executives, YEBW hosts week-long experiential education programs for high school students—Business Week, Finance Week, Investing Week, Marketing Week and Entrepreneur Week—on college campuses across Oregon:

Kyle Kavas, Communications
Young Entrepreneurs Business Week