Speakers

From CEOs of publicly-traded companies to founders of startups, YEBW speakers are accomplished entrepreneurs and company executives who want to inspire students with their experience and insight. Throughout the week, students benefit from engaging, interactive presentations that promote discussions on business vision, leadership, professional development and product ideation.

Lou Radja

Lou Radja

Lou Radja

Lou Radja


PAST YEBW SPEAKERS

  • Abhijit “Jit” Banerjee, Director of Business Development at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), 2016
  • Ally Salz, CFO and Co-CEO at Righteous Clothing Agency, 2014
  • Angela Dowling, President at Regence BlueCross Blueshield of Oregon, 2015
  • Angela Snow, VP of Global Design Culture and Community at NIKE, 2016
  • Anne Donovan, President at Xenium HR, 2016
  • Anthony Miller, CEO at The Knowledge Coop, 2016
  • Beth McShane, Executive Director at Northwest Autism Foundation, 2015
  • Bill Wyatt, Former Executive Director of Port of Portland, 2017
  • Bonnie Trumbull, Founder at Bonnie Trumbull Protocol, 2015
  • Brad Gleeson, Business Development, Licensing and Custom Products at SOL Republic, 2014
  • Brent Hutchings, CEO and Owner at North River Boats, 2015
  • Caroline Cummings, Founder and CEO at Varo Ventures and Venture Catalyst at Oregon RAIN, 2016, 2017
  • Chad Summers, Manufacturing Business Advisor at AKT LLP and former CEO of Greenwood International Inc., 2014
  • Christina Castillo Wright, Founder and CEO at Bespoke Accessories Group (BAG), 2016
  • Dan Occhipinti, General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs at Pacific Seafood Group, 2014
  • Dan Tucholsky, Project Design Engineer at A-dec, 2014
  • Darren Buckner, Co-Founder and CEO at Workfrom, 2017
  • Don Bishop, Associate VP of Undergraduate Enrollment at University of Notre Dame, 2016
  • Emma Mcilroy, CEO and CMO at Wildfang, 2015, 2016
  • Ethan Knight, Founder at The American Gap Association, 2016
  • Frank Foti, President and CEO at Vigor Industrial, 2016
  • Garrett Loveall, Founder at July Nine, 2015
  • Gerard H. Langeler, Managing Director and Co-Founder at OVP Venture Partners and Mentor Graphics Corporation, 2014
  • Gideon For-Mukwai, Story Warrior, 2017
  • Greg Sherwood, President and CIO at Quest Investment Management, 2016
  • Irving Levin, Chairman at Genesis Financial Solutions, 2014
  • Jared C. Siegel, MBA, Partner and Director of Research & Strategy at The Good, 2014
  • Jeff Gaus, CEO at Prolifiq Software, 2014
  • Jeff Strickler, COO and Executive Vice President, Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), 2015
  • Jerry Carleton, Founder and Principal at Immix Law Group, 2015
  • Jerry Brown, Owner at Detour Films and J Brown Films, 2014
  • Jessica Zutz Hilbert, Co-Founder at Red Duck Foods, 2017
  • Jewel Mlnarik, Co-Founder and COO at Workfrom, 2017
  • Jill Nelson, Founder and CEO at Ruby Receptionists, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Jim Piro, President and CEO at Portland General Electric (PGE), 2014
  • Joe Maruschak, Chief Startup Officer and Director at RAIN Eugene (Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network), 2015
  • Joe Novello, Founder and CEO at NurseGrid, 2016
  • Joe Prewett, Director of Product Management and Innovation at Tillamook, 2014
  • John Castles, Trustee at M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, 2014
  • John Gilleland, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Campbell Global, 2015
  • John Neal Jr., "Your Professor," Motivational Speaker, and Instructor at Warner Pacific College, 2017
  • John Russell, Senior Director of Marketing at Tillamook, 2014
  • Jon Owens, Executive VP and CEO at ESCO Corporation, 2017
  • Karen Bonner, Co-Founder at Red Duck Foods Inc., 2014
  • Karen Dana Oster, Attorney at Law Office of Karen Dana Oster, LLC, 2015, 2016
  • Kathy LeVee, Vice President of Operations at Marquis Companies, 2014
  • Kathy Prosser, NW Benefits Practice Leader at Woodruff-Sawyer & Co., 2016
  • Katie Poppe, Co-Founder and CEO at Blue Star Donuts, 2017
  • Kelly Williams Brown, New York Times Best-Selling Author of Adulting, 2016
  • Ken Austin, Chairman of the Board and Founder at A-dec Inc., 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Kim Kanouse, Communications Director, Jordan Brand, at NIKE, 2017
  • Kyra Bussanich, Founder at Kyra’s Bake Shop, 2014
  • Leslie Dotson, Talent and Selection Manager at A-dec, 2014
  • Linda Jeo Zerba, Founder and Consultant at Big Squirrel, 2017
  • Linda Pierce, CFO at Tillamook, 2014
  • Lou Radja, Motivational Speaker and Founder at Lou Radja Enterprises, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Lynn Edwards, CMP, Owner at Proper Planning, 2014
  • Mahmood Sher-Jan, CEO at RADAR, 2017
  • Marcus Harvey, Owner of Portland Gear, 2017
  • Martin McClanan, Former CEO at Norm Thompson Outfitters and RedEnvelope.com, 2014
  • Max Janasik, VP of Innovation at Cambia Health Solutions, 2016
  • Merritt Paulson, Owner and CEO at Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, 2015
  • Merritt Richardson, Vice President and Global Category Business Director at Golf Apparel & Footwear NIKE Inc., 2014
  • Michael Chapman, Owner and Head Instructor at Impact Jiu Jitsu, 2014
  • Michael Seropian, MD, FRCPC, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Sciences University, and President at The SimHealth Group, 2015
  • Mitzi Montoya, Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University, 2017
  • Monica Enand, Founder and CEO at Zapproved, 2016
  • Omar Ishrak, Chairman and CEO at Medtronic PLC, 2015
  • Paige Hendrix Buckner, Founder at ClientJoy, 2017
  • Patrick Criteser, President and CEO at Tillamook, 2014
  • Patrick Reiten, President and Chief Executive Officer at PacifiCorp, 2014
  • Peter Rachor, Director for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Portland, 2017
  • Pinky Gonzales, Chief Strategy Officer at SightWorks Inc., 2014 and 2015
  • Randy Harrington, PhD, CEO at Strategic Arts & Sciences, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Robert Cornilles, Vice President at ESCO Corporation, and President and Founder at Game Face Inc., 2013 and 2014
  • Sabrina Parsons, CEO at Palo Alto Software, 2014, 2016
  • Sandy Neubaum, Director of Student Engagement, College of Business, at Oregon State University, 2016, 2017
  • Scott Burton, Director of Community and Business Relations at Regence BlueCross Blueshield of Oregon, 2015
  • Scott Smith, Principal at D. Scott Smith, 2015
  • Sean Robbins, Director at Business Oregon, 2014
  • Shannon Oliver, Co-Founder at Red Duck Foods Inc., 2014, 2017
  • Sharon Soliday, CEO and Advocate for Kids at The Hello Foundation, 2017
  • Shaun Tinney, Co-Founder of The Good, 2014
  • Shawn Irvine, Economic Development Director at City of Independence, Oregon, 2014
  • Steve Brown, CEO at Possibility and Purpose, LLC, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Steve Holwerda, CFA, COO and Principal Portfolio Manager at Ferguson Wellman, 2015
  • Su Embree, President and Principal at DHM Research, 2017
  • Terry St. Marie, Co-Founder and Publisher at Built Oregon, 2015
  • Tyrone Poole, President and Founder at NoAppFee, 2017
  • Vail Horton, Founder and CEO at Keen Healthcare and Founder & Chairman at Incight Foundation, 2014
  • Dr. Velda Arnaud, Business and Leadership Department Chair, Blue Mountain Community College, 2017
  • Yvonne Muir, Marketing Operations Manager at A-dec, 2014

Special Guest Judges

  • Angela Jackson, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Portland Seed Fund, 2015
  • Celeste Edman, CEO at Lunar Logic, 2017
  • Greg Roderick, CEO at Frontier Management, 2015
  • Joe Maruschak, Chief Startup Officer & Executive Director at RAIN Eugene, 2017
  • John Hull, Asst. Dean for Portland Programs and Center Development at Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon, 2016, 2017
  • Kateigh Williams, Co-Founder at Heritage Laboratories, 2017
  • Murali Nallakrishnan, Seven Continents, 2016
  • Shane Johnson, Fertilab Thinkubator, 2016
  • Tom Sperry, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Rogue Venture Partners, 2014 and 2015