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Lunch with Leaders is a virtual career speaker series geared for middle and high school students that brings Oregon and SW Washington leaders and young people together in a virtual format to help inspire and prepare students for their futures! Join us for these free events every Wednesday in May at noon. Spaces are limited.

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Ana Chaud      Watch Recording - May 6 

- Founder of Garden Bar - 

Ana Chaud founded the PNW’s first fast casual salad concept restaurant, Garden Bar, in 2014. Because of Garden Bar’s massive success, Ana was recognized with the OEN Tom Hulce Entrepreneurship Award in 2019. In 2020, she went on to help create 360 Advisory, helping early stage companies navigate through all levels of the business cycle, from concept to maturity. Ana has lived in the Portland area since 2008 and has been in the business and entrepreneurship world for over 10 years.


Travis Boersma      Watch Recording - May 13

- CEO and Co-founder of Dutch Bros. Coffee - 

Travis Boersma is the CEO and Co-founder of Dutch Bros. Coffee, the largest privately held, drive-thru coffee company in the U.S. He is deeply involved in day-to-day operations, but also invested in maintaining the culture that he and his late brother, Co-founder Dane, both worked hard to nurture. Established in 1992, the company has grown to more than 390 locations with 12,000 employees in seven states. 


Cedric Hudson      Watch Recording - May 20  

- adidas Executive - 

Indiana University Alum, designer, and artist Cedric Hudson will join us to discuss his background and work with design, merchandising, art, and retail. From being a radio host to designing and creating for fashion and interiors, including working on 4 different teams at adidas in Portland, Oregon, Cedric’s experience has both breadth and depth. He will bring valuable perspective on the industry and give students encouragement and advice about a path into the design world.


Tyler Lussi      REGISTER - May 27

- Portland Thorns FC Player - 

Tyler Lussi has played as a forward position professional soccer player with Portland Thorns FC since 2017, winning the NWSL Championship. Before starting at the Thorns, Tyler was the captain of Princeton’s winning team and was two-time All American and two-time Ivy League Player of the Year. On top of her great success as an athlete, Tyler co-founded the National College Recruiter Center, providing scholar athletes and parents academic and athletic planning support to improve positive behavior and achieve potential. Tyler is also a Commercial Real Estate Executive, soccer coach, and Team Leader in Bikes for the World.



Stephen Green     REGISTER - June 3

- Entrepreneur and Economist - 

Stephen Green is a “recovering” banker and venture capitalist. He’s underwritten over 1,000 business loans and has advised thousands of founders in his career. He started his first business as a junior in college selling sneakers on the internet. All his years in finance and access to capital has taught him three truths; social capital is the most prized asset of successful founders, we need to invest in the untapped potential of underestimated founders and lastly, there are two kinds of people in this world, those who sign the front of the check and those who sign the back. Spreadsheets are his superpower and sneakers are his kryptonite.


As young people face new challenges of remote learning and an uncertain future, our volunteer guest speakers bring inspiration by sharing about their career, work, and education experience. The moderated discussion held via video conference will help students learn about what attitudes and characteristics it takes to succeed and about different career paths and leadership journeys. 

Our speakers will address the question “how did I do this?”, as they share how they got to where they are today and how they built their career, company, and network. Leaders will share relevant stories with topics around overcoming obstacles, self-belief, grit, determination and curiosity. We hope students leave the experience with a sense of excitement and inspiration and feel compelled to learn more about the speaker’s career field and explore their own interests. 

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Junior Achievement of Oregon and SW Washington is thrilled to make Lunch with Leaders and digital learning resources available at no cost to teachers, parents, and students. However, if you have the ability to make a donation to support our programs, your gift will be very much appreciated. Thank you!