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Women In Leadership Forum


The Women in Leadership Forum connects UP students with dynamic women who are leaders in the greater Portland community. The Forum is a place for sharing stories, building connections, and supporting the development of women in leadership. 


Are you ready to ignite your leadership potential?

Daphne Parker & Kari Parker

January 29, 2019 (7pm)


Previous Speakers

Shari Dunn

women-in-leadership.jpgSeptember 26, 2018 

Shari Dunn is the Executive Director of Dress for Success Oregon where she brings to bear her vast array of experience and expertise toward a cause that is dear to her heart: the empowerment and transformation of women reentering the workforce. Shari’s experience includes representing victims of domestic violence for a decade as a practicing attorney, working nationally as a non-profit executive and funder, focusing on the national legal services system. Shari then transitioned into broadcast journalism and spent a decade as a news anchor/reporter in Los Angeles, California, Tyler, Texas, and Milwaukee, WI. Recently, Shari was chosen by The Standard Insurance Company to participate in a year long leadership program, American Leadership Forum (ALF). In 2016 Shari was appointed by Governor Kate Brown to the Oregon Workforce Investment Board, which oversees innovation and coordination of Oregon’s workforce. Finally, Shari was nominated to serve on the Oregon Women’s Foundation board of directors and began her term in the fall of 2017.

Renee Eaton

renee-eaton.jpgNovember 7, 2018

Renee Eaton is a founder and the CEO of RapidMade, a 3D printing, engineering and manufacturing firm based in Portland, Oregon.  In August, they celebrated their 7th anniversary.  During this time, the company has experienced a tenfold increase in revenue and quadrupled its staff by promoting innovative product design and sustainable manufacturing practices.
Before starting her own company, Renee worked extensively in Operations and higher education. Most recently, she was employed at Western Oregon University as its Director of Service Learning and Career Planning. 
Renee also spent a year abroad in Surrey, England. While overseas, she studied the English higher education system, completed college admissions counseling coursework, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Northern Africa. 
Prior to her move, Renee taught management classes and career planning at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business for 8 years, so she is very pleased to be back on campus.   
She began her career in Pittsburgh as a manufacturing manager with Nabisco where she worked for almost two decades. During this time, Renee earned her MBA at the University of Pittsburgh.