“Conditions for all women will improve when there are more women in leadership roles giving strong and powerful voice to their needs and concerns.” -Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In

Join our community of Portland business professionals for short discussions around ideas and strategies on how we can work together to advance women in business. Our guest speakers will provide their insight from their experiences on how to drive action and solutions.

We’ll also want to hear from you – what are your ideas and strategies for addressing the challenge?

The number of women CEOs in the Fortune 500 is at an all-time high — of 32

Salaries for female CEOs are rising, but the number of women in top jobs has barely budged

Wed, August 23, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

111 Southwest 5th Avenue, #200
Portland, OR 97204




Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.














Kellie VavRosky, CFO, Dealer Spike















Erika Kelley, Controller, Intel




Renae Davis, Partner, Ernst & Young








Oregon State UnivesrityDoes anything seriously say “welcome to summer” as aptly as hot weather and baseball?

Well, here at the College of Business, we are finally getting our hot weather as we said goodbye to some 700 seniors and 70 MBA graduates, and we are still getting us some baseball!

As we mentioned in a previous post during spring term, College of Business junior KJ Harrison is a CoSIDA academic standout.

But – now that it is summer, can we shout, “oh, yeah! slugger Harrison, breakout-star pitcher Bryce Fehmel, and fifteen other College of Business students are part of the (still) no. 1 ranked Oregon State Baseball team maintaining top seed at the College World Series in Omaha through June 28! Oh, yeah!”

Yes, indeed, we can. Welcome to summer.

From the NCAA:

“…The nightcap was all Oregon State. The Beavers demolished LSU 13-1 behind a superb performance from Bryce Fehmel, who lasted eight innings and allowed just two hits. The highlight of the game came off the bat of KJ Harrison, whose sixth inning grand slam — the first of the TD Ameritrade Park era — put the game out of reach….”

According to the bracket, we play again on June 23 at 3 pm Eastern, possibly against the very same team the Beavs soundly defeated on Monday, after graduation day’s nailbiter. Oregon State is 2-0 in the series, and the PAC-12 champs have duplicated a 23-game winning streak from earlier in the season. They are one game short of the university record for straight wins.

So let’s give a huge, hearty “Go Beavs!” to Oregon State Baseball, and our College of Business and students. We are so proud, and we are cheering you on.


Photo: Karl Maasdam, Oregon State Athletics

Your business is constantly growing and evolving, aiming to get to the next level of success. As it changes, it will move through various stages of the business life cycle. In this OSU College of Business SOLVE panel, we explore how businesses adapt, evolve and shift. A panel of experts will discuss roadblocks, challenges and successes you will have to navigate as your business grows.


Date: July 18, 2017
Time: 5-7 pm
Location: Moss Adams
805 SW Broadway, Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97205


Our panel of Oregon companies will explore how to take a business to the next level, whether that is launching a startup, developing a strategic growth plan for an established business, or how companies adapt to market and technology shifts.

Don’t miss this event where we bring leaders in our business community and higher education together to SOLVE business challenges and address critical issues. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Meet the panel

Julie Desimone, CPA, Partner, Moss Adams
Amol Joshi, Assistant Professor, College of Business, OSU
Jim Fagan, CEO Malarkey Roofing Products
Jill Nelson, CEO Ruby Receptionists

Your response is requested by Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there.

With thanks to our host:

Moss Adans logo SOLVE: Take your business to the next level

Oregon State College of Business' baseball player KJ Harrison named to CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 team

We are excited to share this news: College of Business junior KJ Harrison and two more of his baseball teammates were named to the CoSIDA (Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District 8 team. Our men’s baseball team is the only Division-I team across the eight districts to have three players selected. All three are in the running to become Academic All-Americans – the premier awards program in intercollegiate athletics for honoring combined academic and athletic excellence. We’ll hear about that in early June. Congratulations, and good luck!

In more good news for Harrison, Oregon State baseball holds onto its no. 1 national ranking and clinched the Pac-12 title this weekend. Go Beavs!

Fridays in Austin: Entrepreneurship

Fridays in Austin this week features entrepreneurship. Some of our outstanding Oregon State alumni will share experiences, including sales techniques for startups, crowdfunding campaign strategies, commercial real estate, venture capital, angel financing and more.

Our speakers include John Stirek, President of Western Operations for Trammell Crow Company, technology consultant Dan Ellis, Bruce Carpenter from PGE, Jake VanderZanden with OTTO DesignWorks, Mike Hermens from Capgemini, and many others. The Marketplace will feature “Startup Central”  company tables from local startups for a great opportunity to network and learn.


Here is an important update for all design students: The course designator DHE will be replaces by DSGN. When looking for design courses during fall term registration, you will need to search for DSGN, in addition to DHE. DHE courses are equivalent to DSGN courses, and they will still fulfill your MyDegrees requirements. DHE will eventually be phased out, and all courses will become DSGN.

Be ready: fall term registration begins May 21. More information about registering for courses, including how to look up your assigned fall registration day/time, is here. We also posted a narrative about what a good experience it is to become a “first friend” for international students entering the College of Business from abroad. They are recruiting for fall term so go online to apply.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The College of Business Undergraduate Graduation Celebration takes place Fri., June 16, from 2 – 4 pm at the Austin Hall Plaza (outdoor) and Austin Marketplace (indoor). This is chance for graduates to bring their families together at Austin Hall prior to the formal university event on Saturday. Greetings from Dean Mitzi Montoya at 3 pm. Refreshing drinks and light fare. RSVP here by May 31.

Graduate students and their families can attend this smaller, more intimate celebration of the graduate degree accomplishments in our home setting one day ahead of the OSU commencement. Dress is business attire. Reception immediately following Austin Hall Plaza (tented outdoors) and Austin Marketplace (indoor). Refreshing drinks and light fare. Information about seating and RSVPs will accompany an exit survey in coming days. (Remember, the OSU Commencement is Sat., June 17. Details here.)

Finally, don’t forget to get your tickets for the 12th annual Oregon State Spring Fashion Show will be for in Milam Hall Room 224 from May 3 – 19, Wednesdays 2-4 pm and Fridays 11 am-1 pm, cash only. The show is Saturday, May 20 at the SEC Plaza. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm.


Oregon State College of BusinessWelcome to Week 4, a busy one, as usual.

We have two of our favorite themes for you this week – Careers and Innovation.

But first a quick callout of our blog post outlining all the important academic updates this week from College of Business advising. Read this post and prepare for fall scheduling.

Now back to Careers: The spring OSU career expo is this week on Wed., April 26. They’ve got hundreds of employers lined up to attend. As well there is a companion diversity career symposium, providing a full day of career building sessions for diverse students; both events are at LaSells.

Also on Wednesday, in Austin Hall we have the spring accounting job fair, from 1 to 4 pm with employers from the State of Oregon, Jones & Roth, Precision Castparts, Moss Adams, and others.

One day ahead of the university event is the health professions expo hosted by the College of Science, which welcomes student from all majors.

Fridays in Austin’s theme this week is Innovation, and we bring in industry professionals from companies including Starbucks, Nike and WiLAN Inc. We also have a jobs seminar for international students, and a professional development workshop on cover-letter writing.

Friday in Austin will also be buzzing with Innovation Nation’s Spring Company Show. The first-year entrepreneurs will be displaying and selling their products in three sessions in the Austin Marketplace and 2nd floor.

Oregon State College of BusinesssWe’d like to put this on your radar: save the date for next week’s Dean’s Executive Series Lecture featuring a keynote address from Tim Leatherman, OSU alum, chairman of the board, and co-founder of Leatherman Tools. He’ll discuss the story of Leatherman, creators of all-in-one tools. Tim’s keynote will kickoff the Shark Tank competition, hosted here by the Entrepreneurs Club and InnovationX.

There’s more, if you can believe it, and it is all in The Works. So look for that newsletter in your inbox, or read it online.

SOLVE: The Workplace of the Future

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
5:00-7:00 PM
805 SW Broadway, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97205



New and disruptive technologies, a global talent pool, real-time data and social networks – all of these and more impact businesses today. Are you prepared for the foreseeable changes to how we communicate, collaborate, and work? What have you missed?

We turn to experts that can help SOLVE the business challenges that we’ll face as the Workplace of the Future unfolds.

Join us for networking followed by a discussion with OSU faculty and industry leaders.

Our panel of Oregon companies will explore issues like attracting and retaining and the next generation of talent, how companies are addressing flexible work needs, what impact technology will have, and how the workplace can influence productivity, collaboration and innovation.

Don’t miss this event where we bring leaders in our business community and higher education together to SOLVE business challenges and address critical issues.

Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
RSVP requested by Wednesday, April 19.

We look forward to seeing you there!

SOLVE is an innovative solution-producing platform from OSU’s College of Business, providing companies in the Portland area with the opportunity to convene and hear from industry experts and Oregon State faculty about practical solutions for the challenges facing businesses today.

 SOLVE: The Big Deal for Big Data

Tuesday, February 28 | 5-7 p.m.

WeWork Custom House |220 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209


Teresa Herrera, Manager, Data Gov. & Analytics Services: Samaritan Health Services
Kevin Johnson, Worldwide Director, Data Center/Cloud Solutions: Intel
Steven Miller, Data Maestro, Global Leader Academic Programs: IBM Analytics Group

Data is everywhere, generated by everything around us, all the time, making it more and more critical to develop and apply new technologies to collect, process and understand data in an efficient way. We turn to experts to help you SOLVE for learning about big data and how it can help you in your business.

Join us for networking followed by a discussion with local data experts led by Charla Triplett, director of strategic partnerships and corporate engagement for the OSU College of Business.

Our panel of Oregon companies will discuss the nuances of big data and data analytics, how big data has changed the business climate and what the future holds. Don’t miss this event where we bring leaders in our business community and higher education together to SOLVE business challenges and address critical issues.

Noelle Cummings

Our REAL People of the College of Business series continues with faculty services office manager Noelle Cummings. Noelle has lived in the mid-Willamette Valley for most of her life but has also spent six years overseas: three in Italy, where the food was a fantastic highlight, and three in Japan, where she kept her eating relatively low-key and left things like baby squid on a stick to her more adventurous husband, Jeff.

Noelle and Jeff have two children, Sean, 12, and Emma, 8; Emma was born in Italy. Here’s more about Noelle, in her own words:

“I was born in California, moved to Oregon when I was 2 and have called Oregon home ever since. I graduated from Philomath High School in 2002, got married and had my first child in 2003, and after that I started working part-time and going to school part-time. In 2005 – my husband had joined the military – we moved to Italy in October and were there until October 2008, at Aviano Air Base. I loved it; it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Then we moved to Japan for three years, Misawa Air Base. Those six years that we spent overseas, we made some of best memories, traveling and learning. We did extensive traveling while we were in Italy, and in Japan we made it down to Tokyo a couple of times; my husband had a more rigorous work schedule, and I was working for the Air Force; I was the 35th Force Support Squadron writer and editor.

“My husband left the Air Force in 2011, and now he’s a full-time student going to school on the GI Bill; he’s an electrical engineering and computer science major, and he’ll graduate in June 2017. I graduated last June with a degree in communication, and it’s four years this month for me working at the College of Business.

“After graduating, I wanted to become more involved with my local community and I knew I wanted to do that through volunteering. I saw a call for volunteers in the Gazette-Times for American Red Cross disaster shelter workers for Benton County and thought this would be a great fit for me having experienced the Japanese 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. I completed numerous online trainings as well as a day-long hands-on orientation and training that certifies me as a Disaster Shelter Worker for Benton County. I can be called to other counties in the state as well, and with additional training, nationwide.”

Noelle Cummings

Diversity Career Symposium

Up to 200 students from Oregon State who identify with groups that are traditionally underrepresented on campus – e.g., people of color, who are disabled, are veterans, or are LGBTQ – will have an opportunity next month to attend a day-long career development event at the Salem Convention Center.

The Diversity Career Symposium is a partnership of OSU and the University of Oregon and is sponsored by Providence Health and Services, Wells Fargo, the OBA Education Foundation and Portland General Electric. It will be held Friday, Jan. 29.

Pam Knowles, executive director of industry relations at OSU, said the university became interested in an event of this type a couple of years ago because “employers were looking for diverse students, and we didn’t really have a way of connecting our diverse students with employers.”

Seeing the same need, the UO had already taken steps toward this type of event, and Knowles and Ronnie Casanova, Oregon’s assistant director for employer development, career services, decided to work together. That way employers could connect with job and internship candidates from both universities on the same day rather than having to go through the exercise twice.

Borrowing the UO’s framework for subcommittee structure, Knowles led OSU in setting up its own panels in areas such as student outreach, employee outreach and logistics. Oregon State raised about $60,000 to help put on the event, money that will among other things go toward providing transportation to and from the symposium for all Oregon State students who attend.

Sixty employers will take part in the event, which will feature morning and afternoon workshops, industry sessions, an “etiquette lunch” and a career fair.

“We want to help students start thinking about their careers at an earlier time,” Knowles said. “We provide workshops to go on their resumes, networking, that kind of thing, and the other piece is, hopefully they’ll have more awareness of what kinds of jobs and internships are out there.”

The goal is to have 200 students from each university attend, Knowles added.

For more information, visit http://www.diversitycareersymposium.com/tablet/index.html.

Emily Bestor

Our REAL People of the College of Business series continues with versatile third-year student Emily Bestor. Get to know her through her own words:

“I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, and I’m a junior here at OSU, majoring in business information systems and business management. I am also pursuing a minor in French. I currently work as an accounting assistant at the Auxiliaries and Activities Business Center. If you are a treasurer for a club, it’s highly likely I’ve helped you in the office! One of my favorite things I’m involved in on campus is DAMchic Magazine. I’ve always been interested in journalism, and I love brainstorming ideas for photo shoots and then watching the whole magazine come together beautifully.

“I’m someone who is analytical and likes to understand how things work, not just that they work. It’s a certain way of thinking.

“My parents own a retail store, Travel Essentials. I’ve spent a lot of time in the store, working with customers. And I’ve been learning about the systems they use, how their website works. That’s sort of what made me interested in BIS. A BIS education is also just a really good tool to have, something that will help me with challenges I encounter in whatever job I have.”