Anyssa Bohanan - Emcee
Reporter, Central Oregon Daily
!: Anyssa Bohanan has never liked to sit still, which is how this native Texan ended up in Central Oregon thousands of miles from the nearest Whataburger. She's currently living out her life-long dream of being a storyteller as a reporter and anchor at Central Oregon Daily in Bend where she's worked for the past three years.
In addition to standing in front of a camera every day, Anyssa is also no stranger to the stage. She's been a presenter at the 2017 TEDxBend event, an interviewer at the 2019 MUSE Women's Conference, and has been a part of various musicals and stage productions in the theater community since 2016.
When she's not in front of the camera or on stage, you can find her closest to the food in any social setting, wine tasting, shamelessly jamming out in public or binge watching Netflix shows.
Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Author, Workplace Provocateur
Mom, daughter, gardener, wife, ex-wife, adventurer, entrepreneur, and consultant Moe Carrick believes that people make organizations great. Companies large and small are routinely brought to their knees by the so-called "soft stuff” of people problems–as anyone knows who has tried, this work is hard. As a facilitator, protagonist, consultant, entrepreneur, author, employer, and relentless optimist, Moe believes that people can and should thrive at work, and that when they do, organizations succeed. With over 30 years of work in organizations on issues of partnership, leadership, inclusion, strategy and culture Moe believes that rigorous self-awareness, courage, honest dialogue, active involvement, and empathy are fundamentals to building full partnerships based on trust and curiosity. As a white, US-born, heterosexual woman, Moe strives to use her privilege with grace to surface assumptions that interfere with teams and to explore systemic patterns.
Moe holds a Master’s Degree in OD, is a Certified Daring Way™/Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, a Coach, and administrator of a variety of tools in her trade. She is also a Senior Consultant with White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP,) the market leaders in including white men in the critical conversations required to sustain truly inclusive cultures.
Moe is passionate about the role work plays in creating meaning for our lives and in the role business can play as a force for good. She is a regular blogger on topics related to people at work and is a contributor to Conscious Company Magazine. Maven House Press released her first book, bestseller FIT MATTERS: How to Love Your Job, with co-author Cammie Dunaway in 2017. Her second book, Bravespace: Creating Workplaces Fit for Human Life, releases in June 2019.
City of Bend's Creative Laureate and International Artist
Chicago born, Oregon grown, Jason McNeal Graham known on stage as MOsley WOtta or MOWO is a critically acclaimed MULTIMEDIA, MULTIETHNIC, MULTIVITAMIN ARTIST, PERFORMER, AND SPEAKER. He can be a bit of a flake and he would like you to know that he is working on that. He is pretty sure LOVE IS THE ANSWER, so maybe keep that in mind when he fails to return your emails, texts, and phone calls.
Perrin Kerns and Hub Collective have called MOsley WOtta a creative savant. Nominated for the 2018 Oregon Poet Laureate and the 2019 OAC Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, he was not accepted for either. His grandfather dislikes his latest release WHAT COMES AFTER, though the project is a testament to his grandfather’s life. His wife has said more than once she would like to punch him in the face. MOSley WOtta is the first Creative Laureate of Bend, only the third such title in the nation. He is doing an adequate job. He has three children who love him, pretty sure, unconditionally.
His work as an “Art Ambassador” for Rise Up International in association with the US Embassy has taken him around the work to lead workshops, showcasing his talents and mitigating his sprawling ego. His CV also includes: Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, Women’s Muse Conference, MAGIC Trade Show Las Vegas, TEDx, OPB/PBS, Street Con Dubai, Soul Pancake, and SOFAR sounds. He has shared the stage with the likes of: Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, Talib Kweli, guru, KRS ONE, Toad and the Wet Spocket, Indigo Girls, and many others. Most recently he worked as a journalist in Nauru for Vice Magazine.
VP & Global GM, Hydro Flask
Mr. Allan became President and CEO of Bend, OR based Hydro Flask in June 2012 and subsequently set the company’s successful premium brand strategy. Over the next few years, Hydro Flask was twice named to the Inc 500 and Outside Magazine’s Top 100 Places to Work and Mr. Allan was named the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Pacific Northwest. Hydro Flask was acquired by Helen of Troy in March 2016. Mr. Allan was retained as General Manager responsible for the strategy and continued global growth of the business.
Previously, Scott spent 15 years in Silicon Valley including roles commercializing Apple Pay technology, as VP/General Manager of the Motorola Solutions payment and kiosk business, and as COO for a Silicon Valley payment and cloud based services venture. Scott also served as CEO of TriniTEQ, a handheld restaurant ordering system developer.
Scott serves on the board of Cairn, an outdoor products monthly subscription service, Rumpl, an outdoor gear company, and is on the advisory board of OSU Cascades.
Scott earned his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the UC Berkeley and MBA from Northwestern University. Scott enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, golfing, surfing, and travel with his wife Annie and four children.
Bend Chapter Rep, Central Oregon Trail Alliance
Civil Engineering Associate, City of Bend
Kathy Barguil is a civil engineering associate for the City of Bend Engineering and Infrastructure Planning Dept., working on public water and sewer projects. She is originally from Cartagena, Colombia but grew up in New York City; after graduating from Columbia University she went on to work on Environmental Health and Rural infrastructure projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama’s indigenous Ngabe territory. Kathy loves integrating her varied experiences into the work she does here at the City; she is also looking for ways to make conversations around infrastructure development more inclusive of Bend’s diversifying population. Kathy was recently voted onto the Board of Directors of the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance and in her free time loves hiking and exploring with her dog Annie, writing poetry, and building up her library of Latin American authors.
Executive Director, COCC Foundation
Owner, Topo Trail Maps
Personal Development Coach
Wendy Duncan is a personal development coach and motivational speaker. Her credentials include licensing with LifeSuccess Consultants and she holds the Corporate Speaker designation in accordance with the guidelines of the International Association of Corporate Speakers. She is the author of S.T.R.E.S.S. (Simple Techniques for Radically Eliminating Severe Stress) and The Mental Side of Releasing Weight programs. She provides individual and group coaching for personal, physical and business success. She has been in practice since 2008. She has appeared on Good Morning Central Oregon, MyWindow, and Central Oregon Daily. Wendy was a Realtor® from 2004 – 2008. And, an administrative assistant in the building and beauty industries from 1989 to 2003.
Wendy feels that it is easy to teach a person how to sell, be organized, be tech savvy, how to be engaged, etc. However, when a person learns control over their mind and emotions, they are much more likely to make conscious decisions, become laser focused and have less personal distractions. This, in turn, enhances and invigorates their business and their lives.=
CEO & Co-Founder, Riff Cold Brewed
A celebrated veteran in brand strategy, design and advertising— Paul led the teams behind the creative development of craft beverage brands such as Humm Kombucha, 21st Amendment, Deschutes Brewery, Odell Brewing and Crux Fermentation Project—which he co-founded, served as President and CMO. In 2017, Paul co-founded Riff Cold Brewed Coffee along with veterans from Stumptown and LinkedIn. Paul is also a long-time active community member, having played a significant role in launching both the Bend Volunteer Corps and TEDxBend.
City Councilor, City of Bend
From 2007 to 2009, Gena Goodman-Campbell led a successful campaign to help protect the Badlands Wilderness, which culminated with the passage through U.S. Congress of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Act. She helped bring together a diverse coalition of supporters, ranging from the faith community to over 200 local business owners, including several of Central Oregon’s top employers. Today Goodman-Campbell is the Public Lands Coordinator for the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA).
In 2016, Gena ran for state representative in House District 54, an experience that gave her a unique perspective on the day to day concerns of Bendites. Her conversations with people from every part of the city shaped her priorities: affordable housing, a transportation system that works for everyone, and protecting our quality of life as Bend continues to grow.
“I’ve spent my career moving our community forward by combining a strong vision for the future with the solutions to make it happen.”
Goodman-Campbell’s mother was an elementary school teacher and her father was a city planner. At a young age, they instilled in Gena the value of service to the community that she has always followed. A third generation Oregonian, Goodman-Campbell is a graduate of Colorado College. Gena has lived in Bend for 12 years. In March of 2018, Gena and her husband Evan welcomed their first child.
“After knocking on doors all over Bend and hearing thousands of peoples’ stories, I knew I needed to find a way to serve our community and help tackle the biggest challenges impacting Bendites today. I am excited to get out into the community and talk with people who feel like their voices aren’t currently being heard at the city level.”
Serial Entrepreneur and Community Activist
Monica Harrington is a writer, entrepreneur, and social innovation strategist with a strong track record in business and nonprofit environments. She was the founding Chief Marketing Officer at Valve (now a multi-billion dollar company) and Picnik (the leading online photo editing site before its acquisition by Google). Between startups, she was a Senior Policy Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she ran the central communications team and served as Bill and Melinda's media advisor. Harrington, who has a degree in Journalism from the UO, has also been a National Park Service Ranger, waitress, legal secretary, and grocery clerk. In 2016, she was honored as a Woman of Courage by the University of Washington for her advocacy work on behalf of patient rights. She's currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at OSU Cascades, is the founder of www.bendwriters.com, and is an instrument-rated pilot.
Outreach Manager, Deschutes Land Trust
Jana Hemphill is the Deschutes Land Trust’s Outreach Manager. Through this position, she collaborates on membership development, manages the Land Trust database, and inspires the Central Oregon community through events and communications. Jana has been an active volunteer for many years in the conservation realm—from helping with the Wildlife Response program at the Alaska SeaLife Center to volunteering with WildEarth Guardians in Santa Fe, NM and the Environmental Center in Bend. She is currently part of the leadership team of Central Oregon Womxn in Conservation. After living throughout the American West (and a brief stint in Japan), Jana has lived in Bend for the past 3 years. She enjoys being outside as much as possible, including backpacking, hiking, cross-country skiing, attempting to garden, and traveling the world with her husband.
Program Manager - Rethink Waste Project
Ani Kasch (rhymes with Johnny Cash) has spent almost 2 decades working in environmental education and food systems. Last year, she spearheaded the Rethink Food Waste Challenge of Deschutes County to educate residents about what food gets wasted in their homes and how reduce it. Her current position as Rethink Waste Project Program Manager with The Environmental Center in Bend, Oregon allows her to continue sharing her passion for reducing food waste in addition to educating about other aspects of waste. She is a big proponent of bicycle travel in all its forms.
Founder & CEO, Sudara
A trip to India in 2005 inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to disrupt the social enterprise space and create lasting impact for survivors of and those at the highest risk of sex trafficking has led her to found and cultivate Sudara, a certified Benefit-corporation. Sudara’s mission is rooted in job creation for women in India. Sudara products support the training and jobs for the women who make them and also help to fund the non-profit arm that allows the organization to provide for those same women across their entire ecosystem. More than a give-back model, her organization enables women to have freedom-filled choices for themselves and for their families. Shannon is a 2016 Bend Venture Conference (BVC) Social Impact Winner, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) member, TedX Speaker and was selected as a Top 25 SheEO World Venture Finalist. She was the recipient of the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Female Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been featured in The Good Trade, Conscious Magazine, Real Simple, and Forbes.
Co-Owner, The Sparrow Bakery
HR Consultant, BBSI
As a Human Resources Consultant with BBSI, I provide strategic Human Resource guidance, training and support to our clients by assisting them in managing and maximizing their human capital. As a trusted advisor, I consult in the areas of strategic human capital, employment law compliance, benefits administration, employee relations, organizational development, workers compensation administration and the overall development of best practices in human capital management.
Director of People and Organizational Development
Jared Narlock is an author, keynote speaker, and consultant that works to help grow the way people view employee engagement, communication and growth around professional and personal development. He works with groups of all sizes around the world, helping them find courage, step into action, and lead through influence to create workspaces that open the door for empowerment and engagement built on strong foundations of trust and communication.
Jared is currently the Director of People and Organizational Development at St. Charles Healthcare and prior to his role at St. Charles, he was Vice President of Talent Development for a healthcare organization. Jared’s work on employee engagement has been featured on Forbes.com and TrainingIndustry.com and in his book People Powered Moments. Jared brings a uniqueness to his work in that he doesn’t present or teach material, but instead collaborates with learners through personal storytelling of his failings and learnings combined with his growth through these experiences and the expertise he’s gained through certifications like Dare To Lead™ Facilitator, Reality Based Leadership Facilitator, DISC Facilitator, and International Coach Federation Certified Coach.
Jason Nunez- Mooney
VP, Commercial Loan Officer at First Interstate Bank
Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman, Manzama
Peter Ozolin is currently CEO and co-founder of Manzama and currently responsible for leading Manzama’s strategy and vision. Headquartered and founded in Bend, Oregon in 2010, Manzama is the world leading market intelligence platform for law firms and professional service organizations, it includes as its customers over 65 of the world’s Global 200 law firms. In 2019 Manzama was acquired by Diligent Corporation, the world’s global leader of board application software, servicing over 14,000 customers globally and approximately ½ of the Fortune 1000. Prior to Manzama and after graduating from Willamette University’s Joint MBA/JD Program, Peter founded Legal Anywhere in 1997. Peter’s Legal Anywhere team sold extranet solutions to over 125 large law firms nationwide, as well as to corporate legal departments at companies like Safeway, Bell Atlantic, American Airlines, Kawasaki, and Caterpillar. Niku Corporation (NASDAQ:NIKU) acquired Legal Anywhere in 2000 . Post-acquisition, Peter served as Niku’s Vice President and General Manager. He went on to serve as Chief Knowledge & Technology Officer at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, and Vice President of the Practice Management Segment at Thomson Reuters. Before launching Manzama, Ozolin was CEO of Remote Technologies, a SaaS Point-of-Sales system for quick service restaurants which counted among its clients Subway, Quiznos and Pizza Hut franchisees.
A nationally recognized Thought Leader, Peter often speaks and writes about his many areas of expertise.
Community Relations Manager, City of Bend
I'm passionate about educating and connecting people. We live in an age where advertising, earned media, social media, and content creation are intricately intertwined. My integrated marketing communications expertise and graduate research education have equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and experience to effectively develop, implement, and manage results-driven strategic communications plans. I'm lucky enough to do it for the 4th fastest-growing metro area in the U.S., which is constantly making "Best of..." and "Top..." lists.
Chief Development Officer, Coachwell
Dave Salciccioli, Chief Development Officer at Coachwell, will lead attendees through the fascinating results of their CVI test. The Core Values Index will "give you insight about the key things that light you up and cause you to feel a sense of 'flow' or ultra high productivity."
The Core Values Index is the simplest, most accurate tool to improve self- awareness and align job tasks with innate nature for business leaders, employees or anyone who wants to learn more about their core values and how they affect work and life.
Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual
Kara Smith is a native Central Oregonian, formerly from Prineville and now residing in Bend, who has turned her love of this area into a passion for helping people obtain financial freedom and plan for their futures.
Kara is a licensed financial advisor who helps individuals, families, and business owners achieve financial security. Her goal is to help clients make sense of this complicated financial world, so that they can achieve their important financial goals, now and in the future. In her first year with Northwestern Mutual, she was recognized in the top 1% of her national peer group and has subsequently been awarded “Best Year Ever” every year since. Kara operates a comprehensive financial planning practice, including retirement and education planning, as well as life, disability, and long-term care insurance planning. She is well-positioned to serve her clients, with a Bachelor's in Economics from Willamette University’s College of Liberal Arts and an MBA with a finance emphasis from Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management, graduating with honors.
When not at an industry conference or networking with fellow professionals, you will find Kara enjoying outdoor activities like kayaking, hiking, and floating the river; as well as sampling local selections of beer and wine. In addition, she is highly involved in several community organizations, including the Central Oregon Estate Planning Council, FemCity of Bend, and Camp Fire Central Oregon. Kara also has a passion for educating and inspiring others through public speaking. You may have seen her speak at Celebrate + Elevate last spring, as one of two keynote speakers. Kara is excited to lead the session “Things You Should Have Learned in College: Financial Success 101” at the 2019 Bend YP Summit.
“My mission is to inspire others to dream courageously and live with purpose.”
Executive Director, Coalition for the Deschutes
With its sparse desert and snowy peaks, Central Oregon resonates profoundly with Gail’s Australian roots. Her deep love of place and community derive from her childhood as a minister’s daughter.
At 17, Gail spent a year in Japan as an exchange student, and after a year of university in Australia (during which she focused on rock climbing and back country skiing, neither part of any curriculum), she dropped out of college to go exploring.
During that period, Gail worked on a prawn trawler and harvested potatoes in Western Australia, and worked the tobacco harvest in Ontario, Canada. With her American husband (whom she met on a trail in New Zealand), she hitchhiked through Australia, North America, and Mexico, and rode on a train that derailed near the Mexico/Guatemala border. They slept in farmers’ fields, were welcomed into strangers’ homes on many occasions, and one time hunkered down on a picnic bench in Washington.
In Colorado, Gail earned two degrees in physical geography. Her work on Pikes Peak led her into environmental advocacy work and the nonprofit world. She has founded and served as executive director of nonprofits in both the social justice and conservation arenas. Gail has also run political campaigns and worked in Salem as a legislative aide. Before leaving the Portland metro four years ago, she took a break from environmental work and taught English and citizenship to refugees from countries as far spun as Somalia, Eritrea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Burma.
Gail is a dual citizen and has resided permanently in the US since 1982. She and her husband have two grown kids and two little grandkids. She ran trail ultramarathons for more than 20 years, but now settles for hiking, kayaking, and watching birds at the backyard feeders. Gail is passionate about restoring the Deschutes River.