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THE RISE OF CREATIVITY  Businesses like CBT Nuggets, Eugene Mindworks and Rowell Brokaw are


DESIGN THINKING  Using strategy, data and creativity to solve complex business challenges, DORIS

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fostering creativity through workspace design and company culture. Research helps people reimagine their spaces and practices.

LOCAL ARTS BOOST BUSINESS  To make “The Snow Queen” come to life, ABAE and the City of Eugene granted Eugene Ballet Company a $60,000 loan to bridge a temporary funding gap.

ARTS GUIDE 2019 Tap into your creative side! Discover the many ways you can get involved in our arts and culture community, as part of this year’s Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene Arts Guide.

Chris Boone, Past-Chair President, Boone Insurance Associates Greg Lyons, Treasurer CFO, Western Shelter Systems Amanda Walkup, Vice-Chair, Operations Partner, Hershner Hunter, LLP Jenny Ulum, Vice-Chair, Business Advocacy Managing Partner, Two Oak LLC

MEMBER VOICE  Hands-on creative activities and walking meetings can enhance brain function,

Thomas Pettus-Czar, Vice-Chair, Economic Development Owner, The Barn Light

improve problem-solving skills, promote team-building and boost overall well-being.

QUERY & QUOTES  Jodi Sommers of Essex General Construction believes compassion, collaboration, creativity and a commitment to excellence has propelled Essex to excel. And, Jill Hartz reflects on the start of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and its commitment to being a world-class art museum and teaching institution.

SECTOR STRATEGIES  Manufacturing, Food + Beverage and Tech: happenings and what’s on the horizon. MOVERS & SHAKERS  Inspiration is all around us. Learn how the business-minded can benefit from art in unexpected ways right here in our community.


POLICY INSIGHT  As a catalyst for positive change and a champion of our community, we’re making


BOLD LEADERSHIP  Through innovation, engagement, impactful actions and bold leadership, the

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Stephanie Seubert, Chair Partner, Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert Inc.

progress, but there’s still a lot to be done. The sky’s the limit. Chamber is committed to moving businesses forward.

HERE & THERE  Snapshots of events, happenings and goings-on that reflect our Chamber and our ever-changing business community.

BIZZ BUZZ  Promotions, new hires and news you can use.

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CREATE WINGS & SOAR By Tiffany Edwards, Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce A few of our Chamber team members traveled to Anaheim for

We’ve been highly engaged and assertive in our stance on issues. The

the annual three-day Western Association of Chamber Executives

voice of the business community has spoken up on tough, important

(WACE) Conference in early February. The theme was “Don’t Just Fly,

conversations. We’ve been a convener of voices, a catalyst for positive

SOAR,” appropriately themed with the story of Disney’s “Dumbo.”

change and a champion of our community. And sure, we’ve made

At our opening session, our speaker had the group do an exercise

progress, but we haven’t solved all of our community problems.

where we were asked to write our signature, as legibly and as many

This is where the creativity comes in. If we’re going to move the

times as possible, in 30 seconds. Seemed easy enough. But then

needle on things like homelessness, workforce housing affordability,

he said to put the pen in our non-dominant hand and repeat the

downtown revitalization, economic development, public safety,

exercise. Not so easy. It put everyone outside of their comfort zone.

sustainability and world peace, we’ll need to be nimble, try new

We felt silly, awkward, and resorted to self-deprecating humor in

things, take new approaches and maybe fail a few times, so we know

order to preserve our egos.

how to improve, adapt and overcome. What’s always worked will

This exercise was intended to demonstrate why so many organizations don’t achieve greatness, or “soar.” It’s because they fail to try new things, push past the discomfort and awkwardness, and take something that they thought was already “good enough” and make it great. So often, we want to gravitate toward the adage “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” or “If it’s working, why change it?” We don’t consider how much better we can make something that might already work pretty well. Certainly, if we had decided the rotary telephone worked just fine, we may still be living our lives tethered to a cord to avoid missing that important call. This got me thinking about what types of things our Chamber has been doing well, with regards to advocacy. Reflecting back on 2018, we had a lot of successes. I struggled to recall a single policy or

eventually stop working, because the world around us is changing, our members are evolving. As a Chamber, we need to be there, f lying right alongside our members. The issues facing the business community are not unique to Eugene. And, as far as I can tell, nobody has found a magic formula to solve them. Perhaps eventually, we will create a community in which everyone has a job, a roof over their head and a happy, healthy life. Until then, we have to get creative and get uncomfortable and keep moving forward. We’ll need to stretch to grow. This is going to be a year of bold leadership for the Eugene Chamber and its members. Rather than having to constantly respond to policy-maker decisions that will have an impact on the business community, we’re committed to leading on issues and not just taking the wheel, but paving the road ahead—or even taking to the sky.

community decision, in which we had a part in, where the business community couldn’t claim a win.

Lend your voice and leadership to the policies shaping Eugene. Connect with Tiffany Edwards at tiffanye@eugenechamber.com

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IT TAKES BOLD LEADERSHIP TO MOVE THE NEEDLE By Stephanie Seubert Partner at Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert and Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair When I became a full partner at Evans, Elder, Brown & Seubert,

Being a mom of 15-year-

my business partners told me, time and again, that I needed to find

old twins, this resonates

a place in the community to start giving back. Since I had young

with me. Before I know it,

children at the time, the last thing I wanted to do was to commit to

my kids will be graduated

more time away from my family. However, shortly after completing

and off to college. I want

the Leadership Eugene/Springfield program, I decided it was time to

them to follow their dreams and be successful. I also know, selfishly

jump in—and here I am, 11 years later, as the 2019 Eugene Chamber

in the back of my mind, that I want to work to create a community

Board Chair, encouraging you to jump in and get involved, as well.

with opportunities where my kids want to come back to work and

The Eugene Chamber is made up of a very diverse group of members and employees who are committed to moving business forward. When I asked the board what Chamber message they wanted me to pass on to you, I received excellent feedback and heard things like: • We are an innovative Chamber that is growing and changing

raise families of their own someday. In a recent article about Civic Park in The Register-Guard, Austin Meek stated that “getting people in Eugene to agree on something can be like trying to spot an albino unicorn in a white-out.” I think this perception is changing!

with the times, and we have many opportunities for

It is my belief that you cannot satisfy 100 percent of people 100

members to get involved and connected on different levels.

percent of the time; however, if we can come together as a cohesive

• We have an amazing staff and diverse group of volunteer leaders who are making a real difference in the community. • The Chamber is a point of intersection, where diverse groups come together as a collective to push forward toward common goals and advocate for all parts of the community.

group, have robust discussion and listen rather than trying to be heard, we will be on the right track and able to make decisions that move our community forward. In order for us move our community forward, we need bold leadership! This is what the Chamber is good at, because this is what our members are good at—being bold and moving things forward.

• We are more than a business community with business

Together, we are having an impact on our community. And, together,

perspective; we are a community of families, as well.

we can move the needle on important issues and realize our potential.

When we work together and engage to ensure that business is thriving, this will, in turn, create a culture where our families and community members can live

I encourage you to step up and engage this year. Get out there and get involved in this amazing community. We need all of you!

happy, healthy lives.


We are strategic thinkers with bold ideas. We are catalysts for positive community change and push boundaries with creative solutions.

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in yourself, in the workplace and in the community By Dana Turell, President of Turell Group Creativity didn’t used to be associated with business. It was reserved

a “creative committee” that comes up with quarterly activities for us

for artists or people who were considered a little woo-woo. If you

to do. We’ve made greetings cards and painted rocks—it’s amazing

weren’t an artist, creative endeavors were mainly pursued as a

how focusing on an activity with your hands can free your mind and

hobby and it didn’t typically crossover into the workplace. The latest

help you think differently. We also have walking meetings, like to tour

business trends seem to flip that paradigm, but in some traditional

the 20x21EUG murals or check out what’s happening downtown. The

circles it can still seem taboo.

point is that we are setting aside time from actual work to play together

Google defines creativity as the use of imagination or original ideas to produce something new. Who doesn’t want more of that infused in their business? Literally, the opposite of creation is death—if we’re not thinking of new ways to solve problems, our businesses will die. So, how do we get more creative? You need to consciously develop practices that build creativity in yourself, in your work teams and in the community.

TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES In today’s world, we are constantly bombarded with emails, texts, instant messages, social media updates—need I say more? There’s little to no space in our day to be creative. To come up with new ideas,

and foster creativity, which helps us be more creative in our work.

SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY If we want to build more creativity in ourselves and our teams, it only stands to reason that we need to support it in our community. There are so many ways. Attend a performance or art exhibit at your child’s school or with one of our many fine arts organizations. Buy a piece of art from a local artist. Sign up for a Creative Academy workshop by the Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene, where they use artistic solutions to solve business problems. Visit and appreciate public art on display throughout our community. Celebrate innovation when you come across it. Without knowing it, you may just be feeding your own creativity.

we must intentionally break free from all the distractions. Schedule

If we intentionally take the time, we can build more creativity in

time to observe the world without your phone. Let your mind wander.

ourselves, our teams and our community. Just imagine what the world

Don’t force it. Just move, explore, and let your mind go. Spending

would be like if we all tapped into our creative side from time to time.

time in nature is a great way to get your creative juices flowing—and, that doesn’t mean having to get out of town. A walk in the park or a bike ride to work will do, too. Studies show that spending time in nature can inspire creativity, help eliminate creative blocks, reduce stress, boost memory and much more.

As president of Turell Group, a full-service marketing agency, Dana Turell works with numerous organizations in the private, public


and nonprofit sectors and is at her best when she’s at the helm of a

At our company, we have weekly team meetings. If it were up to

team focused on a brand. She has a degree in psychology, studied

me, we would spend our time reading books, team building and

English and theater arts abroad and lived in New York for three

talking. But, some of us process visually, need to move or like to do

years to pursue her love of theater. An avid arts patron, she’s the

things with our hands. So, we do a little bit of everything. We have

incoming president of Arts & Business Alliance of Eugene.


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PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art



Our founding collector and first director, Gertrude Bass Warner, offered the University of Oregon her Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art—if it would build a museum to house the collection. The new museum, designed by UO’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean Ellis Lawrence, opened in 1933.

Those of us who work at and love museums believe that there is no substitute for seeing a work of art in person. That direct connection with art has always been one of the most effective ways for a person to get outside their daily routine and get recharged and refreshed; that leads to creativity in so many ways. We also offer art workshops, family days, exhibitions and public programs that invite us to challenge our ideas about ourselves and our world and envision new possibilities.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION THAT MAKES YOU PARTICULARLY PROUD? We have fantastic collections, exhibitions and public programs, but we especially have brilliant staff who are visionaries and practical. They are committed to making this museum both one of the finest teaching museums in the country and a world-class art museum for our community.

“Direct connection with art has always been one of the most effective ways for a person to get

HOW DOES THE CREATIVE EXPERIENCE OF THE JORDAN SCHNITZER MUSEUM OF ART TRANSLATE TO THE EMPLOYEES? Creativity and innovation are hallmarks of our staff, and our visitors benefit as a result. Many of our staff members are artists, so they have a special connection to what we show and how visitors might respond. Many staff members also participate in our arts workshops and attend our public programs, so they can be inspired by the power of art. We have a pretty low turnover, with many employees staying with us for years. I think they find that our arts environment and mission enrich their lives and energize their work. WHAT MAKES YOUR ORGANIZATION UNIQUE? The JSMA is the only accredited academic art museum in Oregon. It was the first academic museum in the U.S. to be founded as an Asian art museum. Our Masterworks on Loan program brings unbelievably important works to Eugene for our entire community to enjoy.

outside their daily routine and get recharged and refreshed.”

WHICH CHAMBER EXPERIENCE HAS IMPACTED YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS THE MOST THIS YEAR? Arts After Hours, the annual Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene event in April, is always a highlight. It provides the JSMA an opportunity to make connections with our business community, whose members can help support what we do for the community—from our exhibitions to art workshop and outreach for family, youth and underserved populations—they help us to think big!

See current JSMA collections, exhibitions and upcoming events at jsma.uoregon.edu


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PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtesy of Essex General Construction



Essex General Construction (Essex) was started in Eugene by Jon Texter in 1987 to do commercial construction. Now, 32 years later, we’ve grown to over 70 employees. We’re still headquartered in Eugene and now have an office in Portland, enabling us to build from Medford to southwest Washington. WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION THAT MAKES YOU PARTICULARLY PROUD? I am most proud of the people I work with. They embody the qualities of integrity, honesty, compassion, creativity and an undying commitment to excellence. Of course, I am also incredibly proud of every building we’ve constructed, from all the Café Yumm restaurants to FOOD for Lane County, the Eugene Airport expansion, the Mahonia Building and a large number of apartment buildings, both affordable and market-rate. HOW DOES ESSEX GENERAL CONSTRUCTION EMBRACE CREATIVITY WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION? Before I joined Essex, I didn’t realize how essential creativity is to the construction process. Each day, my coworkers are faced with challenges, or as we prefer to think of it: opportunities to excel. I believe the need for creativity in this line of work is what keeps us all engaged in construction. Additionally, I’d be remiss not to acknowledge Jon Texter in any answer about Essex and creativity. Jon is an artist, an art lover, arts supporter and one of the most creative people I know. It’s a joy to work for someone who encourages me to come up with creative ideas as part of my job. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN EUGENE? Eugene is our home; we are proud of every building we’ve added to the landscape. We get to collaborate with incredibly talented and committed professionals, including subcontractors, architects, engineers, land-use planners, city officials, developers, business owners, and a number of fantastic local nonprofits, committed to making Eugene a better place.

The construction process provides many “opportunities to excel.” In several cases, these creative challenges are addressed by a team. We bring in the ideas of others in the company to develop solutions. Our creative and essential involvement in the majority of our projects begins early in the design phase. We collaborate with owners, architects, engineers and design-build subcontractors to help provide insight and the cost implications of design decisions. This key role helps keep costs low while ensuring a high-quality building that meets the owner’s needs, within their budget. This is an area in which Essex excels—and the creativity coupled with years of experience are key components. Creativity is also essential in work areas outside of the construction process. Connie Rolfe, Essex’s CFO, leads a team of administrative staff. I’m always amazed to see how they evolve their strategies and tactics, and master new technology to more efficiently and effectively manage our company. Again, as with the construction process, their creativity is based on bringing many minds together to develop solutions collaboratively. HOW DO YOU SEE THE CHAMBER IMPACTING YOUR BUSINESS OR THE EUGENE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? We are big fans of our Chamber of Commerce. They provide opportunities to connect with other business people in the community. They also study the issues that affect us and thoughtfully advocate for us. I believe our Chamber is in a very dynamic and positive phase, and I’m very appreciative of their hard work and dedication.

Check out Essex’s latest projects and learn more about the team at essexgc.com

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Vibrant sector strategies, committed partnerships and inspired community leadership are helping to drive the growth of targeted industries and our regional economy. The Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the Lane County Sector Strategies team. Each quarter, we’ll learn from the partners moving this work forward.

High school students get a lesson in the powder-making process, as part of a Forrest Technical Coatings tour. In addition to learning about the ins and outs of manufacturing careers, the next generation of workers must also understand how to communicate clearly, collaborate and be adaptable to be effective in the workplace. Photo by CAMERON YEE

Swanson Group introduces students to the processes and products that are produced locally and discusses the types of work available to them upon graduation. Photo by TURNER MAXWELL


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Soft skills—it’s one of the most contested phrases for educators and industry. What are so-called “soft skills?” And, how do we address the perceived soft-skills gap in the emerging workforce? A few weeks ago, I joined educators and administrators to talk about school-to-work opportunities and how to prepare students. One of the industry representatives brought up a question on addressing soft skills; from the other side of the room an educator exclaimed, “They are called professional skills!” Whatever we call them, there is a perceived shortcoming in terms of which skills the emerging workforce should have when they begin their first job or career. According to a report from “New World of Work,” some abilities that have been identified as lacking include: • Adaptability •  Analysis/Solution Mindset • Collaboration • Communication •  Digital Fluency • Empathy •  Entrepreneurial Mindset • Resilience • Self-Awareness •  Social Diversity/Awareness

According to the Oregon Talent Assessment research report conducted by EcoNorthwest, we’re not as far off as some may perceive. It reads: “This report defines a skills gap as a widespread shortfall of basic skills that would be consistent with a broad failure of the education system. A majority (77 percent) of employers agreed that their applicants possessed the basic skills required for their vacant positions: the abilities to read for and locate information, to write for communication, and to apply mathematics. Those who identified deficiencies specified inadequate writing skills.” So, what can be done about the shortcomings we know about? The Oregon Talent Assessment provides a few remedies that the industry has utilized: •  On-the-job training •  Self-studying and online training •  Industry-association trainings •  In-house training by staff

I believe we are fortunate in Lane County to have a great group of committed administrators, educators, economic development agencies, industry professionals and, of course, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce working to define and address the needs of our local education system. We are using this framework to explore options for creating a curriculum to address concerns and prepare the next generations.

Some suggest that there needs to be more work-based learning opportunities for students and a stronger emphasis on the role of post-secondary training programs, such as internships and apprenticeships. These efforts will require more participation from industry professionals, opening their doors to local programs to ensure that the competencies they look for when hiring are there for before these young adults are applying for positions.  Interested in educational efforts to address the soft-skills gap? Email Joshua Mongé at joshuam@eugenechamber.com

More on the New World of Work report: http://bit.ly/2H38lzY More on the Oregon Talent Assessment: http://bit.ly/2T6iToE

The Lane County Sector Strategy Team (LCSST) is a team of professionals representing workforce development, economic development, business and education. The LCSST works collectively, in an effort to better support critical industries in Lane County. We believe we can achieve more and have a greater impact in our community by working together. For more, visit: bit.ly/2PhYKpU

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Eugene’s local beer and wine scene continues to grow and attract national attention.


Our region is creating more opportunities for a wider audience to discover its thriving food and beverage business community. We are attracting national conferences and creating powerful tools for sharing the story of our diverse products. Here are some upcoming events and campaign launches to keep an eye on. Eugene has been selected to host the next Wine Tourism and Marketing Conference in March 2020. Hundreds of winemakers, travel writers and tourism professionals from all over the country will descend on Eugene for a three-day experience that puts our local food and beverage industry in the spotlight. The conference organizers also host a similar event for the beer industry each year. Many Eugene-area breweries are

being sampled at the 2019 event in Boise, Idaho, and there’s talk of bringing the beer conference to the Eugene area in 2021, following what is expected to be a fantastic event for the wine industry next year. Scattered throughout the Eugene Airport, regional food and beverage brands are now being highlighted in a new cross-industry collaboration. Springfield Creamery, So Delicious Dairy Free, Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss, Ninkasi Brewing and Yogi Tea join members from the technology and advanced wood products sectors to showcase the story of some of our area’s most important industries. This promotional campaign is expected to create over 1 million impressions from community members and travelers from all over the world.

This spring, Travel Lane County launches The South Willamette Valley Food Trail, which highlights dozens of farms, restaurants and culinary experiences. The South Willamette Valley Food Trail will join other Travel Lane County trails that promote the region’s diverse beer, wine and spirits offerings. The trail launch will include promotional videos that highlight local producers and create an enticing story, intended to lure even more visitors to the area. Additionally, the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance was awarded $10,000 from the Willamette Valley Visitors Association to install a promotional display at the Eugene Airport to help promote The South Willamette Valley Food Trail, which includes a QR code that links visitors to itineraries and business listings.

Lane County is home to 165 food and beverage manufacturing companies, which employ 4,019 people, bringing over $179 million in wages to the area. With firm counts growing at almost 7 percent a year, the industry has created over 1,000 new jobs since 2012. By most estimates, this is a billion-dollar industry that will only continue to grow.


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The Eugene Downtown Riverfront Project will bring new life to the old Steam Plant that has been vacant for years.


The building that was originally constructed in 1931 and has sat vacant for more than six years, Eugene’s Downtown Riverfront Steam Plant, is being reimagined for 2021. The draft renderings show rehabilitated space that could support cultural uses, and they feature historic boiler No. 1 and the eye-catching red turbine generators. One could envision a frequent rotation of art instillations and educational exhibits housed in this space, alongside other performance arts and attractions. On the ground floor there is ample room for a brewery and multiple eateries— imagine an eclectic mix of culinary concepts, refreshed every six months, but consistently paired with the best craft beef from our region, keeping the building activated during evenings.

While the envisioned future building maintains its existing footprint, it also adds cross-laminated timber internally and rises vertically to five stories to maximize views of the Willamette River. A fifth story rooftop bar, restaurant, or perhaps an event space, would be complemented by some of the best views in the city.

river overlook that would be ideal for socialization and relaxation. These designs would connect the building to the future adjacent Riverfront Park and the river, without impeding the bike path, and would make the abandoned water intake peer an active place, offering a welcome oasis for walkers, runners and cyclists.

The imagined middle floor building designs include a mix of private offices, artist studios and co-working spaces, as well as other leased space, that aims to make the building financially self-sustainable. These floors would be attractive to entrepreneurs and incubate startup companies from a variety of industries— space where ideas can be brought to life.

When all of these elements are melded, the building becomes more than the sum of its parts. The Steam Plant can be a cultural destination—a place that inspires both the people who work there and those who visit, mingle and come to be entertained.

During summer months, another epic view would be found at an outdoor

And, by creating space for innovation in all of its forms, the building will always generate that metaphorical energy to move Eugene forward and into the future.

Eugene-Springfield is home to more than 470 tech companies—with 62 successful new tech companies launched locally in the last five years—bringing over $304 million in wages to the area. The industry’s local average annual wage is $74,279, which is nearly double the average Lane County wage of $42,644. Employment at local tech companies is expected to grow by 23 percent over the next 10 years.

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Prioritizing creativity in the workplace through workspace design and company culture Article by LEAH MOORE

As an icon of creativity, the stereotype of the tortured

artist—both burdened and blessed with innate, outsized talent—has been disrupted. Creativity is no longer the

sole property of the artistic elite. As our understanding of what defines a creative person expands, we have

come to identify creativity as an essential aspect of professional life.

“People want to live interesting, exciting lives,” says Aloma Murray, co-founder and director of Eugene

Mindworks Co-Working Space and Business Incubator. “We’re all naturally creative, and that doesn’t have to mean that you are an artist in the traditional sense.”


The benefits of promoting creativity among


employees—better job satisfaction, improved problem-


well-documented. So, let’s instead explore how business


solving skills, increased productivity, etc.—are

leaders are fostering creativity through workspace design and company culture in our community. >

RESPONSIBILITY.” GREG BROKAW Managing Partner, Rowell Brokaw Architects

Rowell Brokaw Architects are known for their creative and responsive designs—including their office, which was a part of a building transformation in 2017-18. Photo by PACE IMAGES

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Promoting creativity starts with redefining what creativity is. “When people use the word creativity, I think they tend to be thinking about art,” says Greg Brokaw, managing

partner at Rowell Brokaw Architects. “Creativity is also

just the day-in and day-out problem-solving we do on all different levels.” Humans are natural problem-solvers, therefore we are all creative.

At CBT Nuggets, a pillar of the company’s famously unique and quirky culture is that taking the stance of “I’m not

creative” is not allowed. “It’s not allowed because it’s not true,” says Chief Marketing Officer Tracee Aliotti. “We’re all creative. There may be some people who are more

comfortable with it, because they do it more often than others, but we all have that creative ability inside of us.”

WORK CULTURES THAT PROMOTE CREATIVITY ABC (ALWAYS BE CULTIVATING) “Creativity comes from allowing for the space and time for it to happen,” says Aliotti. At CBT Nuggets, staff members

are required to engage in self-directed learning or training for at least 30 minutes per day. “It’s dedicated time for

employees to grow and self-actualize, as an individual,” she says. “That, in itself, promotes a great deal of creativity,

because when we’re learning we continue to be inspired

and are introducing ourselves to new ideas and new ways of thinking.”

EMPOWERED EMPLOYEES ARE CREATIVE EMPLOYEES Employees are at their most innovative and creative when they feel empowered to be so. “You nourish creativity in your staff by allowing them to have a lot of freedom

and responsibility,” says Brokaw. “Autonomy and trust in

employees allow them to feel more personally invested in Left: The library, one of two community workspaces at Eugene Mindworks, is a designated quiet work zone. Here, members can enjoy sit-to-stand desks, a lounge area and a curated collection of business and personal development books. Photo by BOB WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY Right: Employees can pause work, clear their heads and enjoy one of several creative spaces at CBT Nuggets. Photo by MARC HIGA, CBT NUGGETS


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the company and encourage them to bring their best, most creative work to the table.”

NO DRAMA LLAMA At Rowell Brokaw, all team members, no matter their

experience level, are welcome to make suggestions and share ideas. “We’re all working to make our projects the


CREATIVITY-SPARKING DESIGN // Flexible work spaces with features and offerings that delight, inspire or help employees relax are creative catalysts. Here are some unique examples of what works.

CBT NUGGETS Wide-open spaces Serenity room, where you can get a massage or take a nap Dog-friendly office pet policy Ping-pong table best they can be. We don’t really care where the ideas

come from,” says Brokaw. In fact, one of the company’s many mantras is: It’s not about you. “When your design

or idea doesn’t quite work for a project, you didn’t fail. We

simply tested that idea, and it’s not working for this project. It’s not about you.”

WORK SPACES THAT PROMOTE CREATIVITY OPEN OFFICES, AKA IDEA COLLIDERS Open office concepts and communal workspaces make all the difference in promoting collaboration, communication and collective creativity. “Really big creative sparks are

seldom something that happen to one person in isolation,” says Aliotti. “In a space and culture like we have at CBT

EUGENE MINDWORKS Weekly yoga for members Member-to-member discounts, including in-house massage Salad garden, where greens can be picked fresh Inspirational books and a library of business resources Sit-to-stand desks

Nuggets, where we work together in an open environment, we are encouraged to share ideas and differences of

opinion, and there’s more of that natural collision of ideas and creativity that leads to those big a-ha moments.”

NEUTRAL DESIGN (LIKE SWISS-LEVEL NEUTRAL) “I think that any space that’s designed for creativity has to have a blank canvas sort of feel to it,” says Brokaw, whose firm’s work for a variety of clients consists of designing

such spaces. Rowell Brokaw’s own office features neutral, clean design that supports the creative process without distracting from it. >

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When it comes to designing creative workspaces, Aliotti


emphasizes an empathetic approach: “Think about what

“A big part of my job is to create a space that makes people feel motivated, empowered

the environment looks like when you’ve

and inspired to be here,” says Murray


achieves this is by adding features that


via large skylights and abundant plants


of Eugene Mindworks. One way she

humans crave, including natural light and greenery.




With the right combination of culture and thoughtful design, any company can create a work environment that

promotes creativity and enjoy all the benefits that go with it.

been able to be your most creative self,” she says.

“Let’s take a different topic, for

example. Let’s just say dancing. If

I want people to dance, what’s the

environment that I need to create that’s going to lend itself to people getting up and moving their bodies around?

ALOMA MURRAY Co-Founder and Director, Eugene Mindworks

I need to create space for it. Maybe I need to turn on some music. Maybe I need to invite some people who

are really amazing dancers who can

inspire others to get up and dance, as

Brokaw’s advice to managers is to give people freedom

well. Then swap out dancing and put in creativity and ask

table. “We’re all Swiss Army knives—but we’re all missing a

environment that I could create to make that happen?’” 

and allow everyone to bring their skills and ideas to the

few features, and we all have a few extra that others don’t

have,” he says of his co-workers and staff. “We all have the wine opener, we all have the basic knife. And, every once

in a while, you get someone who’s got the toothpick or the nail file. Everyone has a few specialty items in their kit, but generally we share a lot of skills and duties.”


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yourself: ‘If I want people to be really creative, what is the

Left: Rowell Brokaw employees gather near a 100-foot-long wall, where they can easily refer to and discuss project designs. Photo by PACE IMAGES Right: The building that was once Lyons Furniture, built in the 1940s, now features a series of garage-door storefronts and office space above, including the offices of Rowell Brokaw Architects. Photo by CHRISTIAN COLUMBRES

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A practice used by powerhouse companies like Google, Nike and countless small businesses, Design Thinking does more than identify and solve pressing issues. It engages an entire workplace in a fact-finding mission to identify efficiency barriers, pinpoint solutions and put the best ideas into action. In the process, it nurtures creativity and collaboration throughout an organization, from the work floor to the CEO’s office. Since its founding in 2012, DORIS Research has taken the concept and boiled it down to an eight-step guide, highlighting the importance of creativity, collaboration and a willingness to fail in business planning. A nonprofit in Indianapolis, where DORIS Research began, had faced a daunting challenge: How to consolidate 35 employees at several locations under one roof? Six weeks of guided “Design Thinking” provided a blueprint for a cohesive new workspace and brought their staff closer together in the process. “It’s a challenge having different employees in different locations for years, doing different jobs,” says DORIS Research Operations Partner Elise Lockwood.

“How do you make your workplace feel cohesive and make everyone feel like their needs are being met?”


The ideas behind Design Thinking have existed for decades: Employees throughout an organization come together to define problems and find creative solutions to attract new customers, design a better product or improve their workspace. “We have tangible and intangible outcomes of the [Design Thinking] process,” Lockwood says. “The tangible is your data, the final prototypes. And the intangible is that people going through the process are invested in the outcome.”


Lockwood, who in 2017 opened the Northwest office for DORIS Research in Eugene, refers to the research firm’s strategy for businesses as “data-centered creativity.” Currently, they are helping numerous companies in Lane County work through the process and achieve favorable results. >

Complex problems in the workplace often require creative solutions. Design Thinking seeks to turn those problems into opportunities.


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DESIGN THINKING Since its founding in 2012, DORIS Research has worked with more than 50 organizations in a wide range of industries, from corporate businesses to higher education. Using Design Thinking to solve complex workplace challenges, DORIS empowers people to understand themselves and their relationship to the spaces in which they work.

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“What I took from this was: The extensive work by DORIS had created confidence and a calming effect about the move and the transitions that will be taking place ... It is clearly having a positive impact, not only on those of us making decisions, but

It starts with employees, from the top to bottom of an organization, taking part in one-on-one conversations, discussing how they approach their jobs or their workspace, challenges they’re facing and what could be improved. Those discussions are then expanded into a group setting, where workers across the organization ask questions and hone opportunities to move in new directions. DORIS Research’s role is to collect data, Lockwood says. In the case of Design Thinking, data refers to the piles of input collected from employees. “If you do Design Thinking well, you can’t predict what the outcome is going to be,” she says. “Design Thinking is really effective because it challenges your assumptions, and it’s people-centered. You might learn something that totally changes how you view a situation.” Using that data, challenges are defined, and ideas are generated and tested. It could be a retailer trying new strategies to sell to a younger audience or an agency looking for the best way to redesign its office space and encourage collaboration.


Involving everyone with a stake in the process is key to Design Thinking, she says. Just as important at this stage is letting go of a fear of bad ideas. “It’s important for stuff to fail at that stage, because then we know with very little time, money or resources invested, what are good or bad ideas.”

be heard.”

“From a business standpoint, allowing people to have those creative moments and those moments of failure that are supportive—that makes people care about what you’re doing, because they did it. They were a part of it. It’s one thing to tell people you shouldn’t be afraid of failure and another to create an environment and a process that’s supportive of it.”

– JENNIFER POPE BAKER, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana at Central Indiana Community Foundation

Once ideas are prototyped and thoroughly tested, their successes and failures can be focused into an organization’s action plan.

those who just want to


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Lockwood recently worked with a large manufacturer with a local presence, looking to renovate its corporate office and attached factory space. During the multi-year process, she met with each person in the organization, who contributed ideas for a better workspace. The result was a series of prototypes and eventually blueprints and floor plans, based on input from top managers to factory floor workers, which served as the company’s action plan.

creativity is important, because it keeps you mobile and agile. And, it keeps you connected to the people you’re working with or working for,” she says. “If you aren’t constantly engaging with other people, asking for their thoughts and getting people to wildly imagine what the future could be, how are you pushing yourself to be innovative? How do you know that what you’re doing is solving a problem?”  

At each step, she says, workers across the organization engaged in creative cooperation to make their company a more efficient and collaborative place to work. “I think there’s this misconception that creative people are always artists. The thing I like about Design Thinking is that it gives people this structure to be creative and fail without letting anyone down—and while learning. So, I do think

To learn more about Design Thinking and DORIS Research, visit dorisresearch.com


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Local Arts Boost Business Bridging the financial gap creatively Article by ELON GLUCKLICH | Photograph by ARI DENISON, EUGENE BALLET

Eugene has a thriving art community, but sometimes we have to travel to the “BIG CITY” to see the “BIG SHOWS.” The Eugene Ballet Company dreamt of producing Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” a few years back. To make the vision come to life and to compose an unforgettable score, they looked for help in Portland. But commissioning Kenji Bunch, whose works have been played by more than 60 orchestras around the country, didn’t come cheap.


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The ballet company had been awarded a $60,000 grant from an arts foundation to pay Bunch to compose an original score. As exciting as this was, the Eugene Ballet wouldn’t receive the grant funds until six weeks after its April 2017 performances of “The Snow Queen”—and Bunch required payment upfront. All was not lost; here in our own backyard, a $60,000 art loan filled the gap, courtesy of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene.


“Every dollar is substantial when you’re a nonprofit arts organization,” says Eugene Ballet Company Executive Director Josh Neckels . “We have a roughly $2 million budget, so $60,000 may not seem like much, but when all the money is going out ahead of time—to have that loan in advance was vital to us in maintaining an even cash flow.” Founded in 2008 as a joint effort of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Eugene, Travel Lane County, University of Oregon, and Lane Community College, Arts and Business Alliance (ABAE) seeks to unite the local business and artistic communities under common citywide goals. Arts and Business Alliance Executive Director Kelly Johnson says, “Our goal

According to the study, arts and cultural institutions supported more than 2,400 full-time positions citywide, with more than 130 of those workers helping to turn “The Snow Queen” into the success Eugene Ballet hoped for—it was the ballet company’s largest show in its 40-year history.

"These loans are an

is to build strong partnerships, because we know that a vibrant business sector with an equally vibrant creative sector is mutually beneficial.” ABAE’s most direct effort came in 2016 with the launch of the Art Loans program, in partnership with the City of Eugene. The loans, between $10,000 and $100,000 each, are meant to cover expenses, like artist commissions and storefront improvements, or help bridge a funding gap for upfront production expenses and artist fees that are typically secured by box office receipts.

In 2017, Americans for the Arts studied Eugene and more than 340 communities nationwide to find that the arts contributed more than $62 million annually to our regional economy—twice as much as the average similar-sized area in the study. More than a third of the spending boost benefitted restaurants, hotels, shops and other businesses visited by attendees.

investment in the local economy. We are so lucky to live in a place that has a treasure trove of high-quality arts and

The art loans are provided with fixed interest rates. It’s a new and relatively untapped program—only the ballet company and a local artist who wanted to open a retail store have received loans to date.

culture experiences.” – KELLY JOHNSON Executive Director of Arts and Business Alliance

The Art Loan fund began with an anonymous donation of $100,000 that was matched by the City of Eugene in 2016.

“It was a triumph, as far as critics and ticket buyers were concerned,” Neckels says. It was a success for workers, too. Local performers, production employees, set builders, costume designers and others were the recipients of about $200,000 in payroll. “All that money got sent to local people,” Neckels says, adding that the ballet has contributed about $24 million to the local economy over the last two decades. Meanwhile, Bunch’s score of “The Snow Queen” has been sold worldwide, he says; and other dance companies around the country have contacted Eugene Ballet about performances in their cities.

Using the art loan to pay Bunch upfront ensured the production would run smoothly, Neckels says, but it also emphasized the bond between local businesses and arts organizations.

“These loans are an investment in the local economy,” she says. “We are so lucky to live in a place that has a treasure trove of high-quality arts and culture experiences. By investing in our arts, we are creating a community where people want to live, work and play.”

“We view ourselves as an integral part of the business fabric in Eugene and Springfield and feel we play a vital role

A recent study backs that up, highlighting the multimilliondollar economic impact of the local arts and culture sector.

Art Loans encourage Eugene businesses, artists and nonprofits to incorporate art in a way that creates economic growth. Find out more at artsbusinessalliance.org

in attracting talent here for other businesses,” he says. 

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In many ways, arts and culture are the heartbeat of a city. Eugene has a vibrant and varied arts community, featuring top-notch music, dance, theatre, visual art and more. Our creative spirit draws people here, and it inspires us to stay. In this year’s issue of the Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene Arts Guide, we’ve highlighted Eugene’s arts and culture community and touched on the many ways you can get involved. Representatives of these organizations will attend the upcoming Arts After Hours on April 11, 2019, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Arts After Hours is a unique opportunity for business leaders to learn about and connect with the amazing variety of Eugene-area arts organizations and artists. More than just an enjoyable social event, Arts After Hours is also an opportunity for Eugene business and arts leaders to create new relationships, strike up conversations about future partnerships and discuss the congruent interests of the arts and business. Explore the following pages and discover all the opportunities to tap into your creative side!




#instaballet is a unique interactive dance company specializing in accessible performances and audience participation. Through an original model, created by co-founders Antonio Anacan and Suzanne Haag, performances are shaped as the attending audience is asked to create a new ballet in real-time with professional dancers. Performances focus on joy within the creative process and a demystification of ballet and serves as a fun activity for audience members of all ages and abilities.

The 20x21EUG Mural Project is an initiative of the City of Eugene Cultural Services Public Art Program to create 20 or more worldclass outdoor murals in Eugene before the 2021 IAAF Worlds Championships. 20x21EUG aims to bring color and life to Eugene’s urban landscape with a week-long mural festival, Eugene Walls from July 27 – Aug. 2, 2019. Take a tour of the completed murals—18 so far—by downloading a mural map at 20x21EUG.com.

Opportunities to get involved Seeking volunteers and sponsors for the upcoming season and looking to expand its already-stellar board. Free summer performances, starting in May 2019. instaballet.org instaballet@gmail.com 208-412-8408

Opportunities to get involved Businesses can partner through sponsorships, in-kind donations of goods, services and hospitality, or volunteer at a mural site during Eugene Walls. 20x21EUG.com 20x21EUG@gmail.com 541-682-6342



The mission of Actors Cabaret of Eugene is to offer experiential education for performers and technicians and provide a quality theatrical experience for the community. Actors and stage crew are volunteers and the focus is almost exclusively musical theatre, as part of a dinner/brunch. A former South Eugene High School drama teacher, Joe Zingo serves as artistic director.

ArtCity cultivates an art ecosystem that empowers artists to grow their practice, invites community members to engage creatively, and helps our city thrive culturally and economically. Would you like to participate as an artist, sponsor or collaborator? There are many ways to participate and make art happen!

Opportunities to get involved Serve as a board member, help with “fun”draising or assist backstage! The 40th season continues with “Beehive,” “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Urinetown,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” actorscabaret.org CABARET1@aol.com 541-683-4368


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Opportunities to get involved ArtCity is seeking board members and committee members, as well as professional development mentors. Go online to learn about Rain Play, The Umbrella Project and the Umbrella Project Auction. artcityeugene.com artcityeugene@gmail.com 541-556-2522



Ballet Fantastique (BFan) is a powerhouse for inventive dance theater in the Northwest. Established in 2000, BFan re-imagines the future of dance—building inclusive new audiences through contemporary ballet premieres (Company), training a diverse next generation of artists (Academy), and inspiring youth through education programs that reach across traditional access barriers to reach underserved kids (Outreach).

Recognized by the State of Oregon as an Oregon Heritage Tradition, the Bohemia Mining Days Festival packs the third weekend in July with entertainment and cultural experiences, celebrating Cottage Grove’s colorful history. All ages will enjoy live entertainment, parades, Kids Zone, Helena (under-21 only) Saloon, contests and a historical treasure hunt with cash prizes, demonstrators, 80+ vendors, train, carnival, zipline, beer and wine garden, themed meals and more.

Opportunities to get involved BFan is always seeking board members and volunteers! Check out our upcoming world-premiere of Cleopatra, happening Mother’s Day weekend at the Hult.

Opportunities to get involved Volunteers, Donors & Vendors needed now to help celebrate the 60th “Diamond Jubilee,” July 18-20, 2019, at Coiner & Bohemia Parks. Free admission and parking.

balletfantastique.org bfan.partnership@gmail.com 541-342-4611

bohemiaminingdays.org bmd@bohemiaminingdays.org 541-942-5064



As the first resident company of the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in Springfield, Chamber Music Amici’s mission is to produce excellent, affordable chamber music concerts that appeal to all ages. With the motto “Creating community through great music” Amici promotes the development of a new generation of music lovers in collaboration with public schools in Springfield, Eugene and Cottage Grove, along with other arts organizations, businesses and local governments.

EUGfun, a program of City of Eugene Cultural Services, offers more than 100 free, family-friendly events throughout summer and fall. The EUGfun series provides opportunities for community members to connect, create and be entertained throughout our beautiful city. Events include live music, movies, dancing, human-powered fun, library events, theater in the parks and more.

Opportunities to get involved From committee-level to strategic planning at the board level, there are many ways to get involved! chambermusicamici.org info@chambermusicamici.org 541-953-9204

Opportunities to get involved Join in at events and help spread the word! Visit eugfun.org or pick up your free EUGfun guide at Eugene community centers, pools and libraries. eugfun.org sksharkey@eugene-or.gov 541-682-6342

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A collaboration of a local design team and nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane Co., Envia Fashion of Eugene brings you stylish, upcycled and repurposed products that you can feel good about, by using a sustainable business model that diverts waste, provides jobs and supports our community in multiple ways.

Eugene Ballet provides high-quality, professional dance performances and innovative educational services to a broad-based audience in Oregon and throughout the western United States. Eugene Ballet has set a high standard in the performing arts, differentiating itself among dance companies in the West and nationwide with its ability to present outstanding work and educational services in both rural and urban communities.

Opportunities to get involved Join Envia Fashion for St. Vinnie’s Metamorphose Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Lane Events Center, featuring inventive style that makes a difference, including upcycled art, fashion and fun! ENVIAfashion.com info@ENVIAfashion.com 541-687-5820

Opportunities to get involved Eugene Ballet is seeking to expand its volunteer base, as well as its Board of Directors. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Eugene Ballet. eugeneballet.org eballet@eugeneballet.org 541-485-3992



Since 1975, the Eugene Concert Choir, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Diane Retallack, has performed its way to becoming a celebrated pillar of the rich cultural fabric of the Pacific Northwest— an enduring, vital part of the community that gives adult avocational singers the opportunity to perform at a professional level, so that the beauty and power of choral singing are enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Eugene Opera’s mission is to bring the highest quality opera possible to Eugene and surrounding areas and to contribute to the future of the art form by increasing the audience and financial resources for opera, by identifying and engaging emerging artists of professional potential and by developing educational programs for schools, young artists and the community at large.

Opportunities to get involved Eugene Concert Choir has sponsorship and advertisement opportunities for its 2019-20 season and, as always, welcomes new partnerships with local businesses. eugeneconcertchoir.org choir@eugeneconcertchoir.org 541-687-6865


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Opportunities to get involved Upcoming performances include “As One” on May 17 & 19, 2019, at the Hult Center. Eugene Opera is also actively recruiting board members. eugeneopera.org info@eugeneopera.org 541-485-3985



Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) has kept youth music alive in our community since 1934. Its mission is to inspire and lead students on a journey of discovery through orchestral instruction and performance. Each year, it awards more than $30,000 in scholarships for classes, orchestras and instrument rentals, so that any student can participate. From beginning to advanced ensembles, ESYO gives young musicians a place to learn, grow, lead and play!

The Eugene Symphony pursues its mission of enriching lives through the power of music by presenting classical, pops and community engagement performances and by regularly commissioning and premiering new American works. As a guiding principle, the Eugene Symphony is committed to serving, educating and developing the widest possible regional audience through its programs. More than 26,000 people now attend Eugene Symphony’s classical, family and special performances each year.

Opportunities to get involved Attend the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony concerts, as part of ESYO’s 85th Season, May 21-23, 2019, 7:30 pm, at South Eugene High School. The musicians will astound you! esyorchestras.org info@esyorchestras.org 541-484-0473

Opportunities to get involved Eugene Symphony partners with the creative geniuses at Harmonic Laboratory to present “The Color of Sound” on April 18, 2019, 7:30 pm, at the Hult Center. eugenesymphony.org stephanie.domurat@eugenesymphony.org 541-687-9487



Since its grand opening in 1982, the Hult Center has been charming audiences and popular performers with its stunning architectural and acoustical features. Operated by the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division, The Hult Center is part of the City’s Library, Recreation and Cultural Services Department and features the Hult Presents series, along with six amazing local resident companies.

Inspirational Sounds is a nonprofit, music and performing arts organization. Its mission is to promote the heritage of AfricanAmerican gospel musical traditions, which are rooted in American music. It provides professional art productions and educational awareness to engage diverse communities in the arts by teaching gospel singing and by bringing about unity among various racial, ethnic and cross-generational constituents of our community.

Opportunities to get involved Get involved by interning, or join SHO (Support HultCenter Operations), or just stay in the loop via the Hult Happenings weekly email. hultcenter.org hultcenter@ci.eugene.or.us 541-682-5000

Opportunities to get involved Singers and production assistants are welcomed year-round. Attend the “Honey Whiskey Trio” show at The Shedd Institute, Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30 pm; dinner at 6 pm. inspirationalsoundsgospelchoir.org inspirationalsound@gmail.com 541-517-3770

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The only academic art museum in Oregon accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the University of Oregon Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA) features engaging exhibitions, significant collections of historic and contemporary art and exciting educational programs that support the university’s academic mission and the diverse interests of its off-campus communities.

Karin Clarke Gallery was founded in 2002 by the daughter of accomplished Eugene artists Margaret Coe and Mark Clarke (19352016). The gallery’s mission is to mount museum-quality shows of established Oregon artists, with an emphasis on painters. This small and elegant downtown gallery features monthly changing exhibits, as well as special services, like free delivery, trying works before buying and flexible payment plans.

Opportunities to get involved Businesses can collaborate through sponsorships, corporate giving and by joining the Patron Circle Corporate Program for exclusive partnership opportunities. jsma.uoregon.edu jsma@uoregon.edu 541-346-3027

Opportunities to get involved Attend an upcoming exhibit - April: Icon painter OLGA VOLCHOVA. May: Nationally known contemporary realist painter JAMES KRONER. June: Estate works of RICK BARTOW (1946-2016) karinclarkegallery.com kclarkegallery@mindspring.com 760 Willlamette St., Eugene, OR 97401



Lane Arts Council, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit organization with the mission to cultivate strong and creative arts communities in Lane County. Lane Arts Council supports local artists and arts organizations, provides in-school arts education programs and facilitates arts experiences through community programs, such as the Community Arts Grant and the First Friday ArtWalk.

Bringing Art to Life! Founded in 1950, The Maude Kerns Art Center is a nonprofit community center dedicated to the visual arts. Its mission is to promote and advocate for the creation and appreciation of the visual arts by offering a wide variety of education and exhibition programs for all ages, as well as studio space for artists and support for community artists.

Opportunities to get involved Ignite opportunities for kids to make art! Attend the ArtSpark gala on April 26th to support arts education in Eugene 4J schools. Tickets at artsparkeugene.org.

Opportunities to get involved Visit and/or volunteer at Maude Kerns Art Center at 1910 E. 15th Ave. Eugene, 97403. Galleries, Gift Shop, Classes, Studios, Events/ Art and Vineyard Sponsorship.

lanearts.org lanearts@lanearts.org 541-485-2278

mkartcenter.org staff@mkartcenter.org 541-345-1571


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MECCA’s mission is to divert materials from the waste stream and bring them into our community’s creative endeavors. It inspires people to think differently about waste, while breaking down the financial barriers to arts and creativity, through three program areas: education, artist services and the Materials Exchange. MECCA offers affordable workshops, family programs, and an annual Object Afterlife Art Challenge, in addition to donating materials to educators and community arts projects.

MEDGE is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization that provides a venue for fostering performance, education and the enjoyment of Middle Eastern dance. The organization was founded in 1991 and has a membership of more than 120 performers, musicians, teachers, students and supporters. The guild is open to all who share its vision of education and enjoyment in Middle Eastern dance and music. MEDGE sponsors professional shows, workshops and lectures in the Eugene area.

Opportunities to get involved MECCA is currently recruiting potential board members to represent the arts, education and environmental sustainability.

Opportunities to get involved Attend monthly shows held each 2nd Saturday, 7 pm, at Whirled Pies downtown at 8th & Charnelton. Don’t miss the International Dance Day show on April 13, 2019.

materials-exchange.org heather@materials-exchange.org 541-302-1810

medge.org medgesecretary@gmail.com 541-206-4326



Presenting the masterworks of J.S. Bach and Bach-inspired works to audiences for nearly five decades, Oregon Bach Festival began at the invitation of Dr. Royce Saltzman, former associate dean of the University of Oregon School of Music, in collaboration with German conductor and organist Helmuth Rilling. In addition to traditional choral-orchestral works, the Festival presents internationally renowned guest artists, family programing, community events and educational opportunities.

Celebrating its 38th season, Oregon Mozart Players is a professional chamber orchestra. In addition to a concert series, members perform substantial educational outreach, reaching children as young as 2.5 years to adults, well past age 100. Vigorous advocates of music, Oregon Mozart Players constantly evaluates missing opportunities in the community in an effort to make music available to all.

Opportunities to get involved Tickets available May 2, 2019, online, by phone or in-person at the Hult Center Box Office. To inquire about seasonal work for 2019, contact the Oregon Bach Festival. oregonbachfestival.org bachfest@uoregon.edu 541-346-5666

Opportunities to get involved There are many opportunities, including volunteering, interning, becoming a board member or concert patron, or helping to expand educational programs and much more! oregonmozartplayers.org kaiser@oregonmozartplayers.org 541-345-6648

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Radio Redux performs vintage radio scripts live at the Hult Center fifteen times a year. Each show features live sound effects and commercials, dynamic actors and music for a visual and aural treat that’s “Radio Worth Watching.” Now in its 10th year, the critically acclaimed Radio Redux re-creates classic stories, as originally performed live on stage before a studio audience in the 1940s. If you like podcasts, you’ll love Radio Redux!

Travel Lane County promotes the arts in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Its events calendar is full of arts activities and is open to area arts organizations. Artists and arts organizations are represented on the Travel Lane County board, and staff members are involved in local arts organizations. Recognizing the value to residents and visitors, Travel Lane County is dedicated to enhancing and promoting this key economic sector.

Opportunities to get involved Radio Redux has opportunities for actors, musicians, donors, support personnel, board members, sponsors and advertisers. Contact Radio Redux through its website.

Opportunities to get involved Show Your Ticket: By showing your ticket at participating businesses, you can get special discounts up to four days before and up to four days after performances.

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” – Winston S. Churchill

When we give to others, we make our community a better place. At Mercedes-Benz of Eugene, we are proud to support the work of several local organizations that provide care, compassion and opportunity to people in Lane County. These include The Relief Nursery, Volunteers in Medicine, Bridgeway House, University of Oregon, The Shedd Institute and many more.

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When the Chamber asked me to

When I was asked to write this article, I

contribute an article to this edition of

had just finished reading a story in the

“OPEN for Business,” I was asked to

newspaper about Julia Cameron’s “The

do two things: 1) say a bit about myself,

Artist’s Way”—“a course in discovering

and 2) try to connect the article to the

and recovering your creative self,”

topic of creativity, which serves as the

which, as the title suggests, serves as a

overarching theme of this issue of the

tool for creative types, including loyal

magazine. I’m going to add a third

followers, such as Patricia Cornwell,

objective for myself in writing this, and

Pete Townshend and Alicia Keys. It is

that is to end with a call to action that I

also embraced by more business-focused

hope will encourage you, the reader, to

types, like Tim Ferriss.

step out of your comfort zone to see and

“…we live in a

hear and do things in our community with the goal of experiencing

community that

something new.

is absolutely

After moving to Eugene a decade ago, I knew right away that I wanted this

bustling with art

to be “home.” As such, I invested in

and creativity.”

our community by starting my first business here in 2012. The Barn Light,

I’ve since implemented one of the book’s

located in the heart of downtown

exercises, called “Morning Pages,”

Eugene, is a café and bar that’s open

which instructs you to simply write

early and late—or, as we say, “For Early

three pages by hand every morning on

Birds and Night Owls.” We’ve since started roasting our own coffee

whatever comes to mind. After just a week of doing this, I’m already

at Farmers Union Coffee Roasters, which opened in February at

amazed by the results.

Farmers Union Marketplace on 5th Street, next to Down to Earth. I also have the pleasure of working with digital entrepreneurship firm

One doesn’t have to tap into their own creativity to reap positive

Syndicate Media Group.

benefits; however, I wholeheartedly believe that a healthy exploration

For me, however, being a small business owner has always been

you—improves quality of life and even leads to better business decisions

about much more than what takes place within the walls of my

and more creative problem-solving solutions. The beauty of it is that we

business—it’s also about what takes place outside our doors. Getting

live in a community that is absolutely bustling with art and creativity.

involved with the Chamber early on is really what helped propel me

and appreciation of art—in whatever medium you find resonates with

to engage with the greater community in a meaningful way.

So, please, go listen to the Eugene Symphony. See the masterworks

In addition to serving as a director for the Chamber, I serve as an

performance. Check out works by our talented local artists, like

associate director at Northwest Community Credit Union. I also

Benjamin Terrell, Wes Herd, Bayne Gardner, Ila Rose and so many

serve as a committee member for the 20x21EUG Mural Project,

others. Walk into an art gallery. Give the First Friday Artwalk a go.

which aims to bring 20 world-class murals to Eugene by 2021. This

Whatever it may be, connect with the creativity that surrounds you

mural project leads me to the topic of creativity!

and all of us who are lucky enough to call Eugene home.

on loan at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Watch a theater

Pictured are business partners Thomas Pettus-Czar, left, and Mark Sheppard, owners of The Barn Light and Farmers Union Coffee Roasters.


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Keep business thriving. Our business goals are all about helping you achieve your business goals. Let’s get to work. MyOCCU.org/Thriving

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A community of collaborators, game-changers, movers and shakers: Here’s a look at this quarter’s Chamber happenings, as we work to build networks, move forward projects, and elevate both businesses and professionals.

Our 2018 First Citizen, Jenny Ulum, embraced a crowd of nearly 650 business professionals at our annual Celebration of Business in January. Jenny has committed herself to the community throughout her career and has continuously put tremendous effort into making it better for others. We wrapped up 2018 by honoring a group of incredible young professionals at the 20 Under 40 Awards. Congratulations to the 2018 winners! Oregon Supported Living Program employees Gretchen Dubie, Mija Andrade and Jesse Belcher enjoyed each other’s company at our annual Celebration of Business. We were excited to join the owners of Dark Pine Coffee and Eugene Togo’s as they embarked on their new partnership—sharing the Togo’s space downtown to bring a new, local coffee shop to the neighborhood. Brittany Quick-Warner spoke with over 400 professionals about her experience as Chamber CEO and talked about where she sees the industry headed in coming years. Each year, Eugene high schools nominate an exceptional student for consideration as our Future First Citizens. These seniors have demonstrated the highest level of achievement and also spend their time serving their communities. Congratulations to our 2018 Future First Citizen, Niyah Thomason, and our other finalists. Thank you for your hard work and dedication! The Leadership Eugene Springfield program had the opportunity to tour the EWEB Steam Plant, while learning about the upcoming Riverfront Project, as a part of their Land Use and Transportation Day.

Don’t miss a minute, visit EugeneChamber.com for a calendar of events.


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BUSINESS NEWS Seneca Sawmill is proud to be the purchaser of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Pedal Power timber sale. The BLM crafted a dynamic plan that includes areas of riparian reserve around streams, late-successional reserve around an older stand, dozens of wildlife trees left throughout the harvest, and an untouched buffer area near a neighboring property. Of the 394 acres, only 92 acres will be harvested in patches dispersed throughout the Pedal Power project area. Once the harvest is complete in 2021, the BLM in partnership with Willamalane, Disciples of Dirt and other organizations in the community will extend the trail system that already exists on Willamalane’s property onto the BLM’s Pedal Power site to create almost 9 miles of new trails through the dynamic landscape for hikers, mountain bikers and the community as a whole. Seneca paid a little over $1 million for the timber, and half of that payment will be transferred from the federal government to western Oregon counties for public services, such as road improvements and law enforcement. The harvest itself will create jobs in the community and provide revenue for the local economy. PeaceHealth and ZOOM+Care® (“Zoom”) announced on Dec. 18, 2018, that they have signed a definitive agreement for PeaceHealth to acquire ZOOM+Care. PeaceHealth and Zoom® will provide access to a continuum of care that offers consumers more choice and convenience in how they receive healthcare services, ranging from mobile app-driven services and neighborhood clinics to sophisticated specialty and hospital services. Local real estate firms Real NW Group and ICON Real Estate Group have combined as of Jan. 1, 2019. The merger will bring most agents from RealNW Group under the ICON Real Estate Group name, while Sadie Dressekie, owner and principal broker for Real NW Group, and other commercial real estate brokers will continue operating under the Real NW Group name as the commercial arm of the business. PeaceHealth now supports Health Records on iPhone, which brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Apple Health app to make it easy for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose. Now, patients will have medical information from all PeaceHealth facilities and other participating organizations coordinated into one view, including allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures and vitals. After setting up an account, patients receive notifications when their data is updated. Health Records data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode, Touch ID or Face ID.


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Summit Bank has taken the first step toward entering Oregon’s largest market, by hiring seven employees that will be based in downtown Portland. While the new employees will operate from a professional suite initially, Summit Bank intends to occupy office space and a branch in the downtown Portland area in the near future. With offices in Eugene, Bend and now a loan production office in Portland, Summit Bank is a community bank that specializes in providing high-level service to professionals and mediumsized businesses and their owners. Summit Bank is the No. 1 community bank lender in Oregon for SBA Financing. Summit Bank reported net income for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2018, of $5.76 million or $1.10 per fully diluted share. Strong contributions from all of Summit’s operating units combined with a lower effective federal tax rate during 2018 allowed the bank to achieve a 71 percent increase in fully diluted earnings per share compared to the previous year. Summit achieved its sixth consecutive year of annual loan growth in excess of 20 percent during 2018. Total net loans as of Dec. 31, 2018, were $342.1 million, representing a 24 percent increase over the fiscal 2017 total of $276.5 million. Deposit growth mirrored loan increases, with total deposits increasing by $72.8 million or 24 percent over the previous year. The bank has maintained its profitability during the recent rapid growth, with return on average equity for 2018 of 15.3 percent marking Summit’s sixth consecutive year producing return on equity in excess of 10 percent. The Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah has named Paul Hoobyar as its new Board of Directors president. Paul is a trained mediator and facilitator in natural resource issues with watershed initiatives. He is also an experienced river guide and recently authored a book, “Rogue River Reprieve.” Paul follows interim Board President Philip Bayles who will resume his role of vice president. Philip is the music director of the United Lutheran Church, conductor of the Riverside Chamber Symphony, and owner of RaptorViews. Kevin Shanley, retired landscape architect, returns to the board after a year hiatus. Two new board members were also appointed: Susan Ezzy Jordan, owner of Jordan Law, P.C., and Saelon Renkes, photographer and instructor. Kurt Katsura, a Windermere Real Estate broker in Eugene, has joined the nonprofit Oregon Contemporary Theatre Board of Directors.

PROMOTIONS & NEW HIRES Sapient Private Wealth Management is pleased to announce Jake Eld, CFA, CAIA, has joined the firm as chief investment officer. Before joining Sapient, Eld served as associate director of investments at the University of Oregon Foundation. U.S. Bank is pleased to welcome Ryan Allbritton as its new community banking region president in Eugene. He brings over 20 years of experience with U.S. Bank and will now oversee the Salem and Eugene markets. PeaceHealth is pleased to announce the following new hires: Dr. Verena Samara has joined the neurology department at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Dr. Jennifer Mitchell has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group’s family medicine department, based at the Barger clinic. Dr. Elizabeth “Libbey” Lincoln has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group’s family medicine department and will be based at the primary care clinic at RiverBend Pavilion. Dr. Devin Lee has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group’s adult and family medicine department as a float physician. Schirmer Satre Group, a Eugene consulting firm with specialties in land use planning, landscape architecture and environmental resources, is pleased to announce the addition of Diego Fernando Verduzco, landscape designer; Haley Campbell, planner; and Kelly Fitzgerald, office manager, to the firm. Diego Verduzco received a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of California at Davis in 2017 and joined Schirmer Satre Group as a landscape designer in December 2017. Haley Campbell received a bachelor’s degree in arts in planning, public policy and management from the University of Oregon in 2016. Haley joined Schirmer Satre Group as a planner in August 2018. Kelly Fitzgerald has joined Schirmer Satre Group as office manager. As a part of the Schirmer Satre Group team, Kelly brings her years of professionalism, organizational and people skills to assist the team in the overall running of the office.


PeaceHealth is pleased to announce the following recent leadership hires and appointments: Julie Christensen has been named director of supply chain for the PeaceHealth Oregon Network, providing leadership in stewardship initiatives and ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in product delivery systems. She has worked for PeaceHealth for 10 years, the last seven in leadership roles in business and supply chain surgical services. Michael Friedlander, MD, MHSA, FHM, has been named medical director of hospital medicine for both PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center campuses after serving on an interim basis since April 2018. He has worked as an independent clinical hospitalist at the University District campus for the last two years. Dr. Friedlander brings 28 years of internal medicine experience, including extensive clinical leadership experience. Kim McKinley, DNP, MSN, RN, has been named director of the trauma program at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, after serving in the role on an interim basis since August 2018. She has served in several trauma leadership roles at hospitals in California and New Mexico, including chief nursing informatics officer and executive director for stroke and trauma and for trauma, emergency, flight and critical care. Adam Mellott has been named director of imaging services at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Mellott has been imaging manager for the last eight years and brings more than 19 years of radiology technology experience to his new role. His areas of focus will include business development, operational management and collaboration with our radiologist and other physician groups. Essex General Construction has promoted Dan Skotte to senior project manager. Dan was the project manager for some high-profile projects, including a LEED Platinum, multi-family mid-rise project in Eugene. In his new role, he will turn his focus to client relations, business development and providing preconstruction services. Dan attended Oregon State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management. Alexandra (Ali) Hilsher has become a partner with Hershner Hunter, LLP. Ali joined the firm in 2013 after clerking for the Honorable Timothy J. Sercombe of the Oregon

Court of Appeals. Ali graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana, summa cum laude, in 2008, and the University of Oregon School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 2011. Ali focuses her practice on litigation and appeals. Gleaves Swearingen LLP is pleased to announce that David L. Jacobson has been named a partner in the firm. David is a member of our firm’s business law group. He focuses his practice on business transactions, technology law, and intellectual property matters. The Oregon Community Foundation has filled key positions on their team that serves Benton, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane and Linn counties: Patrick Hosfield started Jan. 22 as Donor Relations Officer. Hosfield will work with advised fund donors in Coos, Curry, Douglas and Lane counties. He has extensive experience working in development and donor relations, most recently with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as with the San Francisco Symphony and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. He previously lived in Eugene, working for the University of Oregon’s Bach Festival. Tina Garland was promoted to regional program associate. This new, unique regional position was created to support growth in funds and grantmaking. She will assist with administration of competitive grant and scholarship funds. Most recently, Garland was the regional coordinator in the local Oregon Community Foundation office. Todd Salnas will join PeaceHealth Oregon as chief operating officer (COO). His first day at PeaceHealth is March 18, 2019. In his role as Oregon Network COO, Salnas will assume leadership over our four hospitals’ operations, with a focus on clinical excellence, top decile quality outcomes, operational efficiency and leading a Lean culture for our ministry. Lindsey McCarthy joined Lane Electric Cooperative as manager of marketing and public relations on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Previously, she served as marketing and communications director at Eugene Symphony

Association and as an account executive at CAWOOD marketing agency in Eugene. She graduated from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at University of Oregon with a public relations degree from the School of Journalism and Communication. Mercedes-Benz of Eugene is pleased to enhance its top-notch sales experience with three new hires: Jay Keller has worked for more than two decades to build relationships and provide an exceptional customer service experience. Having worked in the sales industry for many years, Jay is knowledgeable, friendly and truly wants to help people exceed their car buying expectations. Cris Olson has worked in luxury retail for 20 years in the Caribbean, Alaska and Eugene. He made a successful transition from fine Swiss timepieces to exceptional German automobiles. Attention to detail and customer service continue to define his career. Carlena Deutsch was promoted from product concierge, where she taught innovative technology to new and existing Mercedes customers. She understands the importance of finding the perfect car and offers a “best or nothing” low pressure, customer service-based approach to the car buying experience. Chambers Construction of Eugene recently hired Brian Warner and Logan Zenk as project engineers. Warner, a Marine Veteran, recently served as project manager, coordinator and engineer for Greenberry Industries. He brings with him 12 years of construction industry experience. Zenk, who joined the Chambers team in November, has more than 12 years of project engineering experience. He previously worked as project engineer for Ausland Group in Medford.

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Ed Russo, a former reporter and editor at “The Register-Guard,” has been hired by the City of Eugene as a business outreach specialist. His responsibilities include acting as a liaison between the city and businesses to help firms create well-paying jobs, which contributes to a healthy local economy and regional prosperity. As a journalist, Russo wrote about government and business for three newspapers in two states. Before journalism, he owned and operated a restaurant on the Northern California Coast. Carte Blanche Caterers’ Chef and Owner Mark Stern is pleased to announce Mary Ann (M.A.) Reilly, CMP has joined as executive director. With 35 years in the hospitality industry, M. A. brings a wealth of experience, focusing on new client acquisition and event coordination. Jen McGreaham has joined the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce as the new Director of Marketing & Communications. Jen brings experience in events, marketing campaigns, project management and strategic communications from her previous roles at SELCO and Northwest Community credit unions.

KUDOS Mercedes-Benz of Eugene General Manager Ralph Parshall and Service Manager Simone Williams received the Patriot Award for their support of Service Technician Sgt. Richard Welford. The Department of Defense’s Employment Support Program award honors employers and managers who are outstanding in their support of employees, who are also in the National Guard or Army Reserve. Sgt. Welford has served in the Army Reserve for eight years. Welford is a member of the USAR 671st Engineer Company, serving in the 91B Motor Pool of the Army Reserve. He has eight years of service with the U.S. Army Reserve, including having served eight months in Iraq.

The Oregon Bankers Association (OBA), in partnership with Oregon Business magazine, has announced that Essex General Construction (“Essex”), based in Eugene and Portland, is the recipient of OBA’s 2018 Community Applause Award. The Community Applause Award, which is given to an Oregon business in acknowledgement of their significant service and contributions to their community, was presented to Essex during a banking industry luncheon on Dec. 4, 2018, in Portland. Lions Clubs International and local Lions Clubs have raised $220,000 for the Heartfelt House, an $8.4-million project set to open in June that will offer comfortable, affordable lodging to out-of-town families of patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield and University District in Eugene. The 20,208-square-foot house will be just a five-minute walk from RiverBend. FASTSIGNS® of Eugene was recently named the “Rookie of the Year” for new centers at the 2019 FASTSIGNS Convention held in Orlando, Florida. SELCO Community Credit Union is inviting qualifying high school seniors to apply for a share of $50,000 through SELCO’s Annual Scholarship Program. This year, SELCO has raised individual scholarships to $2,500, up from $1,500, to be awarded to 20 high school seniors planning to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university. The application process is open through April 1, 2019. Twenty-three Lane County educators have been awarded mini-grants from Northwest Community Credit Union. The winners were selected from 320 submissions that the credit union received as part of its annual Project Community mini-grant award program. Project Community was designed to boost the work of educators who create meaningful learning experiences for kids. “We want to help inspire learning, by supporting the innovative ideas of teachers who just need a little assistance to implement a great lesson plan,” said Northwest Community Credit Union President and CEO John Iglesias. The following educators received a cumulative total of $23,000 for instructional support: Sarah Heacox-Jackson Agnes Stewart Middle School

Talor Kirk Fairfield Elementary School

Katy McGuire Awbrey Park Elementary School

Zach Allen Hamlin Middle School

Stacie Yarbro Awbrey Park Elementary School

Jennifer Backer Hamlin Middle School

Amy Brooks Briggs Middle School

Sarah Parsons Harrison Elementary School

Joe Hass Briggs Middle School

Lisa Sherman Lincoln Middle School

Ginger Topize Cal Young Middle School

Bill Bechen London Elementary School

Sheila Gheifi Cottage Grove High School

Kim Saisslin Meadowview School

Ricardo Florez Cottage Grove High School

Aaron Thornton Oaklea Middle School

Michele Kau Crow Middle/High School

Jessika Smith Prairie Mountain School

Crystal Strege Danebo Elementary School

Shelley Powers Springfield High School

David Ghelfi Dorena Elementary School

Allix Baker Thurston High School

Debra Pennicott Elizabeth Page Elementary School


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BOLD LEADERSHIP By Brittany Quick-Warner, CEO Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce


n a world that feels more polarized as each day passes, organizations

“Economic opportunity and well-being”—now, that is something I

like ours often find themselves between a rock and hard place

can buy into. People living happy, healthy lives—that is what regional

when it comes to taking positions, speaking out and demonstrating

prosperity means to us. While the cause is valiant, the lift is mighty—

bold leadership to improve our region’s prosperity. The tough issues facing our community are very rarely black and white, and our business members come from diverse backgrounds, industries and

and we know we can’t do it on our own. We are proudly focused on helping businesses succeed by developing

political affiliations.

and retaining talent, cultivating business-friendly leaders, solving

So how do we weigh in, gain consensus and catalyze solutions for the

a fragment of the work that needs to be done to create a prosperous

difficult issues facing our community? With patience, thoughtful

community. We need our partners who are focused on serving the

research and grace for ourselves and others when we get it wrong.

homeless, helping families and children succeed, improving our

We survey our members, read and learn from the supporting and

education system, addressing climate change and building homes,

opposing arguments and look at the data whenever we can.

among so many other activities.


While we may not provide direct services in those areas or even lead

Improving the prosperity of our region means different things to

the conversation, it is critical that we are at the table, supporting the

different people. Our definition of prosperity has evolved as a

other cogs in the wheel, just as we hope others will work with us to

Chamber, as well.

help businesses succeed.

Prosperity, to us, means more than money in business owners’


pockets—despite what the mistaken stereotypes of business people

Partnerships, uncommon alliances and bringing diverse voices to the

and Chambers of Commerce suggest. Prosperity also means more than

table help us get to creative and innovative solutions and get past the

job creation. While more jobs are certainly important, our Chamber

misunderstanding and the stereotypes.

and our business leaders believe it goes much deeper than that.

problems and advocating for business-friendly policies. That is only

Bold leadership also means recognizing that there may not be a perfect

Profits and job growth are a means to an end. We want to see profits

solution or crystal-clear win-win. It’s having the courage to make a

translate to wage growth, and jobs that lower overall unemployment

decision and move forward when nothing seems easy. It also requires

numbers in our region. We want jobs and wage growth to translate

humility, to admit when something didn’t work, the awareness to learn

into financial security, healthy families and happy citizens. We also

from mistakes and the nimbleness to pivot to a new solution.

want profits and business growth to turn into a growing tax base with more resources for schools, safety, parks and resources for our most vulnerable populations.

If we can do that together and commit to coming to the table with an open mind, then we can truly embody bold leadership.

PROSPERITY IS ALL-ENCOMPASSING If our mission stopped at “improving the local economy” or “helping businesses succeed,” it wouldn’t tell the whole story. Our mission is to be a catalytic leader in creating a diverse and vibrant economy that drives economic opportunity and well-being for our community.


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