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July Luncheon with Guest Speaker Lauree Austin

July 18, 2016

Headshot_LaureeAustin 2014You are invited to join us for our Downtown PBL luncheon, on Wednesday, July 27th at the University Club. 11:45-1:15. Our guest speaker will be Lauree Austin.

Lauree is a native Oregonian who spent five years in the Czech Republic prior to becoming a Fundraising Strategist and On-Air Host at i58:10 Media.

She has developed her specialized skills in media and fundraising communications from her work in radio domestically and abroad as an on-air personality as well as serving as a creative communications director in Central and Eastern Europe.

As an ICF trained coach she has consulted with both Fortune 500 and non profit executives and teams around change, management and communication. She is a skilled facilitator and storyteller and brings a dynamic energy to any program and experience. Lauree has traveled to more than 46 countries, with the list ever-expanding.

Join us to hear Lauree share her faith-story. She is a young woman you just want to know and hang out with. She is creative, fun, dynamic and a thought leader who connects with many in our community and around the world.

  • The fee for lunch is $25.00
  • Lunch not guaranteed without reservation
  • We can accommodate most dietary requests with advance notice

Register Now

If you have questions about Portland Business Luncheons or would like to know how to better connect with the group, feel free to contact any of the following leaders.

Erick Bjorge

Jim Eney

Serena Morones

We look forward to meeting with you soon!

For questions about this week’s luncheon contact:

Cathryn Brinkman 503-906-1581


June 15th, 2016 Eastside Luncheon With Special Guest Charle Young

June 6, 2016

Charle Young

Portland Business Luncheons Presents You With Charle Young

charle young jrYou are invited to join us for our Eastside PBL luncheon Wednesday June 15th. Our guest speaker will be Charle Young.

College Football Hall of Fame and former All-American football player from USC, Charle Young is looking forward to sharing a message of hope. Young helped the USC Trojans win a national championship. He was sixth overall player taken in the 1973 NFL draft, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles. He earned Rookie of the Year honors and led the NFC in receiving for a year while going on to three Pro Bowls in Philadelphia. He also helped the Los Angles Rams reach a Super Bowl in 1979 and San Francisco 49ers in 1981.

He ended his 13-year NFL career in Seattle, where the veteran leader was brought in to help teach a team how to win. Young was voted team captain and the Seahawks went to the playoffs for the first time in team history! Making a stunning run to the AFC Championship game in 1983 and to the second round the following year after a then-franchise best 12-4 regular season.

He and his wife, Colleen, raised five children in Seattle. Charle II played football at Stanford and his youngest, Chancellor, played at Duke. His daughters, Candace and twins Cerenity and Chanel, ran track at USC.

Since his football days, Young has been an entrepreneur; involved in construction, car dealerships and other business projects. He’s been a minister, operated the Charle Young Environmental Learning Center and had his own radio show.

As a man of humility, he doesn’t define himself as a businessman or ex-football player. “I am nothing more than a purveyor of hope,” he said. “That’s what I am. Everybody needs hope. Without hope, people die. They give up. We don’t want anybody to give up.”

RSVP is required and the cost of lunch is $20.00. You are encouraged to invite and register a guest. Don’t miss this!

Click here for a link to register for this luncheon with Charle.


Adrienne Livingston-Eastside Luncheon May 18th

May 16, 2016

Adrienne Livingston

Ambridge Center, May 18th 2016

Please join us this Wednesday, May 18th from 11:45am to 1:15pm at the Ambridge Center to enjoy the season with friends in the business community and to hear from guest speaker, Adrienne Livingston.

Adrienne is the Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives at World Venture. She has been working with the individuals involved in Sex-Trafficking since 2014 when she resigned as the Executive Director of the Black United Fund of Oregon., Adrienne is a graduate of Oregon State University and Western Seminary.

Join us for lunch and to hear Adrienne share her personal story of faith, family and community service. Register Here


PBL Richard Twiss Memorial Luncheon 2/20/13

February 9, 2013


You are invited to join us for our Eastside PBL luncheon on Wednesday, February 20th at Red Lion Hotel, Convention Center on NE Grand, 1021 NE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97232, for a time of remembrance and reflection on the life and legacy of our brother, Richard Leo Twiss. Lunch is 11:45-1:15. Please register at the link below.

Richard Leo Twiss, Tayoate Ob Najin “He Stands with his People,” passed from this life and into the next, February 9, 2013 in Washington, DC encircled by his wife, Katherine, and sons Andrew, Phillip, Ian, and Daniel. Richard was 58.

In February 1997, Richard and Katherine founded the non-profit ministry of Wiconi International. Through Wiconi, Richard and Katherine touched the lives of many thousands of people.

Visit to learn more about Richard and Katherine’s work and legacy they built together.

A public celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, March 10; further details will be published later on the Wilconi website.

Many of us heard Richard’s life story in December of 2011 at the annual Christmas Portland Business Lunch. Below are three audio links to listen to Richard’s story. The last audio clip ends with a beautiful song/prayer sung by Richard.

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To RSVP and register for this luncheon please visit this link.

If you have questions about our PBL group or would like to know how to better connect with the group and it’s people, please feel free to contact any of the following people in PBL leadership. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Jim Eney

Michael Larlee

Erik Bjorge

Serena Morones

Diana Dettwyler (webmaster)

For questions about this week’s luncheon, you may call Jim Eney at 503-449-9615.


Leah McMahon to Speak at Westside Portland Business Lunch 9/12/12

August 29, 2012

Leah McMahon will be our guest speaker at the Westside PBL on Wednesday September 12th at the Portland Golf Club.

Leah McMahon was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and attended Oregon State University where she played women’s basketball. It was in Corvallis where Leah first discovered her love of making espresso drinks.

After graduating from college, Leah played basketball internationally in Australia and New Zealand with Athletes in Action. Upon returning to Oregon, she began a career in event marketing and worked for several prominent employers such as Lucy Sportswear, the Rose Garden Arena and Reed College.

In 2006, Leah opened her award-winning Gresham coffee shop, Silk Espresso. Her first published book, At First Sip, is what Leah coins as a coffee shop read; a collection of memoir style stories that walk the reader through a host of relationships and real life experiences.

Leah is active in the Gresham community and has created her own publishing company, SIP publishing, where she will continue to produce her own work and give other un-published voices a stage to share their stories. Leah lives in Troutdale, Oregon with her husband Bubba and their dog Lucy.

This event is at the Portland Golf Club, Wednesday September 12th from 11:45-1:15. Registration is required and the lunch cost is $18.00. Click here to register.


June 20th Eastside PBL Lunch

June 14, 2012

Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D., President of Warner Pacific College

Please join us for our East-side  PBL at the Red Lion Hotel-Convention Center, Wednesday June 20th, 11:45-1:15.  Our guest speaker will be Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D., President of Warner Pacific College. Reservations are required and lunch is $18.  For more details, follow this link