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33rd Annual Christmas Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Katy Crane December 13, 2019 at the Oregon Zoo

November 13, 2019

The individuals of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to the 33rd annual PBL Christmas Luncheon at the Oregon Zoo on Friday, December 13, 2019, 11:15-1:30. This year’s speaker is Oregon native Katy Spangler Crane.

Katy is a loving mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor and is a decades-long leader and mentor in the Portland business and faith community.

Having grown up on the East side of Portland, Katy attended Duniway Elementary, Cleveland High School and then on to Lewis and Clark College where she met her husband Doug Crane.
While starting her nursing career at Emanuel Hospital in the newly formed Burn Center, she and Doug also started their family.

After a difficult time for their marriage, Katy moved on from nursing to join Doug in the family business where she designed and produce educational curriculum which helped corporations transform their corporate culture.
Katy later became involved with Friends of the Children – a non-profit that works with at risk children matching professional mentors who guide children from 1st grade until they graduate from high school.
After this Katy & Doug felt led to move to Washington DC for 1 ½ years. During this journey they experienced Jesus in a fresh way and it changed the trajectory of their lives.

Currently, Katy is active with friends in Washington DC and attends Cedar Mill Bible Church in West Portland. She and Doug also host a community group focused on Jesus and his teachings every Thursday night at their home. The now famous “Jag Night” started over 15 years ago with a group working on a 1967 E-Type Jaguar.

Every day since the crisis that almost destroyed their marriage in 1983, Katy has been walking with Jesus and living out her true faith.

Friday, December 13, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM PST
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Oregon Zoo, Cascade Crest Ballroom
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221
Portland, OR 97221
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Table for 10 guests is $600.00 Check in begins at 11 a.m., seating begins at 11:15 a.m.
Tables or seats for this luncheon may purchased at this link.


October 16th PBL Luncheon with Jim Wicks

October 2, 2019

Join with us Wednesday October 16, 11:45-1:15 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton for lunch and to hear from our speaker Jim Wicks.

After years as an Executive and National Trainer with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a sequence of events in his life caused Jim to find a vision for the Lord’s kingdom on earth and pursue full-time ministry.

He founded a nonprofit called Alpha and Omega Outfitters, in which he had the opportunity to lead adventure experiences in whitewater rafting, backpacking, and high adventure, as well as international trips to South America and Africa on multiple occasions.

All of these experiences combined served as a springboard for the planting of Adsideo Church, which took shape over 13 years ago when he and his wife, Gina, moved to the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland.

Over the years, he and his kingdom partners at Adsideo have started and developed a number of businesses that not only help to sustain their life but also provide an opportunity to interact with the world in the public marketplace, just as Jesus and the early church did.

Most recently, Jim has been working with others to create a nonprofit organization focused on helping disenfranchised youth in West Africa by providing housing, education, and the development of a self-sustainable industry.      

Cost of the luncheon is $25.00

Register and reserve your spot for the luncheon at this link.


July 17th PBL With Speaker Charlene Williams

July 8, 2019

We invite invite you to attend our upcoming monthly luncheon to hear from speaker Charlene Williams, Wednesday, July 17, from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm at the Doubletree by Hilton.

Currently an assistant superintendent for the Camas School District, Charlene believes that education can act as an agent for change.

For more than 25 years, Charlene has promoted change through education, including serving as principal at Roosevelt High School during the time of The Season of Service campaign, an historic partnership between the City of Portland, churches and public schools.

Early in her career, Charlene was inspired by Carter G. Woodson’s writings from The Mis- Education of the Negro, which shaped her philosophy that leaders must equip and inspire staff members, elevate student voice and engagement, and proactively forge alliances with parents and other stakeholders.

Charlene works to eliminate all practices and structures that reproduce barriers and inequities for students, operating with the unbending belief that we can, and should, all be working together to re-imagine and reinvent education experiences and outcomes for students.

Charlene is a wife, a mother, a teacher, a leader, an author and lifelong learner, and has had the privilege of working with school communities to improve attendance, enrollment and academic outcomes and opportunities for students. Her aim is to help educators and families eliminate opportunity and outcome disparities, so each student can thrive.

Please join us to hear Charlene’s faith-life story while enjoying lunch and fellowship.

Cost of the luncheon is $20.00.

Registration is required and seating is limited, so please register at this link.

If you would like to register a group of people,
please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1580


April 24th PBL Luncheon with Serena Morones

March 29, 2019
Don’t miss our upcoming monthly luncheon with speaker Serena Morones, Wednesday, April 24th from 11:45 am – 1:15 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center.

Serena will share the faith story of her business, Morones Analytics. As a lifelong Oregonian, Serena grew up in Roseburg, Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon and Portland State University. She is married to husband Tony Morones, and has four children including a son adopted from Rwanda.

Serena believes that our aspects of life should be integrated instead of balanced-faith, family, health, business and community. Serena will share about her decision to quit a great job and start a forensic accounting firm, and how her faith has guided her on an 18 year business journey.

Come join us for lunch and fellowship and to hear Serena’s faith business story.

Cost of the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is highly suggested.
If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1580

February 20th PBL Luncheon with Speaker Panel: Ken Koopman, Larry Anderson & Wendel Birkland

February 14, 2019
Due to a late speaker cancellation, our luncheon format tomorrow will consist of a
speaker panel facilitated by Tony Kriz.
We’ll be hearing from Ken Koopman, Larry Anderson, and Wendell Birkland about the writing of the book, “Unlikely
Brotherhood,” co-written by Ken and Wendell.
Our luncheon is at the DoubleTree by Hilton, near the Lloyd Center from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.
Please register at the link below. We’re looking forward to sharing a meal and
fellowship together.
Cost of the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is highly suggested.
If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1580

The 32nd Annual PBL Christmas Luncheon with Robert King, Friday, December 14th

December 12, 2018

Portland Business Luncheons presents the 32nd Annual Christmas Luncheon with keynote speaker Robert King. Friday, December 14th, 2018 from 11:15 am to 1:30 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Robert King is a retired Commander of the North Precinct of the Portland Police Bureau. In 1991 while on duty, Robert was stabbed by a suspect and survived. Ironically this one traumatic event began a 27-year friendship with Wendell Birkland who was Robert’s attorney through the investigative process.

Their friendship became a catalyst for Robert to become active in racial reconciliation in the community.

Robert has worked with community members and police colleagues to create a space for encouraging diverse people to navigate through differences and see similarities in each other’s humanity.

A Northeast Portland native, Robert attended Central Catholic High School and graduated from Portland State University. Robert and his wife Marci have three grown children. Robert credits his faith in Jesus with the nurturing love he was shown by his Mexican grandmother as a child.

This Christmas season, come be inspired by a message of hope, healing and love from a man who is deeply grateful to have served his community for many years, and who continues to pray for the safety, health and healing of the lives he served.

Doors open at 11:00 am

Buy your seats at this link.



November 14th PBL Luncheon with Mike Taylor

October 29, 2018

The men and women of PBL are excited to host another luncheon at the Doubletree by Hilton, Wednesday November 14th at 11:45 am to 1:15 pm.

Our November speaker is Mike Taylor who has been involved with PBL since 1992.

Mike has more than 35 years experience in the financial services industry bringing his experience to advisory firms and plan sponsors in the West, through Retirement Plan Consultants, LLC.

He’s been married to Debbie for 40 years, the father of 3 adult children, and their 3 spouses, the grandfather of 8, and enjoys golf, fishing and hunting.

We’re excited to have you join us!

Cost of the lunch is $20.00 and pre-registration is required.
Register today at this link.

June 20 PBL ONE Lunch with Clyde Lewis

June 4, 2018
The men and women of PBL are excited to host another ONE Lunch at the Doubletree by Hilton with guest speaker Pastor Clyde Lewis.

Clyde is the Founder of We Care Portland and has a passion to mentor.

We Care Portland exists to empower communities throughout the Portland Metroplex with greater opportunity for education, entrepreneurship, and leadership-providing hope, through relationship, mentoring, after school programs, business and leadership opportunities, job skills, training, and partnerships.
Clyde Lewis was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He is the son of Clyde and Caillie Lewis and brother of five sisters. Pastor Clyde started preaching at the young age of 14 years old and started a Bible study in his high school.
His journey led him to being ordained at the age of 21. Since then, he has served as a assistant youth pastor at the Church of the Good Shepherd, located in Portland Oregon. His time as an Assistant Pastor led to an opportunity at Northwest community Fellowship where he served as an intern to Pastor Randy West as a church planter.
In 2002, Clyde founded and planted The Church Without Walls where he serves as an Senior Pastor. Shortly after its founding, Clyde married his fiancee Lisa Golden. Clyde and Lisa have two beautiful children, Jaylin and Imani.
Please come and join us! Cost of lunch is $30.00 and pre-registration is required.

May 16, PBL ONE Lunch

April 23, 2018

DoubletreeJoin us Wednesday May 16, at 11:45 for our PBL ONE Lunch for an intimate and engaging round table discussion at the Doubletree by Hilton.

Our speaker Mike Taylor will be unable to join us due to a family emergency.

Instead of the speaker format, we’ll take the time to enjoy a moderated round table discussion.

We hope you join us!

Please pre-register at this link.