Recognizing that Yamhill County is full of interesting and accomplished women, YES started a program to bring community women of different ages and professions together for culture and conversation.
We are thrilled to announce our lineup of amazing and accomplished women for Spring 2015.
This year we are requiring tickets to be purchased in advance. Individual tickets are $20 each or you can purchase the whole Speaker Series for just $45.
Sharon Harmon, Oregon Humane Society Executive Director, has been a professional in the field of animal care and welfare for 32 years. She has helped lead the Oregon Humane Society, the state’s largest and oldest animal protection organization, for 25 years and has served as its Executive Director since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Zoology (Pre-Vet Med), from Oregon State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Business Administration and Leadership from Johns Hopkins University, and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator. She serves on the Banfield the Pet Hospital’s, Shelter Advisory Committee, Society of Animal Welfare Administrators CAWA Certification Council, the board of directors of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and is the immediate past chair of the National Federation of Humane Societies’ board of directors. Recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award for 2008 and is nationally recognized for innovations in shelter management and program design.
Lisa Schroeder is the executive chef and owner of Mother’s Bistro & Bar in downtown Portland and author of “Mother’s Best” cookbook. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and was chosen as a Top Student Chef by Food and Wine Magazine. She honed her cooking skills at Le Cirque & Lespinasse in New York and Moulins des Mougins and L’Auberge de L’Eridan in France. She opened Mother’s Bistro & Bar in 2000 to rave reviews and the “Restaurant of the Year” title from Willamette Week.
Lisa has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, QVC and many other television programs. She is the recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year award, IACP’s Chef/Restaurateur Award of Excellence and Restaurateur of the Year by Independent Restaurateur Magazine. Mother’s Bistro & Bar has received numerous accolades as well, including “Top Restaurant Bargain” from Food and Wine Magazine, “Best 101 Breakfasts in America” from Urbanspoon and “Best Comfort Food” by Citysearch and other publications. Lisa is also an active member of the community, participating in a numerous charities and causes.
Susan Agre-Kippenhan joined Linfield College as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty in 2011. She is the former Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, held leadership positions at Portland State University, and started her academic career as a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago. However, Susan did not start out with an academic career in mind. After attending Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York (a small liberal arts college much like Linfield), she practiced as a graphic designer in Chicago working in advertising and eventually founded a design partnership. She developed and taught her first class in computer graphics at the request of Loyola in the mid-80s. Stimulated and challenged by teaching, Susan would go on to integrate her design experience with a career in higher education, pursuing her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago thirteen years after receiving her undergraduate degree. Susan has found that the skills inherent to graphic design — the ability to define a problem and find the best way to communicate the solution — are invaluable in her current work as chief academic officer at Linfield.