Empowered Women


Women and Philanthropy

WOMEN WHO LEAD: CAROL DANISH MIA BIRK LAUREN GOLDSTEIN ELAURA RIFKIN GERBER JUDY EREL LAURIE LEBOWSKY CHERYL COON MONICA BRENNER LAURIE SONNENFELD The momentum from the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sheds light on women’s issues such as safe and equal work environments and has forced change. But there is another movement happening where women are…


Cheryl Coon aids today’s refugees

In Oregon, one in 10 residents is an immigrant according to the American Immigration Council. Our state – and Portland, in particular – also is home to increasing numbers of refugees, people fleeing unimaginable hardships including war, persecution and natural disasters. Cheryl Coon has made it her life’s work to represent the most traumatized among…


Monica Brenner: A transition leader

PHOTO: Monica Brenner looks over the stored supplies that each summer convert a park into an arts camp.   Monica Brenner has spent the past 25 years raising money for or leading nonprofits, primarily in the arts. “I love what the arts can do for our city,” says Monica. “I’m drawn to help arts serve…

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