Joining Oregon Gov. Kate Brown as speakers for the annual PWA Expo Breakfast on Feb. 24, 2016, at the Oregon Convention Center are Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith and two private-sector visionaries from Meyer Memorial Trust and the global advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy.

“This is a fantastic group of people,” said Scott Kleiner, board president of the nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance. “We’re so pleased to see this support for Oregon students.”


Rukaiyah Adams, chief investment officer for Meyer Memorial Trust, grew up in North Portland and attended Portland Public Schools and Catlin Gabel School. Her college-and-career journey took her from Stanford Law School to a corporate law firm. She later returned to Stanford for an MBA after realizing that finance was her true calling.

She now oversees all of the investment activities of one of the Northwest’s largest charitable foundations. She’s a candid, engaging leader with a great story to tell about the importance of resilience (and of math class).


Mark Fitzloff is the executive creative director of Wieden+Kennedy, the Portland-based advertising firm regularly cited as one of the world’s best ad agencies for its work on Nike, Coca-Cola, Old Spice, Levi’s and other household brands.

Fitzloff sees firsthand the importance of creativity, humor, technical savvy and innovation in his industry. He will share with the audience some of the perspectives gained from his unique role.


Kate Brown will join us for her second time as Oregon governor. The Portland Democrat and former Secretary of State is a strong supporter of K-12 education, including career and technical education. Carole Smith will round out the program as the longtime chief of Oregon’s largest school district. PPS is restoring career-related electives and intensifying its work around career readiness.

The PWA Expo Breakfast, hosted by the nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance, is an annual student-centered event to celebrate career learning and inspire more community volunteering and employer support. It attracts more than 400 business leaders, educators and high school students. It’s held on the morning of our NW Youth Careers Expo, which has already drawn 6,500 registered students and 130+ exhibitors, including Oregon’s leading employers.

Our breakfast sponsors include Nike, The Standard, Arnerich Massena, Ball Janik, Sure ID and Tonkon Torp.

PWA Expo Breakfast
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
Oregon Convention Center
7:30 am to 9 am (doors open at 7 am)


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