Thank you to the 400+ people who already have registered for the annual PWA Breakfast on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 am at the Oregon Convention Center.  Contact us by this Wednesday, March 8, if you wish to come: We’re nearing capacity and soon will close registration.

Special speakers include Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. Joining them are two respected Portland educators: Parkrose School District Superintendent Karen Gray and Grant High School Principal Carol Campbell, both with a strong commitment to community-based career education.


The PWA Breakfast is a chance to celebrate and strengthen the ties between high schools, employers and the community. The goal is to help more employers get involved in supporting Portland high schools and meeting their workforce needs for well-educated, diverse and skilled new talent.

The breakfast is free. (Donations and table sponsorships are welcome and appreciated.) Doors open at 7 am; the program runs from 7:30 am to 9 am.)

The breakfast kicks off the annual NW Youth Careers Expo, where students can explore the connections between today’s classes and tomorrow’s college-and-career options. Participating employers include Nike, Mercy Corps, Gunderson, Howard S. Wright, Portland General Electric, Legacy Health, Elemental Technologies, Pacific NW Carpenters Institute and 100+ other community partners.

The nonprofit Portland Workforce Alliance creates enduring partnerships between local businesses and high schools. Our mission is to help teenagers graduate from high school, find their career aspirations and contribute to a thriving Oregon economy.  We’re grateful for everyone in Oregon who shares these goals. See you at the breakfast!

Thank you to our breakfast sponsors

Davidson Benefits Planning, Nike, Tonkon Torp

Thank you to our Expo sponsors


Last chance to register for the PWA Breakfast on March 14