President– Sue Parham
Sue has established a legacy for her vision, creativity, and leadership through her role as former vice president of Global Apparel, Accessories & Equipment for Columbia Sportswear, and former director of US Merchandising and Retail GMM at Nike, Inc. In addition to holding these executive posts, Sue is Founder and President of Lessons Learned, a consulting firm that focuses on making organizations more effective and strategically focused from concept-to-consumer.
With an extensive background in presentation and storytelling, Sue also specializes in coaching executives to create and deliver compelling speeches that resonate, motivate, and persuade.
PRESIDENT EMERITUS – SHARON BUCKMASTER
Our founder, Sharon coaches and consults with organization leaders wanting to energize their workplace to achieve excellence. From her years as a leader in two Fortune 100 companies, as well as many years as a consultant across diverse industries, she has developed a clear perspective on organizational change that builds on individual and organization strengths to meet current challenges.
SECRETARY – KAREN SPOONER
Karen has over 30 year’s sales, advertising, product and marketing experience in financial services, consumer products and sporting goods industries. She held Vice President positions in banking and leadership roles with Playtex Apparel, Nike, Danner and Columbia Sportswear.
Karen delivers results through coaching and empowering her teams to reach beyond what they believe they are capable of achieving.
She has built consensus as an individual contributor and manager in highly matrix organizations.
Membership Director – Nina Byrd
Nina has 7+ years in marketing and advertising for the financial, government, environmental, non-profit and medical industries. Her robust experience has instilled an agile approach to project plans. Through effective management practices and targeted metrics, her skills span the gambit of holistic marketing practices, including media buying, content management, and strategic communications. Nina's experience integrating cross-functional teams such as software developers, managers, vendors and creatives alike enables her projects to produce high-impact results. With an eye for detail, she engages teams using methodologies that enhance creativity and meaningful work; a winning combination for clients evident in repeat business engagements.
Events Director – Brenda Sutton
Brenda brings over 20 years of experience with Learning & Development, Organizational Excellence, and Change Management. She is an advocate of continual learning, professional development, business, financial, and strategic acumen, and a master at health, wellness, and balance. Brenda used her grit to get her degree in Business, Management, and Communications while working in the Financial Services Industry, and now she uses her grit to hike and backpack some of the toughest terrains in the high alpine mountains. She is a change agent, always looking for ways to help move organizations, leaders, and individual contributors to the next level.
operations director – BETTE CLEM
Bette Clem is a project management professional with over three decades of experience moving innovation forward in the high-tech industry with companies such as TriQuint Semiconductor (now Qorvo, an Oregon-based startup spun from Tektronix) and Intel, where she spent the last 25 years. Having recently retired, Bette has launched into Phase II of her career with an Intel-sponsored fellowship in the healthcare industry.
Finding her voice in a male-dominated industry fueled her passion to mentor and coach other women in the tech field. She brings that focus and experience to WCL as she fosters relationships that support the professional development of women. A student of life, she is continuously learning and practicing what it takes to be an inspirational leader.
Communications & Marketing Director – Jacquie Bell
Jacqueline Bell has been working as a graphic designer and art director for over 20 years, making her an expert in print and electronic media. From high-tech Fortune 500 companies, to smaller non-profits, her range of clients has given her a unique understanding of marketing communications from every level. Her work experience at a larger agency led her to start her own business in 2000. Now her passion is helping non-profits spread their mission by formulating and executing their own marketing and communications plan.
Programs Director – Lori eberly
Lori Eberly, LCSW began her career in health care, working for a decade as a hospice social worker. She honed her skills in discovery then set off to develop leaders and build belonging in organizations. Today she is a small business owner, executive consultant, and the author of Fuckery. Curiosity and relationships remain the heart of her work as she builds trust in nonprofits, global tech companies, and wherever people work together. Lori lives in North Portland with her family, except for the summer months when they travel the Northwest in their Westfalia.
TREASURER – Michele Leedom
Michele is passionate about connecting people, developing business strategies and leading people and organizations through change. Michele’s career began in the healthcare industry where she held several financial leadership roles. She now works as an Executive Consultant where she enjoys partnering with organizations to assist in their strategic planning, team building and executive coaching. With intellectual curiosity, humor and deep empathy, Michele nurtures, inspires, and empowers teams to rethink the way they do things so they can fulfill their greatest potential.
Michele lives in Portland and loves hiking in Hood River, running away to wine country and enjoys discussing current affairs.
community Outreach & Partnerships DIRECTOR – janene larson
With 25 years of active brand marketing experience, Janene Larson has built a career promoting companies through intuitive product and brand marketing. Janene specializes in the business side of design and consumer culture. She has global consultative experience in marketing, footwear and apparel at Nike, Adidas and other major companies.
Janene has a passion for elevating women and design across multiple industries.
sponsorship director – Cynthia combs
Cynthia joined the Women’s Center for Leadership in March 2018 as the Sponsorship Director, utilizing her executive skills in marketing and sales to direct, guide and assist in building stronger relationships within our community and sponsorship opportunities. In this strategic role for WCL, she not only contributes to the success of the organization, but also fulfills her personal passion of empowering and elevating women in the Portland metropolitan area.
In addition to having a very successful insurance career, Cynthia understands what it means to feel like you need to “be” more, give more and to support those we love – helping them succeed. She is passionate about using her personal life experiences, professional gifts and as a “connector” to help drive WCL’s strategy and mission. Her personal goal within WCL is to make a significant difference in the lives of others.