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WCL BREAKFAST: Be Humble With Yourself, But Not Your Career

  • The Standard Center Bldg Classrooms 1, 2, 3 and 4 900 SW 5th Ave Portland, Oregon 97204 United States (map)

In the Psychology of Women’s Quarterly, Professor Jessi Smith of Montana State said of her research on bragging rights:

“Women are less likely than men to praise themselves,
and when they do it comes with anxiety.”

It is one thing to ask for recognition for yourself, but when you have your own company, you have to quickly get over that.

Join us on February 25, as we examine the lessons learned from women who have had to become skilled at speaking up. These leaders have made the transition from employee to entrepreneur and in so doing, have had to learn how to pitch their accomplishments, value, and their product.

Then, turn your focus inward to examine how you can better speak to your accomplishments by applying Peggy Drexler’s methods:

  • Honoring thyself
  • Asking for accountability
  • Developing a “co-bragger”




If they hadn’t failed at their first business attempt, they would never have created their “second story.” CHELSEA GAYA & CLAIRE GHORMLE have applied what they have learned to launch Spitfire, a social media, content marketing, and business consulting firm for small businesses. Where others may go for the big client, they value community above all else. "It is the reason we are here, it is the reason we serve, it is the purpose of our existence.”  



TESS DARROW began Egg Press, a letterpress design shop, print shop, and greeting card company in 1999 as a way to combine her love of printing, her background in textiles, and experience in graphic design from her previous job at Nike. As a mother of two, Tess has created her company with family friendly flexibility and a collaborative spirit that keeps her 20+ employees in it for the long haul. Tess is an avid knitter, seamstress, and gardener. She values community and gives back whenever possible. 



After seven years as the creative director at Ziba Design, CHRISTINE ENDERBY launched Nuzzle. Her personal journey to motherhood disclosed a void in the market that Christine couldn’t ignore. By filling it, her product, which focuses on taking the sting out of breast feeding, won awards and accolades. Not only has Christine learned to speak up, but she has learned to tell the story of difficulties with breast feeding to interested women and uncomfortable audiences of men.

LOCATION: Standard Insurance Center building at 900 SW 5th Ave in Portland. Classrooms 1, 2, 3 & 4 on the first floor (behind Outtakes Cafe) 

PRICE: $26 per person. Includes breakfast. Read our Event Cancellation/Refund Policy.