An evening boat ride and dinner on the Willamette Star and cruise on the Willamette River through the middle of downtown Portland.
6:15 PM
Boarding Begin
There are plenty of parking spaces to drive and park your own car. We also suggest using Uber, Lyft, or Broadway Cab (503-227-1234)
6:30 PM
Boat Leaves Dock
7:05 PM
Welcome Remarks
7:15 PM
Networking Dinner
Entertainment by Singer - Karen Therese
Plated Dinner and Bar
9:00 PM
Cruise Ends and Returns to Dock
8:00 AM
Registration Open
Come early to check in at the welcome desk with our friendly staff, and take some fun and silly photos at the Photobooth
Honor the Past
9:00 AM
Welcoming Remarks
An overview of Astra's history, as well as the event's networking opportunities, speaker lineup and activities.
Hosts: Diane McClelland, President/CEO, Astra Women's Business Alliance
Suzanne Lackman, Vice President/CFO, Astra Women's Business Alliance
9:30 AM
American Dreamers: Successful Immigrant Women Entrepreneur Panel
Meet these women leaders who immigrated from India, Philippines, Denmark, Holland, Poland, and Albania. Hear from these successful immigrant women entrepreneurs and learn about their memorable stories and lessons.
Moderator: Hannah Kain, CEO, ALOM Technologies
Barbara Wichmann, CEO/CSO, ARTEMIA Communications, Inc.
Imelda Alejandrino, CEO, AP42
Olsa Martini, CEO, OLSA Resources, Inc
10:15 AM
Women Trail Blazers: Successful Nontraditional Business Women Panel
Hear from successful women entrepreneurs in non-traditional industries.

Moderator: Suzanne Lackman, Vice President/CFO, Astra Women's Business Alliance
Laurie Carlson, CEO, Lukas Auto Painting & Repair
Lila Leathers, CEO, Leathers Fuels Company
Neva Campbell, Retired Attorney, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Celebrate the Now
10:50 AM
Interfaith: Commerce Pathway to Peace
Wadji Said - President, Muslim Education Trust (MET)
David Kosak - Rabbi, Neveh Shalom
Dr. Johnny Lake - Assistant Professor, Northwest Christian University
11:20 AM
Break Out Sessions
Meet women business owners from Canada, and join discussions on how to expand and do your business globally with field experts. Learn from successful women owners of multi-national companies, and hear how they established their footprints internationally.
Moderator: Hannah Kain, CEO, ALOM Technologies
Mary Anderson - President/CEO, WBE Canada
Tammy Marquez-Oldham - Director,PCC Small Business Development Center and OSBDCN Global Trade Center - President/CEO, WBE Canada

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Developing an Effective Cybersecurity Strategy
Speaker: James Ketner, Technical Solutions Consultant, Certified Security Expert, AT&T
Learn how to be better prepared for cyber attacks on your business which can impact your company and your customers. Get tips on security measures any business needs to do to protect against the rampant increase of cyber crime impacting small and large global companies.
*Supplier Diversity
*This session is for Corporate Members only.
Interactive discussions on the latest trends affecting supplier diversity with your peers from corporations and agencies.
Learn about best practices to enhance the important work you do for your company to create economic development through utilizing the creativity and innovation of diverse suppliers for your supply chain.
12:30 PM
Networking Lunch
1:00 PM
Luncheon Speaker
Speaker: Candace Waterman, Vice President, WBENC Certification and Program Operations, WBENC
1:30 PM
The Power of Women
Speaker: Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, CEO of Frontier Canada Inc., and President of Almas Jiwani Foundation
Envision the Future
2:00 PM
Digital Leaders: Technology Innovation Panel
Corporate Panelists: Fernando Hernandez, Supplier Diversity Manager, Microsoft Corp.
Jason Trimiew, Supplier Diversity Manager, Facebook, Inc.
Clay Atkins, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Intel Corp.
3:00 PM
3:05 PM
Meet and Greet
meet corporate supplier diversity professional who can elevate your business. You might also get a chance for a one-on-one with these supplier diversity professionals.
5:00 PM
Closing Remarks
5:15 PM
7:00 PM
Cocktail Reception/ 1on1
Unwind with us after a full-day of educational and inspirational activities, and join Astra for some cocktails and snacks at our evening reception. Sing and dance the night away with your Astra family to celebrate Astra's 20th birthday!
Janice Greene
Janice Greene, Future CEO, Astra Women's Business Alliance