Past Portland OR Event: VOL 19

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VOL 19

April 20, 2016
@ Holocene

Join us for our next PechaKucha Night PDX, in conjunction with Design Week Portland, on Wednesday, April 20th, as we take over Holocene for a full evening of PK!   

The theme for this PechaKucha Night is Motivation, in all its diverse forms. Our group of speakers--professionals in a wide variety of fields--will explore what motivates them, whether it's to start, push through, win, or even suspend an endeavor. Although vastly different, what motivates an Olympic coach, a scientist, or a graphic designer to do their toughest work? What is the common thread behind drive?  

Come celebrate and support these PechaKucha speakers while enjoying handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer, along with a bonus live set from DJ Aquaman (aka Eric Hedford). 

We promise an evening immersed in motivation inspiration! 


Doors: 6:30pm
Show: 7.30pm

$5 In Advance (+ Service Fee)
$10 Door (Limited) 


All proceeds directly support PechaKucha Night PDX and PechaKucha Night worldwide – a nonprofit organization.

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Absorbing Design

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Andee Hess is the owner of the award-winning interior design firm, Osmose. Their work spans residential and commerical and they have created locally beloved spots like Ava Gene's, House Spirits Distillery, and Salt & Straw Division.

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Pushing the Limits

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Cody Mattern is a US Olympian in the sport of Fencing. He is a 10 time World Championships Team Member and Team World Champion 2012.

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Am I Supposed To Be Here?

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

D'Wayne Edwards is the founder of Pensole, a footwear design company. A #2 pencil designed his life for the past 27 years and he has dedicated the rest of his life to make sure that others will have the same opportunity to a better career, as he did. 

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Gentle Ben

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Dave Otte is an architect that has helped shaped the urban fabric of Portland since 1998. He leads Holst's social impact work with non-profits focused on providing affordable housing, services, and education for Oregon's most vulnerable citizens.

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Walking Through the Fire

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Donna Shuurman has a finely honed awareness of the finality of life, after more than three decades of work with bereaved children, teens, and adults. Life and death lessons proepl her to make the most of the short time we have on earth, riding her Harley, kayaking, and hanging out with inquisitive three-year-olds. 

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The Detriment of Alzheimer's

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Jeffrey Iliff is a neuroscientist at the Oregon Health & Science University to figure out what is going wrong in the brains of people as they develop Alzheimer's disease. His discovery of the brain's garage disposal, called the glymphatic system, has shed new light on why sleep is restoritive for the mind and why sleep disruption may contribute to the development of diseases like Alzheimer's later in life. 

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Rising Above Circumstances

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Kevin Carroll is the author of the highly successful Red Rubber Ball trilogy. He has helped turn creative ideas into reality for many organizations and has dedicated his life to advancing education, sports, and play as a vehicle for social change and success.

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@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Michael Morrow is the founder of Nutcase Helmets and was a Creative Director at Nike for 10 years. His lifelong dream is still to be the shortstop for the Oakland A's. Might not happen. He graduated the Art Center College of Design in Graphic Design in 1998. 

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My Motivation

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Piers Fawkes is the founder and editor-in-chief of PSFK, a daily news site that provides a go-to source for new ideas and inspiration. He also is president of PSFK Labs.

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Science and Design

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Thom Walters describes his professional life and discipline as living between the worlds of science and design thinking. The science side, he's a behavioral strategist who identifies and interprets the cultural and behavioral dynamics of both organizations and their consumers. The design thinking side, he's a specialist in helping to develop the strategy and approach for driving and navigating organizational innovation and change. He is passionate about hiking and skiing, any artisan food scene, using his well worn passport and people that make him think or laugh. A native of San Francisco, he calls Portland home.

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Social Science in Business

@ VOL 19 ON APR 20, 2016

Tom LaForge is indulging a wide variety of interests after 17 years as the Coca Cola Company's Cultural Director of Human and Cultural insights. His interests have one central theme - applying the social sciences to business. He has started a consulting firm called Macroforces Inc., as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Rountable on the Social and Behavioral Sciences he helps to govern and achieve shared goals. As an advisory board member of JUST capital, he encourages all businesses to thrive as champions of social justice.

Kevin Carroll
creative catalyst. performance coach. impresario., self-employed in Portland
Thom Walters
Behavioral Strategist, Consultant and Adjunct Principal at Sockeye in Portland, Oregon
Piers Fawkes
Thought Starter, PSFK in New York City
Donna Schuurman
Sr.Director of Advocacy & Training, Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families in Portland, Oregon
Tom LaForge
Founder, Macroforces in Atlanta, GA
Jeffrey Iliff, PhD
Neuroscientist & Assistant Professor, OHSU in Portland, Oregon
Cody Mattern
Epee Fencing Master, Northwest Fencing Center in Portland, Oregon
Andee Hess
Principal & Owner, Osmose Design in Portland, Oregon
Dwayne Edwards
Founder, Pensoule in Portland, Oregon
Michael Morrow
Entrepreneur, Morrow Creative Group in Portland, OR
Dave Otte
Principal, Holst Architecture in Portland, OR