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VOL 22

April 11, 2017
@ Holocene


We are excited to announce our next PechaKucha Night PDX on Tuesday, April 11th, as we take over Holocene for a full evening of PKN!

The theme for this PechaKucha Night is Pivot, an exploration into the ways that people shift their lives to find completely new beliefs, ideas, callings and lifestyles. Our speakers will share stories of how subtle maneuvering and accidents have brought about massive changes that have taken them somewhere in life that they never expected.

We also want to explore “pivot” in regards to lateral thinking, viewing challenges in a new and unusual light, and creative problem solving.

  • Michael Hyp (Nike)
  • Chris Angelus (Portland Food Adventures)
  • Ben Kloch (365)
  • Al Ochosa (Cura Cannabis Solutions)
  • Cort Johnson (KINK Radio)
  • John Freisse (Starve Ups)
  • Stuart Getty (Sockeye)
  • May Picard 
  • Kris Regentin (ADX Portland)
  • Jim Hassert (Grovemade)
  • Katrina Yarnell (Organizers NW)
  • Tommy Gibbons (Portland City Boxing)

Come join our PechaKucha speakers and volunteers while enjoying handcrafted cocktails, wine, and beer, along with a live set by DJ Bobby Keep Playing.

Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $5 in advance | $10 at the door (limited)

Holocene is a 21+ Venue



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It's Just A Plant: Pivoting into Cannabis

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Pot, weed, ganja, oh my!  Al Ochosa explores his dynamic career and lifestyle shift from the traditional to the outright revolutionary.  He shares the hurdles and kudos he has encountered along the way, how the world in general is changing its stance on cannabis, and what it took to decide to pivot in such a different direction.  In just a few short years, the conversations and the business surrounding cannabis have moved off the street corners into executive boardrooms.  Millions of dollars have been made and taxed, thousands of jobs have been created, and more patients now have greater access to their medicine.  Awareness is growing, but Al hopes greater acceptance isn't far behind.

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Pivoting to Survive and Thrive

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

"I've pivoted so much I get called for traveling."

Chris Angelus has developed two businesses that focus on showcasing the people who make the Portland food scene a darling among US food cities.  Portland Food Adventures produces local events that embody the collaborative spirit of the Portland food community, and now offers the opportunity to travel with Portland chefs internationally.  Chris also produces and hosts Portland's longest-running food scene podcast, Right at the Fork, which now features a rich archives of long-form interviews with over 100 professionals, delving into their backstories and their business challenges working in our food world.

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Right at the Fork

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Cort Johnson is a longtime radio vet with experience at some of Portland’s biggest stations. He also co-host of the “Right at the Fork” food podcast. But most of all, Cort likes being called Dad.

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Playboys, Donuts, and Enlightenment

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

From prokaryotes to people we’re all striving to survive. But eventually progress encounters a stack of old Playboy magazines. Jim Hassert examines the limits of one’s self awareness and the courage to act.

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My Groove Became A Rut

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Having invested her entire adulthood in the lives of youth as a mother and public school teacher, recently Katrina Yarnell has begun a new chapter of her life in volunteering and business.  Negotiating a new direction, finding completely new networks, and saying "yes" even though it means fighting fear of failure and the unknown has been the hallmark of her PIVOT.  Katrina's measure of success is serving others, loving well, and continuing to learn and grow.

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"They in a Man's World"

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Gender Neutral pronouns freak people out. The homogeneity of the ad and film industries freaks Stuart Getty out a whole lot more. 

A copywriter for 10 years, Stuart then decided to start making films. And started from the bottom all over again. Now they're here. Yep. They. Three years as a director and owner of, Stu is stoked to have a (queer) film showing at TEDx this year (and last) as well as an unofficial showing at Sundance this past January in "The Oregon Room." They enjoy dancing, kombucha, and hanging with Princess Magic Face, their feline child. 

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From Internal Chains to External Change

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Tommy Gibbons shares how social and economic adversity can be overcome through commitment and a determination for something greater.

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Capturing the Moment

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Marcus Swanson is an award-winning still and motion photographer based in Portland, OR. He captures the focused intention of the beautiful moments in life, sport, and culture. He looks for the moments that inspire our hearts and minds, the moments that find the athlete in all of us, and the moments that entice our imagination for more.

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Proven Peer Mentoring For Founders Is The Pivot That Changed The Game For Startups

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

John Freisse shares his insight on ways to build and maintain a successful business venture. 83-86% of startups fail in 8 years, only 14% raise capital and only 4% ever sell for investor returns.  Founders have a 1 in 24 chance of ever making their venture work...until the pivot of the Starve Ups Scalerator which leads to startups being 6 times more likely to stay in business, 4 times more likely to raise capital and more than 3.5 times to get their exit. 

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Dumb Luck / Big Hustle

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Crazy things happened to me because of dumb luck. This was one of them, and it damn well changed my life.

Michael Hyp is a creator of narratives and concepts for Nike, Inc. His work has influenced the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, NBA All-Star weekend, and the Nike Sportswear and ACG collections. He spends his off hours creating music that is not meant to be listened to, raising two kids and one 3-legged dog. Michael is mostly a Portland native, having spent a ton of time across the US and internationally, chasing the American dream of more money and less responsibility. 

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Life is Like a Weather Walked in

@ VOL 22 ON APR 11, 2017

Kris Regentin befriended an army veteran with a collection of nearly 3,000 Vietnam War photographs. Their lives have both dramatically changed since they both met. 


Kris is a creative hustler with a voracious appetite for productivity. He has a passion for old motorcycles, visual communication, dramatic imagery, and slower/hands-on processes in our world of instant gratification.

Jim Hassert
COO, Grovemade in Portland
Michael Hyp
in Portland, OR
Chris Angelus
Host, Portland Food Adventures & in Portland, OR
Cort Johnson
in Portland, OR
John Freisse
in Portland, OR
Stuart Getty
Writer/Director/Sr. Content Creator, Sockeye + The Getty Brothers in Portland, OR
Kris Regentin
Hustler in Portland, OR
Katrina Yarnell
in Portland, OR
Tommy Gibbons
in Portland, OR