With extensive media coverage and notable Purse-o-nality participants over more than 10 years, Power of the Purse has positioned itself as one of the most innovative and talked about events in Portland. It has raised more than $2 million to support Girls Inc. programming in the Pacific Northwest.

Meet our past Purse-o-nalities:

 

2016

Melissa Lowery  |  Director, Black Girl In Suburbia

Elizabeth Large   |  Vice President and General Council, KinderCare Education

Greg Goodwin  |  CEO, Kuni Automotive

Daria Eliuk  |  Radio Host, 105.1 The Buzz

Sadie Lincoln  |  Founder, barre3

Jenny Hansson  |  News Anchor, KOIN 6 News

Claire Coffee  |  Actress, Grimm

Maria & Luisa Ponzi  |  President & Winemaker, Ponzi Vineyards

Jennifer Bryan  |  Founding Partner, Think Joule

Lakecia Gunter  |  Director of Partner Marketing and Engagement, Desktop Client Platforms, Intel

Dawne Hanks  |  Marketing & Brand Strategist


2015

Heather Killough  |  Philanthropist

The VonTrapps  |  Musical Group

Helen Raptis  |  Host of KATU's 'AM Northwest'

Mike Golub & Sam Shelhorse  |  President, Portland Timbers & Thorns; Freelancer

Rukaiyah Adams  |  Chief Investment Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust

Kelly Williams Brown  |  Author of 'Adulting'

Victoria Lara  |  Founder & CEO, Lara Media

Aneshka Dickson  |  Vice President & CEO, Colas Construction

Venus Williams  |  Professional Tennis Player, Designer

Debi Coleman  |  Former CEO, Apple Inc.

Tracy Curtis  |  Regional President, Wells Fargo

Representative Suzanne Bonamici  |  Congresswoman

Chris McGowan |  President, Portland Trail Blazers

Vanessa Garcia-Brito  |  Senior Director, Community & Partnerships, Global Community Impact at Nike Inc.


2014

Kay & Whitley Stepp  |  Board of Directors, StanCorp Financial Group & Granddaughter

Ellen Rosenblum |  Oregon Attorney General

Jennifer Schmidt  |  President & CEO, A&I Benefit Administrators

Juliana Lukasik  |  President & Director, @Large Films

Jill Nelson  |  Founder & CEO, Ruby Receptionists

Meleana Shim  |  Midfielder, Portland Thorns

Melissa Burr  |  Winemakter, Stoller Family Estate

Jen Peri  |  Pilot, Delta Airlines

Sarah Gordon  |  Teen Advisor, UN Foundation Girl Up Campaign

Shanin Prusia|  Founder & President, Urban Wireless

Nelly Rodriguez  |  Executive Director, Cita Con Nelly

Anais Tuepker  |  Co-founder & CEO, Preciva

Angela Jackson   |  Founder & Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund

Kate O'brien & Sara Bedau  |  Co-founders, Alima Pure


2013

Katherine Durham  |  Vice President of Marketing & Communications, The Standard

Karolyn Neupert   |  Chairman of the Board, Consolidated Supply

Orcilia Forbes  |  Higher Education Leader

Tom Manley  |  President, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Judith Arnell  |  Owner, Judith Arnell Jewelers

Erin Janssens  |  Portland Fire Chief

Mackenzie Carr  |  2012 Miss Rodeo America

Stephanie Stricklen  |  News Anchor, KGW

Cindy Parlow Cone  |  Head Coach, Portland Thorns FC

Cindy Tortorici  |  CEO & Owner, The Link for Women

Cheryl Strayed  |  Award Winning Author

Liv Warfield  |  Rockin' Soul Singer

Chris Mays   |  Program Director, KINK

Kim Malek  |  Owner, Salt & Straw Ice Cream


2012

Bibi McGill  |  Musical Director, Beyonce

Naomi Pomeroy |  Celebrity Chef, Beast

Erin Hubert  |  Executive Vice President, Entercom Portland

Laura Mansfield  |  Chief Visionary Officer, Pagatim

Lisa Sedlar  |  Founder & CEO, Green Zebra Grocery

Linda Williams  |  President, Washington Trust Bank Oregon Region

Kate Brown  |  Oregon Secretary of State

Jack Jewsbury  |  Team Captain, Portland Timbers

Debbie Rosas  |  Founder, NIA Technique

Lorie & Edie Singer  |  Mother & Daughter Community Volunteers

Dr. Lori Morgan  |  Chief Administrative Officer, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center

Irene Firmat  |  CEO & Founder, Full Sail Brewing

Katie O'Grady   |  Actress

Michael Curry  |  Theatrical & Puppet Designer


2011

Leve  |  Young Female Philanthropy Organization

Helena Lankton   |  Ferguson Wellman Capital Management

Terry & Susie Porter  |  Former Trail Blazer & Wife

Adam & Hannah Stone  |  CEO & Daughter, Hanna Andersson

Gert Boyle  |  Board Chairman, Columbia Sportswear

Janna Lopez  |  Publisher, Portland Family & Goodness Magazine

Jill Eiland  |  Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel

Jenn Louis  |  Chef, Lincoln Restaurant

Sho & Elisa Donzono  |  CEO, Azumano Travel; Attorney, Miller & Nash

Diane Boly & Pat Welch  |  Co-founders, Boly-Welch

Tiffany Milbrett  |  Olympic Soccer Star

Kristy Lee Cook  |  American Idol Finalist

Martha Wyrsch |  President, Vestas

Mimi Ausland  |  Creator, FeeKibble.com

Sally Bany  |  Co-owner, Moonstruck Chocolate


2010

Dionne Warwick |  International Music Legend

Susan Sokol Blosser   |  Sokol Blosser Winery

Joey Harrington   |  NFL Quarterback

DJ WIlson  |  President & General Manager, KGW Media Group

Mike and Amy  |  Morning Show Hosts, 99.5 The Wolf

The Rose City Rollers

University of Portland Women's Soccer Team  

Lori Woolfrey  |  Co-founder, Oregon Chai

The Brown Sisters  |  Gospel A Capella Group

Lynne Greve  |  Carl Greve Jewelry

Gwyneth Gamble Booth  |  Portland General Electric Foundation

Ken Pogson & Tres Shannon  |  Voodoo Donuts

Dr. Elizabeth Vanderveer  |  VanderVeer Center


2009

Anna Song  |  News Anchor, KATU

Dr. Anne Nedrow   |  Center for Women's Health, OHSU

April Sanderson  |  Regional Director, Wells Fargo Private Banking

Arielle Schnitzer  |  Strong, Smart, and Bold 6th Grader

Betsy Johnson|  Oregon Senator

Elizabeth Leach  |  Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Gretchen Keys  |  Hidden Creek Polo Club

Karol Niemi  |  Interior Designer

Kristina Zsenyuk  |  Radio Personality

Monica Carlson  |  American Gladiator

Peggy Fowler  |  CEO, Portland General Electric

Portland City Council  

Sandy Rowe   |  The Oregonian

Selby Key  |  Key Laser Institute

Shoshana Bean  |  Actress

Vanessa Sturgeon  |  TMT Development

Zari Santner  |  Director, Portland Parks and Recreation


2008

Ann Edlen  |  Philanthropist

Caprial Pence |  Celebrity Chef

Chelsea Cain  |  The Oregonian

Gail Jubitz  |  Philanthropist

Gary Maffei  |  Harry Merlo Corporation

Jeri Rice  |  Entrepreneur

Jerome Kersey|  Portland Trail Blazers

Kathryn Harrison  |  Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde Tribal Elder

Mary Nolan|  State Representative

Sonja Henning  |  Former WNBA Basketball Star & Portland Public School Board

Storm Large  |  Singer & Actress

Suze Riley  |  Arts Patron & Realtor

Tom Cramer   |  Artist