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University of Portland's Pamplin School of Business launches Women in Business Showcase - 01/17/19

The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business will launch its first Women in Business Showcase on February 12, 2019, at the Portland Art Museum. Presented by the Bauccio Lecture Series and Pamplin Media Group, the event will offer attendees the opportunity to hear from C-level women executives and learn how they achieved success.

Shannon Riggs, Partner at LANE, a Finn Partners Company will emcee. Julia Meskel, Head of Development Operations at Portland Art Museum will serve as moderator and the following professional women leaders will participate in the panel:

  • Paula Hayes, CEO Hue Noir Cosmetics
  • Nikki Kobliha, chief financial officer, PacifiCorp
  • Katherine Phillips Durham, principal, KMD Consulting, and former chief marketing officer, The Standard, and vice president, HP
  • Carey Wendle, managing partner, KPMG US

The showcase will include a question-and-answer session with the panelists and a pre-event networking reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine from Pamplin Family Winery, along with a vendor display.

“We are thrilled to introduce Women in Business to the Portland business community,” said Robin Anderson, Dean of the Pamplin School. “We collaborate with many impactful leaders, including our very own Pamplin alumni. We are proud of the work they do, and we wanted to offer a forum to highlight their successes. We look forward to bringing together professionals of all levels at this event.”

The Pamplin School expects the showcase to continue the success of the Operations and Technology Management Symposium, which is beginning its fourth year, and the Business of Real Estate, which launched in Spring 2018. A Wine, Beer and Spirits event will be introduced Summer 2019 - All events are part of the Pamplin School of Business Education Series – offerings for the public that spotlight business topics and trends and provide networking opportunities.

General Admission tickets for Women in Business are $35 and students can attend the event for free at - For more information, please contact Lilia Grundy at">

About the University of Portland
The University of Portland is a private Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the American West. Through our College of Arts and Sciences and professional schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing, we cultivate a culture of open-minded inquiry and offer a curriculum that thoughtfully intersects knowledge, reason, and faith. Our students experience a wholly enriching, intensely personal, and transformative education that provides the foundation for them to become critical, ethical thinkers who go on to lead lives of great purpose. 

About Pamplin School of Business
Founded in 1939, the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland is one of five business schools in Oregon accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, the business school’s focus is to provide students with innovative and challenging educational experiences beyond the classroom. For more information, visit

About Bauccio Lecture Series
The Bauccio Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of alumnus and entrepreneur Fedele Bauccio ’64, ’66 MBA. As CEO and co-founder of Bon Appétit Management Company, Bauccio has provided leadership and vision that have brought sweeping changes to the entire food service industry. This same energy has infused his long association with and commitment to the University of Portland. For the last 12 years, the Bauccio Lecture Series has brought leading visionaries to campus to speak about their experiences.

About Pamplin Media Group
The Pamplin Media Group is a media conglomerate owned by Robert B. Pamplin Jr. and operating primarily in the Portland metropolitan area in the state of Oregon. The Portland Tribune newspaper, founded by Pamplin in 2001, is the largest newspaper in the group, and KPAM is the largest radio station.