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November AWL at the new OSU Portland Center

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October 11, 2018

Join us for our next AWL strategic discussion and networking event

What do you get when you combine public policy research, serial entrepreneurship, and diversity-focused executive leadership? ― You get our next Advancing Women in Leadership strategic discussion, that’s what.

We’re hosting our November 6 meeting at the OSU Portland Center in Pioneer Square, our first at OSU’s new location in the heart of downtown. This is an opportunity to gain insights from the impressive panelists we have on board as well as visit the new learning hub that we are all so passionate about.

We’re grateful to our panelists for this quarter’s Portland event.

Su Embree, President, DHM Research

Su Embree is the CEO and President of DHM Research, a well-respected opinion research firm based in Portland, Oregon, with offices in Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C. The firm specializes in public policy issues and studies the values of everyday people in communities across the country. Su’s interest in research began early in college where she learned the power of data to improve outcomes. Today, she dedicates her time in highlighting the voice of our community to executive teams, elected officials, and boards of directors.

DHM Research has cultivated strategies to increase community impact, specifically around diversity and equity. She takes a leadership role, serves on boards, and engages with community leaders to increase support for women and minority-owned businesses. Embree also is committed to developing young leaders of color in corporate and community leadership.

Embree graduated from the University of Tennessee, the first in her family to graduate from college. She serves on the boards of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). As the past chair and President of EO, she has led the member organization to reach a 50 percent diversity goal.

Embree has called Oregon home for the past 23 years. She lives in Portland with her husband and two daughters.

Robin Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Public Market

 Robin Jones is a startup “Jill-of-all-trades” and Public Market is her seventh entrepreneurial venture. She has held leadership roles across a broad array of functions, including marketing, partner/developer ecosystems, IP licensing, sales operations, HR and finance, product & project management, mergers and acquisitions and fundraising. Jones was most recently SVP marketing and business development at Socrata, where she reworked the go-to-market strategy, and left her tenure as the sales team increased qualified pipeline coverage by more than five fold. Jones founded and grew the OEM business unit at Esri to $2.9 million in revenue over two and a half years.

She joined Esri via the acquisition of Geoloqi, a mobile location services startup at which she served as chief operating officer. Jones also co-founded FonJax, where she was the vice president of business development, engineering the sale of the company to Keynote Systems. Jones has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford. She serves on the board of directors of TiE Oregon.

Sheila Murty, EVP People & Culture, Tillamook County Creamery Association

Sheila Murty ‘90 came to the United States as an international student from Malaysia to attend the University of Montana in Missoula. While enthralled with big sky country, Murty quickly realized in order to survive she had to get out of the brutal cold. She moved to Oregon and found home.

She obtained her BS from OHSU and her MBA from Portland State University.    She started her career in healthcare as a clinical scientist, eventually finding her way to HR – leading to a senior HR leadership role at Legacy Health, providing operational leadership and strategic human resources support in various areas for one of Oregon’s largest private employers with multiple locations and with over 12,000 employees.

Murty was also Legacy’s first diversity officer and was instrumental in building their diversity strategy.  In 2015, she became the Vice President of Operations, leading operations, people & culture, technology, diversity & inclusion for The Oregon Community Foundation, a $2B community foundation dedicated to improving lives in Oregon.

In 2018, she made a move to Tillamook Creamery (yes – cheese!) as their first EVP of People and Culture where she is leading the creation and adoption of a clear culture vision, strategies to achieve their vision for a values-based organization and all aspects of building a responsive and strategic HR function.

In her free time, she spends time with her three children and husband, watching a lot of sports, enjoying the local food scene, exploring farmers markets and neighborhoods and traveling whenever possible.

Tuesday, November 6 
5 – 7 pm
OSU Portland Center

555 SW Morrison Street, 2nd Floor, Portland, OR 97204
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.


Every quarter OSU’s College of Business brings the Portland business community together for discussions and networking around ideas and strategies on how we can work together to advance women in business. Registration is $10 per person. All ticket proceeds will directly support activities and programs for the OSU Women in Leadership student club that serves students of all majors, men and women, across OSU.


In 2018, we launched the AWL In–PDX Membership Program. Members receive a 20% discount on College of Business professional development courses, among other benefits. Interested in being a part of our AWL In–PDX community? Find out more here.

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