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Portland Education Event: High Stakes Conversations – How to Communicate Confidently - 10.04.17

Please join Women in Environment for the third event in the 2017 Krista Koehl Professional Development Series, a panel discussion on High Stakes Conversations – How to Communicate Confidently.  

 During this event, a panel of three remarkable leaders in environmental science, law, and management will discuss what can be gained when we proactively engage in the challenging conversations of our daily lives. Drawing from a wealth of experience, the panelists will share their strategies, tips, and lessons learned for succeeding in high stakes conversations as they respond to questions from the moderator and members of the audience. Have you ever felt anxious before entering a manager’s office? Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I better communicate my needs?” Do you question whether your communication style is respected and trusted by your peers? Are you looking for ways to become a more effective advocate for yourself and the people and issues you support? Do not miss this event!

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

Pearl Legal Group, PC 529 Southwest 3rd Avenue #600 Portland, OR 97204

Lunch will be provided thanks to our generous event sponsor, Pearl Legal Group, PC.

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The Panelists are:

Christine Chin Ryan, Synergy Consulting, Inc., President

Christine founded Synergy Consulting, Inc., in 1988. Synergy Consulting provides comprehensive information technology software solutions to federal, commercial, and not for profit enterprises, including the Bonneville Power Administration and NW Power and Conservation Council. Christine oversees or is directly responsible for all aspects of business planning and decision-making, including marketing, financial management, personnel management, proposal writing, quality assurance, and business contract management. She is personally involved with all projects, from the selection of team members to technical project requirements, database design, testing, and system implementation. Successful Synergy projects include the custom programming of the regional Conservation and Energy Efficiency e–Commerce systems and the Pacific Northwest Hydropower Database and Analysis System.

Christine is a passionate advocate for small businesses and diverse communities. She is active in the political arena, currently serving as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon Budget Committee, and a Member of the City of Portland Small Business Minority Evaluator Program. She is the past Chair of the Governor’s Small Business Council and Oregon Small Business for Responsible Leadership and past Vice-chair of the Portland Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission. Christine was elected as an Oregon Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and 2016. She organized “Hillary Clinton for President” campaigns within the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (APPI) and Small Business Communities and served as the Oregon State Organizer for The Women's March on Washington in 2017.

Joan Snyder, Stoel Rives, LLP, Partner

Joan is a partner with Stoel Rives, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, environmental and natural resources insurance coverage, and health and safety law. Joan regularly advises clients on all aspects of state and federal cleanups, including the defense of natural resource damages claims. She also has extensive experience in the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions, including negotiating protective contractual terms, obtaining prospective purchaser agreements that limit liability, and advising clients on disclosure obligations.

Joan previously served as the Practice Group Leader of Stoel Rives’ Environmental Land Use and Natural Resources group and on the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees. She also served as the Chair of the Oregon Business Association Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Chair of the Environmental & Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar, and Board Chair of the Classroom Law Project, a non-profit organization that works to prepare youth to become active, engaged, and informed participants in a democratic society.

Joan earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 1978 and completed graduate studies in Environmental Engineering at Drexel University prior to earning her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984.

Leah Feldon, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Deputy Director

Leah Feldon entered public service at DEQ in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in 2005 and became manager of that office in 2009. The work she performed, and later supervised, exposed her to the operation of key elements of the land, air, and water programs. Since 2009, Leah has held short-term positions within DEQ as Acting Eastern Region Administrator, Acting Eastern Region Solid and Hazardous Waste Manager, and a one-year rotation as the Air Operations Manager, in which she managed staff working on regulatory and policy work in air permitting, diesel, and greenhouse gas issues. In May 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor to the Director for Cleaner Air Oregon, an initiative by Governor Kate Brown to overhaul industrial air toxics regulations. On September 6, 2016, DEQ’s Environmental Quality Commission confirmed Leah as the Deputy Director.

Leah has served on several non-profit boards and was a founding member of three. Most recently, from 2009 to 2016, she served on the board for Women in Environment. She earned her JD degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004 and her Bachelor of Arts from University of Dayton in Ohio in 2000.

The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Gates, Pearl Legal Group, PC, Attorney and Shareholder

Jennifer focuses her practice on environmental litigation, including cleanup disputes, natural resource damage claims, real estate transactions gone awry, and permit and other regulatory violations. She also advises clients on RCRA and Clean Water Act permit compliance. Jennifer provides efficient, cost effective, and responsive service when helping clients identify a strategy to resolve environmental issues and provides well-reasoned counsel regarding the risks and benefits of litigation. Prior to joining Pearl Legal Group in February 2016, Jennifer litigated environmental and business disputes as a partner at a Portland firm after practicing in Washington D.C. for four years.

Jennifer has served as a member of the Oregon Council on Court Procedures since 2010 and previously served on and chaired the Oregon State Bar’s Judicial Administration Committee. She earned a JD and a Master of Arts in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in 2001.

Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys rowing with a crew on the Willamette River and backpacking with her family.


Thanks to Pearl Legal Group for hosting this event!

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