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@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

Tom Bode is a Portland native, entrepreneur, music composer, and photographer who loves fishing and Pacific NW history.

In the early 1990's, Tom began selling instant photos on the streets of Seattle using his grandfather's old Polaroid Land Camera 250. Over the next dozen or so years he took thousands of instant portraits around the NW and saw both Polaroid and Fuji films go out of production. Tom has been asked to speak about his experiences with instant films and why he believes they are having a comeback in popularity.

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Comeback Stories: Exile, liberation, freedom, and hope

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

My presentation will be a personal life story of growing in exile during South Africa's apartheid history. I will take about the challenges that I experienced will living in exile, but also, what I had to get where I am in my life.

Dr. Steve Nakana is the Port of Portland’s new Social Equity Program Manager. He is tasked with designing and implementing the Port’s Social Equity Program and providing technical assistance to the integration of equity considerations into the Port’s decision-making processes, economic development initiatives, programs and projects, and partnerships. He holds a PhD Degree in International Studies from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, which obtained Summa Cum Laude recognition. He also holds two master’s degrees; one in Sociology and International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, respectively. He also holds a two-year professional certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from the University of California, Berkeley.

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@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

As kiddos, most of the interactions we have with our surroundings are brand new. A single experience gives us a new answer about the world, and a new subject to ask a million questions about. As adults, the foreign nature of experiences grow fewer and farther between, and our approach changes. Some of us look only for the answer in an experience, so we develop assumptions. Some of us look for the questions, so we get stuck behind our own ignorance. Should we be as bold as we were when we were kids and look for both, we rediscover one of our most valuable assets and perhaps exactly what the US needs most right now: curiosity.

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Wild Oregon

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

Sean Stevens talks about his work as Executive Director, Oregon Wild- touching on the growth of the wolf population as well as the Columbia Gorge post-wildfires. He explains how wildfires are actually healthy for the landscape in the long run and are a sign of life and rebirth.

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Dogs Can Turn Your Life Around

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

This presentation is a brief summary of the past ten years, the mental and logistical challenges to overcome financial failure. How pulling weeds has helped me to mentally focus and overcome the challenges with starting a new business.

Scott Porter is a former Air Force Pilot, turned entrepreneur. For the past 23 years, he’s owned and operated numerous businesses to include an adult care home, sales and marketing business, general contracting and delivery service. His current business, Fidos, is his greatest and most inspirational challenge.

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Finding My Tribe

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

Kelsey Woods struggled through years of depression before realizing what was happening to her mind and body. Her depression seemed to rule her life, wrecking relationships and thwarting her mission to become the first in her family to earn a bachelor's degree.

She hopes to help those struggling with depression know that they aren't alone and also those who know someone with depression understand how they can help.

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Hot Baths and Cold Calls

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

Just a few years ago it seemed like everything was going my way. I was enjoying a successful career as a freelance writer. I was traveling the country speaking and emceeing events such as San Francisco Pride with hundreds of thousands of people cheering and laughing. I was on fire. I was on my path. I was “on.” Yet, there I was a few years later, tying ribbons to balloons at Edible Arrangements for $8/hr. What happened? How did it come to this? And more importantly, what was I going to do to get my life back? This is my comeback story. The two things I did to get my life back.

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Stronger than the Prognosis 

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

This presentation is about accomplishing great physical feats after being told you never would.

Heather Laptalo is addicted to high altitudes, open vistas and heart-pounding sufferfests that challenge her physically and mentally.  The only time she's not running is when she's skiing or climbing a mountain.  She wasn't always like this.  She grew up wearing back braces and had a spinal fusion and total reconstructive back surgery, all before the age of 20 to stop her scoliosis and kyphosis from getting worse.  85% of her spine is fused and she's missing 40% of her lung capacity, leaving her 20% physically disabled.  She defied all the odds and proven countless doctors wrong.  She's #strongerthantheprognosis

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Work Hard & Be Nice to People

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

Creating unique happenings is the motivating force behind Cindy Thompson Event Productions. From the initial planning stages to the execution, every event produced is developed with its own creative and unique style, driven by the client’s marketing goals and intentions.

For more than two decades, Cindy Thompson has been producing some of the most innovative events in Portland, Oregon. Her experience in producing large-scale community events began in the 1980s when she produced the city’s largest one-day event, the groundbreaking Neighborfair, which led the way for other large festivals and events in Portland.

In 1987, Thompson left KGW Radio and formed one of the city’s first special event firms. Since that time, she has worked with a variety of corporate clients, civic and non-profit organizations to create innovative and successful events.

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Own your Reality

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 27, 2018

This presentation is about playing the cards you have been dealt the best you can, by owning and accepting the positives and negatives that are thrown your way in this journey we call life.

Christopher Thompson is a singer, songwriter, and entrepeneur who recently moved back to Portland from Southern California. Chris founded the band/brand Freaks of the Sea in 2016 as a vehicle to spread empathy and understanding.

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Unified by Myself

@ VOL 24 ON DEC 12, 2017

Saraa Green asks: How can we be unified when are trained and taught to only see the outside layer of a person and not the inside? Biologically we are made the same so why should the color of our skin interrupt the interaction to be unified.

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Unity and Belonging

@ VOL 24 ON DEC 12, 2017

Creative freelancers are by trade loners, aliens, outsiders. Paul Sincoff asks: Where do we find unity, family, a sense of belonging?