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Michelle Lesniak
Michelle Lesniak (2016)
Michelle Lesniak Fashion Designer, Project Runway winner @michelleiswell  Website The winner of Project Runway Season 11,  fashion designer Michelle Lesniak (a Portland native) hasn’t followed the traditional path down fashion lane.  Born into a family of quilters, seamstresses, and interior decorators, needle and thread were predestined to find their way into her hands. From a young age, Michelle...
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Brian Bendis
Brian Michael Bendis (2016)
Brian Michael Bendis Comics Creator/Writer (Marvel's Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) @BRIANMBendis JINXWORLD Brian Michael Bendis is an award winning comics creator, New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last sixteen years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on the top of the nationwide...
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Kevin Willmott
Kevin Willmott (2016)
Kevin Willmott Screenwriter, filmmaker, playwright, actor, professor, activist  IMDb entry Kevin Willmott is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, playwright, actor, professor and activist. Kevin co-wrote and is the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed film, Chi-Raq, directed by Spike Lee and starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. This was...
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Lauren Weedman
Lauren Weedman (2016)
Lauren Weedman Comedic actress, playwright and author (HBO's Looking, The Daily Show) @laurenweedman  Personal Website Award-winning Playwright.  Film & Television Actress, Author. Lauren Weedman does it all. Portland audiences know Lauren as the creator of and performer in The People's Republic of Portland at Portland Center Stage. Lauren's television credits include The Daily Show, True Blood, United...
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Robert Brunner
Robert Brunner (2016)
Robert Brunner Product Designer (Apple PowerBook, Beats Headphones, other) @rdbrunner Ammunition Group Named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Robert Brunner is the designer of such iconic products as the Apple PowerBook and Beats headphones; and co-author of the book “Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company.” The former...
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Spike Lee
Spike Lee (1995)

Producer, director, writer and actor Spike Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983. He made his directorial debut with She’s Gotta Have It (1986), and has since directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th…

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Dan Wieden
Dan Wieden (2009)

Co-Founder & CEO, Wieden + Kennedy In 1982 four young and ambitious people took a card table, a few chairs and several cardboard file cabinets and began what would become one of the most respected advertising agencies in the world. One of those four was Dan Wieden, co-founder, president, and creative director of Wieden+Kennedy, a company…

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Bibi McGill (2015)

Musician, Yogi, Entrepreneur Bibi McGill is much more than the woman behind the blazing guitar riffs that have elevated Beyoncé’s live performances to the next level. As the touring guitarist and Musical Director of Beyoncé’s 10-piece, all-female band, Bibi showcases her ability to rock her own original compositions within the framework of Beyoncé hits, all…

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Jay Meschter
Jay Meschter (2008)

Industrial Designer Jay Meschter has worked as an industrial designer for the past 18 years, spending the first part of his career with the Apple Design Group, and the latter half with Nike. Jay is currently a director in the Nike Innovation Kitchen, an experimental group within Nike that focuses exclusively on innovation. His discussion…

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Silas Weir Mitchell
Silas Weir Mitchell (2015)

Actor Silas Weir Mitchell stars in NBC’s acclaimed drama series “Grimm” as Monroe, a reformed Blutbad who is Nick’s reluctant informant. Mitchell has worked steadily during his time in Los Angeles, making over 100 television guest appearances on series including “My Name is Earl,” “The Mentalist,” “Numb3rs,” “Burn Notice” and “Prison Break.” He has also…

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