October 13, 2021
Join founders and CEOs as they share how they’ve learned to navigate entrepreneurship as women as they recount their trials and triumphs. Discover how they’ve learned to command the space, redirected sexist comments, and navigate awkward situations in which they were assumed to not be the bosses they are.
- Dr. Jenn Amador, COO, nexTC Materials
- Shakelah Morgan, Local Business Owner and Entrepreneur
- Wendy Morgan, CEO and Founder, Shift
- Kiki Prottsman, Director of Education, Microsoft MakeCode
- Janis C. Weeks, PhD, Co-founder and Chief Global Health Officer, InVivo Biosystems Inc.
This seminar is co-sponsored by Onward Eugene.
Jenn Amador is co-founder and chief operating officer of nexTC Materials, an early-stage startup focused on delivering novel transparent conductive materials to multiple end-use applications, including solar panels and smart building envelopes.
In addition to her work at nexTC, she also works as a program facilitator for ecosVC, delivering education in innovation and providing STEM students with the skills needed to translate basic research into solutions to real-world problems.
Jenn has a BS in chemistry from the University of Utah (class of 2011) and completed her PhD in materials chemistry at Oregon State University in 2017.
Shakelah Morgan owns four businesses in Oregon. These organizations have provided services to the community that support family, education, health, and beauty for the past 21 years.
Shakelah encourages youth to love and embrace who they are through her platform “Mentoring Our Youth to Thrive.” She is the recipient of the Mattie Reynolds Community & Social Justice Award and was the president and judge’s chair for the Miss Lane County & Linn Benton Scholarship Program, a preliminary program to Miss America 2009-2020 and was on the Board of Directors and a consultant of ISMT 2010-2015.
Shakelah is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in general social science (crime, law, and society). She currently is attending ALU Law School and has a long-term goal to be elected as a judge for juvenile court. She recently studied and passed the Massachusetts’s Real Estate Exam and became a Realtor in Massachusetts and Georgia with the intent to help build her family’s brokerage.
Shakelah has been married to her husband for 27 years and together they have five children. Shakelah was Mrs. Oregon America 2014 as well as Mrs. Oregon International 2015, placing top 15 at nationals. Shakelah is dedicated to her community and family and strives to make a difference within her community and the state of Oregon.
Wendy is the CEO and founder at Shift. She is an entrepreneur with a passion for using technology to solve the world's most pressing social issues. Wendy is a lifelong educator and diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, driven by a passion for seeing equity and inclusion become foundational values for her community and society.
She has over 25 years of experience in teaching, training, and designing innovative online education platforms. As a recipient of five grants, including one from the National Science Foundation, she has been able to expand her work in promoting equity and inclusion nationally.
Kiki is director of education at Microsoft MakeCode, as well as the author of several books, including Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student, My First Coding Book, How to Be a Coder, and Disney’s Coding with Anna and Elsa.
In her spare time, Kiki runs an educational YouTube channel called KIKIvsIT, which helped her win one of Stevie’s coveted Female Innovator of the Year Awards.