Women In Business: Perspectives from Women Entrepreneurs: Overcoming Adversity

About Your Panel:

Women-owned businesses are on the rise, and the challenges and adversity they face in operationalizing their goals is real. This Women in Business seminar will take you to the forefront of these challenges through conversation and problem solving with three local women entrepreneurs from the retail to tech industries.

Key takeaways from this seminar include:

  • How experienced entrepreneurs addressed challenges from resilience to pivoting to transition
  • Ideas on how to address similar challenges related to your business
  • Tips on how to take small steps toward solving overwhelming business challenges

Meet the Panel:

Renée Barillot Shade-

Nothing surprises Renée. That’s because she’s organized and prepared, which gives her the advantage of excellent foresight. Whether it’s dollars, numbers or values, she enjoys seeing the world through measurable means, and is even more passionate about helping others see the advantages of doing it too.

A seasoned executive and financial professional, with a background in nonprofits, venture capital, and project management, Renee uses her skills to provide clear, no-nonsense direction for clients. A gifted problem solver and excellent listener, she knows that it takes transparent and focused leadership to see positive change in the world.  Renée dreams in big ideas and excels in small details. She believes that it’s in the small details that big dreams come true.

Palette Stores-              

Bobbie Stewart is a serial entrepreneur whose passion is engaging with and building start-ups. As a former business advisor with the SBDC, Small Business Development Center her equanimity has helped guide entrepreneurs through their most difficult start-up moments. Bobbie believes that entrepreneurs possess strength and tenacity that are the building blocks of leaders.

Bobbie graduated Concordia University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and minors in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Finance. Bobbie’s accomplishments include: CEO & Founder, Palette Stores, Founder and President of KICIT investment club, Business Foundations 1 and Business Plan Workshop Trainer, MercyCorps NW, Former TIE Oregon, TIE XL Boot Camp instructor, Formerly with SBDC, Business Advisor and Business Plan instructor, Freelance contractor hired to coach small businesses and develop operations plan.


With Love, From PDX-

Inger McDowell-Hartye is the curator + owner behind With Love, From PDX. Launched in 2015, With Love, From PDX offers custom gift services for busy professionals, corporate clients, and everyday customers looking for a personalized gift for any occasion.

As an entrepreneur, Inger’s been fortunate to combine her passion for community and locally-made goods to grow With Love into a company that works with 75 local small businesses across Portland.

Shovels and Whiskey-

Tawny Schlieski is a VR producer with more than 10 years of experience designing and creating innovative digital experiences. She runs Shovels and Whiskey a VR prototyping studio that partners with academic and corporate clients to design and build solutions for their most interesting problems. She is always on the hunt for meaningful ways to leverage new technology to create an intentionally inclusive digital community.


Event Details

Date & Time:


Mercy Corps Northwest | 43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
43 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA

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