Title: Astra’s 20th Anniversary
When: 07-24-2017 - 07-25-2017
Where: Portland, Oregon
Category: Event, Workshop


Astra 20th Anniversary

Astra Through the Looking Glass

Honor the Past. Celebrate the Now. Envision the Future.

July 24 & 25, 2017  | The Nines Hotel | Portland, OR 

Network with major corporations and women business owners from all around the country who come together to celebrate Astra Women’s Business Alliance’s 20th Anniversary of supporting women business owners and our next generation of women leaders.

Oregon is known for its uniqueness in developing new ideas and innovation and its commitment to the environment and recycling. Yes, it does rain in Portland but when you come in July, you will see sunny skies, friendly people, companies looking for new suppliers who have solutions for their companies. 

The Portland area is known for Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Intel, craft beer, Silicon Forest, Pearl District for shopping and wine tasting in the Willamette Valley.

What you might not know is the co-founders of Astra, twin sisters, Diane McClelland and Suzanne Lackman, graduates of David Douglas High School,  have something in common with Title IX and Oregon Congresswoman Edith Green because of their founding of the Metro League Women’s Tennis in Portland 15 years before Title IX. Many do not realize that Congresswoman, Edith Green was the major force for Title IX which is responsible for helping women enter college and participate in college sports today.


For Women Business Owners

  • Meet corporate supplier diversity professionals to expand your network and grow your business!
  • Learn from women business owners who have immigrated to USA and in spite challenges have built multi million dollar companies   
  • Understand the importance of social media and its impact on building your business
  • Going global: Best Practices for Your Plan- Separate breakout   
  • Technology and Innovation: Preparing for Future Solutions
  • Express Your Opinion on how media is depicting women by viewing sample ads and video
  • Hear from women business owners who have managed non-traditional businesses and their playbook for success

For Corporations 

  • Meet women business owners from US and Canada representing multiple industries to meet your supplier diversity demand.
  • Join your peers in a Supplier Diversity Think Tank about trends and best practices impacting your supply chain- Separate Breakout  


Join us on July 24th for an evening boat ride and dinner on the Willamette Star and cruise on the Willamette River through the middle of downtown Portland.


Join us on July 25th for a day of celebration, networking, and discussions with Fortune 500 corporations and women business owners representing multiple industries.



Almas Jiwani

President and CEO,
UN Women Canada National Committee,
Frontier Canada Inc.,
Almas Jiwani Foundation


Candace Waterman

Vice President, WBENC

July 24-25,2017
Portland , Oregon


Venue: The Nines Hotel
City: Portland
State: Oregon