Britt howard, resident, woi / by Britt Howard

PGF's owner/founder, Britt Howard is honored to be named one of Portland Business Journal's 2017 Women of Influence! PGF celebrated this amazing achievement at the award luncheon surrounded by a room full of inspiring women (and the men that were there to cheer them on!). Portland Business Journal awarded this honor to 25 Portland women, from mental health professionals to architects, food entrepreneurs, and many more. Needless to say, it was a invigorating event full of stories about successes and failures, and the necessity of taking risks to find your passion.

One of the highlights of the event was Governor Kate Brown's spot on speech about supporting diversity in our workplaces and communities. Even as we see more women of color and more people from the LGBTQ community enter government seats and executive level positions, there is still much work to be done to ensure that all voices are heard. Governor Brown echoed Michelle Obama in saying "...when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.” Words to live by!

Check out all the honorees HERE, and pick up a copy of the Portland Business Journal to read individual profiles of each woman of influence—or "WOIs" as we like to call them!