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In Their Own Words: A Panel Discussion on Immigration
May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm$45 – $60
Today, immigration to the United States is at its highest level since the early 20th century. In fact, as a result of the variety of these recent immigrants, the United States has become a truly multicultural society. The story of America — who we are and where we come from — is still being written.
Join us as 4 immigrants from Turkey, Brazil, Scotland, and Hong Kong share their experience and stories about the successive waves of immigrants arriving from all countries of the globe, and about our nation’s struggle to both absorb them as well as adapt to them as a constant thread in our history.
As an immigrant from Hong Kong to the United States, Alice knows how it feels to be in a dark tunnel, and what it takes to climb out. Alice faced the reality of starting a career from scratch in a new country, forcing herself to become self-reliant. Self-discovery became her life-calling, and she has since made a name for herself as Financial Advisor, Speaker and Mentor, led to inspire others, especially women, to be courageous, confident and successful. Alice is a Shareholder and Vice President at a local wealth management firm. In 2008, Alice co-founded WIFS Portland (Women In Insurance and Financial Services) Chapter, the first chapter on the West coast of WIFS. WIFS Portland, has been number 1 in membership for many years because it has created great support and network for women in her industry. In 2005, she has stepped off our board to create space for her new found passion – public speaking. Alice is a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Million Dollar Round Table, WIFS Portland and WIFS National. She has gained notoriety and several awards including, Portland Monthly’s FIVE STAR WEALTH Manager, Model of Success at Dress for Success, among others.
A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Oya Kara has lived and raised two kids in Portland since 1982. Having a major in English led her first to administrative jobs, then her talents and training led to employment in fine jewelry. She founded “OYA – Elegant Gemstone Jewelry” in 2005 with her daughter, Idil. Oya goes back every year to her beloved Istanbul to walk the streets, watch the sun set over the Bosphorus, and spend time with cousins and friends; also to look for new accessories to incorporate into her jewelry. Oya participates at various local exhibits and puts on trunk shows three times a year. She has been married for 10 years and is a devoted and busy grandma for Idil’s 2 daughters.
Brazilian born from a third generation Italian Family, Almarina grew up in Sao Paulo, mid-south state of Brazil and lived in Rio de Janeiro for five years. She moved to the US in 1990 to find her love in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Work brought her and her husband Simon to Portlandin 2006. Almarina has experience in the apparel and footwear industry – after working for top brands in Brazil, she was able to transfer her knowledge and experience to US brands such as Levi’s, Target, Nike and now at Pendleton.
Amy joined Hurley Development in June 2018 as Project Coordinator to carry out legal and transaction management duties. An attorney from Scotland, she moved to Vancouver, WA December 2017 to be with her husband and start a new life in the U.S. Hurley Development’s projects are throughout Clark County, mainly in Downtown Vancouver including renovation to create the Source Climbing Center, redevelopment of the Sparks Building on Evergreen and the JC Penney building on Main Street, and, construction of a modern office building on 3rd and Columbia which is currently under construction. Hurley Development also refreshes retail centers throughout Vancouver, including locations in Salmon Creek and East Vancouver – a newly developed shopping center named Union Station. Amy is also actively involved in CREW Portland – a supportive and educational network for women in commercial real estate and enjoys organizing the monthly luncheons on topics from Opportunity Zones to mental wellbeing in the workplace. She is passionate about supporting women in her local community to inspire and empower them to reach their ultimate potential.
5:30 – 6:30 Linking and Appetizers
6:30 – 8:00 Panel discussion and Q & A
8:00 – 8:30 More Linking
Cost Includes incredible appetizers and presentation. No host bar.
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115 NW 22nd Ave
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