Win Tickets ($90): December Power Breakfast: Footwear & Apparel Panel @ Sentinel Hotel | Industry Opportunities & Challenges, Speakers & more!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to December Power Breakfast: Footwear & Apparel Panel @ Sentinel Hotel on December 7. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 4.


From our sponsors:
December Power Breakfast: Footwear & Apparel Panel
December 7, 2017
7:30-9 a.m. | $45-$105 | All Ages
More info:

Sentinel Hotel
614 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

Join the Portland Business Journal as we sit down with some of the best in the business to hear about the opportunities and challenges facing the footwear and apparel industry here in our home. Join us for this Power Breakfast panel! As we all know, Portland is no stranger to the footwear and apparel industry. Meet our four Rockstar panelist below and network with Portland’s elite business crowd including CEOs, owners and executives!

Carrie is the founder of Sock It to Me, a company known for pioneering the colorful, quirky sock trend that exists in the apparel market today. Carries success in leading Sock It to Me started with two suitcases full socks and a dream to launch a business by bringing fun and high quality socks to the U.S. market. Carrie was inspired by the vibrant socks she had seen in Korea while teaching English there. She began selling them on her own in 2004 from a small tent at the Portland Saturday Market. Since then Carries entrepreneurial talents and persistence have grown the business into a globally distributed brand that includes a new underwear line, employs 50 full time staff, and has over 10 million dollars in sales annually. Carrie prioritizes employee and customer happiness while keeping a close eye on the ever-changing market.

Over the course of his 28-year career, DWayne has received numerous design awards, voted one of Fast Companies Most Creative People in 2014, owns over 40 patents and designed over 500 styles for premiere athletes such as Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and Michael Jordan.

In 2010 DWayne founded the 1st academy in the U.S. dedicated to Footwear Design called PENSOLE. PENSOLE has quickly become the premiere footwear design school in the world by secured partnerships with the industries top footwear brands, retailers and has over 275 former PENSOLE students working professionally for some of todays top brands: Nike, Under Armor, Adidas, New Balance, Brooks, Keen, Timberland, JORDAN and others globally.

Dawn Moothart is the founder of Portland Apparel Lab (PAL), a makerspace offering equipment and a knowledge-sharing community to local designers and sewers in the apparel and soft goods industries. She runs a thriving design support and fabrication business, helping entrepreneurs take their products from idea to market-ready. With a small-business background and big-company experience, Dawn enjoys meeting and mentoring young companies with innovative ideas. An engineer at heart, she believes pattern making is the perfect balance of art and math.


Emma Mcilroy is CEO and CMO at Wildfang: the home of the modern tomboy. Wildfang is an online and offline retailer serving up over 50 brands, including its own private label line. launched in March 2013, with 20k+ girls joining the family in just 30 days. Featured in The Guardian, New York Times, Vice, Cool Hunting, Refinery 29 and Vogue the Wildfang family has, and continues to, grow fast at over 240% YOY. Wildfang has built a highly engaged tribe of fans, including numerous A-List celebrities and musicians. Emma and her co-founder, Julia Parsley were just recently named to the Upstart 100. Emma has over 10 years experience in brand & product marketing at two world-class brands: Nike and Barclays. A self-confessed brand marketing nerd, Emma graduated with a 1st Class Honors degree from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has a healthy obsession for sports, Simpsons and Irish whiskey.

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15 Responses to Win Tickets ($90): December Power Breakfast: Footwear & Apparel Panel @ Sentinel Hotel | Industry Opportunities & Challenges, Speakers & more!

  1. Saul Korin November 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    I would love this for a networking opportunity. Plus, I wear shoes.

    • KathRogers November 21, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

      The inspiration sounds awesome.

  2. Nancy November 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Sounds like a motivating event!

  3. Valerie November 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    A great opportunity for networking and learning. Would love to attend.

  4. Jade Webster November 21, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    I would love to attend this event to create new connections in the apparel and footwear industry. I graduated from OSU with a degree in merchandising management (emphasis in apparel design)- since graduating, I’ve held jobs in hospitality, accounting, and event coordination. I often ponder making my way back into the apparel field and this breakfast would help me to explore possibilities.

  5. Melissa November 21, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

    Love that the PBJ is hosting the best of what Portland has to offer…some of our most creative, innovative, strategic and successful minds! Its what the world should know about our city.

  6. Christin Perkins November 22, 2017 at 12:28 am #

    I would love to go to this, mostly for my sister in law who works in the fashion industry and is making a huge career change and trying to start her own business! I would love to see her get the information she needs to succeed!

  7. Shannon Milliman November 22, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    I’d like to go as I am launching a speaking business and networking opportunities abound here!

  8. Mathew Trono November 22, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

    This looks so inspiring

  9. Janet November 24, 2017 at 11:54 am #

    Very interesting! And….perhaps I will get to talk with them about pétanque (The French outdoor bowling sport & at Westmoreland Park) clothing and shoes.

  10. Christina Dye November 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    This sound like amazing event with a plethora of networking opportunities. I’d love to attend

  11. Mauraborealice November 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Portland’s specialty design niche is so interesting.
    The design challenges are vast, as are the solutions.
    Would enjoy hearing more about this.

  12. Sara November 29, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    I’d really like to attend!

  13. Julie Forbes November 29, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    I am particularly intrigued by the Portland Business Journal event. I’m motivated by work that allows me to demonstrate and even stretch my skills and talents. And I like to think my varied, extensive design background merits an opportunity to rub shoulders with these lauded professionals. For The Childrens Place – many of my designs sold hundreds of thousands of dollars each!

  14. Brandy Border-Rodriguez December 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    Because it sounds totally fun and seems like it is sure to be an interesting event. Plus who can’t use the extra $90 they save by winning vs. buying Tix to do some extra holiday shopping?!

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