Portland Business Alliance celebrates exceptional leaders for women in business
Maria Pope and U.S. Bank to be honored at 2018 A Place With No Ceiling
PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the Portland Business Alliance announced Maria Pope, president & CEO of Portland General Electric (PGE), and U.S. Bank will be honored at its annual celebration, A Place With No Ceiling, on Sept. 27 at the Oregon Historical Society. The Alliance also announced the dedication of the individual award to Sandra K. McDonough, who recently retired after serving as president and CEO of the Alliance for the past 14 years, and was instrumental in founding the A Place With No Ceiling event in 2012.
In its seventh year, A Place With No Ceiling celebrates, connects and inspires women in the business community by honoring a female executive and a company that supports, mentors and fosters the advancement of women.
“This event is a reminder that our region has so many outstanding leaders blazing the trail for women, particularly those working in traditionally male-dominated industries,” said Jessica Getman, president of Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance and chair of the A Place With No Ceiling committee. “Maria, who is the second woman to serve as president & CEO of Portland General Electric, and U.S. Bank, which has put an emphasis on advancing women into leadership positions, are perfect examples of how women are breaking the glass ceiling in the workforce.”
Award winners were selected based on a specific set of judging criteria determined by a committee of Portland Business Alliance members. For the individual award, now named the Sandra K. McDonough Leadership Award, the committee’s decision is based on mentorship of women in the business community, level of community engagement and public perception of the individual as a leader. In her first year at the helm of PGE, Maria Pope launched a comprehensive review of hiring and compensation to ensure women and people of color are treated equally. In addition to mentoring women through multiple internal and external programs, she hosted more than 1,000 professionals for PGE’s 2018 Diversity Summit, which addressed issues like gender diversity, social and economic justice and the importance of inclusion. Maria also set the company on a progressive path to create a green energy future for Oregon, with the commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
For the company award, the committee’s decision is based on programs and activities in place that foster the advancement of women. The committee examines how this is demonstrated in the organizational chart and/or reflected in the make-up of the board of directors, as well as how the company is seen as a corporate culture changer in the community. With one third of the bank’s board of directors comprised of women, as well as 50 percent of mid-manager positions and 30 percent of manager positions filled by women, U.S. Bank is committed to a diverse workforce and continues to make strides toward equal representation. Additionally, the bank’s Executive Women’s Business Resource Group supports the advancement of female employees company-wide by providing resources, as well as mentorship and advocacy for up-and-coming female leaders. U.S. Bank was also recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as a 2018 Best Employer for Women.
The public is invited to attend this event, which offers ample networking opportunities.