Today should be fun.
I get to go to the 2010 Saward Breakfast and Panel Discussion, which is hosted by the Center for Health Research.
Among the speakers is Robin Doussard, editor of Oregon Business Magazine, a longtime friend and an exceptional journalist. Robin and I have done so many speaking engagements together over the years that she often refers to me as her panel husband.
She also makes me laugh like no one I ever met.
Darleen Ortega of the Oregon Court of Appeals will be there. Justice Ortega is one of those people who make you glad your mom and your sister live in Oregon. What a tremendous role model.
Professor Melody Rose of PSU will be there. What can I say about Melody? Academic, historian, political scientist, organizer of the annual New Leadership Oregon program, which introduces college-age women to role models. I can’t even count the number of students I know who have come out of her program ready to be the leaders of today and tomorrow. If Oregon is a great state – and I think it is – point to people like Melody as the reason.
And Governor Barbara Roberts will be there.
Normally, one says positive things about a lawmaker. Like: She served Oregon well, she passed progressive laws, she’s a sterling example of the best of public servants. All true. So take this in the spirit it’s intended when I say: I have a huge crush on Gov. Roberts.
My girlfriend, Katy King, is OK with this revelation. She has the same crush.
When I think of the people I admire most, Gov. Roberts quickly rises to the top of the list.
Today, as part of my job as communications director for Portland Community College, I get to go admire these women.
See why I’ve got the best job in the freaking universe?