SOBCon Northwest 2011

Where Profit Meets Purpose

SOBCon came to the Pacific Northwest last September, where Liz and Terry connected businesses to the planet and the people who live on it. We’ll talked about business models that worked for profit AND for social good for 2 1/2 days at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland, Oregon.

SOBCon NW had the same “Models & Masterminds” format featured in the Chicago SOBCon, with 6 models and masterminds work sessions, 4 interviews, 4 special presentations, and a 1/2-day non-profit “give back” event. Plus, Liz and Terry hosted a special evening social event on Friday, September 16th at “the Cleaners” in downtown Portland.

Faculty and presenters included …

  • Liz Strauss (SOBCon Co-Founder)
  • Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie (SOBCon Co-Founder)
  • Connie Burke General Motors Corporation and GMC
  • Carol Roth (NY Times Best Selling Author, “The Entrepreneur Equation”)
  • Jonathan Fields (Author, “Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance”)
  • AJ & Melissa Leon (CEO and Creative Director, the LaC Project)
  • Glenda Watson Hyatt (Author and Blogger, “I’ll Do It Myself”)
  • Dean McBeth (Senior Digital Strategist, Wieden+Kennedy Portland)
  • Matt Edlen (Edlen Group)
  • Jeff Power (Global Hope Network International
  • Angel Djambazov (
  • Brett Williams (Director, Direct Relief International – Internal Programs)
  • Rick Turoczy (PIE – Portland Incubator Experiment)
  • Emily Harris (Independent Journalist)

Here’s Jonathan Fields talking about using uncertainty as fuel for brilliance: