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Featured Speakers

Jenny Kassan of Cutting Edge Capital helps with financing startup and scale. Cutting Edge Capital provides small and mid-sized businesses with the information, tools, and expertise they need to raise capital in a way that fits with their unique business model and long-term goals. As experienced business lawyers, entrepreneurs, and finance experts, the CEC team has identified capital raising strategies that allow businesses to solicit non-traditional sources of funding. In addition to being a great way to raise capital, these strategies allow businesses to build public support and recognition at the same time they are raising funds.

To engineer is human, and, science alone will not solve our global problems. So says author Henry Petroski, Duke Professor and author of many titles addressing the role and value of design, engineering, and, most essentially, human problem solving. In his latest book, "The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems" Petroski calls for us to roll up our sleeves and start building, thinking, and solving problems. He also explores a little-followed strategy--that of focusing on failure. He will keynote Day 2 of ReVV2011 where we begin to explore how to generate community innovation.

Woody Tasch is a true innovator. His idea is simple: create appropriate finance tools that meet the needs of the social change. Drawing inspiration from the Slow Food movement he focuses on the relationship between our food, farms, and finance, uncovering the fatal flaw in the funding. Where nature is in charge, finance deals must follow her lead--fast money doesn't work. In his book "Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money" Woody suggests that finance tools should match the reality, not the other way around. We're honored to have Woody be our morning keynote come March 7, 2011. Read more about him on Slow Money.

"Indispensable reading, to be placed on the same shelf as Wendell Berry and E.F. Schumacher." - Gregory Whitehead, Treasurer, The Whitehead Foundation

"It goes along with Small is Beautiful on my 'books that matter' shelf." -Joan Dye Gussow, Professor, Columbia University

Welcome to Portland, Oregon
(The "Center of the West Coast")

The Conference will be held at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. 128 NW Eleventh Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209.

It's a perfect city to host a learning summit - relaxing, beautiful, green, and full of good food and drink to sustain the development of brilliant ideas. Portland boasts about, well, just about everything... A hot spot for foodies, brew tasters, coffee aficianados, spiritual drinkers, and chocolate lovers. Cycle or walk to it all in a green, accessible urban scene. A river runs through it spanned by the many bikeable, walkable bridges. Located an hour from snowcapped mountains, skiing, hiking, and the famous coast, Portland is a perfect place to host a conference. Settle in with us to change the world.

We're pleased to announce that two of our favorite hotels have joined us as hotel sponsors, offering discounted rates for ReVV attendees.


The Paramount Hotel, Portland
808 SW Taylor Street
Portland, OR 97205

This rate is available for the week of the conference--no restrictions!

To make reservations via phone:
Call (503) 223-9900 or toll free
1 (800) 663-1144 and ask for the Springboard Innovation-ReVisioning Value group rate.

Or, make your reservations online Type in the ReVV Group Code:
along with your check-in and check-out dates and then click on the ‘check again’ button. It will give you the discounted rate!



Red Lion Convention Center
1021 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232


Inn at the Convention Center
420 NE Holladay
Portland, OR 97232

Both Red Lion hotels will offer a discounted rate of $89 for conference atendees!

To make reservations:
Phone: 1-800-343-1822
Fax:  (503) 235-0396
MENTION ReVisioning Value Conference for the special rate.

  1. For travelers new to Portland, there's Travel Portland for great ideas and what's new listed daily.
  2. Check out The Gerding Theater, where the ReVV Conference is being held. (Take a video walk through the lobby)
  3. Explore downtown Portland, full of great restaurants, shopping, and walking. Sidewalk cafes, rooftop views, public art... you name it.
  4. Visit historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and experience a beautiful example of WPA architecture and craft, not to mention great skiing.
  5. Grab an extra day and head to the famous Oregon coast. Just over an hour to a beach sunset.