Thursday, March 28
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Networking
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Program

Riverhouse on the Deschutes (Convention Center)
2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701

Fee Schedule: 

$25 for members; $45 for non-members.

on Monday, March 25.

Plated lunch is included. No registrations will be available beyond the deadline.

We are unable to accommodate walk-ins on forum day.

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Interested in sponsoring one of our forums? Contact Joey Drucker at the information below.

Joey Drucker, Executive Director
City Club of Central Oregon


Community Partner in Education:

OSU-Cascades Campus

Partner in Higher Education and Workforce Development:

Central Oregon Community College

Elite Event Sponsor:

Riverhouse on the Deschutes

Platinum Sponsors:

Media Sponsor:

Founding Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Table Sponsors:

March forum


Man, We Can Do This


Studies have repeatedly shown that equality of the sexes results in higher GDPs nationally, improves business profits professionally, and increases happiness personally.  Although a common topic in the workplace, the benefits of equality go well beyond the business setting.

In honor of International Women’s Month, our March forum will focus on the benefits of gender balance professionally, societally and economically in Central Oregon – and how we all can play a part.

Come find out how we can make #HeForShe become #WeForWe!

[#HeForShe is a United Nations movement for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. Learn how you can hold yourself and others accountable for this greater standard.]

Event Details

The Facilitator for this discussion will be John Allen, Deschutes National Forest Supervisor.  He will lead the discussion with statistics on the benefits of gender equity, define unconscious bias, as well as open with some fun facts about everyday things that women invented or discovered and were never given credit.  He will also discuss the challenges that the Forest Service has experienced in trying to implement gender equity policies and get everyone to comply.

Carrie Douglas will be one of the speakers.  She is a member of the Bend-LaPine School Board and she is the founder of The Haven – a co-working space focusing on the unique needs of women.  She will talk about her personal experience in seeing the benefits of equality for women.

Yong Bakos will be the final speaker.  He is the Program Lead and Instructor of Computer Science at OSU-Cascades.  He will speak about his experience with young women in the classroom with a focus on missed opportunities in the business ecosystem as demonstrated from classroom ideas that don’t get traction due to gender bias.  He will also discuss how he is trying to change how young girls and women are better informed about the possibilities of going into STEM careers by championing the differences that women bring to the table.

Throughout the forum, the speakers will provide examples of how each individual can hold themselves and other accountable for achieving a more gender equal world.  The forum will end with everyone filling out a written personal commitment of what they are willing to do to work towards a more gender equal society.  This commitment card will also have the #HeForShe commitment.






In an effort to improve your experience at your City Club forums, please review the following:

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum. 

Choices for payment include:

  • Online credit card payment:  When you receive an event email, simply click on the REGISTER HERE button. Once you’ve entered your contact information, you have the option to pay online via credit card.
  • Check by mail: If you select the “pay by check” option during the online registration process, we will be alerted to check our mailbox. We need your checks by the Tuesday before the forum.
  • Credit card by phone:  You may also call us to finalize your registration and pay by credit card.  Your credit card information will be taken over the phone and you will receive an email confirmation of payment.

Registration closes at noon three days prior to the forum.

Although you have registered and pre-paid online, please remember to check in at the registration table to receive your name tag.

  • We are typically unable to accommodate walk-ins on the day of the forum.
  • Refunds may be issued for cancellations if made 48 hours prior to the event.  Cancellations less than 48 hours are non-refundable.
  • If you have already registered, but are no longer able to attend, you may send someone in your place. We would appreciate you letting us know the name of the alternate person 48 hours prior to the forum so we can update our registration list and have the correct name tag waiting.
  • If you registered online but have not prepaid or called to cancel, you will be invoiced for the forum.  Reason why? Our attendee count is submitted to the Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center 72 hours prior to the forum and we are charged for the cost of your lunch – regardless if you attend or not.
  • As a courtesy to others, we ask that you do not video or record our forum. Recordings are available on our website and on COTV.
  • By registering for this event, you acknowlede that your name, image or voice may be used for the live streaming and/or production of a Zolo Media video, KPOV fm, internet or print project.

Thank you for your support of City Club - we will see you at the forum!