The Portland Ten

The Portland Ten is the most powerful networking event for social changemakers you’ll attend this year.

Each quarter, we convene 10 of our community’s top social changemakers for dinner, drinks and thoughtful dialogue. Attendees forge powerful new alliances as they engage in intimate conversations and share stories with other local changemakers. We strive to make each event a meaningful and personal experience for every guest.

Meet Some of Our Past Attendees

Portland Ten alumni tell us that participating in these dinners has not only inspired them to launch new partnerships and grow their businesses, but has also directly helped them find better roles and bolster their own financial bottom line.


    Leda Garside

    Tuality Healthcare

    Leda Garside is the Services Manager/Cultural Liaison for Tuality’s ¡Salud! Program, which provides healthcare services to Oregon vineyard workers and their families.

    The Portland Ten connected me with trailblazers and diverse community voices committed to building a stronger Portland.

    Keith Thomajan

    United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

    Keith is the President and CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, which provides early learning programs, increased graduation rates, community support and long term success for families.

    The Portland Ten gave me the opportunity to meet new social changemakers and expand my network.

    Why we do it

    We are committed to using our superpowers for good. We designed the Portland Ten to connect local changemakers so they can build lasting relationships and share creative, actionable ideas that can make our community an even better place.

    What’s the catch?

    There isn’t one! No sales pitch, no cost and no public relations people. Yes, we’ll be there, but only to listen and learn from our guests.


    Because we like a good mystery, we don’t announce any details, including location, until 48 hours prior to the event. But know that each event takes place near the Portland city center in a location convenient for bikers, walkers and drivers.

    Know a Changemaker?
    Nominate Them to Attend

    Email Erin at with the following:

    • The name of the nominee and your relationship to them
    • The reason why this person is one of Portland’s top social changemakers

    Nominations are considered on a case-by-case basis and will be invited to events as staff see fit.