Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Democratic 2018 candidate for US House of Representatives, Oregon District 2, will be in Hood River Friday, March 8, to keynote and participate in a panel discussion on gender-balanced leadership’s effect on our workplaces, our local communities and the world.

The free event, titled, “Balance for Better: How gender-balanced leadership can improve our communities and our world,” is scheduled for International Women’s Day, March 8, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Hood River County Library. It is hosted by Soroptimist International of Hood River and the Library, and is sponsored by Copper West Real Estate.

Following the keynote address, Jamie will join a panel of five dynamic local women leaders to further the discussion on a more gender-balanced world. Soroptimist and the Library are honored to welcome:

• Dr. Marta Yera Cronin, President, Columbia Gorge Community College
• Jessica Metta, Executive Director, Gorge Technology Alliance and Hoof River City    Council member
• Jeanie Vieira, RN, CEO, Providence Hood River
• Christina Mercer, Director of Strategy, Insitu
• Anna Williams, Oregon District 52 Representative and college instructor.

Audience members will be invited to submit questions to the panelists upon admission to the event.

McLeod-Skinner, whose background includes engineering, planning and law, continues to use her approach of building bridges between people separated by politics and the urban-rural divide, to focus on developing solutions for core issues, such as healthcare, education, economic development, and natural resource management.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1909 in recognition of the 1908 U.S. Garment Workers strike, but has grown over the last hundred and ten years as a day to recognize the needs and accomplishments of women and girls throughout the world. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Hood River group welcomes visitors and new members.

“Balance for Better” is free and open to the public. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.

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