October 2013 Monthly Luncheon

Bridge to the Future; a Personal Journey to America

Rahel Yared shares her inspiring story of immigrating from Ethiopia to the United States in the 1990s. As a young teen in America, Rahel experienced culture shock, racial discrimination, and personal obstacles. With courage she overcame the challenges that life threw at her and graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Marketing and Information Systems. She became the driving force behind the development and launch of the first diversity program for the Food Industry Leadership Center at PSU. Her efforts resulted in the creation of a successful program that has allowed the School of Business to receive over $1million in financial support and to expand the diversity program to all majors. With a passion for serving youth in the community, Rahel co-founded a nonprofit organization that teaches and celebrates Ethiopian culture. The organization now serves as a resource hub to connect new immigrants with local professionals.

Portlandia is fortunate that Rahel is the PSU liaison for our new Bridge to the Future Scholarship launched this summer.


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