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Where the Women Are 

Meet your local lady leaders


More than one in four businesses in the Bend-Redmond area are woman-owned. With women comprising 51 percent of the population that may not seem significant. But it is enough for Bend-Redmond Metropolitan Statistical Area to rank 20th in the nation for woman-owned businesses, according to a recent study by consumer advocacy site NerdWallet. In the top city—Santa Fe, New Mexico—about one-third of businesses are owned by women.

The analysis found that locally, women-owned businesses are predominately solo enterprises—fewer than one in five have paid employees. And yet, they bring in on average just over $100,000 in revenue each year.

Why does this matter? A 2014 study by David Newton and Mikhail Simutin published in Management Science found that the pay gap between women and men is greatest when the person signing the checks is a man.

Check out some of the women who are, or have been, helping lead local companies and organizations. (Note: This is not a comprehensive list.)

• Amy Tykeson, former CEO, Bend Broadband

• Patricia Moss, former CEO and President, Bank of the Cascades

• Dr. Becky Johnson, Vice President, OSU-Cascades

• Dr. Shirley Metcalf, President, COCC

• Lisa Dobey, Executive Director, St. Charles Foundation

• Jamie Danek and Michelle Mitchell, Co-owners, Humm Kombucha

• Tammy Baney, County Commissioner, Deschutes County Commission

• Sally Russell, Mayor Pro Tem, Bend City Council

• Barb Campbell, City Councilor, Bend City Council and Owner, Wabi Sabi

• Connie Worrell-Druliner, CEO and Owner, Bend's Express Employment Professionals

• Sandy Jones, Editor-in-Chief, Eagle Highway Magazine

• Julie Hunter, Owner, Bend Pet Express

• Pamela Hulse Andrews, CEO, Cascade Publications

• Andi Buerger, Co-founder, Beulah's Place

• Janet Huerta, Executive Director, Saving Grace

• Gwenn Wysling, Executive Director, Bethlehem Inn

Kecia Kubota, Executive Director, Camp Fire Central Oregon

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