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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

About The Author

Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...
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