Rotary Lunch Speaker: Michele O’Hara, Executive Director, Opportunity Knocks

On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, our lunch speaker will be Michele O’Hara, Executive Director of Opportunity Knocks.

Michele has always focused on contributing to the local community and has focused her efforts on promoting many worthy community organizations. She currently serves on the executive committee for Redmond Economic Development Inc. (REDI) and as executive director for Opportunity Knocks; a facilitated peer mentorship program for CEO’s and senior leaders. Past board experience includes the board of directors for Portland Fashion Week, the governance committee for Portland Center Stage, board member for Self Enhancement Inc., executive board committee for Oregon Ballet Theatre and a mentor for GLAD (Girls Leadership and Development) through Boys and Girls Aid Society. She was also a co-chair for the Multiple Sclerosis auction, a member of Portland Advertising Federation and a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization. Michele founded a non-profit program, BecomeX, providing young women with experiential learning in the areas of self-discovery, career competence and essential skills to lead a healthy and happy life.


Michele’s work is grounded in the creation of connections between brands and the people they serve. Through her passion, vision and leadership, she has earned a reputation as a brand leader and change agent.

With over fifteen years of experience working for national and regional advertising agencies, DJMC and Saatchi & Saatchi, on major accounts, McDonald’s and Toyota, Michele decided to leave the big agency world to open her own creative shop in Portland Or., Nerve Inc.

Since founding Nerve, and subsequently, Luminous Brands, she has continually focused her time and resources toward producing results orientated brand campaigns for businesses and philanthropic organizations such as the Anaheim Angels, Clear Channel Radio Group, Leave No Trace, Mentor Graphics, WebTrends and Oregon Ballet Theatre. She completed a major brand turn-around for NBA team, The Portland Trail Blazers, and led the reorganization for The American Red Cross after 9/11, building back trust for the organization. She then turned her attention to the hospitality world where she served as chief branding officer for Kuleto Restaurants, Resorts and Kuleto Estate Winery in the bay area. With a desire to make Central Oregon her long-term home, Michele joined Zolo Media, providing a complete turnaround for the broadcast television brand that included concepting and creating a news program, Central Oregon Daily News.

Michele’s life mission is to inspire others to become their personal best. She is a public speaker and facilitates training in the area of business and personal branding and provides leadership development to organizations through her brand consultancy business.

This meeting will be all-virtual. Join the Zoom Meeting here:

You can also call in to the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 970 7570 4522 .

We will record the presentation for others who aren’t able to attend at noon.

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