5th Annual WEVs Portland Summit

June 17th @ 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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WEVs Headshots Sessions by Annie Helen Photography

WEVs Promo Price of $100 (Savings of $150!)

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Sponsored By:

Mercedes-Benz R&D North America

Once again, the WEVs board welcomes women from all over the world the night before EV Roadmap launches in Portland, Oregon. This year we will launch WEVs officially with the Board, a website, logo, LinkedIn group, local chapters, & more!

We will celebrate at our summit with Oregon wine tastings, frosé, a photo booth, A lady DJ, & a dream WEVs panel. We are proud to be hosted by Jacobsen Salt Co., giving us a space to host our 2019 WEVs Summit, with all local, women-founded vendors.

This year, our top “Bertha Benz” level sponsor, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, will share how they’re ensuring women are working across their organization, and what efforts they’re undertaking to elevate women in this industry.


Electric Luxury: the 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC400

May 2019

From electric aircrafts to electric luxury, Grace Kim is rewarding Women of EVs.

“My passion for electric vehicle transportation stems from spending the past few years at two electric vehicle transportation companies (automotive & aircrafts) in Los Angeles. At Mercedes-Benz, the electrification of mobility plays a role in the company’s global strategy. Furthermore, we are putting a significant emphasis on creating a highly diverse working environment. We strongly believe that diversity is essential for innovation and creativity and allows MBRDNA to remain one of the most desirable places to create premium mobility.”

Grace Kim│Head of Total Rewards (Compensation, Benefits & HR Systems),

Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, Inc. / Learn More

Hear from Grace at our annual Summit as she joins our

2019 WEVs “Powerful Partners Panel.”

Hosted By:

Jacobsen Salt Co. HQ (Portland, Oregon)

Our host sponsor, located on “Artisan Row” in Portland, Oregon, are purveyors of America’s greatest sea salt, hand-harvested from the roiling Pacific Ocean westward, off the shores of Netarts Bay.


WEVs “Powerful Partners Panel”

The WEVs panel will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. sharp! You do not want to miss this group of women speaking candidly about their inspiring careers as women leading in the EV industry. It’s not always easy, but these stellar women want to share insights and stories to help elEVate attendees!

From Left: Amy Lilly, State Regulatory Principal Specialist (Mercedes-Benz R&D North America); Grace Kim, Head of Compensation, Benefits & HR Systems  (Mercedes-Benz R&D North America); Maria Pope, CEO, (Portland General Electric); Ashley Horvat, Vice President, Public & Private Partnerships (Greenlots); Lisa Chiladakis, Manager, Technology & Programs (VELOZ)

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Portland General Electric (PGE)

PGE is a “Helene Rother” level sponsor for this year’s event, welcoming WEVs to their hometown, home to Electric Avenue and the heart of the West Coast Electric Highway. CEO Maria Pope will be joined by their large number of WEVs working at PGE to craft one of the nation’s leading transportation electrification programs. PGE has been pioneering innovative policies and initiatives internally that will set the stage for a region blanketed in chargers with the help of a diverse & tight-knit team. With a commitment to the communities they serve and a broader commitment to seeing this industry through, PGE will steadfastly remain a partner of WEVs.

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Annie Helen Photography, has specialized in creating emotional and stirring images that seem to capture exactly what matters most. She will be on hand for a limited number of headshots at a steep discount! Sign up here. Annie will also be photographing some photos during the event that we will share after the summit!



Building on the momentum made by the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative, which eventually transformed into what the industry now knows as “VELOZ,” our “Helene Rother” level sponsor continues its support of strong women in leadership. VELOZ has always walked hand in hand with the network of powerhouse California women in leadership like Mary Nichols, Janea Scott, Christine Kehoe, Carla Peterman, and many more along the way. A strong partner of WEVs, VELOZ (“fast” in Spanish) will be an ongoing supporter in this move to increase diversity in our industry…quickly of course.

Learn More about VELOZ here.


Join us for some fun at the WEVs x Happymatic Photo Booth! Founder, Michelle Taylor, brings the party to life during and after the festivities. You can bring home a keepsake photo & share it in real time on social media.


Kate from Mint & Mirth will serve up a custom “Fast-charged Frosé!” You do not want to miss these WEVs concoctions.


Maven & Muse’s DJ Cotton Candy will bring all her musical spark to keep us electric ladies moving!

Plug & Pinot

“Plug & Pinot,” our “Helene Rother” level sponsor, will be serving up Oregon wine tastings and incorporating some exquisite Oregon Wine Country rosé for our custom WEVs “Fast-Charged Frosé.” “Plug & Pinot” was founded in the winter of 2014, when WEVs Co-Founder, Ashley Horvat, partnered up with a talented crew of Oregon Wine Country industry leaders, led by Reid Oliver at Winderlea Winery, who all recognized the need to market their region to electric vehicles. All of the wineries had already installed EV chargers and it occurred to them that by working with Harry Dalgaard at Travel Oregon and Horvat, who were at the time collaborating to create the “Oregon Electric Byways” initiative, they could solidify “The Oregon Wine Country EV Byway” as a hotspot for EVs. Since its founding, Plug & Pinot has partnered with women winery founders, women winemakers, and women leading the wine business to develop creative collaborations that encourage their valued customers to consider EVs for their personal vehicles.

Learn More about “Plug & Pinot” here.

2019 WEVs X Plug & Pinot Wineries:

Pourers from Hyland, Sokol Blosser, and Winderlea. In addition to these wineries, the pourers will also serve wine from Elk Cove, Stoller and Brooks wineries.  


More (All women-founders) vendors coming to the 2019 WEVs Annual Summit…

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Women of Electric Vehicles + Cookies:

An electric match made in heaven.


Green Zebra Grocery

Fresh food brought to you by Lisa Sedlar, Founder and CEO of Portland-based healthy convenience store, Green Zebra (formerly CEO of New Seasons Market).

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Paige Thammavong, founder of “HeyHalle,” will be bring her talent and passion for supporting women to create custom artwork throughout the WEVs Summit!


Ruby Jewel - “we support #GirlPower”

Powering WEVs with ice cream sandwiches handmade in Portland.


Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition

Special thanks to our core WEVs fiscal partner, WEVs panel extraordinaire, and consummate “yes” guy, Brian Trice. Brian quite literally will do anything to help all WEVs, whom he’s so graciously called “game changers.” He adeptly leads several efforts, of which his main role is Executive Director of the Columbia Willamette Clean Cities Coalition (CWCCC), which serves as our fiscal partner and all around go getter organization, supporting WEVs every step of the way. Almost every email from Brian is, “yes.” Unequivocally someone to have on your side and we will continue to partner with CWCCC, Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE), and anything else Brian works on.