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Food for Thought

24th Annual Food for Thought Luncheon

November 2, 2017

Presented by Providence Health & Services

Social - 11:00 a.m.

Luncheon - 11:45 a.m.

Portland Hilton - Grand Ballroom

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Keynote Speater

Please join us at the Portland Hilton on November 2, 2017 for the 24th annual Food for Thought luncheon benefiting tuition assistance. Hear from author and behavioral scientist, Vanessa Van Edwards.

Vanessa Van Edwards is lead investigator at the Science of People—a human behavior research lab. She is the national bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People, which was chosen as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017. She writes a monthly column on the science of success for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post. Her original research has been featured in Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, TIME, Forbes, INC and USA Today. As a human behavior hacker she runs original research experiments on topics such as the science of leadership, human lie detection, body language hacks, the psychology of attraction and successful people skills at Vanessa has been asked to discuss her innovative work on CNN, CBS Morning news and NPR. She has also consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Dove, Symantec and American Express.


The luncheon is co-chaired by our first mother-daughter team, Deborah Burton, Senior VicePresident | Chief Nursing Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health and Rachel Leiber ’00, Business Development Director, Xealth.

Food for Thought is St. Mary’s largest fundraiser in support of tuition assistance. For the 2017-18 school year, over 40% of St. Mary’s Academy families will receive over $1.8 million in tuition assistance. Raising money for tuition assistance is at the core of St. Mary's mission to provide an outstanding, all-female, Catholic, college-preparatory education to young women of many backgrounds.


Thank you to the 2017 Food for Thought Sponsors.