Now in its 25th year, the Inspire Luncheon brings together Portland’s most prominent business and community leaders who are committed to the YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
We invite you to support the 2017 luncheon and to join us as we celebrate a century-long legacy in the Portland community.
Keynote Speaker: Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison chronicles what the author calls her “crucible experience”—the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. A brief dalliance with drug trafficking while she was in her early twenties sent Kerman to prison ten years later on money laundering charges. In her compelling, moving and often hilarious book, she explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes of behavior. What has stuck with her the most from her experience, Kerman says, is the power of women’s communities, “the incredible ability of women to step up for each other, and to be resilient and to share their resiliency with other people.”