rose festival princesses standing with their mentors

Portland Rose Festival Court Mentorship Program

rose festival princesses standing with their mentors

We’re proud to take part in one of Portland’s most beloved and long-running traditions as the presenting sponsor of the Rose Festival Court.

One of the unique opportunities our sponsorship provides is a mentor program where we pair strong female leaders in our organization with each Princess.

Representing Portland Metro-area high schools, this year’s Rose Festival Court is comprised of 15 outstanding young women elected by members of the community and their school peers who exemplify an impressive range of involvement from academic achievement, school leadership positions, community service, and extracurricular activities.

Mentors volunteer their time meeting with Princesses during their time on Court, sharing life experiences, career advice, leadership guidance, and more. This relationship often lasts far beyond the bounds of the three-month mentorship program, developing into lifetime advisors and friendships.

Despite the impact COVID-19 has continued to have at this year’s Rose Festival, this bright group has adjusted with poise and ease. We’re confident the future is bright with dynamic, driven leaders like these stepping into the world!

Highlights of the Mentor Program include:

  • Weekly virtual activities and guest speakers
  • A virtual Q&A and job shadow in the Princesses’ career field of interest
  • A Financial Education Workshop to prep for college and beyond
  • A community service activity with a local charity

Meet the 2022 Rose Festival Court

The Rose Festival began choosing their Court in 1930 from local high schools in the Portland area, a tradition that continues to this day. Meet the 2022 Rose Festival Court Princesses!

Meet the 2022 Rose Festival Court Mentors

Mentors will congratulate the Princesses at their school announcements, provide mentorship, and volunteer their time sharing life experiences, career advice, guidance, and leadership tools.

  • Autumn Foster

    Marketing Communications Specialist
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Bernice Garcia-Hernandez

    Financial Education Specialist
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Carmen Ramm

    Assistant Branch Manager, Mall 205
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Char Sears

    AVP, Member Experience
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Corlinda Wooden

    SVP, Chief Retail Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Edina Rizvic

    Director, Payment Strategies
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Gigi Gardner

    Director, Organizational Development
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Jan Darden

    Core Systems Administrator
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Jessica Brown

    VP, People and Culture
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Rose Halford

    Training and Strategic Implementation Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Lori Fink

    AVP, Marketing & Brand Development
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Jessica Acosta

    Accounts Payable Specialist
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Michelle Lachenmeier

    Consumer Lending Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Megan Snyder

    AVP, Strategic Partnerships
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Michelle Hollenbeck

    Regional Mortgage Sales Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union

Portland Rose Festival Crown

The Crown of Rosaria

Portland Rose Festival Crown

The crown jewel of all flowers is the rose. In Portland, the reigning monarch represents that rose and the mystical realm created in its honor, Rosaria, and she wears a beautiful crown designed to symbolize both.

The Crown’s Beginnings

Since 1922, the Queen of Rosaria has worn this distinctive crown made of 14-carat gold filigree, featuring a blue zircon at its tip, six hundred white sapphires and seven rare pigeon-blood rubies. The crown was commissioned by the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Portland at a cost of $1,200, which in today’s dollars is close to $15,000. The club financed the crown by selling paper rosebuds at twenty-five cents apiece.

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