Rose Festival Court Mentorship Program

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 in the Princesses’ job field of interest
  • A virtual Financial Education Workshop to prep for college and beyond

Meet the 2021 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 2021 Rose Festival Court Princesses!

Meet the 2021 Rose Festival Court Mentors

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

  • Aimee Berg

    Community Development Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Ashlee Jacobson Dunbar

    Community Development Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Carmen Ramm

    Assistant Branch Manager, Mall 205
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Char Sears

    AVP, Remote Experience
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Corlinda Wooden

    VP, Chief Retail Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Gayle Evans

    SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Gigi Gardner

    Director, Organizational Development
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Heather Bianchini

    Digital Banking Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Jessica Brown

    VP, Human Resources
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Karen Salman

    AVP, Deposit Administration
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Lori Fink

    AVP, Marketing
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Lori Williams

    Financial Education Officer
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Michelle Lachenmeier

    Consumer Lending Manager
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Megan Snyder

    AVP, Strategic Partnerships
    Unitus Community Credit Union

  • Rose Halford

    AVP, Training and Strategic Implementation
    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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