PDX Lunch & Learn: Student Loans: It's Payback Time

Event Details

Apr 03, 2019
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Ruby Receptionists
805 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

TAO Member: $10

Non-Member: $25


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The competition to attract and retain talent is real. Companies are offering sign-on bonuses, flexible hours and a range of other perks to fill even entry-level jobs. Yet one benefit that job hunters and young employees say they want isn't being embraced: employer repayment of student loan debt.

First Tech Federal Credit Union and Technology Association of Oregon invite you to a deep dive on Wednesday, April 3rd from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at Ruby Receptionists into how student debt is affecting job seekers and how companies providing loan repayment support or consolidation can gain a competitive advantage.

Attendees will find out what universities, companies, and financial institutions are doing to help ease the burden of this increasing debt. Including hearing from a panel which will include a local company representative committed to helping their employees pay off debt, regional university financial aid representative, and a member of the First Tech Federal Credit Union team who might have a solution for borrowers.

Together they help answer the question- how the burden of student debt a impacts employee health and productivity in the workplace and what can be done to alleviate it.


Cara Snow
Chief Community Engagement Officer
Technology Association of Oregon


Violette (Vio) Olivier, CPA
Core Assurance Experienced Associate

Vio’s career at PwC began six years ago after receiving her BA in Accounting from Seattle University. She started her career in PwC’s Seattle practice, where she worked as an auditor of asset management, insurance, and technology clients, serving a variety of private clients of varying size and complexity. In 2016, Vio moved to Portland to join the PwC Portland Talent Acquisition team, where she was charged with leading the firm’s recruiting efforts at a variety of schools across Oregon, California, and Montana. She spent much of her time focusing on delivering a premier experience to the firm’s recruits. During her time on the Talent Acquisition team, she also helped host marquee recruiting events and assisted with full-cycle recruiting within the Portland office. In 2019, Vio returned to PwC’s Core Assurance practice where she serves a variety of public and private clients across PwC’s Bay Area & Northwest market.


Bobi Swan
Executive Vice President - Chief Enrollment Officer
Concordia University - Portland

Since 2001 she has led the University’s enrollment functions, was named Vice President of Enrollment and Financial Aid in 2013, and Executive Vice President in 2018.  Ms. Swan is charged with developing strategy for effective student recruitment plans, creating innovative strategies for tuition and financial leveraging, and managing the work of the university’s third-party vendors. During her tenure, she has developed a unique, centralized operational unit for all enrollment and financial aid efforts.  She has over 19 years with experience in both state and private institutions, and provides regular consulting for other private institutions. Prior to Concordia, she served for four years as Associate Director of Admission for Washington State University.


Angel Tucker
Vice President Consumer Lending
First Tech Federal Credit Union

Angel Tucker’s career at First Tech spans 14 years and encompasses several roles, including her leadership of multiple business functions in Special Assets Management, Experience Center and Consumer Lending. Angel currently directs First Tech’s Product and Operations division. Her team works to help deliver innovative and reliable products to First Tech members. Under Angel’s leadership, the department continues to streamline consumer-lending processes, enhance product offerings, and expand channels through internal and external partnerships. Angel is excited to share her unique perspective in the Consumer Lending space.

The conversation will be most relevant for regional Human Resources professionals, recruiters, and business leaders in all areas of business.

First Tech Federal Credit Union is the nation’s premier credit union serving the world’s leading technology-oriented companies and their employees. First Tech is recognized as the industry catalyst for delivering effortless banking experiences to more than 500,000 members through its 42 branch locations, more than 5,400 CO-OP Shared Branch locations, 30,000 CO-OP Network ATMs, and online platforms.