Diane McClelland has spent 35 years advocating for women business owners and small business in the areas of contracting and access to capital. During this time, she co-founded three nonprofits supporting women-owned businesses and young girls. A few of her many accolades include being honored twice by the U. S. Small Business Administration as well as being appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Vice Chair for the National Advisory Council for two terms. Diane was also honored in 1987 and 2009 as Regional Women in Business Advocate of the Year, WBENC’s Applause Award and the Daily Journal Commerce Oregon Women Leaders Award. She was also appointed as a member of the Governor’s Small Business Council of Oregon. Diane is a mother of 3 grown sons and 7 grandchildren. Her life achievements include finishing 4 marathons in 4 days in Nymegen, Holland as part of the US Team who won a medal from Queen Beatrix of Holland in 1994. and producing and directing a documentary, “ Successful Profiles of Women Leaders in Business.”
Classically trained on the piano, and an accomplished soul, jazz, pop and traditional Native American singer songwriter, Billboard Magazine has described Karen Therese as the ‘Native American Powerhouse Vocalist’. Two of her albums, Heart of the Wolf and Warrior of the Heart, which were released in the US, Canada, Taiwan, Switzerland, Portugal and Germany earned her four NAMMY nominations. In December 2002, she performed her music with the Spokane Symphonic Orchestra. Her music has been used in the soundtrack for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary on Native American heroine Sacagawea. Karen is a mother of 2 sons and 2 grandchildren who are always her constant inspiration. When asked, the highlight of Karen’s musical career was performing in New Delhi, India at the Sacred Music Festival by invitation of His Holiness, The Dalai Lama. “So many people helped me to develop my musical career and did so with much kindness. Supporting young women and helping them realize their dreams is my way of paying it forward, my way of giving back”.