Downtime with Cara Turano

Live, work and play with the president and executive director of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

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What are you reading? 

Memorial by Bryan Washington and The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work by Eli J. Finkel.

What are you watching? 

The Mandalorian and Kaleidoscope. 

What are you listening to? 

The Daily Mix on Spotify for my news and ’90s country the rest of the time

What is your must-have gadget? 

The Apple Watch.

What are your hobbies/interests? 

I am a 30+ year distance runner, a recent convert to the winter sports (snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing) and an avid hiker. I love to cook and read, and really enjoy traveling with my family.

What was your childhood or earliest ambition?

I wanted to be a judge, which was quickly replaced by dreams of being a dolphin trainer.  

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Utah. The hiking and skiing are incredible. It is such a beautiful place!

What is your biggest extravagance? 

Pilates is a three-day-a-week obsession.   

What motivates you to come to work? 

Entrepreneurs are superheroes in my opinion. They get up every day passionate about their idea and business — I love that enthusiasm! Ensuring that founders have access to the resources they need to grow thriving businesses fires me up to come to work every day.    

Who is your professional role model? 

Linda Weston. It is an aspiration to bring OEN back to the level of success that developed under her tenure. Plus, Linda’s advice and insight have been instrumental for so many successful businesses in the region.    

What ambitions do you still have? 

I want to learn to speak Italian and write a bestselling book. (The book will be in English.)