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2019 Soul Of The City Gala

  • The Center for Self Enhancement 3920 North Kerby Ave. Portland, OR 97227 United States (map)

Sponsorship for our 2019 Soul of the City Gala is now full.
However, you can still purchase individual tickets for the 2019 Soul of the City Gala, by contacting our
Development Director, Victoria Schwoeffermann

You can also take advantage of this opportunity to support SEI through our Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony the night before. Click below for details.

Build a Legacy

We are excited to announce that our annual gala, Soul of the City, will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019!

Soul of the City is a night like no other. During the event, guests will have an opportunity to learn about the incredible impact SEI has made throughout the community with your support. 

The night will include a cocktail hour, silent and live auction, student experience tour, special dinner, live entertainment, and an after-party.


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Wellness & Fitness Expert, Undefeated Boxing Champion, TV Host, Cooking Enthusiast, Beauty & Lifestyle Brand CEO, Actress, Advocate for Children, Author, Speaker, Mom

Laila Ali, an athlete and champion of health and fitness, is a perfect role model for today’s healthy, on-the-go woman. The youngest daughter of Veronica Porsche Anderson and of the legendary Muhammad Ali, she is a strong, intelligent, woman, daughter and wife. Equally as important, Laila possesses a unique blend of personality and celebrity status, yet retains an innate sense of being “every woman.”

While Laila has undoubtedly been the major draw in professional women’s athletics for years, she took on a new challenge, when she strut her stuff in front of nearly 40 million people every week on ABC’s hit show, Dancing With The Stars.

Laila’s tremendous global popularity on the dance-floor and in the ring has led to numerous marketing opportunities, including partnerships with Adidas, Vaseline, Dove and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. Laila’s personal background as a licensed manicurist, and her past work with skin care companies, has led Laila to launch her own line of beauty and personal care products, “Laila by Laila Ali.”

Fitness is another important component of Laila’s life. Her attention to an overall healthy lifestyle has rendered her an expert in this field. She co-hosted NBC’s American Gladiators with Hulk Hogan, and as she formerly served as a regular correspondent on CBS’ The Early Show as its resident Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle expert. She has also appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Chopped, Rachael Ray, The Chew and Fashion Police.

She is currently seen on All in with Laila Ali, a show on CBS where she travels the globe to track down and share the world’s most compelling stories.

Laila also authored a motivational book titled Reach! in an effort to help young women who may need to be inspired in life; using her own experiences and challenges as an example for her readers. Laila, a multi-talented entrepreneur, owned and operated a nail salon in California before entering the boxing profession. She had earned her degree in Business Management at Santa Monica College, but after watching women’s boxing on television for the first time, she instantly wanted to step in the ring. About a year later, she sold her business and started training to become a professional boxer.


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Earlier Event: September 13
2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Later Event: September 28
SEI Library Grand Opening