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WWCode - Beyond the Senior Engineer: Software Architecture 201

Alchemy Code Lab
30 NW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209 (map)



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Women Who Code Portland is holding a Software Architecture workshop. The goal of this workshop is to provide people with an opportunity to learn to think like an architect.

Our events are geared towards women, but we welcome everyone who supports our mission of inspiring women to excel in technology careers and follows our code of conduct.


Amber Milavec

Amber is a Sr Principal Technical Architect as well as the creator of We Code Hackathon for Women and Friends. Amber's expertise lies in bot mitigation, open source, linux, microservice architecture, domain driven design, high availability, performance, security, and automation. Honored with the Women Who Code PDX Technical Leadership award in 2017, she is passionate about diversity in tech. She also loves retro video games and baby animals. Twitter: @ambermilavec LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amber-milavec/


Ann Wallace

Ann Wallace is the Global Security Practice Lead for Google Cloud PSO, helping customers become more secure in GCP. Ann is involved with Women Who Code Portland and has presented at several cloud conferences. Before Google Ann spent 14 years at Nike in various engineering and architecture roles. CloudNOW named her one of the top 10 Women in Cloud in 2015.

Susan Kelley

Susan wrote her first webpage in the early 90s and is currently a Solutions Architect at Nike.


  • What is an Architect?
  • Communicating Ideas Through Designs and Diagrams
  • Common Architecture Patterns
  • Lunch
  • Qualities of Robust Design
  • How to Approach Hard Problems
  • Apply What we Learned to Real World Problems
  • Seeing the Picture while Breaking things Down

*The curriculum is subject to changes


The event cost is $15 for participants and includes lunch. Fee is collected via Meetup. If you are a student, under-employed, or in need of financial assistance, we have full scholarships available for this event. Please submit an application here (https://forms.gle/yQXpAR32xsN62FDf7).

There will be no refunds for this event. If you cannot attend, you can email us to transfer the ticket to another attendee, or we can add it to our scholarship pool.


A solid foundation of hands-on technical experience. There will be no coding, but the assumption is that we will have a pretty solid foundation of hands on technical experience.


Women Who Code (WWCode) is dedicated to providing an empowering experience for everyone who participates in or supports our community, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, socioeconomic status, caste, or creed. Our events are intended to inspire women to excel in technology careers, and anyone who is there for this purpose is welcome. Because we value the safety and security of our members and strive to have an inclusive community, we do not tolerate harassment of members or event participants in any form.

Our Code of Conduct (https://www.womenwhocode.com/codeofconduct) applies to all events run by Women Who Code, Inc. If you would like to report an incident or contact our leadership team, please reach out to one of our volunteers or submit an incident report form (found on the Eventbrite page).