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Jul 17, 2014
PDMA Learning and Networking Event -- Your Career In Product Management: Entry, Advancement And Beyond
Lucky Labrador Public House

According to a recent article, the Product Manager is the fourth most valuable corporate job. Unfortunately, there is little agreement on what a person in that position is responsible for, what skills they need, and how they should be evaluated. Given that uncertainty, it’s no surprise that the career path for a Product Manager also lacks clarity and consistency.

We have assembled a panel of Product Management veterans to explore how one can enter the profession, what it takes to be successful and advance, and to what types of senior positions a seasoned Product Manager can aspire. There will be significant interaction with the audience to make sure your specific career questions will be addressed.


Susannah Axelrod, Director of Product Management at Puppet Labs, Inc.

Susannah has over 15 years of Product Management experience from Intel, Intuit, Sage Software, and Thomson Reuters. She is known for combining the voice of the customer, competitive and market research into real, actionable roadmaps and strategies. Susannah has an MBA from the Wharton School.

Pamela Jones, Principal at Jones Partners Executive Search Firm

For more than 20 years, Pamela's firm has recruited board members, C-level executive team members across all functions, and critical contributors to execute on projected growth plans of start-up, emerging, and transitioning technology (high tech, healthcare, and agriculture) companies nationwide. She has served on the boards of Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Technology Association of Oregon, and other community organizations.

Olaf Kowalik, Director of Product Management at Janrain

Previously, Olaf was Vice-President of Product Management & Development at Waggener Edstrom, and previously held management positions at Point B, RealNetworks, and Ernst & Young. In April, Olaf led a popular session at ProductCamp PDX titled, “Product Management Interviews: Asking the Right Questions and Giving Great Answers.”

Matthew Lange, Senior Director, Product Management at Northwest Evaluation Association

Matthew has over 27 years of experience in the software industry while working in the Aerospace, Construction and Education markets. Matthew’s Product Management experience spans over 15 years, including both C-level and leadership-level management roles.

The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. The Oregon chapter's mission is to help local professionals and organizations to identify, develop, and launch more innovative and profitable products and services through cross-industry collaboration, thought leadership, and the sharing of best practices and practical knowledge. For more information about the Oregon Chapter of the PDMA, please contact: David Nash, Chapter President, at [email protected].

We encourage everyone in Oregon who is interested in the Product Development Manager's Association to become a member of the National PDMA. For a great explanation on the benefits of membership in the PDMA, click here.



6:00 – 6:30pm: Gathering / Networking / Refreshments**

6:30 – 6:45pm: Announcements (upcoming events, who’s hiring, etc.)

6:45 – 7:30pm: Panel Discussion

7:30 – 7:45pm: Q&A / Open discussion

7:45 – 8:00pm: Networking


$10 on-line registration prior to the event **

$15 at the door

A discount is available for PDMA members.

To register online, click the website link above.

** Note: This is a no-host event. The complete Lucky Lab food and drink menu is available. Grab a cold ale & bite to eat - and bring a friend or colleague to add to the discussion.

Mar 9, 2016
Code Fellows Grads & Their Bosses: What Got Them Hired
Code Fellows

"Will they really hire me??" This is far and away the most common question we get from career-changers considering jumping feet first into immersive training with Code Fellows. Our answer is, "YES," but don't take it from us: Come hear from PDX tech hiring managers and their code school-trained developers! Find out what they were looking for and why they hired these code school grads.

CollegeNET Inc.: Ron Floyd, Web Developer // Tyler Roy-Hart Production Manager & Lead Developer

Nike: Laura Kuhner, Web Developer // Katie Boyd, Web Developer

Apr 5, 2016
The Urban League of Portland's Career Connections Job Fair
The Double Tree Hotel (Near Lloyd Center)

The Urban League of Portland's career fair is a wonderful opportunity for job seekers and career changers to meet face to face with recruiters from over 70 of the area’s best employers. This event only happens once a year, so mark your calendars and don’t miss out!
• Recruiters from federal, state, county, and city government will be there looking for great people like you.
• Connect with recruiters from nonprofits focused on: the arts, education, healthcare, the environment, and social justice.
• Ask recruiters about IT jobs at their organizations.

Employers recruiting at this year's career fair will include:
* Bonneville Power Administration
* Bureau of Labor and Industry
* Bureau of Land Management
* Cambia Health Solutions
* Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
* Central City Concern
* Charter Communications
* City of Beaverton
* City of Gresham
* Clark College
* Clark County
* Comcast
* Country Financial
* Federal Bureau of Investigation
* iHeartMEDIA
* Kaiser Permanente NW
* Lane County Government
* Legacy Health
* Lewis & Clark College
* Metro
* Multnomah County
* NW Natural
* Oregon Department of Energy
* Oregon Department of Transportation
* Oregon Health Science University
* Oregon State Lottery
* Oregon Youth Authority
* Port of Portland
* Portland Community College
* Portland General Electric
* Portland Public Schools
* Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Quarter
* Portland Water Bureau
* Providence Health & Services
* Reed College
* State of Oregon – Department of Consumer and Business Services
* Travelers Insurance
* TriMet
* U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* US Bank
* US Forest Service
* Vigor Industrial
* Warn Industries
* Washington County
* Xerox

Jul 19, 2017
Meet, Greet & Show Your Stuff: You Might Just Meet Your New Tech Team

Come mix and mingle with Portland's tech community at this casual networking event! LaunchCode Apprentice candidates and students will display and discuss their projects and their career paths.

Employers, this is a great chance to meet some gritty, smart, and determined future team members.

Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Bring your business cards — some lucky attendees will win some sweet LC swag!

Sep 13, 2017
Hiring Event at Advance Auto Parts: Distribution Center Associates
through Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Distribution Center

Advance Auto Parts is hosting an open house hiring event for Full Time Distribution Center Associates for our warehouse in Portland, OR. We're seeking energetic members to be the backbone of Advance Auto Parts as you work to make sure that thousands of parts and tools are in the right place at the right time - ensuring our customers always have what they need. You are why the business works.

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th or Thursday, September 14th to learn more about and apply for this career opportunity, interview with hiring managers, and receive a tour of the facility during this can't-miss open house!

--Date/Time Option 1: Wednesday, September 13th 9am - 12pm --Date/Time Option 2: Thursday, September 14th 1pm - 5pm --Location: Advance Auto Parts/Carquest Distribution Center, 14819 N Lombard St., Portland, OR 97203 --Register/Event Details:

To register for this event or to connect with a member of the Advance Auto Parts Recruitment Team: --Email: [email protected] --Call or text: (503) 205-0709 --Pre-register for the event: