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Thursday
Dec 7
Diversity in Tech: Portland Based Solutions (Panel & Happy Hour)
Thinkful

In alignment with the TechTown PDX Diversity Pledge, we too believe it is necessary to do more than just talking about the need for a more diverse tech sector. As tech professionals, we think collective action and accountability are required to address the underrepresentation of women, LGBTQ+, and people of color in our industry.

Sponsored by Thinkful, the #1 coding boot camp in America by Course Report, join panelists from Chick Tech, Free Geek, Out in Tech, Lesbians Who Tech, WeWork and more for a discussion on how some organizations are continuously working to empower diversity and digital inclusion in our community.

Panelists: Justin Hulog - Out in Tech, Portland Chapter Founder Sara Rasmussen - Free Geek, Digital Inclusion Manager Janel Hull - ChickTech, Community Manager Heather Knight - Lesbians Who Tech, Portland Chapter Representative Marianne Moyer - WeWork, Community Manager

Moderator: Emma Holland - Thinkful, Community Manager

Thinkful is a career accelerator that supports graduates seeking high-growth careers in technology. We focus on the flexibility and accessibility offered online with the support and networking opportunities offered in-person. Thinkful grads are job-ready after working alongside professional engineers through 1-on-1 mentorship, in-depth curriculum and a learning model that emphasizes real-world application over theory. Ranked #1 best overall Bootcamp in America by Course Report, 91% of our graduates finding a job within six months. Find out more about Thinkful Portland on our website.

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Tuesday
Oct 22, 2013
Galois Tech Talk: Programming Diversity
Galois, Inc

presented by: Ashe Dryden

abstract: It's been scientifically proven that more diverse communities and workplaces create better products and the solutions to difficult problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Companies are struggling to find adequate talent. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years? Why are fewer women choosing to pursue computer science and related degrees than ever before? Why have stories of active discouragement, dismissal, harassment, or worse become regular news?

In this talk we’ll examine the causes behind the lack of diversity in our communities, events, and workplaces. We’ll discuss what we can do as community members, event organizers, and co-workers to not only combat this problem, but to encourage positive change by contributing to an atmosphere of inclusivity.

bio: Ashe Dryden is an indie ruby developer living in Madison, WI. She's been involved with the web in some form or another over the course of the past 12 years. Ashe is an outspoken educator for diversity, inclusiveness, and empathy. She's currently writing a book on increasing diversity within companies, as well as working on a video series and site to serve as a resource to people who want to get involved. When she isn't discussing technology or it’s intersection with culture, she's cycling, tweeting, playing board games, debating the social implications of Star Trek episodes, being that awkward girl at the party, and waiting for her next burrito fix.

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Monday
Feb 24, 2014
PDX Women Founders Forum
Portland Development Commission

FEBRUARY 24th EVENT

Hi All - very excited to announce our February event. Vanessa Van Edwards will treat us with a private workshop on body language, especially targeted to women entrepreneurs. Can't wait! See you all there!

Body Language for Female Entrepreneurs

How can body language increase your presence, power and charisma? Vanessa Van Edwards has a special presentation for Female Founders Forum on how female entrepreneurs can use nonverbal to:

  • Get an edge in negotiations
  • Rock their elevator pitch
  • Master networking events
  • Pitch investors

Vanessa will use the latest research on nonverbal communication to teach women how to increase their success with people in the business world.

Speaker Bio:

Vanessa Van Edwards (Science Of People) Vanessa is a published author and behavioral investigator. Her specialties are human lie detection and body language. She is a Huffington Post columnist and regularly appears on CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal to talk about her research. Vanessa is a published Penguin author and regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media. She teaches a popular online class on Body Language for Entrepreneurs about the use of nonverbal communication to increase influence as a business owner. She helps entrepreneurs use body language to pitch investors, fundraise, get in the media, negotiate, increase sales and do effective customer validation.

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Monday
Feb 9, 2015
FutureTalk with Liz Abinante and Janice Levenhagen
New Relic

Diversity and Education in Tech

› Please RSVP via Eventbrite HERE

Programming, Education, and the American Dream

The learn to code movement has popularized the idea that coding is a skill everyone can learn. It's the American dream: learn the desirable skill and you'll succeed financially. Liz will discuss the history of the American Dream, how new programming education endeavors have repackaged it, and how the lack of awareness and analysis of this privileged rhetoric is damaging our culture and workforce.

Liz Abinante is an engineer living in Portland working for New Relic. Previously, she has served as co-leader for the Chicago chapter of Girl Develop It, where she taught and organized programming classes for women and minorities. She is infectiously enthusiastic about web development, teaching, learning, and feminism. She enjoys knitting, writing knitting programs and patterns, and hacking away on interesting problems. Her greatest dream in life is to spend her entire day surrounded by puppies while coding.

Women in Today's Tech

At ChickTech, we're often asked exactly why women are so underrepresented in technology. This is a hard question to answer, because it rarely is just one thing. It's a complex mix that we often call "death by a thousand cuts". Janice will guide us through the stats on technical women in various national and local tech companies and then take a dive into anecdotes that help to illustrate some of the reasons why women leave technology at twice the rate of men.

Janice Levenhagen is the Executive Director of ChickTech. She has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University. She believes strongly that the diversity and strengths that women can bring will push high tech to even more impressive heights. Her inspiration for creating ChickTech came from her own experiences in computer engineering and the realization that the percentage of women in engineering isn’t going to get higher by itself.

› Doors will open at 5:30 for a 30-minute networking happy hour! The food, beer and drinks are provided by Bellagios and New Relic.

› The presentation will begin right at 6p.

› FutureTalk is brought to you by New Relic in collaboration with TAO

› Stay tuned for the latest developments and updates on this and upcoming events by joining our Meetup group, New Relic FutureTalks PDX, and following us on Twitter @newrelic.

Monday
Feb 23, 2015
ChickTech Indiegogo Campaign Release Party
AppNexus

Join us at ChickTech to celebrate the release of our Indiegogo Campaign and to participate in spreading the word!

We need your help to make this campaign a success. Join us for some pizza and beer, watch our Indiegogo video, and bring your laptops and smartphones to help us spread the word about this campaign to anyone and everyone.

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Thursday
Feb 26, 2015
Off The Record: The Women of Tech Panel and Big Dream screening
OMSI Empirical Theater

This event features a candid discussion among women who will share real stories of success and give insight to what it's really like working within the technology industry, with a panel of technologists, executives in other functional areas in tech companies, and a local student.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a screening of Big Dream, a documentary about seven young women breaking barriers to follow their dreams in science, math, computing and engineering. http://ironwayfilms.com/bigdream/

This event should be of interest to anyone who is interested in closing the gender gap in technology, and to students who are considering a career in technology.

Free. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/off-the-record-women-of-technology-panel-and-big-dream-screening-tickets-15168084148?ref=ebapi

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Wednesday
May 6, 2015
Diversity, technology, nonprofits and more (PDXTech4Good)
Idealist.org

We'll be talking about issues of diversity, accountability and representation in nonprofit technology and technology in general. Presenters will cover topics like:

• Building diversity in tech teams, and why diversity is critical to success whether you're for-profit or nonprofit.

• Local and national projects by nonprofits to broaden the types of people who get involved in technology and programming as young people.

• Local and national efforts by nonprofits to address sexism and racism that often plays out within "tech culture."

• The state of the Portland tech community when it comes to inclusion and accountability, especially as it relates to sexism and racism.

PRESENTERS

Melissa Chavez is a digital and physical space UX designer who organizes events for tech and nonprofit communities. Open Source Bridge, the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, PyDX, and Portland VegFest are some of the events she helps run. Reading YA novels helps keep her sane. Twitter: @capnleela

Jennifer Davidson works at Intel as a User Experience Researcher and Software Interaction Designer. She recently completed her PhD in Computer Science at Oregon State University, where she researched human-computer interaction, specifically involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. She is Interim Board President of ChickTeck. She strongly believes that everyone should have a say in our technology revolution. Twitter: @jewifer

Robert Raleigh is helping underserved youth build successful careers as technology professionals in the software/IT industries. Robert is a front-end web developer, and the executive director of Log Camp, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) providing technology-focused career-and-technical education for low-income youth, and youth from communities of color. Log Camp's Tech Works Youth Developer Academy and after-school enrichment programming have created a diverse youth talent pipeline. Log Camp works with corporate, nonprofit, government, and educational partners to increase diversity and equitable access to technology, coding, and computer science education for youth in the Portland metro region. Robert is an Alaskan Native (Tlingit), a first-generation college graduate, and a former foster-child. In the past, Robert has worked for the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, Technology Association of Oregon, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Robert is an active member of the NAYA Family Center Community Leaders Council, and the Portland City Club. Twitter: @RobertGRaleigh

Jennifer Cazares, better known as "Yenni," identifies as a vessel for social change. As a non-binary Queer [email protected], Yenni began the journey in activism at the ripe age of 15 when after taking over the high school Key Club was able to enlist over 70 active volunteers in community events. Despite leaving high school on the suspicion of a queer identity and experiencing fear of coming out due to a [email protected] upbringing, Yenni made it to engineering school in Oregon where due to the lack of support for diversity Yenni was pushed out. Having dedicated the last decade to positive youth development in various arenas of the youth empowerment movement with organizations such as Altamed, Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, ChickTech, Northwest Youth Corps, and currently with LULAC Vancouver. Yenni looks forward to creating change through the power of education and technology. Lover of the outdoors and all things living. "Dropping knowledge and love everywhere I go." (Pronouns: Yenni)

TWITTER

Event: Use the #pdxt4g hashtag, and/or mention @PDXTech4Good
Presenters: @capnleela @jewifer @RobertGRaleigh
Venue host: @idealist
Sponsors: @NTENorg and @NetSquared

AGENDA

Networking and refreshments: 6pm-6:30pm
Presentation: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Q&A: 7:30pm-8pm

WHAT YOU'LL GET OUT OF PDXTECH4GOOD EVENTS

Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those not experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts.

Techies will find opportunities to hear the real-world stories of nonprofit clients, and put their own expertise to social good — as well as the potential for lasting relationships (be they paid or volunteer) with leading organizations in our community.

Activists and community organizers will see and be given the chance to present on successful uses of technology for social change. We'll explore how technology can help support activism and where activism can push it forward.

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Wednesday
Dec 16, 2015
PDXNALTA's Holiday Party!
QuickLeft

We're planning a holiday party. Please say you'll be here. Let's celebrate the season with good friends & good cheer!

We cordially invite you to a festive holiday celebration! PDX NALTA is a networking group for Native, Afro-Americans & Latinxs in tech, but this event is open to all!

Join up for drinks, hors d'oeuvres & dancing. We'll also be raffling off prizes to raise money for iUrbanTeen!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 6-9 pm

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Thursday
Jan 28, 2016
ALPFA Portland Launch
Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator

Meet and network with new and existing members including the ALPFA Board, volunteers, and Latino Entrepreneurs in Portland’s growing Latino Entrepreneur community.

We are kicking off 2016 with a panel "Latino Entrepreneurs Journey and Access to Capital" with Latino Entrepreneurs sharing their journey and experience launching Latino led Startups.

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Tuesday
Feb 2, 2016
Designing for Diversity
Portland Development Commission

"In diversity there is beauty and there is strength." - Maya Angelou

Design has the power to permeate every product, moment, and solution in our lives.

At the same time, diversity of thought leads to innovations in design that have the power to transform everyday life.

The question is, how do we design products, services & environments that reflect a diversity of experiences and perspectives, which are shaped by things like race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual identity, ability/disability and location, among other factors?

Please join us and our incredible panel of diversity, design + technology leaders, as we seek to address what diversity means, not only in the world of design and technology, but in the world at large.

About our panelists:

Tyesha Snow has spent more than a decade creating and shaping interactive experiences and successfully managing software products, working with some of the world’s largest agencies to create brand affinity for Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries.

James Pritchett is an award-winning designer, known for delivering out-of-the-box concepts, dynamic visuals and innovative strategies for online and print delivery. His background includes acclaimed work on campaigns for startups to leading Fortune 500 brands. He is currently founder & CEO of The More Company.

Joy Alise Davis is a collaborative design strategist and interdisciplinary social practitioner. She is a founding partner of Design Culture Lab, a research-based social lab dedicated to the transformation of neighborhoods through collaborative design strategies that address complex spatial issues of cultural, racial and ethnic inequality.

An expert in front-end web development and UI, Darren Bruckner has been designing and building quality websites and web applications for major companies for almost 10 years. He’s currently founder and CEO of Workfrom.

About our moderator:

Stephen Green is currently serving as community director of Elevate Capital and has over 10 years of experience connecting small/diverse businesses owners to the resources they need.

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Wednesday
Feb 3, 2016
PDX Startup Week: Startup Scene Spotlights
Portland Development Commission

Portland's startup scene is like no other city's. Join us on Wednesday, February 3, as we shine a spotlight on the creatives and entrepreneurs you need to know locally.

You'll hear about local startups through the lenses of design, negotiation, and diversity during this slate of talks:

10 AM — "Sales Before Storytelling"
Paige Hendrix Bruckner, founder at ClientJoy

11 AM — "Design Thinking for Startups"
Amelia Abreu, product designer and UX consultant at Abreu.co

12 PM — Lunch Break

1:30 PM — "What Women Entrepreneurs in Portland Need"
moderated by Paige Hubbell, founder of Women's Tech Radio
Christie Koehler, founder of Stumptown Syndicate and Authentic Engine
Paige Hendrix Bruckner, founder at ClientJoy
Jewel Mlnarik, founder at Workfrom

2:30 PM — "Beyond Leaning In: How to Negotiate to Get What You Want"
Katie Lane, attorney and negotiation consultant at Work Made for Hire

3:30 PM — "Practical Diversity in the Portland Tech Scene"
moderated by Audrey Eschright, founder of The Recompiler
Thursday Bram, founder of Urgency Inc.
Elea Chang, founder of Affect
Sev Leonard, founder of The Data Scout

Please note that no lunch will be provided, though you're encouraged to take one of our speakers out to lunch at one of the many restaurants near the PDC.

WHEN
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PST)

WHERE
Portland Development Commission - 222 Northwest 5th Avenue Portland, OR 97209

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Portland Startup Week: Investing in Justice
Idealist

There's been a recent shift in how activists are trying to bring about social change, and SJF is at the forefront of this shift.

Come find out how you can get involved!

This article has a great breakdown on this new trend of entrepreneurial activism:

For some activists, being entrepreneurial has meant the following things: treating their activist work like a business, turning to popular social media platforms to put out their own press releases and looking for people to invest in their initiative with money and not just good faith.

More about the hosting organizations:

Social Justice Fund Northwest is a foundation working at the frontlines of social change. They leverage the resources of their members to foster significant, long-term social justice solutions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana & Wyoming.

PDXNALTA is a networking group for underrepresented people of color in tech.

Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish & French sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world.

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Saturday
Apr 16, 2016
Hacking the gender debate in an interactive unconference format
Smarsh

Come see what happens when you hack the gender debate in an interactive unconference format with the help of trained facilitators.

You’ll be talking, laughing, listening and connecting with other Portlanders who care about gender, tech and authentic conversation. You’ll get to:

• Have a real conversation with skilled facilitation.

• Overcome politically correct limitations to conversation.

• Learn to take perspectives fluidly in a conversation.

• Be more empathetic.

• Take risks and be willing to make mistakes.

• Gain confidence in having delicate conversations.

And chances are, you’ll find this experience useful for how you create culture, build better workplace relationships, and lead.

Ticket includes:

• Wine + cheese + festive atmosphere.

• Professional facilitation, led by master facilitator Diane Hamilton, with a team of Integral Facilitators. Integral Facilitator® is a professional facilitative leadership training program and community, hosted by Ten Directions.

Join us for this enlightening, fun and perspective-enhancing experience.

Cost $20

You can register at http://www.meetup.com/Navigate/events/227512135/ or http://somacollaborations.com/wit/

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Saturday
Sep 17, 2016
My Story: A Non-Snapchatty Conversation with Women in STEM
Portland State University Engineering Building

Come to be informed and inspired by stories from Women about studying in STEM fields.

Moderated by Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, CEO and Founder of ChickTech Inc. There will be representatives from STEM fields around PSU.

RSVP Required. See link.

NOTE: This event is for Women Only

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Wednesday
Oct 12, 2016
4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX 2016
Naito Legacy Fountain under the Burnside Bridge

The 4K 4Charity Fun Run PDX 2016 is a 4km (2.49-mile) run and walk event that celebrates the achievements of the growing technology community in Portland while promoting diversity, wellness and charitable giving in a fun, casual environment. All proceeds will benefit Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS), an Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. (OIC) community-based alternative high school.

The run and walk event is followed by a complimentary after-party at the finish line featuring music, food and beverages, and fun for the whole family. Register today!

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Thursday
Feb 9
Urban Tech Jobs Open Information Session
Urban League of Portland

Interested in a job in the tech industry?

The Urban Tech Jobs Program provides: - Free classes & training - Career coaching - Choice in preferred technology training program from Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, and others - Paid on-the-job training - Connections with local employers

Program Eligibility: - At least 18 years of age - Long-term unemployed or underemployed (lost full time job over 27 weeks ago) - High school diploma or GED

Come to the information session to learn more - open to the public! No registration is required.

We are accepting applications through mid-February so come to learn more about the program and learn about how to apply!!

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Tuesday
Feb 21
Tech + Inclusion: A Community Conversation
Instrument

Portland’s technology community has much to celebrate; however, when it comes to having an inclusive and diverse industry we must improve. Diversifying our workforce to include all from our community is the right thing to do, and the data shows it benefits us in terms of innovation, team functioning, and bottom line results. We know that greater diversity leads to greater innovation. Tech + Inclusion Community Conversation is an opportunity for companies who have joined the PDC Diversity Pledge and the community to come together. This event is open to those working in the tech sector, to students and prospective tech sector workers, and those interested in the tech industry. The Tech + Inclusion event will help create partnerships that can ultimately lead to hiring and career advancement of women and people of color in Portland’s Tech industry.

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Tuesday
Mar 14
Growing a Diverse Audience
BridgePort Brew Pub

Are you losing market share by leaving out segments of potential customers and clients? Join Jeff Selby for AMA PDX’s March 14 luncheon as he introduces you to the concept of equity and the use of an equity lens in your work. By learning more about systemic racism, understanding implicit bias, and adopting an equity lens, we can become more inclusive marketers and discover new audiences.

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Saturday
May 6
Intro to Programming Workshop
Epicodus

Join us at Epicodus for our free Introduction to Programming Workshop on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. This workshop is intended for beginners interested in programming. No prior experience is necessary. During our workshop, you'll have the opportunity to meet some of our instructors, get a feel for Epicodus' unique classroom environment and gain a solid understanding of web design and web development. We look forward to seeing you there!

Schedule: Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

What you'll learn: - Git, HTML and CSS objectives - Basic front-end development - JavaScript and jQuery

What to bring?:

We will provide 27" iMac computers for you to use, but please feel free to bring your laptop if you have one. We will also provide a light lunch.

Please register on Eventbrite so we know how much lunch to order!

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Wednesday
May 10
ScoutSavvy Launch Party
CENTRL Office

Connect with other business owners, HR professionals, and job seekers that care about the role of diversity in the future of Oregon's economy. You are invited to celebrate the launch of ScoutSavvy, a Portland-based startup that is on a mission to give everyone a fair shot at finding meaningful employment.

Come eat, drink, and party with us!

About ScoutSavvy

ScoutSavvy is a talent finding app that helps recruiters at competitive companies tap into a broader network of qualified candidates with our inclusive career matching technology.


We've been hustling for a year, and many of you are like, "Kathryn . . . when is your app going to be ready? Is this thing even REAL?"

Well party people, ScoutSavvy for iOS, Android, and web will be revealed to the public for the first time at our launch party on May 10th from 5:30 - 7:30pm at CENTRL Office Eastside, 329 NE Couch St, Portland.

In addition to our public launch, we will be celebrating our recognition as one of the finalists for Company of the Year: Pre-Revenue at the Oregon Technology Awards to be held the following evening.

PLEASE RSVP here -> https://impactflow.com/event/scoutsavvy-launch-party-2672

Wednesday
Aug 30
PitchBlack: Black entrepreneur pitch event
Instrument

"411": Ten entrepreneurs will get five minutes to pitch the audience and then three minutes of questions about their idea. After the last pitcher has answered questions from the audience, attendees will then vote for the three (3) winners who will split the prize money equally. When: First pitch will be at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30pm and everyone out by 8:00pm Where: Our gracious hosts are the great folks at Instrument. Their amazing HQ is located at the One North development in the heart of inner N/NE Portland on North Williams Ave.

Who: This event is the brainchild of Stephen Green @PDXStepheng, economist, entrepreneur & strong advocate of CHEATING to support small businesses. By day he is the Community Manager for Townsquared where he is engaging area small businesses to support each other and share knowledge. Stephen, along with others in the community have been looking to spread broader narratives about black founders locally. This event wouldn't be possible without the support of some amazing partners; Instrument, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, Silicon Florist, Digital Trends, Built Oregon, ClientJoy, Albina Community Bank, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Business For A Better Portland

Why: To connect the region's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem with the increasing number of African-American founders.

Cost: Tickets are $22 with ALL PROCEEDS from ticket sales going directly to the three winners. Bring some extra cash to make sure you leave with some event swag.

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Friday
Sep 15
Affect Conf 2017
through Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

Affect Conf is a 2-day community conference examining the work, design, and culture of social change. To keep the emphasis on action, Affect also includes a Group Volunteering Half Day for attendees to directly help out local nonprofits.

This year: join us for our second-ever event on Sept 15 and 16 to go behind the scenes of social impact projects like 5 Calls, Code for America's Clear My Record, and We Read Too and get primers on social issues like intersectional disability justice and small-scale wealth redistribution.

Our keynotes Sydette Harry (@Blackamazon) and Shaun Lau (@NoTotally) will bookend Affect. Tickets are available via: https://affectconf.com/register


At Affect, we work hard to prioritize accessibility and will have:

onsite childcare
a quiet room
live CART captioning
ASL interpreters
reserved seating
all-gender restrooms (multi-stall and one single stall)
wheelchair-accessible paths

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Sunday
Sep 17
Festival of Nations
Division Midway Alliance

The annual Festival of Nations by the Division Midway Alliance is back! Taking place at Dukes Bar & Grill on 146th & Division September 17th from 11:00am-5:00pm. We'd like to invite you, our neighbors, community members, family and friends to celebrate our wonderful community as a whole. In addition, we'd love to have you share a little bit of your culture by becoming a vendor or entertainer! (Info below on these opportunities).

EVENT FEATURES: Live Music & Performances Taste of the Nations’ tent which offers delicious ethnic foods! Over 50 Unique Vendors Huge Model Train Exhibit And More! There's something for everyone!

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