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

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 or

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!

Feb 21, 2017
Tech + Inclusion: A Community Conversation

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.

Mar 1, 2017
CHIFOO Event: Inclusion Before Diversity: Creating a Culture of Learning and Encouraging Getting it Wrong
New Relic

CHIFOO presents "Inclusion Before Diversity: Creating a Culture of Learning and Encouraging Getting it Wrong" with Ivana McConnell, Senior UI/UX Designer at!

Why tech companies should focus on achieving inclusion first, attending to employees’ specific self-care needs in order to create a platform for diversity to flourish, and better software made. People are chaotic, and product design has to account for them— this is challenging, and often solved by doing research and testing.

About the Speaker Ivana (@IvanaMcConnell) was born in Sarajevo to a civil engineer-turned-translator and a UN Logistics Officer-turned-software engineer. She arrived in Vancouver via Croatia, Scotland, and Toronto, and has previously made a living as a rock climbing instructor and video game tester. These days she’s a senior UX designer at, and is most interested in the intersections of technology, identity, and data.

Come join CHIFOO for our third speaker event for 2017's theme "Thriving in Chaos: Strategies for Good Design".

Aug 30, 2017
PitchBlack: Black entrepreneur pitch event

"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.

Sep 15, 2017
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:

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

May 15, 2018
WWCode - Diversity in Tech: Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Equity
WeWork Pioneer Place

Women Who Code Portland is thrilled to feature “Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Equity”, by Kristina Houck, LCSW and Tanya Crenshaw, PhD.

Tech culture needs to change. All too often, underrepresented groups are marginalized and excluded as a result of implicit bias expressed through microaggressions. Creating a culture in which everyone experiences a sense of acceptance and belonging requires a collective commitment.

What to Expect
- Presentation and interactive workshop
- Learn about the relationship between implicit bias and the microaggressions that can surface

Key Takeaways
- Actionable ways to disrupt bias
- Identify and practice strategies to engage in culture change
- Changing the culture requires a lot of people making individual choices that actively tear down and confront everyday biases and microaggressions

6:00 - 6:30 - Networking, food, and mingle
6:30 - 6:45 - Women Who Code Portland and WeWork Intro
6:45 - 7:45 - Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Equity
7:45 - 8:00 - Audience / Speaker Q-n-A
8:00 - 8:30 - Networking + opportunity to connect with speakers

About Women Who Code Portland
Women Who Code is a non-profit global organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers -- we are the Portland chapter!

About the Facilitators
The workshop is co-facilitated by Kristina Houck, LCSW and Tanya Crenshaw, PhD.
Kristina is a Clinical Social Worker with more than a decade of experience as a therapist and advocate. She has implemented several bystander intervention projects to create communities of inclusivity and safety. She facilitates difficult conversations with openness and authenticity.
Tanya has a Computer Science Ph.D. with over twenty years of technical experience. A published researcher she has spent over a decade investigating people’s sense of community and belonging in tech. Her candidness inspires action.
Together, Kristina and Tanya provide practical solutions for complex problems.

About our Hosts
WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow together. They transform buildings into dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection. More than just the best place to work, though, this is a movement toward humanizing work. They believe that CEOs can help each other, offices can use the comforts of home, and we can all look forward to Monday if we find real meaning in what we do.

Who Should Attend
Everyone is welcome to attend, as long as you support our mission and agree to follow our Code of Conduct.
Our {short} Code of Conduct
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 applies to all events run by Women Who Code, Inc. If you would like to report an incident or contact our leadership team, please submit an incident report form.

Jul 25, 2018
Portland Future Leaders In Tech - July Meetup (Diversity and Inclusion Starter Pack)

July has a reputation for scorching hot temperatures - especially in the afternoons and early evenings. Luckily, you can beat the heat by spending your Wednesday evening with pdxFLIT! This month, our event will revolve around diversity and inclusivity. It will feature a few all-star speakers and some time to mingle and interact outside of speaking time. This month, you'll have a chance to see the following presentations:

Tiberius Hefflin - "The Monster On the Project". Tiberius works for Go Boldly. She will be speaking about working and dealing with toxic coworkers.

Perry Eising - "This Is the Signal You've Been Waiting For: Diversity, Economy, and Messaging". Perry is a former faculty lead from Epicodus. They have contributed a wealth of knowledge to the Portland tech community. Perry's latest Medium article is about making tech events more gender inclusive. You can find it here:

Marcus Carter - 'Diversity and Inclusion In the Workforce: Themes, Trends, and What We Might Do Differently". Marcus is a recruiter at Cloudability.

This month's event is generously being sponsored by Puppet. Food and drinks will be provided at this event. We're always looking for sponsors to help provide refreshments, catering, and other resources for future events. If you are interested in helping us with this in the future, please contact Masen at [email protected].

pdxFLIT is also looking for volunteers! If you're interested in volunteering with us, there will be information about it at this event. Information about these opportunities will also be coming via Meetup and other online forums (Twitter, Slack) in the coming weeks.

Doors open at 5 30 PM and talks will happen at roughly 6 PM. There will be time for mingling, conversation, and networking outside of the speaking times. If you need to come a bit later, don't worry about getting locked out! Just post on this page and somebody can come downstairs and let you in. This event will be happening at Puppet Labs on SW 2nd Avenue.

Are you interested in speaking at a future pdxFLIT event? We're always looking for speakers - no experience is necessary! If you're interested in giving a talk, please contact Katie at [email protected].

We kindly ask that you abide by our Code of Conduct and Puppet's Code of Conduct when attending this event. They can be found at the following destinations:



Aug 29, 2018
pdxFLIT August Meetup - Professional Development Workshop

The end of August means that Fall is around the corner. Are you switching careers this season? Are you looking to get into the tech industry for the first time? This month, pdxFLIT is taking a break from presentations to host a special workshop about professional development! We'll be partnering with our friends from Intel to provide a two-hour event featuring a variety of activities. There will be opportunities to turn strengths into interview stories, participate in resume reviews, practice elevator pitches, and practice answering tricky behavioral interview questions. If you're searching for a job, take a night off to work on these valuable skills!

Workshop events will begin at 6 PM. Our event facilitators will cover introductions and elevator pitches, resumés, authentic interviewing, the STAR method, and more! There will be a variety of activities to help you practice these skills so that you can put your best foot forward when you land an interview at your dream company. If you have any questions about various aspects of this event, please contact Masen or Katie via Meetup, Twitter, email, or Slack.

This event will be fully catered thanks to our awesome sponsors at Thinkful. Pizza will be served and there will be vegan and gluten-free options available. Thinkful is an online coding bootcamp that is helping the next generation of software developers transition into the tech industry. They host a variety of events in Portland and are always accepting new students. If you're interested in learning more, be sure to check out their site at

Are you interested in speaking at a future pdxFLIT event? We're always looking for speakers - no experience is necessary! If you're interested in giving a talk, please contact Katie at [email protected].

We kindly ask that you abide by our Code of Conduct and Puppet's Code of Conduct when attending this event. They can be found at the following destinations:



Sep 20, 2018
Thriving in Multicultural Teams
Daimler Truck Campus,

We will have a panel of professionals from industry-leading companies with considerable experience in multicultural settings (i.e. in different countries, with people from different ethnic groups and sexual orientations, etc.). Through a thought-provoking conversation and questions from our audience, the panelists will share their experiences and insights about multicultural awareness and how to use diversity to maximize the performance of teams.


Nuno Silva - Senior Director, Global Digital Business Lead Nike

Anahita Crawford - Diversity & Inclusion Manager Daimler

Lynette Liwanag - Senior Product Designer Zendesk

EPOP Exclusives are geared toward connecting emerging professionals with established civic and business leaders in the Portland region. EPOP Exclusives include a moderated Q&A session with featured guests as well as an opportunity to network with like-minded emerging professionals.

Fees/Admission: Members $10.00 Non-Members $10.00 Complimentary appetizers, wine and beer. Online registration closes at 2:00 pm on September 20, 2018, but you can still attend by paying at the door.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Rachael Arnold at 503-552-6772 or [email protected] for more information.

Nov 7, 2018
SIM-Portland November Meeting: "How Workplace Behaviors Build Successful Organizations”
University Club of Portland

About the event
Most organizations want to succeed at what they do, right? And an inclusive workplace is a key aspect of successful organizations. What does an inclusive workplace feel like? What behaviors make people feel like they’re part of the team? These questions must be answered if the goal is to create an environment where everyone can grow and thrive. To build such a culture, there are specific strategies that can be employed in any organization.

Join us for the SIM Portland November 2018 meeting when we will discuss the concepts of diversity and inclusion, along with the behaviors that make it possible – or impossible – to achieve true workplace inclusion and highly effective organizations.

Key topics that will be explored include,
• Key aspects of successful organizations
• The concepts of diversity and inclusion
• Strategies that create an inclusive workplace
• What does this all mean to IT leadership? How can you create an environment where everyone can grow and thrive.

The Distinguished Panelists
• Bob Leek, Interim Director and Chief Information Officer, Department of County Assets at Multnomah County, Oregon
• Kory Murphy, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Department of County Assets, Multnomah County, Oregon

5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
6:50 PM Meeting Start
7:00 PM Keynote and Q&A
8:15 PM Close

Apr 2, 2019
Out in Tech PDX | April Social
Crush Bar

Come join Out in Tech PDX for our April Social at Crush Bar!

If you are interested in connecting with the Out in Tech PDX chapter, want to meet some fabulous people or are a part of / interested in the tech industry, then come mingle with us and have a few drinks. We'll be at Crush Bar on Tuesday, April 2nd from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Please RSVP through Eventbrite using the link above. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Out in Tech unites the LGBTQ+ tech community, empowering aspiring tech leaders to improve our world by showcasing accomplished speakers, producing timely and thought-provoking events, and connecting our members to new opportunities and each other. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we provide resources and mentorship to ensure career access for LGBTQ youth and provide web services for LGBTQ activists around the world.

Sep 23, 2019
Portland Premiere: Chasing Grace Ep #2: Progress & the Power of Community
Alberta Rose Theatre

Please join the Chasing Grace Project for the Portland premiere of Episode #2: Progress & the Power of Community. It will be screened as a double feature with Episode #1: Eighty Twenty and include the expanding Chasing Grace Project photo exhibit Persistence. Thanks to the generous support of this event's exclusive sponsor New Relic, the event is free to attend. Doors open at 5 p.m., and show begins at 6 p.m. Please arrive early for the best seats and to enjoy the photo exhibit.

This second episode in the series of six originally premiered at the Saturday Night Live studio at 30 Rock in New York but will be seen for the first time by the Portland community at this special event. The Chasing Grace series launched in Portland, Ore., home to the executive producer, writer and director Jennifer Cloer, with the premiere of Episode #1: Eighty Twenty in March 2018. Both episode #1 and #2 feature women from Portland.

Episode #2 explores whether or not we're making progress in the fight for equality in the tech industry and how the role of community is helping to elevate women in their careers and support them in speaking out and challenging the status quo. The trailer can be viewed here:

The Chasing Grace Project is a docuseries of six episodes that seeks to build a more inclusive and transparent culture in tech and to recruit and retain women to help build the future. It was created by Portland-based filmmaker Jennifer Cloer. If we don’t have everyone at the table today, we risk living in a less inclusive world tomorrow. The Project also gives women a platform to be seen and heard for their experiences. Stories are exclusively our own and have the power to change culture and transform others. It is supported by Boeing, Cloud Foundry Foundation, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Cloudability, Comcast NBCUniversal, eBay, Gorge Tech Alliance, Intel, New Relic, OpenStack, PDXWIT, Red Hat, The Linux Foundation and Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT). It is produced by reTHINKit Media.

Oct 16, 2019
Out in Tech PDX | Equity by Design
Swift Agency

Join us for a panel of distinguished QTPOC (Queer/Trans People of Color) designers and illustrators to discuss designing for equity and inclusion! There will a Q&A inviting the community to come up with new solutions, challenge existing systems, and feel empowered to create a world that is designed for all people.

This is a DE&I-focused entered event meant to uplift and center BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color). This event is all-inclusive. Allies of all identities are welcome.


Heldáy de la Cruz -
Simon Sotelo -

more TBA


5:30pm | doors

6:00pm | short presentation

6:30pm | panel + audience Q&A

7:30pm | social + networking

8:30pm | closes

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Must be 21+ to drink. Arrive early to guarantee entrance.

A BIG thank you to our FABULOUS hosts Swift Agency who made this event possible by graciously allowing us to use their space.

Check out our Code of Conduct.

Questions/Concerns? Please email [email protected]

Feb 5, 2020
300 Seconds PDX
Connective DX Community Room


We can address this challenge by creating space for women* and other underrepresented groups of speakers to get their start.

We believe that the world is better when we can learn from the brilliance of the many, not just the few. 300 Seconds events give our peers, and in particular women, a means of gaining confidence and experience speaking in public.

We give new speakers the opportunity to gain confidence and improve speaking skills in a safe, supportive environment. Our veteran speakers volunteer their time to sharpen up presentations, provide support, connections, and tips on shaping a personal brand.

*By women we mean all women (trans, intersex and cis), all those who experience oppression as women (including non-binary and gender non-conforming people) and all those who identify as women.

Feb 13, 2020
Coinbase Celebrates Black History Month: FINANCIAL EXCLUSION & CRYPTO

ColorBlock PDX presents a Black History Month Celebration, “Financial Exclusion and Crypto” featuring Walidah Imarisha.

We'll have dinner and engaging conversation with Walidah about Financial Exclusion in Oregon. You'll also have the opportunity to network with others as we hope to continue to build community throughout our respective companies here in Portland.

Please RSVP at the following link and feel free to invite friends and allies.

Walidah Imarisha, a historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, rebel by reason. Walidah Imarisha is an educator, writer, public scholar, and spoken word artist.

Oct 28, 2020
PDXWIT Presents: Diversity Dinner Discussion (Apply to attend virtually)
Virtual Event

Appllications are now closed.

Join us for a small, informal yet focused discussion where we can share our experiences with diversity in the workplace.

The intimate and safe setting will allow us to discuss tactics, strategies, and support to resolve the issues that arise. This event will be led by Marcus Carter, Crystal Sincoff, Zhou Fang, and Emma Holland.

Our goal is to ensure this event results in a well-represented, honest and impactful conversation about diversity in our industry, so we are asking folks to apply to attend this event by copying and pasting the link noted below and completing the form.

Link to apply:

Applications are due by October 21st and the 10 invitees will be notified by October 26th, 2020, on how to register in Zoom.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Jan 13, 2021
PDXWIT Presents: LGBTQ+ in Tech: Digital Health Access for the Community

Zoom registration required for this event. REGISTER using this link: ***

Access to healthcare is tough enough, and for the LGBTQ+ community, it is even harder and more challenging to navigate. We’re excited for you to join PDXWIT, Plume, Euphoria and Included Health for a panel discussion on how technology is bridging some of that gap. Sign up to learn how the LGBTQ+ community can gain access to healthcare resources including gender affirming hormone therapy (GAHT).

Panel Moderator: Hazel Valdez, PDXWIT Operations Manager

Panelists: Soltan Bryce, Head of Growth Plume

Colin Quinn, Cofounder and CEO Included Health

Robbi Katherine Anthony, CEO Euphoria

Agenda: 5:00 p.m. - Webinar open 5:05 p.m. - PDXWIT and Host Introduction 5:15 p.m. - Panel Discussion 6:00 p.m. - Q&A 6:30 p.m. - Event ends

Purpose: PDXWIT encourages women, non-binary and underrepresented people to join and stay in tech. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Jan 21, 2021
PSBA's DEI Training With Christine Slattery
Portland State Business Accelerator

Please join the Portland State Business Accelerator and Christine Slattery, Portland-based attorney, trainer and workplace investigator, for a training session on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this training, Christine will discuss how to craft a meaningful value statement for your company, why this is important, and how to bring this statement to life. Additionally, the need of having a company handbook will be covered as well as an anti-harassment policy, required for all Oregon companies as of October 1, 2020.

May 21, 2021
How do we foster a diverse workforce and inclusive culture in high-tech?


High technology is known for its lack of diversity and inclusion but change is on the way - and technology may be part of the solution!

Trey Boynton, Cisco's Director of Inclusion & Collaboration Strategy & Solutions, will share the approach and vision of Cisco’s Inclusion and Collaboration strategy. Specifically, she will share how digitization across the global enterprise helps deliver outcomes in service of a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. She will anchor her talk by showing two examples of Cisco's use of technology, namely the Multiplier Effect and our Social Justice Beliefs and Actions. In addition, she’ll highlight the thought leadership behind a few of the Inclusive Solutions that deliver on Cisco’s promise to drive inclusion at scale.

Speaker: Trey Boynton has spent her professional career working to create inclusive environments. For nearly 20 years, she worked in university settings driving equity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan.

She shifted to the tech industry in 2017 when she joined Duo Security as their first head of diversity and inclusion. As the lead for overall diversity strategy, Trey envisioned a bold road ahead for Duo and implemented company-wide programs and initiatives that positively grew Duo’s magical culture and team. Duo achieved a milestone in August 2018 when it was acquired by Cisco as a cornerstone of their software-as-a-service (SAAS) cloud security business. In her new Cisco role as the Global Lead for Inclusion Strategy & Alignment, she manages a team dedicated to building and delivering on inclusion promises and aspirations at scale.

For Trey, inclusion work is deeply personal. She describes it as head and heart work centered on creating space so that employees and teams are valued, celebrated, and able to define their own success. In short, her ultimate goal is to reduce barriers to brilliance.

Originally from her beloved northern California, she studied at Spelman College, Georgetown University, and the University of Michigan. Her most important job is helping her two teen feminist daughters continue to be awesome and giving attention to their needy dog, Toby. In the two minutes of time, she has left to spare, she fancies herself an overly hopeful San Francisco 49ers fan, a budding Lego engineer, and an expert on all things Jane Austen.

Oct 20, 2021
PDX Annual October Tech Writing Supermeetup: Maintaining Inclusion in a Remote Atmosphere
Virtual Event

The annual PDX Annual October Tech Writing Supermeetup returns, with the topic of "Maintaining Inclusion in a Remote Atmosphere". The topic will be presented by Zhou Fang and Betzabe Villareal from Portland Women in Tech (PDXWIT) organization. The Supermeetup will be hosted virtually on Zoom platform.

The schedule for the Supermeeting is as follows: 5:30 - Start meeting (general networking) 6:00 - "Maintaining Inclusion in a Remote Atmosphere" presentation by Zhou Fang and Betzabe Villareal 6:30 - Questions and Answers

When: Wed., October 20, 2021, 5:30-7:00pm (Pacific Time)

The PDX Annual October Tech Writing Supermeetup is brought to you by Write the Docs PDX, PDX UX Writing, and PSU Technical Communications Meetup.

Sep 20, 2022
PDXWIT Presents: Latinx Heritage Month Happy Hour
Online (Zoom)

Join PDXWIT as we kick off Latinx Heritage Month with our friends at Nike! Come for the dynamic lightning talks, and stay for the networking and community building. ¡Hasta pronto!

Job seeking? Connect directly with recruiters and hiring managers who have open roles on the PDXWIT job board in a dedicated breakout session after the main event.

ASL interpretation and closed captions will be available. Contact [email protected] if you have other accessibility needs.

Hope to see you there!

Agenda: 12:00 p.m. - Event opens/Networking 12:05 p.m. - Introductions 12:20 p.m. - PDXWIT Announcements and lightning talk 12:35 p.m. - Networking in breakout rooms 1:10 p.m. - Event ends

Purpose: We are building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling barriers and fueling belonging.

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Sep 28, 2022
PDXWIT Fall Diversity Dinner
To be announced

Join PDXWIT for a small and informal in-person dinner discussion where we share our experiences with diversity in the tech workplace. If you identify as a tech professional from a marginalized* background, this opportunity is for you. In order to create a dedicated space for an honest and impactful conversation, we are asking folks to apply to attend this event (link below).

Applications are due by 9/13 11:59 p.m. PDT, and the 10 invitees will be notified no later than a week before the event via email. This event will be in-person, held in the Laurelhurst area of Portland. Dinner will be provided, and ASL interpretation will be provided upon request.

  • This includes folks who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or varying physical or cognitive abilities. If you think this sounds like you, please apply!

Link to application:

Jan 26
PDXWIT Winter Diversity Dinner (Apply to Attend)
Location to be announced.

Join PDXWIT for a small and informal in-person dinner discussion where we share our experiences with diversity in the tech workplace. If you identify as a tech professional from a marginalized* background, this opportunity is for you.

In order to create an intentional space for honest and impactful conversation, we cap the number of invitees at 10 people. An application is required to be considered to attend this event (link below).

Applications are due by 1/11 @11:59 p.m. PST. Invitees will be notified via email no later than 1/23. This event will be in-person, held in the Laurelhurst area of Portland. Dinner will be provided, and ASL interpretation will be provided upon request.

  • This includes folks who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or varying physical or cognitive abilities. If you think this sounds like you, please apply!

Apply to attend:

Proof of vaccination will be required. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy at:

Feb 15
PDXWIT and BiT PDX Present: Tech in the K-12 Space
NV5 Geospatial

PDXWIT and Blacks in Tech (BiT), along with host NV5 Geospatial, have teamed up to highlight Portland organizations working to provide access to tech to marginalized and underserved communities in our school system.

Dwayne Thomas, BiT Portland Chapter President will share the work BiT is doing to make sure students understand their path and opportunities in tech and other Portland organizations will share how they are supporting underserved students with access to learning, opportunities and funding.

Agenda: 5:00pm - Doors Open 5:30pm - Welcome, Announcements & Introductions 5:40pm - Program Begins 6:10pm - Networking 7:00pm - Event Ends

Please note: all attendees will be required to show proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event start.

PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

COVID Safety FAQ: Q: Will masks be required in indoor spaces? Will masks be required outside? Will hand sanitizer be provided and plentiful? A: Masks are optional and our host will provide hand sanitizer. We will ask all attendees to show proof of vaccination OR have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event.

Event FAQ Q: What is the in-person event capacity? A: 50-75 people

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms? A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event? A: Yes.

Q: What is the parking situation? A: NV5 Geospatial is located at 421 SW 6th Avenue between SW Washington and SW Harvey Milk. There may be street parking but it is limited. The building is on several major bus lines and close to the Pioneer Place Max Station. There are also several parking structures nearby, including: Alder Street Garage; 111 SW 5th Ave. Garage; and City Center Parking (Broadway).

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: Guests will enter through the main entrance on SW 6th Ave. There will be a security guard present who can let guests in. The elevators are visible upon entering – use them to access the 8th floor and our suite is the only one on that floor. The suite door will be open

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: Yes, with assistance. If you will need bike parking please email [email protected] and we will make arrangements.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Yes. NV5 Geospatial is on several major bus lines and close the Pioneer Place Max Station.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: Sadly, no.

Feb 21
PDXWIT Presents: Black History Month Happy Hour
through Online event

In this virtual happy hour in collaboration with hosts FirstTech and PixelSpoke, PDXWIT is celebrating Black voices. Lightning speakers Shakunda Murphy Wilson and Kym Hampton will share their personal and professional experiences as Black women, and leave you with words of wisdom and advice.

Agenda: 5:25pm - Zoom Room Opens 5:30pm - Welcome, Announcements & Introductions 5:40pm - Lighting Speakers 6:00pm - Recruiter Roll Call 6:10pm - Networking and Breakout Rooms 7:00pm - Event Ends

PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Event FAQ Q: Will ASL or closed captioning be available? A: Yes. We plan to have ASL interpreters in attendance and will use the closed captioning features supported in Zoom.