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May 24
PDXWIT Get Hired Up: Autodesk Edition

Registration through Eventbrite required.

PDXWIT Get Hired Up: The networking event that comes to you! ASL interpreters will be onsite.

Are you ready to get hired up?! Then this in-person event is for you. PDXWIT has teamed up with Autodesk for an in-person (!) event focused on connecting job seekers with open roles. Recruiters, hiring managers, and internal community leaders will be onsite to connect about open positions at the company.

We’ll get you fired up with a short presentation from PDXWIT and the Autodesk team. Then we invite you to mingle on the 6th floor of the beautiful Autodesk building in inner southeast Portland. You’ll have a chance to chat with recruiters and hiring managers while enjoying snacks, dessert, and drinks with a 360 view of our city.

Please have your resume ready to send and your LinkedIn profiles up to date!

In order to create a productive and thoughtful space, we are limiting capacity to the first 125 attendees.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any additional accessibility needs you have.

Not quite ready for an in person event but still want to connect with companies that are hiring? Join us for Job Board Live on May 12th!

Agenda: 4:00 p.m. - Event Begins/Please mingle with recruiters 4:45 p.m. - PDXWIT and Autodesk Intros 6:00 p.m. - Event Ends

Mission: 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.

Safety Measures:

It’s been awhile since PDXWIT produced an in-person event. The safety of our community is our highest priority. See below for safety protocols and requirements.


Q: Will masks be required in indoor spaces? Will masks be required outside? Will hand sanitizer be provided and plentiful? A:

Masks are optional. There are several outdoor spaces at the venue.

Hosts will provide plentiful hand sanitizer.

We will ask all attendees to certify that they are vaccinated.

Event FAQ

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

Q: Is the space ADA accessible? A: Yes, volunteers will be outside of the building helping attendees with accessibility needs.

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

Q: What is the parking situation? A: Street parking nearby. Shuttles and public transportation nearby as well. More info to come.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: The entrance in on Ankeny. PDXWIT volunteers will be out front with green shirts on.

Q: Is there secured bike parking? A: Outdoor racks, and limited indoor.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: Autodesk is located near public transportation. Please use your own judgment when deciding to take public transportation.

Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, sadly.

May 17
Coffee w/ Co-Founders in BACK!
Deadstock Coffee

After several years on the shelf, we've dusted off this meetup and hope you can all make it! For the first meetup back, we're going to take over one of our favorite coffee shops in all of Portland, Deadstock.

With the weather improving we should be able to hang out outside and allow for safe social distancing (for those still apprehensive about getting back together).

About Coffee w/ Co-Founders: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges. You're forced to make decisions every day that could make or break your business. Coffee w/ Co-Founders is a way to network with other Entrepreneurs to allow free-flowing information with the intent to collaborate and help each other. So often we're challenged and there's very little we can do to express our challenges with the people we work with or the people we care about. Think of Coffee w/ Co-Founders as your own personal support group for business owners. We're all here to help!

May 18
Whither Conda? A Fireside Chat with Kevin Goldsmith, the CTO of Anaconda

Do you work in Data and rely on Python and Conda?

Join us for a fireside chat with Kevin Goldsmith, CTO of Anaconda. Kevin is a technology vet whose career has included Adobe, Microsoft and Spotify. These days he's leading Anaconda into the next generation of Python data tools. Join us as Kevin shares the roadmap of where Anaconda is going. Bring questions!

May 26
Power Pitching: Every Time, Every Situation
Online via Zoom

This workshop is all about pitching...whether it's for investors, at a networking event (live or virtual) or to decide on a collaborator.

What does it really take to make a powerful pitch?

What are the pitfalls to avoid at all cost?

How can you master the art of pitching with your own style, personality and brand?

Join Career Coach/StartOut Workshop Facilitator, Jim Arnoff, who will give you the career coach's top tips for pitching with conviction and results.

What you'll learn:

Tips on how to prepare How to read the person you're pitching how to engage with & anticipate every question If you ever wondered what it really takes to do a successful pitch, this workshop is for you!

Jun 1
PDXWIT LGBTQ+ in Tech: Love Will Keep Us Together
Online via Zoom

Registration through Zoom required.

When we think about the queer community we think about those amazing people that bring us all together. From LGBTQ+centric organizations to leaders who love to create connections, we want to celebrate their work and continue to build an even broader community!

PRIDE is every day and we want you to join PDXWIT as we come together to celebrate how love will keep us together!

Facilitated by Crystal Sincoff and Hazel Valdez, we’ll hear from Salome Chimuku, DeAngelo Crane, and Katy Byrtus in this inclusive panel.

Agenda: 5:00 p.m. - Event opens/networking 5:05 p.m. - Introductions 5:10 p.m. - Panel discussion begins 5:50 p.m. - Q&A 6:00 p.m. - Event ends


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

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

Oct 12
PIE Demo Day 2022


Please join us online for PIE Demo Day 2022!

You do not need to be an accredited investor to attend. And you don't need to be in Portland, Oregon. Everyone is welcome. It's a community event and free and open to the public.

Jan 19, 2038

Wherever remains that still serves beer in 2038, we will party like it's 1970.

May 20
Maintaining Positive Mental Health as a Developer with Tyler Branscome
The Tech Academy

Your mental health is important!

Tyler Branscome, Tech Academy graduate, will be joining us to discuss maintaining a positive mental health as a developer.

Reports say that a large number of software developers are facing depression and mental disorders.

According to the International Journal of Humanities Social Science Invention, software developers have significantly the highest rate of anxiety in comparison to their colleagues who are performing mechanical or other tasks.

In this Talk, Tyler will be sharing tips on how to maintain your mental health. Tyler graduated in 2021 and is currently working as an application developer at Oyova.

Join us on May 20th at 1pm PT (2pm MT, 3pm CT and 4pm ET) in our Google Meet room.

RSVP on Meetup: RSVP on Eventbrite:

Can't make it live? Watch the recording on our YouTube Channel:

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and network!

May 27
SQL Query Optimization with Wesley Rolfson
The Tech Academy

Join us Friday May 27th to learn how to optimize your SQL Queries!

Wesley Rolfson started working with data when he was in high school, while working on Steam and Culvert surveys, using the data to explain how nature is responding to human activity. He now works as a data analysist working with Environmental, Health, and Safety data.

Wesley's talk will cover optimizing your SQL Queries by looking at the layers of processing, and will also cover how the SQL engine looks at your query so that you can better write queries, and ultimately explain your results.

Join us Friday May27th at 1pm Pacific Time in our Google Meet Room.

RSVP on MeetUp:

Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube channel:

Jun 10
Creating Efficient Code with SQL - Presented by Marquita Hartman
The Tech Academy

Marquita Hartman graduated from The Tech Academy in 2019, and has since become a software developer at Computershare, where she mainly works with SQL and other Microsoft data services.

Marquita will be joining us to speak on creating efficient code in SQL, and giving some insight on SQL related skills that potential employers might be looking for.

Her talk will entail: -Creating tables and using appropriate indexs -When and Why you should use a View vs a Table -Tuning techniques for stored procedures -How to test efficiency -A brief overview of an Explain Plan

Join us on Friday June 10th at 1pm Pacific Time in our Google Meet Room.

RSVP on MeetUp: RSVP on EventBrite:

Can't make it live? We will be posting the recording to our Tech Talks playlist on our YouTube channel:

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about creating efficient code in SQL!

Jun 2
OTBC Webinar - Funding My Startup Without Giving Away Equity!
Via Zoom

Join SBA Lending Expert Scott Bossom from Columbia Bank and Maggie Reilly, Business Lender from Craft 3 for what you need to know about SBA Loans and other alternate sources of funding. Learn about funding your startup business with giving away equity!

May 19
Data PDX: NIEM – The Grand Translator for Data Exchange


Mike Phillips – Vice president of Integrated Solutions, SLG Innovation. Co-Chair of the NIEM State, Local, Territorial and Trible Tiger Team.

Katherine Escobar – Deputy Division Chief, Data and Services Division, Cyber and Command, Control, Communications and Computers Integration (DD C5I), Joint Staff J6

Paul K. Wormeli – Innovation Strategist, Wormeli Consulting, LLC – Co-Chair of the NIEM State, Local, Territorial and Trible Tiger Team.


An organization’s ability to effectively serve its customers hinges on the availability of current, accurate, and relevant information. The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) is a community-driven, standards-based approach to exchanging information. Diverse communities can collectively leverage NIEM to increase efficiencies and improve decision-making.

NIEM is a common vocabulary that enables efficient information exchange across diverse public and private organizations. NIEM can save time and money by providing consistent, reusable data definitions and reusable processes. NIEM is available to everyone, including both public and private organizations.

NIEM includes a data model, governance, training, tools, technical support services, and an active community to assist users in adopting a standards-based approach to exchanging data.

What You Will Learn

This session will provide you with a NIEM overview and some practical applications.

May 20
Cinder Connect Conversations: AAPI Heritage

An honest panel discussion centering the identities and experiences of our friends and colleagues across the AAPI community.

Hosted by Cinder and moderated by Réland Logan (she/her), we will continue to examine what equity and inclusion means for different and intersecting identities in these panel discussions throughout 2022.

Panelists to include: • Ashlan Glazier-Anderson (she/her), CEO, AshbeanPDX Marketing • Anjali Hursh (she/her), DJ Anjali, DJ Anjali + The Incredible Kid • Keven Saleumvong (he/him), Administrative Assistant Learning & Development, Willamette Dental Group

Our intention with these conversations is to interrogate the integrity and efficacy of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion programming in our workplaces and communities.

We are curious to explore the question: Is Equity and Inclusion in the workplace and beyond?

Please help us spread the word!

Cinder is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Katy Byrtus at [email protected] or 541.408.4834 to request accessibility accommodations. If you are having trouble registering for this event please reach out to Katy and she will be glad to assist you. At all of our Cinder events we will automatically provide ASL interpreting, live captioning, and relevant materials in pdf format in advance, and we are helping our presenters be more inclusive in their materials and presentations.

May 17
PDXWIT May Happy Hour: Careers, Talks, Connection

Registration through Zoom is required to gain entry to this virtual event

ASL interpretation and closed captioning throughout. Please email [email protected] with additional accessibility needs.

This is a community event, if you’re a job seeker hoping to meet with recruiters, register for Job Board LIVE as well!

This month we are exploring the ways in which tech can benefit from collaborative leadership and we’re looking to other local community organizations for inspiration. Join long-time PDXWIT volunteers Anusha Neelam and Zhou Fang as we dive into this topic.

We’re excited to have our friends Allie Yee and Kim Lepin from APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) kick us off with lighting talks! They’ll share stories about what collaborative leadership means to them, and how it’s helped make their organization’s work more impactful. We’ll hold space for community networking in breakout rooms after the main event, but you don’t have to wait until then to meet someone new! Connect with folks in the chat throughout the event.

Hope to see you there!


12:00 p.m. - Event opens

12:03 p.m. - Introductions + Announcements

12:10 p.m. - Guest speakers + Tech Innovator Spotlight

12:35 p.m. - Face-to-Face Networking/On-camera networking

1:00 p.m. - Event ends

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

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Get in touch: [email protected]

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