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Smarsh

851 SW Sixth Avenue, 8th Floor
Portland, OR 97204, us (map)

Future events happening here

  • Thursday
    Nov 15 2018
    PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Value by Design

    Smarsh

    Registration through Eventbrite [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pdx-women-in-tech-pdxwit-value-by-design-tickets-50078626520] is required to gain entry to this event

    While many of us agree with IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.’s famous declaration that “good design is good business,” we often struggle to be able to prove it. As a systems thinker, Deb Mrazek has developed an array of frameworks, tools, and platforms to leverage the power of design and systems thinking at project, group, organizational and global levels, bridging the language of design and the language of business.

    In this event, Mrazek will share her expertise on how the value of design can truly be realized, and pay off!

    Agenda:

    5:30 p.m. - Doors open

    6 p.m. - Introduction and any PDXWIT announcements

    6:10 p.m. - Presentation

    6:40 p.m.- Q&A

    7 PM - 7:30 p.m. - Open time to network

    Event FAQ:

    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: We do have paid parking in the building, the entrance is on Taylor St. between 6th Ave and Broadway on the right side of the street. There are several other pay garages nearby as well.

    Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance? A: The main entrance to the building is on 6th Ave and there is a secondary entrance on Broadway to the left of Ruth’s Chris Steak House (this entrance does have stairs once you are inside the building). All guests will need to come to the 8th floor reception area to sign in for the event.

    Q: Is there secure bike parking? A: There is bike parking outside at the entrance of the building, but it is not secured, it is a rack on the transit mall. Please note that bikes can not be brought into the office for storage.

    Q: Should I consider using public transportation? A: We always recommend public transportation when possible as we are on the transit mall on 6th Ave.

    Q: Can I bring my dog? A: No, we ask that you leave your furry friend home.

    Purpose:

    PDXWIT is a community-based non-profit organization. Our purpose is to strengthen the Portland women in tech community by offering educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities. We are unifying a supportive environment for current and potential women in tech, all of whom are committed to helping each other. Our goal is to bring together and empower women in tech and to encourage others to pursue tech careers. This is our step towards reducing the gender imbalance in the industry and addressing the current negative effects of that imbalance on women.

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

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Past events that happened here

  • 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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  • Tuesday
    Nov 17 2015
    PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Happy Hour Networking Event

    Smarsh

    Join us for happy hour at Smarsh! No specific agenda, just network and have fun! Make sure you say hi to Lila Logue, Marketing Operations Manager at Smarsh. Read our November newsletter to learn more about Lila!

    PDX Women in Tech exists to celebrate professional women in the Portland-metro area who work with, manage, lead or have an interest in technology. Whether you are developing event-driven, non-blocking applications in node.js or setting technology strategy for a Fortune 500 company - or anything in between - come join us!

    Please note that after you RSVP, you may receive an email with a ticket. You do not need to bring the ticket with you to the event. Thank you for registering and can't wait to see everyone!

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 14 2015
    Using Chef and Vagrant to create build, development, and test environments

    Smarsh

    Join us on October 14 for Using Chef and Vagrant to create build, development, and test environments. Go beyond automated tests into automated environments. Learn the nuts and bolts of how to fully automate the provisioning of build and test environments through the story of how it was done at Tripwire. When build, development, and test environments are defined as code, they can be versioned along with the software that they support. This allows truly reproducible tests and builds by controlling and versioning changes to the test and build environments.

    Speaker Ryan Larson, Software Engineer at Tripwire Ryan Larson is a Software Engineer at Tripwire with a passion for automation and efficiency. Ryan introduced Tripwire to Chef and architected the automation of Tripwire's development, build, and test environments using Chef, Vagrant, and Packer.

    Event Details- When: Wednesday, October 14 Location: Smarsh, 851 Southwest 6th Avenue, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204 Time: 5-6:30 PM Cost: Members $25, Nonmembers $45 Series Sponsors: Metal Toad & New Relic

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  • Thursday
    Sep 17 2015
    Want More Women in Tech? Understand the Dynamics!

    Smarsh

    RSVP at the link above

    Let's explore how to attract and keep more women in tech over champaign brunch

    The tech industry is clamoring for more women. Despite many efforts, the numbers haven’t changed much. Why?

    All too often, diversity initiatives are designed without understanding the underlying dynamics.

    At Navigate IT’s 1st allies event (men, this is your chance to join us), you will have the opportunity to be involved in a groundbreaking conversation on gender dynamics in tech. Be ready to share your perspective!

    To prepare:

    • Think about what is great about being a man or a woman in tech.

    • Articulate some of the challenges you face related to your gender.

    • Notice the gender dynamics in your workplace.

    We will use a polarity map from the Integral framework to bring some of these dynamics to light. We will discover that ordinary aspects of our work lives, things we take for granted or don’t think about, can be obstacles - even with our best intentions.

    Expect a rich and engaging conversation in a safe space.

    You will:

    • Have the opportunity to share your perspective and hear others’ perspectives.

    • Gain a greater understanding of how gender dynamics influence your teams.

    • Leave with new insight to help you navigate diversity. 

    This is a rare opportunity to have a positive, honest dialog about important issues in the tech industry. It will be led by Terra Soma, co-founder of Navigate IT and Certified Integral Facilitator®. Her roles in tech have ranged from ecommerce analyst to software project manager. She now facilitates collaboration for tech teams.

    Terra will be joined by Zachary Feder, a former associate with LionHeart Consulting. He is well trained in group dynamics and conflict resolution and is a longtime student of Integral Theory.


    What your peers are saying about Terra and Zachary:

    "I have rarely been in a public environment where I felt both supported and challenged. Most of these engagements end up either being too wishy-washy, or too confrontational. Terra and Zachary are a perfect yin-yang, neither of whom comes across as a cliche based on their gender, what we might think of as traditional feminine or masculine qualities. They both modeled all of them. Having that as their Way of Being made it all the easier for me to allow my own range of emotions to play out in the session. Comfortable, worthwhile, evolving. People say events "changed their life," and it can seem overstated, but I found out things about myself I was never able to put into words before, and yes, that changed my life."
    - Joe B., Technical Trainer

    What your peers are saying about Navigate IT

    “Best 2 hours I have spent all week.” – Strength’s Lab participant

    Event Schedule

    6:00-6:30 food and networking

    6:30-8:00 discussion


    If you want to sign up for the event without joining the Meetup Group, you can register at Soma Collaborations.

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