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PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Why Gender-Inclusive Software Matters to Everyone

321 NW Glisan St Suite 700
Portland, OR 97212, US (map)
Public WiFi



Seating is limited, please plan to arrive early to ensure a seat!

We are hosting an event to further the cause of inclusivity, focused on gender. By attending, you’ll earn talking points about why gender-inclusive software matters to your business, to our society, and to everyone. You will leave with an idea of how to achieve it in your own software with a practical and freely available method called GenderMag. We will also discuss ideas about how you can help make software more inclusive to diversity of thought. This event is suitable for anyone who helps shape software (software managers, software developers, UXers, tech CEOs, tech CIOs, ...)

About the speaker: Margaret Burnett is an OSU Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University. She began her career in industry, where she was the first woman software developer ever hired at Procter & Gamble Ivorydale. A few degrees and shattered glass ceilings later, she joined academia, with a research focus on people who are engaged in some form of software development. Burnett is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a member of the ACM CHI Academy, and an award-winning mentor. She is also on the Academic Alliance Advisory Board of the National Center for Women In Technology (NCWIT).

Recent podcast interview with Burnett: http://www.changingacademiclife.com/blog/2017/7/5/margaret-burnett

This is a method for de-marginalizing one aspect of tech.


6:00: Talk
6:30: Q&A
7:15: Networking

Event FAQ:

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms?

A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible?

A: Yes

Q: Where there be food and drink at this event?

A: Yes

Q: What is the parking situation?
A: Paid street parking. Generally, not a problem to find space.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?
A: Yes.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?
A: We are on Max and Trimet making public transportation an easy option.

Q: I have a pet allergy. Will office pets be present at the host’s space?
A: Office pets *may* be present.

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.