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Oct 6, 2015
Networking Night @ Quick Left: Advanced Negotiation Practices
Quick Left

For our upcoming Networking Night at Quick Left, we're switching things up and featuring a talk on advanced networking techniques by Karen O'Keefe. This is a very important topic that each of us will face throughout our careers, and we're very lucky to have Karen joining us to impart her knowledge and experience.


6:00-6:30 - Check-in + Networking
6:30-6:45 - Women Who Code Intro + Quick Left Intro
6:45-7:45 - Women and Negotiation: Professional Happines, One Conversation at a Time
- Networking + Wrap-up

Women and Negotiation: Professional Happiness One Conversation at a Time

When we hear the word ‘negotiation,’ most of us think about deal-making, buying and selling on behalf of a company, legal settlements, union/management contract negotiations, and mergers and acquisitions. In these cases, the negotiators follow a formal process to achieve their successes.

While important, not everyone is involved in buying and selling in this sense. Many of us are navigating workplace issues on our way to becoming respected professionals and leaders. Examples of our work conversations revolve around getting resources to do our job, priority for our projects, for getting new opportunities, support for our ideas, for advancement, to hammer out budget agreements, a change in title, or a change in work schedule. Negotiating skill is critical to accomplishing these goals. Today, we will learn how to apply a deal-maker’s formal negotiation process to our work conversations in order to achieve our goals, to bring professional happiness and to develop as leaders in our organizations.

About Karen O'Keefe: 

Karen O’Keefe is the founder of Advanced Negotiation Strategies, a training and consulting firm dedicated to helping professionals and business owners achieve breakthrough results by building personal and company-wide negotiation strength. She works with business owners and their teams to develop overall negotiation strategy, to prepare and plan for negotiations, and to build executives’ and managers’ negotiation skills through training.

Prior to launching her own firm, Karen enjoyed a successful 25-year career with several large manufacturing firms, where she held operations and financial responsibility for performance in the supply chain disciplines. She negotiated multi-million dollar logistics contracts and designed and managed service programs to support the flow of goods from suppliers through to the firms’ customers.

About Quick Left:

Quick Left Inc. is a leading provider of innovative software development services and tools with offices in Boulder, Denver, Portland and San Francisco. Its services team specializes in agile web development, mobile applications, design and team training/mentoring. The company also operates Sprintly, a development management platform designed to power a more productive relationship between teams and their managers. Together with Sprintly, Quick Left accelerates software product launches with a process defined by accountability, simplicity, scalability and today’s smartest web technologies. 

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Aug 28, 2017
Women Talking Tech
AppNexus 711 SW Alder Street Suite 400 Portland, OR 97205

Introducing PDX's latest tech meetup - Women Talking Tech :heart:

So many of us are building really cool shit at work and in the community - let's share, recognize and applaud our badassery. Through this WTT series, we aim to perpetuate the technical learning and teaching component within our industry. Partnering with local WIT communities we'll meet monthly for 1-2 lightning talks, Q&A, a break, a keynote closer, and more Q&A. Oh, and food/drink. Curated for a technical audience compromised of but not limited to women, transgender and non binary friends.

Community Partner: Lesbians Who Tech

Katie Hughes: Learn you a Hask/Elm For Great Javascript

Alison Stump: Building CSS for React Components with Modular ITCSS

Kris Nova: Explore the under developed and highly important layer of infrastructure underneath cloud native tooling like Kubernetes. We take a technical deep dive into kubicorn, and show how easy it is to get an application up and running with kubicorn:

*Katie is a pun loving web developer at AppNexus, a casual comic book reader, and is hyped af for fall. @katieslynnh

*Alison - coming soon

*Kris is a Senior Developer Advocate at Microsoft. She likes unicorns, whiskey, writing distributed cloud native infrastructure tools, and kissing girls. @kris_nova

Questions/want to chat/interested in speaking at our 10/3 event? [email protected]/@appnexuseng