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Tuesday
Feb 3, 2015
Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the data really telling us?
Quick Left

Stop by Quick Left to see CEO of Consulting Ingrid Alongi give her wildly popular, data-driven talk - Deconstructing Women in Technology: What is the Data Really Telling Us? Ingrid's is passionate about creating an environment for our developers that harbors creativity and collaboration, and believe incorporating women on the team is a key element to what makes our company work so seamlessly.

In her opinion, there are 7 ways to promote a better performing team:

Make a commitment Host team building events during business hours Provide ample outlets for feedback to leadership team  Examine your hiring practices: from job posts to interviewing style  Examine your bonus and raise criteria - not everyone is good at asking  Having more women in leadership encourages more women in general 

Your job is a place of business where adults work, but it can still be fun! If you would like to see the stats on women in technology, and reasons why females aren't coming up the pipeline, check out the slideshare from Ingrid's keynote at GlueCon. This is one of the talks that you can't miss during Portland Startup Week! Plus we'll have Q afterwords and happy hour on Quick Left!

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Thursday
Feb 5, 2015
WIT: Opportunity Knocks! How to Get into Tech Without an Engineering Degree
eBay Community Lounge

“How do we get more women in tech?”

The tech industry provides stability and great opportunities for career advancement, so it’s an important question - and one being asked around the world. Companies like Intel and eBay are answering by launching initiatives to increase the number of female engineers in their workforces. Non-profits are responding by establishing programs that teach girls to code so they can grow up to be developers. Universities are contributing to the conversation by offering scholarships to young adult females who choose to pursue degrees in Computer Science.

While there’s no argument that all these solutions are valuable and will help further the cause, what about women who want to work in tech, but aren’t interested in coding? What options do they have? In an effort to provide answers to these questions, eBay Portland will be hosting a special WIT Startup Week event focused on looking beyond engineering roles for women in tech.

Five women from the local tech community will be talking about their individual jobs and sharing their experiences as non-technical women working in an industry that is predominantly focused on technical roles. Kirsten Golden, Program Manager at PIE, will be emceeing the event.

Presenters include:

  • Gina Hudson, Office Manager/Operations, eBay Portland
  • Heidi Tretheway, Director of Marketing Communications, Urban Airship
  • Susan Wheeler, Director of e-Discovery Services, Streamline Imaging
  • Grace Andrews, Co-Founder & Business Development, GraphAlchemist

The WIT talk will conclude with a short Q&A, after which attendees are invited to stay for an hour of networking and have their resume critiqued by recruiters and HR representatives from eBay, Jama Software, Simple, Puppet Labs, Treehouse, and Tech Talent Link.

This event is free and open to the tech community as well as the general public. If you’re working in tech, interested in working tech, or simply exploring career options, please RSVP now to join us!

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WIT: Opportunity Knocks! How to Get into Tech Without an Engineering Degree
eBay Community Lounge

“How do we get more women in tech?”

The tech industry provides stability and great opportunities for career advancement, so it’s an important question - and one being asked around the world. Companies like Intel and eBay are answering by launching initiatives to increase the number of female engineers in their workforces. Non-profits are responding by establishing programs that teach girls to code so they can grow up to be developers. Universities are contributing to the conversation by offering scholarships to young adult females who choose to pursue degrees in Computer Science.

While there’s no argument that all these solutions are valuable and will help further the cause, what about women who want to work in tech, but aren’t interested in coding? What options do they have? In an effort to provide answers to these questions, eBay Portland will be hosting a special WIT Startup Week event focused on looking beyond engineering roles for women in tech.

Five women from the local tech community will be talking about their individual jobs and sharing their experiences as non-technical women working in an industry that is predominantly focused on technical roles. Kirsten Golden, Program Manager at PIE, will be emceeing the event.

Presenters include:

Gina Hudson, Office Manager/Operations, eBay Portland Heidi Tretheway, Director of Marketing Communications, Urban Airship Susan Wheeler, Director of e-Discovery Services, Streamline Imaging Grace Andrews, Co-Founder Business Development, GraphAlchemist

The WIT talk will conclude with a short Q, after which attendees are invited to stay for an hour of networking and have their resume critiqued by recruiters and HR representatives from eBay, Jama Software, Simple, Puppet Labs, Treehouse, and Tech Talent Link.

Date: Thursday, February 7th, 2015 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm, Doors open at 4pm Location: eBay Community Lounge, 1400 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland

This event is free and open to the tech community as well as the general public. If you’re working in tech, interested in working tech, or simply exploring career options, please RSVP now to join us!

**Please note that in order to ensure that this event is a safe place for attendees, guests will be required to sign in and present picture ID upon arrival. Anyone refusing to do both will be asked to leave.

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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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Monday
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: https://github.com/kris-nova/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

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Tuesday
Nov 27, 2018
PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) November Happy Hour
Free Geek

PDXWIT is thrilled to be partnering with Free Geek for a special edition happy hour on #givingtuesday November 27th! The theme of the evening is Supporting our Community. Let’s connect to talk about how we can really show up and support one another.

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 to share important announcements and showcase some individuals in our community.

An employee of Free Geek will provide an introduction to the company and share open job opportunities.

A guest speaker will share their story of the impact Free Geek and PDXWIT has had on their professional and personal life.

Elizabeth Stock and Hilary Shohoney will talk about how critical it is for community members to do what they can to support organizations that matter to them.

During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:

An activity table where you can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.

Table topics to help break the ice.

A section for job seekers and our sponsors who are hiring, to ensure people get connected.

A #givingtuesday table with raffle prizes and other goodies for folks who decide to support BOTH FreeGeek and PDXWIT at the event.

Agenda:

4:30 p.m. - Doors open/networking

5:30 p.m. - Introductions, announcements + lightning speakers

6:30 p.m. - Event ends

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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Thursday
May 12
PDXWIT and Simple X present Job Board LIVE: Get Hired Up!
Online (Zoom)

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

PDXWIT Job Board Live: The networking event that comes to you! This time we’re partnering with Simple X to bring you even more amazing talks and employment opportunities.

Are you ready to get hired up?!? Then this event is for you. PDXWIT’s Job Board LIVE is tailor-made to help you find the career of your dreams.

We’ll get you fired up with a lightning talk, then companies with open roles on the PDXWIT job board will share their open positions (local and remote) during our Recruiter Roll Call. You’ll have a chance to chat with them in breakout rooms after the presentation, so bring your questions, your professional statements, and be ready to share your brilliant skills and qualifications.

In order to create a productive and thoughtful space, we are limiting capacity to the first 60 attendees.

We will have ASL and live closed captioning for this event. Please reach out to [email protected] with any additional accessibility needs you have.

Agenda: 12:00 p.m. - Event Begins 12:03 p.m. - Intros, Announcements, Lightning Talk 12:10 p.m. - Recruiter Roll Call 12:20 p.m. - Breakout Rooms (Recruiter and Networking) 1:00 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.

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

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!

Agenda:

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.

Join our Slack channel to continue the conversation: http://pdxwit.org/slack

Get in touch: [email protected]

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

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Tuesday
May 24
PDXWIT Get Hired Up: Autodesk Edition
Autodesk

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.

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. 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.

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Wednesday
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

Purpose:

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.

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