Select Past Events
May 19th - moderator. Techfluence panel discussion hosted by 24Seven and eROI on getting closer to gender neutral hiring and pay equity.
April 23 - moderator. ACT-W panel discussion with Portland's diversity leaders on what it takes to create a rich, diverse and thriving community for women and minorities in tech.
Hack the Gender Debate Unconference-Style
April 16th, 2016 - co-facilitator and co-organizer. We brought together a diverse audience representing start-ups to Fortune 500 companies with entry-level employees to C-level executives. The event was designed to help participants have more meaningful diversity conversations and our takeaways are captured on this Cardsmith board. Participants said:
"Great conversation and a lot of wonderful take aways."
"It was a deeper and more emotional experience than I expected, glad I could make it."
Diversity Change Agent Training
March 30th, 2016 - co-facilitator with Janice Levenhagen of ChickTech. The first Change Agent training with the Portland Development Commission's TechTown Diversity Pledge drew representatives from all major local tech companies to take action to create more inclusive culture. Participant feedback:
Thanks for hosting the first #TechTown Change Agents Series. Great ideas about #diversity #pdxtech.
Great conversations re: #inclusion & #diversity this morning at @pdxdevelopment. Big thanks, @jlevenha @Soma_Terra!
“I’ve never been at a tech event so inclusive and engaging.”
– VP of Customer Success, tech company
May 10th, 2016 - co-facilitator. Implementing Change with the TechTown Diversity Pledge. Helping change agents take action to create more inclusive culture.
June 22, 2016 - facilitator. Sustaining Change with the TechTown Diversity Pledge. Helping change agents develop strategies for long-term, sustainable change that creates more inclusive culture.
Women + Tech + Holiday Party
December 10th, 2015 - co-organizer. Partnered with other women in tech organizations including ChickTech, Women Who Code, PDX WIT and Lesbians Who Code to create the largest women in tech holiday party Portland has ever experience. The event created networking, support and skill-building for women at local tech companies.
September 17th, 2015 - co-organizer and co-facilitator with Zachary Feder. We explored some of the dynamics that drive the lack of gender balance in tech. Participant impact:
“I came out of the event with a new perspective that helped me understand how to bridge the gap between the representation of men and women in tech. It was an enlightening conversation for everyone.”
- Sara Stowe, Talent Acquisition Manager, Smarsh
Conference for Advancing the Careers of Technical Women
April 11-12, 2015 Portland, Oregon and May 16th, 2015 Seattle, Washington - presenter. We practiced 8 mind-body tools to give minorities a stronger voice in the industry. Participant experience:
"Best session of the conference. Thank you for the practical, actionable tools and original content."
Oregon Bio Women Conference
December 4th, 2014, Genentech - breakout group facilitator. We developed stronger communication and presentation skills, stronger leadership presence, strategies for navigating big egos, and tools to get messages across effectively.