5 Things that Happened in August in TechTown

This monthly updates highlights the latest TechTown news and progress in our top areas of focus: Recruitment, Retention and Measurement.

  1. AllyShift Returns! Thanks to Crystal Sincoff of Zapproved and Rachel Bussert for co-facilitating and for the 16 folks who attended the 3-hour session! We are on track to have more than 300 attendees by the end of 2019.
  2. We hosted our Monthly Morning Session at Prosper Portland on August 28th with TechTown Pledge Company employees. Discussed were a plethora of efforts undertaken and changes implemented. The group recognized the need to better communicate what is actually happening with TechTown and within member companies. Look for more posts here and on other platforms.
  3. Companies step up their emphasis on inclusion. The training sessions are increasing and a number of companies have opened their doors to folks throughout our community. On August 12th  New Relic hosted A Personal Look at Inclusive Hiring Practices with Marcus Carter and Paige Berry, and Zapproved hosted a workshop with Paloma Medina focused on Three Skills Towards Equity & Inclusion.
  4. The 2019 Employee Survey Closed. The TechTown Employee Survey will be the most comprehensive one yet including more than 2,100 responses.  In addition to the employee questions, TechTown is adding a company-level assessment to the survey. Look for results before the end of the year on both fronts.
  5. TechTown enables PDXWIT #InvestingInYou scholarships. PDXWIT Said it best in their August 28th tweet.

Guess what!? PDXWIT gets to award more #InvestingInYou scholarships this Fall thanks to presenting sponsor @TechTownPDX with funding by @prosperportland. And huge thanks to individual supporters @MatEllis, @rothscott, @mjonscott, & @crystalsincoff. More info coming soon!

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