5 Things that Happened in December in TechTown

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

1. Reaching our AllyShift goals. We hosted our last AllyShift Workshop of 2020 on December 9 at Vacasa. The session helped us reach our goal of 350 total attendees of an ally shift training for 2020.  Employees of TechTown companies, make sure to follow on TechTown Slack for upcoming sessions – we already have our first one on the books for 2020.

2. Girls in Tech Career Days. We hosted our last two ‘Girls in Tech Career Days” events of 2020. The events in partnership with Portland Workforce Alliance were held at Zapproved & Vacasa (Dec 10) and Instrument and Treehouse (Dec 11). In addition to Zapproved and Vacasa, the December 10th session featured panelists, small group discussion, and technology demonstrations from Learning.com, BigLeaf and OpenSesame. The December 11th session featured table discussion, autonomous vehicle technology, script-reading in a video studio, and question and answer – in addition to Instrument and Treehouse, Autodesk, New Relic, Cozy, Technology Association of Oregon, Jaguar Land Rover and Prosper Portland participated. Special thanks to Puppet, Vacasa and Autodesk for making sure attendees of the Career Days were well nourished with food and beverages. Overall, these Career Day events with PWA have been well received by attendees and something TechTown and PWA plan to build on in 2020.

3. 2020 Goal Setting. Our Steering Committee met in early December to finalize materials for the CEO Roundtable and presentation, finalize details for the 2019 Annual Report that will be released in January. Not only will it be a look back at what happened in 2019, it will outline the priorities for 2020.

4. Engaged Leadership. TechTown hosted their quarterly CEO Roundtable Session on December 12th. The event was the best attended CEO session of the year.

5. Future of Portland Tech Panel Discussion. In partnership with The Portland Business Alliance, Leadership Portland, TechTown Steering Committee members Morgan Armstrong, Marcus Carter joined Megan Bigelow (founder of PDX WIT) in a panel discussion for Leadership Portland. The panel was moderated by Jared Wiener of Prosper Portland, and covered topics about industry dynamics, changes occurring, and what it’s actually like to work in tech. It was a lively, open discussion that had elements of diversity and inclusion throughout. The Leadership Portland members were engaged and asked questions well into the lunch hour. TechTown will continue to look for more opportunities to engage Portland’s business community in 2020.


About TechTown Portland

A movement. A commitment. A community.

TechTownPDX is a collection of Portland tech companies who have come together to commit to a Diversity Pledge – a shared commitment and action plan to collectively advance workplace diversity and inclusion in order to grow the industry while broadening prosperity.

Our mission is to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion within pledge companies. We do this by taking collective action with the local tech companies who have taken our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge and are committed to creating real change.

About Prosper Portland

TechTown is powered by Prosper Portland. Prosper Portland creates economic growth and opportunity for Portland. Prosper Portland’s vision is to make Portland one of the most globally competitive, healthy, and equitable cities in the world by investing in job creation, encouraging broad economic prosperity, and fostering great places throughout the city. We aspire to be a workplace of choice with passionate staff excelling in an open and empowering environment and sharing a commitment to our collective success.

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