5 Things that Happened in June in TechTown

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

1. KGW ran a story on the progress being made by the Emerging Leaders Program. Everyone featured in the story is directly tied to TechTownPDX:

2. More than 220 attendees from TechTown companies have participated in an AllyShift Training so far putting us on target to our goal of 300 by year’s end.

TechTown is also offering one-hour bonus AllyShift sessions to anyone who has attended a 3-hour AllyShift training to refresh and enhance their skills.

3. Steering Committee: In June, the Steering Committee met at Cozy’s Headquarters. The Committee finalized June’s CEO Roundtable agenda, PWA Event Report, and identified and invited three community partners to the MACS for later in the month. Those partners are Black Male Achievement, Urban League, and Partners in Diversity. The committee explored and identified ways to engage with each partner throughout 2019 including co-hosting events, providing industry insight for populations we purposefully attracting to Portland Tech, and interviews and work opportunities. Look for more on these partnerships throughout 2019. 

4. CEO Roundtable Sessions: The latest CEO Roundtable was June 13th and focused on one of four commitments CEOs have made; “Prioritize at least one diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategic goal”. We spent much of the session in breakout groups having detailed, honest conversations into what is working and what has not. 

5. LinkedIn TechTown Page: We launched https://www.linkedin.com/company/techtownpdx If you are interested in TechTown’s mission to cultivate a diverse, homegrown talent pipeline & inclusive work environment, follow us. It’s a great way to connect and stay in the loop as we advance our efforts.


2019 TechTown Survey & Company Assessment: In addition to the employee survey, we will be conducting company-level assessments. Putting these two data sets together may identify actions and characteristics that are correlated to greater diversity and inclusion. Adding this element means we don’t anticipate having final results until November.

About TechTown Portland

A movement, commitment and 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 create a community to cultivate a diverse, homegrown talent pipeline and inclusive work environment.

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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