How to Tackle the Portland Networking Scene as a Woman in Tech

Only 25% of IT jobs are held by women, despite the fact that women make up over half of the professional jobs in the U.S. Because of the disparity between the genders, working in the tech industry can be an isolating experience for many women – but it doesn’t have to be. The Portland community has a plethora of incredible opportunities for women to more easily connect with peers and grow as professionals. Here are a few tips for how women can take advantage of all that the Portland networking scene has to offer.
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What Denver IT Professionals Are Looking for in Their Next Employer

In recent years, Denver has become a tech hub, attracting professionals and businesses from across the nation. Even still, finding IT talent in the region poses a major challenge. The growing metro area boasts a low unemployment rate of just 2.6%, accompanied by growing skills gaps. Attracting top talent now requires more than just a compelling compensation package. In order to recruit quality tech professionals, your business must stay up to date on what candidates are really looking for in a potential employer. Continue reading

Running While Corporate: When One Door Closes, Another Opens

In November of 2018, Corinne and I were scheduled to run The North Face Endurance Challenge in San Francisco. It’s an elite level race with very heavy competition in every event. I signed up for the half marathon and Corinne signed up for the marathon. While we would have loved to run the same event, the thought of our 4 and 7-year olds who were with us, touring around San Francisco on their own made us concerned that they were the perfect age for one of the new “youth start-up incubators” to pick them up so one of us had to hang out with them while the other raced. Continue reading

Why Portland is a Great Destination for IT Professionals

It’s no wonder that Portland topped Forbes’ list of best places for businesses and careers across the nation.  Since 2010, Portland has grown by over 60,000 residents, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Between rising household incomes and a low state unemployment rate (just 3.5%), the city is one of a kind. Aptly named the “Silicon Forest”, Portland’s renowned for its prevalence of tech jobs and corporations and some of the city’s largest employers are tech companies – Intel and Nike, just to name a couple. Here’s what IT professionals need to know about America’s newest tech hub. Continue reading

Running While Corporate: Strides for Business!

Over the past year, many people have asked me, “What is the #1 way that my coach has helped me become a faster runner?” It’s a pretty simple answer. Strides. In running, strides are a very short burst of speed added into your easy run. For example, on an easy run day, I’ll go out and run 8 “easy” miles with 6X20 seconds fast and an additional 2 easy minutes in the second half of the run. Why has this seemingly short activity made me faster? The less complex answer is that if you learn how to run quickly some of the time, it will make it easier for your body to run more quickly all of the time. (Want the more complex answer? See David Roche’s article.) Continue reading