Meet Lisa Mutchler
I found PDXWIT on the Meetup app. I'd never used anything like that before, but a friend had recommended it to me because she had found good connections through it here in Portland.
The experiences I've had at PDXWIT were a huge part of inspiring me to believe I had the capability to really succeed as a woman in tech. For a long time, I thought I was on a track to quit my job and be a stay-at-home mom one day. But over the last couple years, I've really found a love for what I do and found that I can have a positive impact in an organization. I relocated here to Portland last fall and was looking for a job, and being surrounded by other successful women through PDXWIT really helped to give me confidence to aim high in my job search. I found a job in November that is a huge step up from my last position, a significant pay raise, and a lot more opportunity for growth.
I've attend the events monthly, meeting more people and making new connections each time. Recently I've been reflecting on how easy it is for us to give in to cynicism and negative thinking, and I'd just say that we need to work hard to avoid that -- both in our personal lives and our careers. The first step toward improvement is believing that it is possible.