Join us for happy hour at New Relic on April 16th.
We all know the tech industry is full of networking events; in fact, you are reading about one right now! It can be tough to be our authentic selves in these situations. Let’s face it: sometimes it can be awkward to network. The theme of our April Happy Hour is “Stay Authentic: From the Office to Networking.” To get people talking about this, our conversation prompt for the event will be “What does authenticity mean to you?”
While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 6:00pm to share important announcements and showcase three members of our community.
A representative from our host company New Relic will share what they do and what job opportunities are available at the company
Chikeola Karimou, Lifestyle Mentor, will talk about how we can show up to work as our best selves
Shannon Wolcott, Marketing and Career Services Director at Alchemy Code Lab, will talk about how we can be authentic when networking
During the event, we’ll have more to do than free-form networking:
An Activity Table where people can get creative. This is a fantastic way to meet others if large groups are not your thing. If you have trouble finding it, look for Meg Aul, our Event Activities Director.
Table Topics to help break the ice.
A section for job seekers and those hiring, to ensure people get connected.
5:00 p.m. - Doors open/Networking
6:00 p.m. - Introductions, Announcements + Lightning Speakers
7:00 p.m. - Event ends
Meet Paige Berry
What is your title and your favorite thing about your job?
Software Engineer. It's difficult to pick just one thing, so how about several: the people I get to work with; the values of the company I work for; the way this job strikes the perfect balance between the support and autonomy that I need, which means I get to learn and grow every day; feeling like I understand how my daily work directly impacts the company, that what I do matters.
How did you become involved in PDXWIT?
We hosted a PDXWIT satellite event at my previous workplace - Reed College - in February of 2017. One of the women I worked with in the computing department there had heard of PDXWIT and wanted to get involved. As one of the event organizers I was impressed by the way PDXWIT guided us through planning and execution. I met some awesome people at the event who were all PDXWIT members, and it inspired me to become a member myself.
What do you like to do for fun in Portland?
Attend Winterhawks hockey games, stand-up comedy shows at Helium, and live music at venues like Mississippi Studios, the Roseland, and Wonder Ballroom; wander the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Portland Art Museum; race sailboats on the Columbia River; play disc golf at Rockwood and Vance in Outer Eastside; enjoy drinks and pool at Roscoe's in Montavilla, or Slingshot Lounge in FoPo.
Where can we find you on a Saturday night?
Doing some of the above, or hanging out with friends playing board games, or if I'm feeling introverted, at home reading sci-fi with cats on my lap.
Find her on LinkedIn
We’re on the lookout for speakers
Do you have a unique story to tell? Do you have a specific skill set you’d like to share with our community? We’re always looking for speakers to share their knowledge at an upcoming PDXWIT event. Learn more about our current speaking opportunities.
Do you want to host an event?
Is your company interested in hosting a PDXWIT event? This is a great opportunity to gain powerful exposure to the local workforce while showing your support for inclusion in Portland’s technology industry.