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[SOLD OUT] August Happy Hour Networking Event

  • Zapproved 1414 Northwest Northrup Street #700 Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

Join us for happy hour at Zapproved on August 20th.

Calling all introverts!

We all know the tech industry is full of networking events, but networking can be daunting, especially for introverts. The theme of our August Happy Hour is “Calling All Introverts!” To get people talking about this, our conversation prompt for the event will be “How does being an introvert or extrovert affect networking for you?”

While the event is primarily intended for networking, we will have a short segment at 5:30 p.m. to share important announcements and showcase three members of our community.

  • A representative from our host company Zapproved will share what they do and what job opportunities are available at the company

  • Tula Sabes, Lab Support Technician at Intel, will talk about Inclusion and Being a Young Introvert

  • Emma Holland, Program Manager at Thinkful, will talk about Networking for Introverts

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.

4:30 p.m. - Doors open/Networking
5:30 p.m. - Introductions, Announcements + Lightning Speakers
6:30 p.m. - Event ends

Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

This event is currently sold out. Please check eventbrite regularly as tickets may open up.


Host Spotlight

Leah Rutz

Meet Leah Rutz

What is your title and favorite thing about your job?

As a Customer Success Manager, it is my job to foster a relationship with some of our largest customers and make sure they are meeting their investment goals with our software to encourage contract renewals, upsells and cross-sells. The relationship part is what I like best. I have customers in Texas, all through The South, and up to DC. Texas and The South are parts of the country to which I probably wouldn’t have travelled on my personal time or dime and this role has opened my mind to people and cultures I’ve ended up really enjoying. 

How did you become involved in PDXWIT?

I volunteered with ChickTech’s Seattle chapter before moving to Portland. When I got to PDX, I was looking for another community focused on the empowerment of women in tech. PDXWIT does just that so I started signing up for some of the events. 

What do you like to do for fun in Portland?

I lead a Meetup group every Sunday for foreigners living in PDX and Americans who have lived overseas. I volunteer weekly as a tutor with the nonprofit Friends of the Children. I also like taking yoga and art classes.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Either at a Salsa club, researching my next travel adventures, or curled up with a book. 

Find Leah 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.

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Earlier Event: August 15
Vancouver Mixer
Later Event: August 22
West Side Mixer