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SOLD OUT - PDX Lunch & Learn: The Challenge of Diversity and Inclusion

Event Details

Date
Feb 14, 2018
Time
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location
Free Geek
1731 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
Price

TAO Member: $10

Non-Member: $20

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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

WHAT YOU WILL EXPLORE

The local technology industry is working hard to attract more diverse candidates and keep them employed at their organizations, and a significant number in these diverse populations (including women, people of color, and those living in poverty) have minimal, if any, access to the internet. It’s over 50 million people just in the United States.

Imagine a world where these populations are easily accessed and more importantly they are working to solve major issues in your workplace and throughout the world.

Hosted by non-profit Free Geek, this Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, February 14th from 11:30 - 1 pm will be part panel event and part round table. Attendees will discuss the gaps in tech diversity, the work that needs to be done to create digital inclusion on a local level, and how companies can get involved in change. Some of the questions that will be explored include:

  • Is the tech industry leaving a large and diverse pool of candidates out of the contest?

  • What are the prerequisites to creating a more diverse tech sector?

  • How can the local tech industry attract otherwise underrepresented candidates and keep them employed at their organizations?

  • What benefit does support of local digital inclusion efforts have on a company's bottom line?

PRESENTERS

Dan Bartholomew, CEO & Executive Director at Free Geek

Sara Rasmussen is the Digital Inclusion Manager at Free Geek, where she manages community-powered tech education and technology access programs. Sara sees technology as a powerful tool for social justice. An interdisciplinary strategist, designer, and project manager, Sara was a 2016-2017 NTEN/Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellow.

Marcus Carter is a Talent Acquistion Partner at Cloudability where he manages recruitment. In addition, he's part of the Advisory Council for the TechTown Diversity Pledge – a movement around achieving greater diversity and creating a more inclusive tech community in Portland. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Technology and technology-related companies of all shapes and sizes interested in understanding the impact of the digital divide on our industry.

ABOUT FREE GEEK
Free Geek is committed to including everyone in our digital future. We sustainably reuse technology, enable digital access and provide education to create a community that empowers people to realize their potential.