march, 2023

14mar6:00 pm7:00 pmPDXWIT Presents: The Nontraditional Path to TechIndustry:AllType of Event:NetworkingRegion:Portland Metro


Event Details

Registration is required through Eventbrite. Please register at:

Join us and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity at the University of Portland for a panel discussion on the different pathways you can use to get into tech.

You’ll be surprised to learn, the path is not as straight-forward as it may seem! We’ll hear from a few folks that have navigated this journey from where they started to the tips and tricks they used to make the change.

Moderating the panel will be PDXWIT’s Executive Director Hazel Valdez. She’ll be joined by:
-Ilana Corson, SW Engineer, Peloton
-Stacy Croft, Sr. Program Manager, Transfr
-Alma Frankensten, Engineer, Data Stack Academy
-Saima Hashimi, Network Operations and Data Center Manager, Twitter
-Mujidat Saaka, Data Analyst, Tahn Analytics

6:00 p.m. Welcome, Announcements, Introductions
6:05 p.m. Program begins
6:40 p.m. Audience Q&A
6:50 p.m. Networking (if time allows)
7:00 p.m. Event ends

Please note: all attendees will be required to show proof of a COVID vaccination or show a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event start.

PDXWIT is building a better tech industry by creating access, dismantling inequities and fueling belonging. Our events are inclusive. ALL people who support our purpose are welcome.

Q: Will masks be required in indoor spaces? Will masks be required outside? Will hand sanitizer be provided and plentiful?
A: Masks are optional and our host will provide hand sanitizer. We will ask all attendees to show proof of vaccination OR have a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event.

Event FAQ
Q: What is the in-person event capacity?
A: 80

Q: Will there be gender neutral restrooms?
A: Yes

Q: Is the space ADA accessible?
A: Yes

Q: Will there be food and drink at this event?
A: Yes. There will be light snacks and drinks. Food will be labeled gluten-free and vegan as required.

Q: What is the parking situation?
A: There is free onsite parking. Use the map in Eventbrite to see where parking is located.

Q: Is there any special information that might help me find the entrance?
A: We are in Shiley Hall, Room 301. See the map in Eventbrite for the hall’s location. The doors will be locked and student volunteers will be at the entrance to help you get in. You will take the elevator to the third floor.

Q: Is there secured bike parking?
A: Yes. There is bike parking at Shiley Hall and near the parking lot.

Q: Should I consider using public transportation?
A: Metro bus route 44 is the best one to access the University of Portland. The closest bus top to Shiley Hall is noted on the map in Eventbrite.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Sadly, no.


(Tuesday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


University of Portland

5000 N. Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97203


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