Get ready Portland, Vox Siren and Back Fence PDX have come together to bring the first ever, Super, Women in Tech live storytelling event! It is badass to see more and more women of all colors and cultural backgrounds in tech! Wouldn’t you kill to watch women tell their personal stories of influencing the way shit gets done and blowing new
doors into the thick walls of the patriarchal techo-chamber? Women have been relegated to the background in this environment for too long, their important contributions not highlighted. We’re changing all that by bringing SIX women to the Rev Hall stage on January 27th, 2017 to share their never been told, true stories. Get your tickets here, before they sell out!
A percentage of our proceeds will go to Black Girls CODE. Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that black girls, when given the opportunity, excel at code. Black Girls CODE does this through workshops and after school programs that introduce underrepresented communities in gaining skills in computer programming. Their ultimate goal is to provide African-American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040. We are thrilled to be putting our capital to what we believe in!
This event is being sponsored by our local tech giants, Puppet Inc. and Elemental. We also have the support of the Portland Development Commission's and Wieden + Kennedy.
With the support from our sponsors we are working with Wieden + Kennedy to produce the first Super: Women in Tech coloring book. This book will feature illustrations and short stories about 15 local and national women in technology.
Join us in listening to stories from Dominique Deguzman from Twillo, Melinda Campbell from Puppet Inc., Maria Webster, Jenna Hieldbrand from Elemental, Saira Weigel from Wieden and Kennedy.
We are looking for one more story from a local or national woman!Have a story or know someone who does? Pitch here.
Get your tickets NOW! Perfect to give for the holiday!
Want to become a sponsor and get your company’s logo on the coloring book, contact Zoe at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are happy to announce our Board of Advisors. We realize an important part of being leaders and moving Vox Siren towards creating further culture shift, is to seek out the counsel of people we respect. We worked in the summer months to bring on a group of women leaders from a variety of industries. Please join us in welcoming our trusted 2016-2017 Board of Advisors.
Eileen Boerger is an innovative and award winning senior-level executive with over 40 years of experience in the software development and services industries. She has developed and sold to companies of all sizes and a variety of industries including healthcare, nonprofit, financial, software security, logistics and energy. A groundbreaking woman in software and the first to outsource to Vietnam, she's consistently led the way in strategic partnerships, cloud computing, product management, CRM, SaaS, data analytics, business development, consulting, integration, strategy, team building and training, as well as start-ups.
Currently, Eileen is the CEO, Board Director, and co-owner of CorSource Technology. Since taking over leadership of the company, she has led CorSource to record growth - both in terms of revenue and profitability. She focused recent activities on representing the company's image to potential clients, leading negotiations and building teams for each new contract. Most recently she successfully completed her own succession planning including promotion, training, and handing over of responsibilities.
Why Vox Siren?
“For over 40 years I have been part of the tech industry (starting as a software developer and now a CEO of a tech company), I have supported programs to attract more women into engineering and into the tech industry. I am disheartened by the fact that after 40 years, the percentages of women in tech fields have not improved much, if at all. I joined the board of Vox Siren because I believe in their mission of focusing on the culture of tech organizations to change the makeup of the tech workforce in a way that attracts and retains not only women but other underrepresented groups. This is not an easy change to accomplish, and I believe that Vox Siren is focused on the key issue - organizational culture.” - Eileen Boerger
Tia Coachman is passionate about empowering people at the points where their personal and professional lives intersect and helping to facilitate their simple dreams and big ideas. She gets to fulfill these passions everyday at the creatively-led, independent advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy, as a not-so-traditional HR business partner. In her former life, she served as an HR Advisor for the Government of the District of Columbia and a Management Analyst at the Federal level for the Department of Homeland Security. She also co-founded and served as Managing Director of The Sevan Group, a African-American Woman-owned photography and design studio.
Tia holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College and a BBA from Howard University. She is an active contributor to her communities of color and women as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Vice-President of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and also as a member of the Board of Directors for Bitch Media.
Why Vox Siren?
"Because I couldn't think of a reason why I shouldn't. I believe in the vision set forth by its Founders and also the need for the culture shift in corporations that Vox Siren will help to create. But, mostly, because it is my voice and others like mine that this organization seeks to prioritize...and it is, therefore, deserving of any help toward that endeavor that I can offer." - Tia Coachman
Linda Weston is President & Executive Director at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network. Linda knows everyone in this city. But the way Linda knows them is with intention, where folks know she is entering into a business relationship with them to lift up mutually beneficially goals. Prior to that, she spent 18 years in the tourism industry in Eugene, 15 of those with Travel Lane County, and the last 8 years as CEO. In 1996, Linda was recruited by the American Basketball League to serve as the startup General Manager of the Portland Power women’s professional basketball team. Linda was selected by Portland Business Journal as one of 25 outstanding Women in Business in 2002 and 2005. In 2005 she was one of three national finalists for the “Supporter of Entrepreneurship” award in conjunction with Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In 2007 she was recognized by Northwest Women’s Journal as one of “100 Most Powerful Women” in the Northwest. In 2016 she was the co-winner of the Advocate of the Year for the Portland Business Journal’s Innovation Awards and winner of 2016 OEN Lifetime Achievement Award.
Why Vox Siren?
"I’m serving on VoxSiren’s advisory board because the work they are doing is very important to me. By helping to address institutional bias, VoxSiren can play a role in creating equity and opportunity for everyone. They’re developing systems and programs to help all kinds of companies and organizations better deal with this challenge." - Linda Weston
Laura Stepp is the Vice President of People and Organization Development for Puppet, Inc. an enterprise software company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. In her role there she leads the human resources function and provides leadership on culture, diversity and inclusion efforts in partnership with the CEO. Laura has over 20 years of progressive experience in strategic global human resources and organization development roles spanning multiple industries. Prior to Puppet, Inc., Laura spent 12 years at Intel Corporation where she led organization consulting, leadership development, strategic HR program, and business partnering teams there. At Intel Laura spent time both as the HR Director for Intel’s Software and Services Group as well as the IT organization and has long had a passion for working on the challenges of developing innovative, high performance and inclusive organizations and cultures. Prior to Intel, Laura led the Organization and Performance Practices group at Nike, managed leadership, management, team and employee development for Mentor Graphics Corp. and has also worked as an independent organization and management consultant with key clients in financial services and healthcare.
Laura holds a BA in Psychology with Honors and a Minor in Feminist Studies from Stanford University. She also earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an accredited International Coach Federation (ICF) ACC level executive/leadership coach with a certificate in Evidence-Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University. In January of 2012, Laura published an article entitled, “Building an Internal Organization Design Capability at Intel” in the People & Strategy Journal and has been an invited speaker on the subject of organization design. Laura has a lovely wife and three teenage children that are now her primary hobby, replacing a former love for dance. She is formerly the 3-year Chair of the Odyssey Program PTA and Board Secretary for the YWCA of Portland and is excited to now be turning to new exciting challenges presented by the Vox Siren Advisory Board.
Why Vox Siren?
"Being the daughter of a mother who was a part of the first, “Mary-Tyler Moore” wave of executive women moving into senior leadership roles in the business world, you could say I have been born and bred to be attuned to issues of diversity, and specifically issues related to gender, in the workplace and in the world. I am a passionate, long-standing feminist and believe that finding ways to unleash the potential of girls and women in any community/culture results in positive benefits for everyone in that community/culture. I have had years of applied leadership experience within organizations working on the imperative to improve diversity. And finally, I consider one of my strengths to be design – whether design of organizations, interactive or guided experience, or learning. As it so happens, then, Vox Siren’s goals and needs are a great match to my passions, experience and strengths. I look forward to generating ideas and supporting the leaders of the organization with their mission in partnership with my fellow Board members." - Laura Stepp
We are honored to have you join us and advise us on our journey towards culture shift! We have much to learn and many opportunities to grow with everyone's support.
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