Newsroom Partners with ChickTech Portland to Support Women and Girls in STEM

by | Aug 2, 2018 | News took a proactive role in helping improve the status of women in tech by recently partnering with ChickTech Portland at the ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) Portland Conference on July 21-22. Dedicated to increasing the number of women and girls pursuing STEM-based careers and retaining women in the technology workforce, ChickTech envisions a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. is enthusiastic to be part of that mission.

The annual two-day, action-packed event drew talented people together in the spirit of growing community, building skills, and accelerating women’s career paths. There were over 400 individuals invited for speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and an expert women’s panel presented for the TechTown session titled, Women’s Journeys in Tech. Senior Product Manager, Mariah Howard, and UX Architect, Linda Brown, were invited to join the Women’s Journeys in Tech panel with other women leaders representing Portland’s TechTown companies for candid discussions on their personal experiences working in the tech industry. They each shared in the conversation about their own career opportunities and journey, overcoming barriers, as well as providing career path advice to high school girls in the audience.

Katie Zink, Account Manager and Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chairperson at also attended the event and remarked on the important role contributes to the conversation of supporting women and girls as they embark on their tech journeys.

“While women today make up nearly half of the total workforce, they only represent 25 percent of STEM professions. At, we understand how important it is for girls to become confident in their use of technology early on. That’s why our curriculum is designed to prepare all students with those important skills starting in elementary school,” said Zink.

To learn more about’s complete digital literacy curriculum for grades K-8 that engages students as they develop critical skills such as keyboarding, business applications, online safety, computational thinking, and coding, click here.

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