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Chicago, Minneapolis, and Portland (OR) continue to build their tech communities, supporting new ideas and organizations, and the people driving growth and change. In March we’re highlighting an event in each city, from one for on a specific community, a two-day expo, and events laser-focused on finding tech jobs.

Local events offer you the chance to meet people as you explore general and specific interests. Some events concentrate on specific communities with common skills or demographics. Many offer actions you can take to find the next step in your path. Ask questions, offer support, find mentors.

Below we’ve highlighted an event in each city: Chicago, Minneapolis, and Portland (OR).


Muslims in Tech Celebrating the American Dream

Who: Muslims and allies involved in tech.

When: W Mar. 28, 2018. 5:00-8:00 pm

MALA and 1871 present a high-level discussion on using technology for Social Impact Entrepreneurship. Social Impact Entrepreneurship is an innovative and financially sustainable approach to addressing an unmet social, economic, or environmental need (such as better health care, sanitation, or financial security). The innovation may be a product, service, program. The venture a for-profit, nonprofit, or cooperative effort, and the innovation must improve the quality of life of people in measurable ways and demonstrate the potential for scalable impact.

Speakers include:

Tarik Khribech, Founder & CTO of Chore relief. Bashir Muhammad, Project manager and network administrator at NTG. Ahmed Flex Omar, Deputy Director of the Muslim American Leadership Alliance.

Sponsor: The Muslim American Leadership Alliance (MALA), a 501(c)3 civic & community organization committed to promoting individual freedom, diversity, and celebrating heritage.

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Fee: $5-$15

When: W Mar. 28, 2018. 5:00-8:00 pm

Where: 1871, Merchandise Mart, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212


Women in Technology 2018 Kick-Off

Who: Women and allies.

When: T Mar. 1, 2018. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This year’s event will focus on Unplugging Self-Doubt & Increasing Self-Confidence. WITI Chicago provides a local forum for women to network with each other, forge connections, share resources and discover opportunities in the technology industry.

Sponsor: WIT Chicago is the local group of Women In Technology International. WITI goal is to help women advance by providing access to and support from other professional women working in all sectors of technology.

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Fee: Free

When: T Mar. 1, 2018. 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: 77 W Wacker Dr, 51st Floor


Women Leading in Technology – The Secrets to a Successful Mentoring Partnership

Who: Women

When: T Mar. 13. 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Learn the secrets to a successful mentoring partnership from featured presenter, Stacy Richards, SVP of Menttium, a local, woman-owned company that’s a global leader in formal mentoring programs. This impactful session will cover creating and sustaining a successful mentoring partnership. Participants will: learn what formal mentoring really is and how to prepare oneself to be a great mentee or mentor; work on strategies for developing trust and defining development goals for a mentoring partnership; take away tools and strategies for maintaining momentum in the partnership and giving/receiving feedback effectively.

Sponsor: Women Leading in Technology group within the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA). See other events hosted by MHTA here.

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Fee: $30

When: T Mar. 13. 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Boulevard, Golden Valley, MN 55416

Portland (OR)

How to Land a Tech Job in Oregon

Who: People transitioning or advancing in tech.

When: TH Mar. 8. 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Tech job opportunities abound and offer great compensation. A panel of experts will discuss new job opportunities in the region’s tech sector, including the diverse skill desired, and the best strategies for getting in the door. Participants will learn, engage, and talk tech with the right people, and focus on the right jobs that fit their skill set.

During the workshop:

  • Discover avenues for starting and advancing careers.
  • Understand the skill sets tech firms want (beyond coders).
  • Learn how tech recruiters find and vet candidates.
  • Plan to translate existing skill set and experience into the tech sector.
  • Get actionable strategies for connecting with internal and external recruiters.
  • Find opportunities in Portland’s start-up scene.

Sponsor: Mac’s List, a premier resource that helps professionals find meaningful and rewarding work in the region through job listings, search advice, books, podcasts, and online courses.

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Fee: $15-25

When: TH Mar. 8. 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where: Simple, 1615 Southeast 3rd Avenue, #200, Portland, OR 97214