STEM Opportunities

To find your next step, you want to explore options. Local events offer you the chance to meet people as you explore general and specific interests. Ask questions, offer support, find mentors.

National Engineers Week is Feb. 18-24, 2018. Discover national programs here, but local engineering groups, science/technology institutions and museums sponsor events in many cities. Events range from family and student STEM events to professional education and networking workshops.

In Chicago, the tech community offers several learning or networking events a week for various interests. The academic and business communities in Minneapolis and Portland (OR) continue to build momentum through events for students and adults.

Below we’ve highlighted an event in each city.


Startup & Innovation Teams: Better Returns with Gender Balance

Who: Entrepreneurs, Innovation and Technology Leaders

When: W Feb. 7, 2018. 2:00-7:00 pm

Organizations with female leaders at the highest levels of management deliver better financial performance. Data shows show that Return on Equity is 35% higher in those organizations, and venture capital firm First Round Capital found that investments in companies with female founders performed 63% better than in all-male firms.

This half-day event showcases panelists to frame why entrepreneurs and innovation teams should tap into diversity as a success strategy from day one. Then participants work in small groups to develop action recommendations.

Speakers include: Alana (Ward) Robinson, leading IT Exec. John Higginson, Chief Tech Officer at Enova. Crystle Johnson, North American Diversity & Inclusion Leader for Bosch.

Sponsor: 50action50, the social impact division of WE Design Think. 50action50 is a group of women and men committed to activating women’s full economic potential and contribution, using innovation practices, discussion, and action.

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Fee: $45-$55

When: W Feb. 7, 2018. 2:00-7:00 pm

Where: mHub, 965 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642



Minneapolis Professional & Technology Diversity Career Fair

Who: Job seekers, hiring companies, career changers.

When: TH Feb. 22, 11:00-2:00 pm

Career advancement directly relates to the professional network that you cultivate. This career fair is a unique, complimentary event designed to give diverse professionals a chance to network, socialize, and apply for open roles. Attendees can meet and interview with hiring managers actively searching for specific technologists. Job seekers should come ready to interview, resumes in hand. Participating organizations include healthcare, communications, law enforcement, professional services, media, and non-profit organizations.

Engage with corporate leaders and make quality connections to build a solid network of professionals who value diversity.

Sponsor: Professional Diversity Network, the nation’s leading providers of diversity sourcing solutions.

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Fee: Free

When: TH Feb. 22, 2018. 11:00 – 2:00

Where: US Bank Stadium, West Plaza Lobby, 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415


Portland (OR)

PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) Women of Color in Tech

Who: Women of color, all support diversification of tech industry.

When: T Feb. 27, 2018. 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join a speed meet & greet to build immediate connections. Joy Fowler, VP Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, will share strategies she’s used in her career, and the initiatives she’s leading to advance diversity in her role at Umpqua Bank. She’s formalized the bank’s inclusion statements, implemented training and hiring programs throughout the five-state footprint, created diversity champions and resource groups. Meet new supporters, find ideas to champion diversity, and get inspired.

PDX Women in Tech presents other Feb events including:

Feb. 1: How to Accelerate Startup Growth

Feb. 5: Develop your conference speaking proposal

Feb. 20: Happy hour networking

Feb. 28: West side mixer

Sponsor: PDX Women in Tech is a community-based non-profit that strengthens Portland women in the tech community. Members create a supportive environment to empower women through educational programs, partnerships, mentorships, resources and opportunities.

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Fee: Free

When: T Feb. 27, 2018. 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where: Puppet, 308 Southwest 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204