Women In Tech (WIT) Event at Metal Toad

Joining Women In Tech

It is with great pride that I have recently accepted a Board position with the non-profit organization Women In Tech (WIT), Portland.  WIT is an organization that focuses on creating woman-friendly networking and mentorship opportunities, recognizing that the endemic culture of technology leaves a lot to be desired.  Despite being woman focused, WIT also understands that the best way to solve problems and create change is to invite in anyone who is interested in helping; both women and men provide mentorship and there is a great culture of respect throughout the organization.  Diversity should not be a zero sum game.

As a father of a young girl, I am acutely aware that it would be difficult for her to follow in my footsteps and pursue a career in programming.  There are a number of reasons for this, but none of them have to do with her, or any lack of ability or aptitude and that is something that I am looking forward to help change.

Much thanks and gratitude to Megan Bigelow, the President and to the other Board members who selected me for this post.  I am honored!

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About the Author

Joaquin Lippincott, CEO

Joaquin is a 20+ year technology veteran helping to lead businesses in the move to the Cloud. He frequently speaks on panels about the future of tech ranging from IoT and Machine Learning to the latest innovation in the entertainment industry.  He has helped to modernize software for industry leaders like Sony, Daimler, Intel, the Golden Globes, Siemens Wind Power, ABC, NBC, DC Comics, Warner Brothers & the Linux Foundation.

As the CEO and Founder of Metal Toad, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, his primary job is to "get the right people in the room".  This one responsibility is cross-functional and includes both external business development functions as well as internal delegation and leadership development.

A UCLA alumni, he also serves in the community as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and Stand for Children Oregon - a public education political advocacy group. As an outspoken advocate for entry-level job creation in tech he helped found the non-profit, P4TH, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of entry-level jobs in the tech industry, and is in the process of organizing an Advisory Board for the Bixel Exchange, a Los Angeles non-profit that provides almost 200 tech internships every year.

 

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