Metal Toad demonstrates its commitment to diversity in many ways. Around Portland, the Toads support causes and organizations that strive to trim in the disparate gap between minorities and the tech personnel landscape. On February 18th, 2016, we opened our doors to the Women Who Code (WWC) Portland Chapter. WWC is a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Anyone at any level of involvement in tech is welcome to their events, provided they respect WWC’s code of conduct.
This summer, Metal Toad signed up for the Portland Tech Diversity pledge along with 16 other companies here in town. This is a first step toward addressing the significant gender and ethnicity gap that exists in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the tech industry. In Portland, the general population is heavily white and the diversity within Portland tech companies is whiter still.
Let me start by getting this out of the way and speaking frankly about being a female professional working in technology. There are very few of us, like unicorns really. We are growing in numbers everyday which in inspiring to see, but this still a reality of the profession. Now as for me, I'm a seasoned female (over 35), hispanic, with a kid, and in technology! Eek!
I know, I know its hard to believe. How do I survive??! LOL!
Metal Toad Mentorship Saturdays are a place for people of all skill levels and development disciplines to get help and advice on their careers and projects.
It was born out of Metal Toad University where I taught a 12 week course teaching the very basics of development. My motivation back then - and today - was simply to help others start or progress in the field of web development. It evolved from the class to this group. I find that the individual attention I'm able to give to each participant to be much more helpful than the classes were.
With our recent remodel complete and the dust cleared, it was time for Metal Toad to host our first event.
On Sunday, we welcomed Women Who Hack, a monthly gathering "for women who want to hack on projects with or around other women. All types of projects (software and hardware), languages, platforms and experience levels are welcome."
I would love our company to show more gender diversity, but where are the female applicants?