Diversity & Inclusion

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Metal Toad is a strong proponent of diversity & inclusion.  Over the years we have documented our activities and provide help and approaches to help interested companies increase diversity.

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    2019 Metal Toad Diversity Report

    Dear Community, Attached you will find our survey results from the annual 2019 TechtownPDX survey on diversity in our community and our company.

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    Blacks in Tech:Initial Thoughts/Review

    Blacks in Tech is a group that helps cultivate a community amongst African Americans within the Tech space as well bring about important conversations on diversity and inclusivity in the Tech industry.

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    The Giving Toad: Living Our Values During the Holidays

    One of my favorite parts of working at Metal Toad is the spirit of generosity here. Everyone is always eager to help others—whether responding to a fellow Toad’s question in our Slack #help channel, offering clients an idea for optimizing their business, or volunteering in the community.

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    Imposter Syndrome is Like Bad Janet

    Imposter syndrome is kind of the worst. You know it when you ‘see’ it, or in this case, feel it. It’s that voice in your head that speaks in a very convincing, relentless way, telling you that you don’t know what you’re doing.

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    History of Computer Girls, Part 3: Dorothy!

    I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers. During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who had made indelible marks on the history of computing.

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    Mentorship (It's Not Just For Twenty-Somethings)

    I arrived in Portland two years ago with the intention of rebooting my career. When I left New York, I left behind a successful career in client service roles at marketing and digital agencies. It was a career I loved for many years, but I was no longer invigorated by the challenges.

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    Celebrating Everyone Through the Power of Design

    At Metal Toad, inclusion is important to us. We have our monthly inclusion special interest group (SIG) that works hard to make sure our workplace is inclusionary and to give back to the community. But aside from that, our Toads create inclusionary spaces within our walls on their own accord.

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    History of Computer Girls, Part 2: Margaret!

    I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers.  During my research, I came across so very many women I’d never heard of before, but who...

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    Launching Meyer Memorial Trust in Drupal 8

    We are proud to announce the launch of the new Meyer Memorial Trust site!

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    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.

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    History of Computer Girls, Part 1: Ada!

    I've been going around town giving a talk on the history of women in computers.  During my research, I came across so very many names of women who had made indelible marks on the history of computing that I'd never heard before.

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    Why Software Still Looks Like a Frat House

    Software has a bad rap as being a white/asian-male-dominated industry.

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    Burn all the Foosball Tables

    A colleague of mine attended a marketing seminar. One of the speakers, a Senior Executive, made the comment that she would not do business with a vendor that had a foosball table in their offices.

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    Creating Culture

    A few weeks ago, I joined some of my Toads at the first TechTown Change Agents, an event put on by Portland Development Commission to talk about how we ca

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    Anyone Can Program

    Anyone with a child under the age of 19 knows that "anyone can cook."  Thanks to Ratatouille and the folks at Pixar, a whole generation of chefs has been inspired and emboldened.

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    Growing the Software Community

    There is a saying that is growing in popularity in business: "every company is a software company".  If salaries and job opportunities are a good gauge for the truth of this statement, then it is indeed true.

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    My First Year of Intentional Diversity

    When I decided to create my company's Advisory Board in 2014, I took the task very seriously.

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    Metal Toad Opens Its Doors to Women Who Code

    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.

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    Metal Toad Supports the TechHire Initiative

    Following the President's State of the Union Address, the US Department of Labor announced the TechHire Grant Competition - a $100 million dollar grant to support innovative approaches to moving lower skilled workers in

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    Community Building: Women in Tech

    I made a new friend the other day. Her name is Megan Wilson. She lives in Kentucky. She emailed me. And she shares the same passion around workplace gender equality in tech as I do.

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    Commitment to Diversity

    This summer, Metal Toad signed up for the Portland Tech Diversity pledge along with 16 other companies here in town.

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    Our Interns Love Us Almost as Much as We Love Them

    Metal Toad's Internship Program has grown leaps and bounds since I arrived last year. I could not be prouder of all of our interns, but our latest batch hold a special place in my heart.

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    The Metal Toad Difference, A LadyToad's Perspective

    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.

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    Metal Toad Mentorship Saturdays

    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.

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    ChickTech High School Workshop

    All developers know the feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing a tricky section of code. To me that feeling is a distant second to the accomplishment felt when teaching someone else the joys of this hobby/career that I hold so dear. This past weekend (Jan.

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    Metal Toad Hosts Women Who Hack

    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."

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    Gender Diversity in Tech Requires Applicant Diversity

    I would love our company to show more gender diversity, but where are the female applicants?

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