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How WWCode Portland Changed My Life

Before I Found WWCode Portland When I first entered the Portland tech scene, I didn't feel like I belonged. I had been to several meetups and always felt like an outsider. As a non-white, woman in Portland tech, it can start to feel very isolating...double that with the fact that I was in a code…

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能ある鷹は爪を隠す Translation: The skilled hawk hides its talons. 我慢 Translation: perseverance, patience, tolerance, or self-denial Growing up in Hawaii, a state steeped in Japanese culture, it never occurred to me that one day my Japanese heritage would somehow make job-hunting more difficult. These two…

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The Origin Story: After completing a BBA in Marketing, a BA in Japanese, and a minor in Women's Studies in 2015 at the University of Hawaii, Katie moved to San Francisco in 2016 to pursue her dream of breaking in to the tech industry. During her time in San Francisco she worked for a fast-growing, B…

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BrainMate - View React Code React, Firebase Brain Mate is a mental health application that helps you realize that you are never alone. This application combines an element of community with writing personal diary entries. This project was started in November 2018 with a team of four people…

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Gatsby In February 2019, I made my first PR to the Gatsby blog. I submitted a blog that I wrote about how to get started with themes. It covers everything from what you need to install, to using the theme once it is complete. I hope to contribute to Gatsby more by writing more instructional blog…

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pdxFLIT was created in April 2018, when a fellow code school classmate and I realized that there was a missing meetup in the Portland tech scene. There were a lot of language-specific meetups, there was even a Junior Developer Meetup, but what about the people who aren't sure WHAT they want to do…

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Speaker PDXnode Meetup August 2018 gave a talk entitled "The F Word is Failure" about overcoming failure when breaking in to the tech industry. ACT-W Conference 2018 (Portland, OR) did a lightning talk with two other women about leveraging disparate careers in tech. talked on a panel of women who…

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