1. Partner with groups in Portland that can assist with hiring and career advancement for underrepresented communities.
TechTown Portland partners with (among others) PDX Women In Tech, iUrbanTeen, Portland YouthBuilders, Mount Hood Community College, and the Rosewood Initiative to broaden access to the industry.
Member companies have launched additional efforts to increase access, including:
2. Create and implement strategies to increase hiring of women and people of color, from intern programs to full-time positions at all levels within our organizations.
The Emerging Leaders Internship program focuses explicitly on this goal, and many pledge companies are participating. The Portland Tech Internship Experience (PTIX) also has an inclusive focus. A better understanding of structural, societal inequities has led many TechTown companies to modify their hiring processes to remove bias and more proactively target people from populations underrepresented in the industry.
3. Educate staff on unconscious workplace biases and implement specific actions designed to alleviate them.
TechTown has provided five sessions on unconscious bias led by experienced, nationally recognized trainers. Additionally, nine shared learning sessions have taken place. More than 400 attendees have participated in these sessions.
4. Provide internal development and progression programs, and ensure employees from underrepresented communities can access these programs.
Individual companies have built internal structures to address this goal, and the shared learning sessions have allowed organizations to share and apply lessons learned. As TechTown companies mature and grow in size, they will continue to develop programs that allow employees to progress. TechTown’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion raises company awareness of the need to prioritize both access to such programs and resources for employees from underrepresented backgrounds.
5. Share our collective data on the demographic representation within our offices in the Portland metro area of gender and race.
TechTown has taken this commitment further. In addition to sharing demographic makeup we have asked employees questions about inclusiveness and the sense of belonging. The response rate for both years of the survey is approximately 70% across all Portland-area employees at all pledge companies, providing data that allows us to better target programming and resources.
This specific page provides access to the data collected as well as the full reports produced by DHM Research. Some of the larger TechTown companies have taken positive steps toward transparency and have shared their company-specific data publicly. Thank you to the Planet Argon team who graciously donated their time and expertise to making this happen.
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