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Networking in Portland: Five Events for Female Professionals

Posted on by Jessica Williams

Five Events for Female ProfessionalsAs a young female professional in Portland, I’m always looking for groups that support the advancement of women locally and internationally. This week, I was honored to attend the 100th Celebration of The Girl Scouts and The Portland City Club’s Friday Forum hosting World Pulse, an international organization for women’s rights based in Portland.

Obviously, I’m feeling connected to the women in the community this week. Therefore, here are some local professional groups supporting the advancement of women in Portland that I think you ought to know about.

1) Portland Female Executives. PDXfx holds monthly events for Portland female executives in The Governor Hotel. I had the pleasure of spending the evening with these ladies last week and I found the event to be very well done! The presentation on emotional intelligence by Vale Pease was thoughtful and the women were welcoming. I’ll certainly be attending the next event on October 16th.

2) Young Women Social Entrepreneurs. Their last event focused on women entrepreneurs in the Portland Craft Beer Scene. Follow them on Facebook for the latest events and information for members. 

3) Women in Insurance and Financial Services. For those women in the finance industry, this is the place to network with women in your profession. The next open event is November 14th. Be sure to mark your calendars ladies.

4) The Link. This community of female professionals in Portland promises to connect you with other accomplished women in the area. Check out their upcoming events, as the next one is on October 3rd and features four high-powered Portland executives.

5) Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon. This organization connects female business owners in Portland. Thinking of starting your own business? Their resources page has a ton of local information. Also consider attending one of their many events.

So many groups, so little time! However, I encourage you to participate! I’ve found that networking with the women in Portland can lead to some great connections and insightful conversations that leave me feeling motivated to be a better professional. See my recent post on networking tips to prepare for your next event.

What groups did I miss? Please let me know!

Image used under Creative Commons from Fickr user Tony Fischer Photography

Jessica Williams
Jessica is a former account director for Mac's List and Prichard. In her spare time, Jessica can be caught hiking with her dog Zoey, traveling to foreign lands or practicing yoga.
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