October 2017 Meet Up Recap

Thank you everyone who attended our meet up this past Tuesday, 10/24 at Portland’s Halloween HQ, Metal Toad! This event saw terrific attendance, in no small part to the wonderful spread of appetizers and libations provided by our fantastic host.

This is to say nothing of our lively group of panelists, who discussed the different paths Project Management had led their careers, ways to improve your visibility within an organization and the digital tech industry, as well as some advice for those seeking more information regarding PM resources.

Our panel this month was moderated by the gregarious Thais Lee from FINE. She kept the conversation light and flowing, while expertly steering our panelists to discuss everything from how to get started in Project Management to the importance of mentorship to your career.

Panelists this month included Remote Project Manager Robyn Reynolds, Brand Strategist Caroline Moloney, Freelancer Suzi Bjork, and Metal Toad’s own Director of Client Services Hayli Hay.

This diverse group offered insights into:

  • How to manage your career through a variety of different venues, whether you’re interested in freelance, remote working, creating your own lane in your organization, or moving into something adjacent.
  • Tactics for managing stress (Hayli Hay — ‘WWDDD?’, or ‘What Would Don Draper Do?’. Answer: exercise distance).
  • Advise for someone looking to transition from Project Management (Suzi Bjork — ‘Just as important as finding out what you like to do is finding out what you don’t like to do’).
  • Working as a female in a predominately male tech industry.

After the initial panel discussion, our speakers broke out into separate, more intimate talks with attendees getting the opportunity to ask direct questions to the panelists they most wanted to hear more from.

Once again, we would like to extend a massive thank you to our gracious host, Metal Toad! If you work for an agency that would like to sponsor a future event, please feel free to reach out to our Event Manager and PM Guru Ashley Bird. If you aren’t already following our Twitter, you can do so here. Be sure to join our Slack channel and Mailing List for the latest info about future meet ups, and to be a part of our growing community.

P.S. Our fearless leader, Adam Edgerton, has created this helpful Reading List to showcase informational resources on Project Management including books, newsletters, online publications, and podcasts. If you’re seeking more info on what makes a good PM, or have your own suggestions, add them to the list!

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