Featured Speaker: Megan Bigelow

Friday Keynote Talk

“2019 State of the Community Survey Results: Current tech power structures are defining diversity and inclusion”

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Megan Bigelow

A true tech community leader, Megan is the founder and board president of Portland Women in Tech (PDXWIT), a 501c3 nonprofit. She created and continues to lead the organization with a singular focus on empowering women and underrepresented groups to join tech, while at the same time, supporting and empowering individuals to stay in tech. This is done by connecting people to companies, mentors and skill-building opportunities. The PDXWIT community is over 5000 strong — representing 30% of Portland’s tech workforce — and includes the support of 80+ tech companies. Above all, Megan is committed to building a diverse and inclusive tech community.

In her day job, Megan is a Senior Manager of Customer Reliability Engineering at VMWare, in which she is scaling a team responsible for owning the reliability of customers’ Kubernetes environments. Her favorite part of the job is solving enterprise problems with open source technology.

Finally — and most importantly! — Megan is the mother of two young children, Jette (6) and Francis (3), and enjoys packing everyone up with husband Scott Bigelow for bike rides to nearby swing sets.