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A Look at Our Recent Networking Event in Seattle

PowerToFly was so happy to be back in Seattle for another amazing evening of women in tech on December 5th. Sponsored by MAKERS Workspaces and held at their spacious, wood-accent venue in the Pikes Place Market neighborhood, the event featured three fast-growing Seattle startups: Convoy, who is changing the way companies think about trucking; Smartsheet, a cloud-based platform that makes it easier for teams to share and collaborate; and Stripe, who help power millions of businesses in 100+ countries and across nearly every industry by providing a set of tools for building and running an internet business.


Hosted by PowerToFly's Director of Customer Success Cristina Duke, the evening included presentations, a panel discussion, an audience Q&A and of course, plenty of opportunities to network with our three featured companies while enjoying wine, sparkling water and delectable treats.

Our panel for the evening included:

  • Clara Yuan, Data Scientist at Convoy
  • Alicia Luengo, Software Engineer at Stripe
  • Carissa Cecil, Software Development Manager at Smartsheet

Topics included what qualities each companies look for when building their team, what they do to keep updated in the fast-moving world of tech, and how they've approached being the only woman at the table.

After our panel wrapped up, guests stuck around to mingle with their peers and to meet members of each of our companies. Plus, Convoy, Smartsheet and Stripe all brought plenty of branded swag and MAKERS Workspaces offered everyone a discount code so nobody left empty handed!

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Convoy, Smartsheet and Stripe are all hiring! Visit their pages on PowerToFly to learn more.

Convoy - Convoy is reinventing the supply chain with technology-backed, full-service trucking. They offer the world's largest companies the best option for moving their freight, via their immense network of technology-connected trucking companies. Shippers get instant quotes, real-time GPS tracking on all shipments, and actionable business analytics to improve their supply chain. Trucking companies get access to free tools and resources that allow them to find loads they want, drive fuller trucks, and get paid quickly.

Smartsheet - was founded on the idea that teams and millions of people worldwide deserve a better way to deliver their very best work. Today, the company delivers a leading cloud-based platform for work execution, empowering organizations to plan, capture, track, automate, and report on work at scale, resulting in more efficient processes and better business outcomes. Smartsheet is a place where people love what they do and are empowered to do their best work everyday. They support one another and achieve our goals as a team, not as individuals.

Stripe - Stripe is a set of tools for building and running an internet business. They help businesses accept payments from anyone, anywhere, and build new kinds of companies like Lyft or Kickstarter. They help power millions of businesses in 100+ countries and across nearly every industry. Stripe handles billions of dollars every year for forward-thinking businesses around the world. One third of Americans bought something on Stripe in the last year.

MAKERS Workspaces - Modern and chic, MAKERS is an ideal setting for those who appreciate creativity, natural light, and open space. Designed with history and sustainability in mind, MAKERS incorporates many refurbished elements including polished bleacher board floors, salvaged window panes, and tables made of recycled gym floorboards.

PowerToFly was thrilled to partner with Convoy, Smartsheet and Stripe to present a women in tech networking event in Seattle at MAKERS Workspaces.

Our panel discussion featuring Clara Yuan, Data Scientist at Convoy; Alicia Luengo, Software Engineer at Stripe; and Carissa Cecil, Software Development Manager at Smartsheet.

A packed house!

Our panel took questions from the audience.

More from our panel discussion.

Convoy swag!

Smartsheet swag!

Stripe swag!

Our special guest Chiquita!

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That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

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Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our June 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Pride At Work, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Pride At Work summit certainly made us proud! PowerToFly was thrilled to present talks by members of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside some amazing allies. Our conversations ranged from leaders at the highest levels of government positions to visionaries in the worlds of business & tech to artists from the music and entertainment industry. If you tuned in, and celebrated our speakers, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations will all be available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors American Express, NGA, Smartsheet, S&P Global, Raytheon Technologies, PwC and Esri plus our media partner MMCA.

If you can, please consider donating to some of the amazing organizations we highlighted at the summit including GLITS, fighting for the health and rights of transgender sex workers; Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, with over 150,000 members; National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS; and NYC Anti-Violence Project, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender and non-binary people in tech.

Finally, registration for our July 12th - 15th virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech For Social Impact is now open! Join us to learn about founders from mission-driven organizations and their social impact. Register for free here
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