Marylhurst MBA alum Megan Bigelow ’11 was honored as a 2018 Woman of Influence for her contributions as co-founder of PDX Women in Tech.
Megan Bigelow and a friend started PDX Women in Tech (PDXWIT) as a Meet Up group in 2012, and six years later, the group has evolved into a 501c3 nonprofit organization with 5000 members supported by 70+ tech firms. As co-founder and president, Megan seeks to empower women and others underrepresented in the tech industry, connecting them to mentors, educational programs and companies. She also offers guidance to tech firms that want to create safe, inclusive workplace environments.
A study published in 2016 revealed that, contrary to public opinion, Portland was last among cities for employing women in technology and equality in industry wage earnings. (Portland didn’t fare much better in the same study repeated in 2017.) As word spread, membership in PDXWIT grew; and so did the frequency of events. The organization now holds four to six events a month for its members, on topics ranging from technology to lifestyle and social issues.
Despite this recent surge, PDXWIT plans to expand even further, particularly in the areas of networking, job board and outreach programs, in an effort to move the needle closer to equality.
The Women of Influence Awards, hosted by Portland Business Journal, honor the region’s most influential business women from every industry and profession. These women are trailblazers, making a difference and leaving a mark on the Pacific Northwest community. Honorees are established business leaders with a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance and/or a clear track record of meaningful community involvement. This year’s Women of Influence awardees were honored at a luncheon on April 5, 2018 at the Hilton Hotel.
Megan Bigelow earned her MBA from Marylhurst University in 2011. In her day job, she is director of customer care at Jama Software.