You know what’s nice? Not having to leave town for great, informative, industry-related events. And it seems like there’s more of them here everyday. One of the most recent postings to the StartupBend events calendar — a Tech Talent Development Summit — is something that every local tech professional should check out.

Scheduled for Feb. 22, this summit is focused on helping tech employees develop their soft skills, which are just as crucial as your technical skills and frankly, can often mean the difference between getting hired or promoted — or not.

From the event information:

While your technical skills may get your foot in the door, long-term your soft skills help you stay relevant and create opportunities for advancement. Developing those soft skills begins with an awareness and understanding of who you are as an employee—what you already offer, how you’d like to grow and how you’re connected to your work. With that understanding, you can better develop and apply essential networking and communication skills that are authentic to you and most impactful to your professional growth and success.

Central Oregon tech company leaders and the Technology Association of Oregon have partnered with East Cascades Workforce Investment Board to offer this foundational professional development opportunity in a commitment to building a robust and skilled tech workforce to support the anticipated and ongoing growth of the industry.

Topics that the summit will cover include:

  • 21st Century Work Culture & Trends
  • Starting with WHY
  • Professional Development Competencies
  • Effective Networking Skills
  • Managing Work Flow: Distractions, Asking for Help, Inquiry & Advocacy

Seating for this event is limited, so the organizers encourage you to register asap. Lunch will be provided.

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22
Where: Aspen Hall
Cost: $25
Register here

Patsy Feeman – Senior Associate, New Legends Now
Sara Stowe – President, Reel Culture

Who should attend this event:
Technology professionals looking to drive their own professional development to advance their careers

But wait … there’s more!
Networking Happy Hour from 4:30-5:30 pm – poured by Twist!

Sponsored by:
East Cascades Workforce Investment Board (ECWIB), Technology Association of Oregon, Five Talent & BBSI

Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

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