LiquidPlanner CEO Liz Pearce didn’t follow the typical leadership path. She began as a part-time contractor for the company in its early days, and actually contributed to the founding team’s investment pitch. She was so passionate about the work that she stayed on to become a full-time employee. Then a director. Then a VP. Then COO. Just five years after her first contracting job with LiquidPlanner, Pearce took the reins as CEO, and she has been at the helm of the Seattle-based online project management startup ever since.
Pearce will speak about her journey and the leadership lessons she has learned at the ProDev Fireside Chat series on Dec. 14, at WeWork Holyoke in Seattle, and it’s sure to be a fascinating talk. There will also be time for an audience Q&A, and free drinks, always a plus! Check out ticket options here.
What: Seattle’s monthly tech meetup is having a special event next week to continue the conversation about diversity in technology. Like other New Tech events, the evening includes an opportunity to connect with Seattle’s tech community, and presenters from local organizations. This event’s presenters include Tarah Wheeler, author of the Women in Tech Book; David Harris from the City of Seattle; Andrew McGee from the Greater Foundation; and Tammarrian Rogers from Microsoft.
When: Dec. 6, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Impact Hub, Seattle
Register: More information and tickets available here.
What: The GeekWire Gala is the Seattle tech community’s holiday tradition, with more than 1,000 geeks in attendance. In conjunction with MOHAI, we’ll unveil the Seattle 10— 10 of the most promising up-and-coming startups in the region. Exhibits will be open, and drinks and appetizers will be flowing. Join us to boogie down with leaders from all walks of Seattle’s tech community.
When: Dec. 7, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: MOHAI: Museum of History & Industry, Seattle
Register: Tickets and more information available here.
What: Tech4Good is a quarterly meetup connecting nonprofits and other social good organizations with the local tech community. This quarter, the group is holding a symposium on cybersecurity and data security, with a particular eye on advising nonprofits and other organizations on how to protect their IT systems. Panelists include Mary Gardner, chief information security officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital; Peter Kittas, web and IT consultant at Revelate LLC; and Ralph Johnson, chief information security and privacy officer for King County.
When: Dec. 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Where: General Assembly, Seattle
Register: RSVP here.
What: Pack up the kids and join the Pacific Science Center to explore the nocturnal environment of the Mercer Slough. The tour includes learning how to call to wild owls, searching for creatures that only come out at night, and hands-on activities to learn about the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest.
When: Dec. 9, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue, Wash.
Register: Call the Pacific Science Center at (206) 443-2925 to register.