Community Engagement

At Zapproved, we use technology to better address our customers’ needs. We mitigate risk—streamlining workflows by automating processes, allowing corporate legal teams to have more agency, autonomy, and control.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Lunch Series

Our focus is to create an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, fostering conversations that help us grow collectively. To that end, we host a monthly lunch series featuring speakers addressing a variety of DE&I issues. The series is open to the public. If you wish to join an event, email us at

Larry Shoop

May 6, 2019, 6:00 PM

UPWARD PORTLAND invites you to an exclusive event: The Science and Power of Stories With Larry Shoop

Join us on May 6 to explore the science, research, techniques and application of great storytelling. Expert communicator, presenter and storyteller Larry Shoop will lead a workshop on Storytelling at our next Upward Women PDX event. Larry has extensive communications expertise in the business environment and mainstream media including presentation development and delivery, storytelling and communication skills to engage and connect with any audience.

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Scott Bigelow

May 9, 2019, 5:30 PM

PDX Women In Technology (PDXWIT) Cryptocurrency: Exploring the Potential

The cryptocurrency bear market of 2018 saw both Ethereum and Bitcoin tokens lose more than 80% of their peak value, but that doesn’t mean development has slowed. Ignoring the market and speculation of crypto tokens, let’s explore how these crypto tokens, notably Ethereum, have improved! Join Scott Bigelow, VP of Engineering at Amberdata (a blockchain data company) in an interactive exploration. He’ll share what cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum, are capable above, aside from being bought, sold, and transferred. This session will discuss topics such as “stable” coins, cross-chain bridges, games, hardware wallets, and more.

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Anastacia Renee Tolbert

May 15, 2019, 12:00 PM

Taking Actions as an Ally

For this talk we will focus on how we can help individuals who are systemically and subconsciously racially targeted or consistently being treated unfairly. Navigate the path to a better understanding of ally-ship through a conversation with Anastacia-Renee, a Civic Poet of Seattle. She is a hybrid genre writer, workshop facilitator, and multivalent performance artist. She is the author of four books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.)(Gramma Press), Answer(Me) (Argus Press), and 26 (Dancing Girl Press).

Bring your lunch and join the conversation.

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Franny Choi, Poet & Activist

June 13, 2019, 12:00 PM

Franny will share her poetry and thoughts with us on being a queer Korean-American activist.

Franny Choi is a queer, Korean-American poet, playwright, teacher, organizer, pottymouth, GryffinClaw, & general overachiever. She is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) & Floating, Brilliant, Gone(Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has received awards from the Poetry Foundation & the Helen Zell Writers Program, as well as fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center & the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. A Kundiman Fellow & graduate of the VONA Workshop, in 2016 she founded the Brew & Forge Book Fair, a fundraising project that brings together poetry readers & writers to build capacity in social justice community organizations. Aside from writing and teaching, Franny is a Senior News Editor for Hyphen Magazine & hosts the Poetry Foundation podcast VS along with fellow poet Danez Smith. A member of the Dark Noise Collective, Franny is currently a Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan & a Citywide Poets Site Leader at Detroit School of Arts. She lives in Hamtramck, MI with some very resilient plants.

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“Breaking the Silence” – Movie Screening & Q&A with Nathaniel Boehme

June 14, 2019, 4:00 PM

As part of Pride week we are excited to have Nathaniel Boehme (he/him/his), The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator joins us to share a documentary about LGBTQ folks from Oregon who have served and continue to serve in the military. He is the nation’s first LGBTQ Veterans’s Coordinator and joins Zapproved to share his experiences and why he helped create the documentary, “Breaking the Silence: Stories from Oregon’s LGBTQ Veterans and Servicemembers.” Watch the trailer here.

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Upcoming Events

From career fairs to local tech events to charitable donations of time, we believe in being an active participant in our community.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Zapproved is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, May 22nd, that is open to the public. You can sign up to donate and support your community by following this link.

Stamp Out Hunger

Zapproved is helping letter carriers collect thousands of pounds of food that will be collected and then donated during one of the biggest food drives of the year for the Oregon Food Bank. You can help out too, by following this link.