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.

Upcoming Events

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

Previous Events

Red Cross Blood Drive

Our blood drive on May 22nd produced enough blood to save 63 lives! Thanks to all who donated. We will be hosting our next drive in October and will update our page with a link to sign up closer to the date.

“It will be uncomfortable. Do one small thing. Small action after small action leads to change.” ~ Anastacia Renee Tolbert

“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.” ~ Ijeoma Oluo

I won’t write another poem about hopelessness. About how there is nothing to be done. Instead I will write of a world steaming, steaming. Running hard, tearing muscles and building new ones, that good burn, those angry lungs.” ~ Franny Choi

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 dandi@zapproved.com.

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Megan Bigelow

August 28, 2019, 12:00 PM

PDXWIT – State of the Community

Each year, PDXWIT captures important data about the tech industry, independent of company, group or association affiliation. Their goal is to deeply understand what it is like for people in the tech community and to identify themes that need to be addressed. In developing the 2019 survey, they found opportunities to improve the dataset from 2018. They made some substantial changes:

  • Open the survey up to a national audience

  • Expand the racial, ethnicity, gender and LGBTQ demographic questions

  • Layer in questions that identify experiences related to bigotry and racism

This year, they found current tech industry power structures have defined and funded diversity and inclusion initiatives that benefit white and cis indviduals, and workplace harassment is an ongoing issue. To learn more you can find the results of the survey here.

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    PDX TechCrawl

    September 5, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Visit Zapproved – DJ & Mimosas!

    If you are looking to work with a company that is changing their industry, supports the growth of their team, and cares about the community then stop by Zapproved on the PDX TechCrawl! You can find out more about the crawl and register for the TechCrawl here!

    The night of the crawl you can:

    • Sip momosas or juice and meet our amazing Zapproved team!

    • Talk to our Talent team about the cool positions open at Zapproved!

    • Learn about our DE&I Program & Events!

    • Play some fun games and get to know us! Giant Jenga, Ping Pong, and more!

    • Listen to cool tunes with DJ Echoik!

    • Win fun prizes!

    This is your chance to chat one on one with employees and learn about Zapproved and the exciting work we are doing! We are located across the street from On Deck where the TechCrawl after party is being held! Stop by and see us before the party! We hope to see you all there!

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      Daesha Ramachandran

      September 11, 2019, 5:00 PM

      Stepping off the Glass Cliff, Stepping into Our Power

       

      Zapproved and Simple are partnering to create more opportunities for growth and allyship. This discussion will be held at Simple, 120 SE Clay Street, and Zapproved will be joining virtually.

      In 2004 researchers from the University of Exeter identified an unusual pattern of bias in corporate hiring – when women are hired into executive leadership positions they are often hired during times of crisis. They called this phenomena the glass cliff, referring to the high stakes and high probability of failure women tend to inherit in these scenarios. Today’s glass cliff moments exist outside of the C-suite and affect people of color and women at all levels of power.

      Join us on September 11th as we explore the unexamined risks that women and people of color experience in the workplace. We’ll talk about key features of glass cliff moments as well as the structural and systemic biases that create and perpetuate them. And we’ll talk about what people of color and women are doing to step off the glass cliff and into their power and what companies can do to design workplaces where everyone thrives.

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        Del Likins

        September 25, 2019, 12:00 PM

        Begin Within – Mindfulness at Work

        “Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” – Angel Kyodo Williams, author of Radical Dharma.
        Today’s professional lives are filled with more distractions, less attention. You’ll find many good intentions, and fewer mindful actions. For minorities, we may have more visibility, but that doesn’t mean more organizational accountability. With so much work left to do, where do we start?
        In Begin Within: Mindfulness at Work, educator Del Likins compassionately underscores the practical challenges of being deeply human in fast-paced professional environments, and how to grow our capacities from the inside out.
        In this immersive hour, come learn and practice the tools of mindfulness relevant to professional settings. From curiosity to cool-headedness, in being accountable for our impacts to structuring KPIs, a humanized team is one that recognizes our collective room to grow, and softens towards it.

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          Perry Eising

          Perry Eising

          October 9, 2019, 12:00 PM

          Decoding Density: Tech Spaces, Diversity, and the Marginalized Experience

          Regardless of who we are, it can be alienating to walk into a setting where others we deem “like us” are nowhere to be found, or where there clearly seems to be a “lack of representation”. Regardless of our age, race, gender, body size, ability, or even clothing style, we all experience feeling left out at some point or another.

          In this talk, we’ll dissect how the composition of people in space can be meaningful to us, and why it is so hard to truly create diverse environments, especially in the unique subculture of tech.

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