Michelle Rowley is the founder and Executive Director of Code Scouts, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to learn software development. A member of the Python Software Foundation and organizer of the Portland Python User Group, she also speaks and writes about the importance of diversity in the tech scene and tech literacy for everyone.
Whether you need guidance to attract a broader and more diverse array of talented individuals, or help getting the team you already have to work together, Michelle can help you create and implement a roadmap customized for your company. Let's chat.
Michelle prefers to work on projects that foster growth in herself and in others. She finds organizational culture and interpersonal communication particularly interesting. When it comes to a company's unique culture, an outside perspective provides the objective assessment you need to understand and create the culture that embodies your company's values.
Michelle also offers coaching to individuals who want to change careers and enter the tech field. If you could use a fresh perspective, Michelle would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop her a line.
Michelle founded and directs this nonprofit dedicated empowering women to become software developers through mentorship and community. Find out more at codescouts.org.
Hack The Planet!
"Hack the Planet!", Michelle's essay on why tech literacy is critical, was published in the book American Dreamers, an inspiring anthology of future-thinking works by contemporary visionaries.
Having graduated from the 2012 class of the The Portland Incubator Experiment, Michelle is now a Mentor. She'll have the opportunity to work with companies in future classes, providing support, encouragement and guidance.
Photo by Aaron Hockley
Portland Python Workshops
Michelle organized and ran two weekend workshops to teach women the basics of Python in 2012. This project was based on the Boston Python Workshop, created and led by Jessica McKellar, whose support and encouragement made the Portland incarnation possible.
Portland Python User Group
As the organizer of the Portland Python User Group, Michelle works to keep the local Python community strong and vibrant. She is always looking for ways to make the community more welcoming, especially to beginners.
Speaker and Panelist
Michelle has been known to speak publicly and appear on panels related to high tech education for women and girls. She loves encouraging aspiring programmers and helping to shape education for the next generation.
Python Software Foundation
Michelle is honored to have been elected as a member of the Python Software Foundation in 2012. As part of the PSF, Michelle is dedicated to promoting the Python programming language and helping to diversify the Python community in Portland and at large.
Michelle is a self-taught software developer who has been planning events since she was about 12 years old. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years. Michelle practices hatha yoga and loves the sun.
She analyzes everyone and everything that crosses her path in the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of the world, and thereby having a chance at changing it for the better.
Michelle is a believer in people, a dreamer, and a nondualist. She resides in Portland, Oregon, with her wonderful partner, Jason Grlicky.
The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014
Entrepreneur Magazine, January 2014
Access Code: How Michelle Rowley's Code Scouts is launching women into programing careers
Portland Monthly Magazine, December 2013
TechFest 2013: Bringing Women into Tech
Willamette Week, August 28, 2013
Portland's Code Scouts help women break into tech industry
The Oregonian, July 29, 2013
100 Most Creative People in Business 2013
Fast Company, June 2013
Where the Tech is She?
Willamette Week, May 23, 2012