Michelle Rowley is the founder and Executive Director of Code Scouts, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to learn software development. She also recently founded an organizational culture consultancy called Cultivate & Co. aimed at helping tech companies build healthy cultures.
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.
Cultivate & Co.
Through Cultivate & Co., launched this year, Michelle shares her expertise with companies who know that healthy, vibrant, diverse organizational cultures lead to better products and happier people, and are ready to make the investment.
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.
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.
Office Hours for Tech Learners
As a community service, Michelle holds office hours every Friday afternoon to answer questions about the tech industry for interested learners who want to know more. If you're a learner, feel free to sign up.
Michelle speaks about technology, tech culture, diversity, and the future of entrepreneurship at both public and private events. Below is a list of past and upcoming speaking engagements. Feel free to get in touch if you're interested in having Michelle speak at your event.
- TEDx Concordia University Portland, "Finding Balance in the New Age of Entrepreneurship" — May 3rd, 2014
- Demolicious Portland, Panelist — April 8, 2014
- Portland Python User Group, Lighting Talks Workshop, Creator and Facilitator — March 12, 2014
- ChickTech High School Portland 2014, Keynote Address — March 1st, 2014
- TechFestNW 2013, “Balancing the Tech Ecosystem" — September 8th, 2013
- PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment), “How to Stay Healthy When Starting Up" — August 23rd, 2013
- Commerce+Creativity (C2MTL), Fast Company Magazine's "Cabinet of Creativities" Panel — May 22nd, 2013
- PyCon Education Summit 2013, “Engagement” Panel — March 14th, 2013
- Code Scouts Portland Chapter Meeting, “Conferences 101" — March 23rd, 2013
- Girls Gather for Computer Science Reunion Dinner, Keynote Address — January 26th, 2013
- ChickTech High School Portland 2013, Keynote Address — January 26th, 2013
- PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment) Demo Day 2012, Code Scouts Pitch — October 5th, 2012
- Portland Python Workshop for Women July 2012, Organizer and Instructor — July 28th & 29th, 2012
- Portland Python User Group, "Why You Should Be Up Here (Giving a Talk)" — April 12, 2011
Michelle believes in people. A self-taught developer and community organizer, she has been planning events since age 12 and found her people on a High School BBS at age 14. She made her way back to the tech world after studing French and Geography in college.
Michelle is an unapologetic dreamer and a nondualist. She's bent on analyzing everyone and everything that crosses her path in the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of the world. She practices hatha yoga, studying under her brilliant guru and teacher, Meghan Maris.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade. Michelle currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her wonderful and talented partner, Jason Grlicky. She loves the sun. A desert girl in a drizzly world, she's also a big fan of umbrellas, wool socks, and vitamin D.
- 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