It’s always nice to see Portland types getting national recognition for their efforts. And it’s especially nice when they’re recognized among a very select group of people. Such is the case for Portlander Michelle Rowley, who was just named among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013.
Michelle is the founder of Code Scouts, an organization that’s working to making coding careers more accessible to women.
According to Fast Company:
Computer programming jobs are hot: Coding gigs will grow 12% this decade, making it a popular choice for a mid-career switch. What’s not hot enough: clever ways for people to pull off the transition. Michelle Rowley is tackling this problem not with another solitary web-based course but with what the self-taught programmer calls “a community of learners.” Starting in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, Rowley’s Code Scouts gives members access to a flexible structure of monthly “troop meetings,” professional mentoring, advice on the best courses to take, and a closed online social network. She plans to expand her Scout troops to other cities, too.
[Full disclosure: Code Scouts is an alum of PIE. I am the cofounder and general manager of PIE.]