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Cloudability goes to TEDx Portland

By Rachel Fernando on April 18, 2014

Working at Cloudability isn’t just about building a groundbreaking cost allocation tool. It’s about impacting the world. Fortunately, we’re located in a community with ambition to match our own: Portland, OR. In that spirit, Cloudability partnered with TEDx  to offer employees free tickets to Saturday’s TEDx Portland event. As someone who had never attended a TED event before, I jumped at the opportunity, and had an amazing time.

TEDx Portland

Former gang member Isaiah Holt was one of the many moving speakers at Saturday’s TEDx Portland.

The event provided a venue for a wide range of independent speakers to open up and share their life experiences, advice, and dreams. Many of their stories really touched my heart; they were inspirational, down to earth, and entertaining. Some of my favorite speakers at this event were Nong (proprietress of Nong’s Khao Man Gai) ) Aaron Draplin (Maker at Draplin Design Co.), Frank Moore, (91-year old fly fishing expert)  Jackson Gariety (a publicly-traded-teenager) Lisa Sedlar (founder of Green Zebra Grocery) Zach King (film maker), and Isaiah Holt (former gang member).

I appreciated the speakers’ frank honesty in sharing the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of their journeys. Throughout the day I saw audience members quietly shedding tears as they listened to the stories— and was deeply moved and inspired myself.

It’s beyond cool to work in a city where events like this take place— and where employers encourage their staff to engage with the community and experience all that Portland has to offer. I’m looking forward to next year’s TEDx Portland— and to all of the events in between that my coworkers and I will attend together, from happy hours to 5K runs. Want to join us? We’d love to have you.

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