New Tech Seattle April 2023 Meetup – Stories and Tips from a Woman Leader in Tech

April 13, 2023 5:00 pm PDT
New Tech is the Northwest's largest tech community. We're the place where you make meaningful connections, learn from the industry's best, and have a fun night out.

About This Event

Join us on Thursday, April 13th for New Tech Seattle’s next meet-up.

New Tech is the Northwest’s largest tech community. We’re the place where you make meaningful connections, learn from the industry’s best, and have a fun night out. Most importantly, you’ll join an engaging group of go-getters, developers, founders, and professionals, and discover the people, partners, organizations, and resources to help you build your dreams.

April Presenters

This month we will host a fireside chat with Raji Rajagopalan and Olivia Neal Howell, two fearless women in tech sharing their stories and tips on how to succeed as a woman in tech. Together they will discuss from Raji’s book, “Daring to be Different” and how you too can build the career of your dreams despite what you may feel is stacked against you.

Raji and Olivia are also participating in Seattle’s Women in Tech Regatta on April 26th.

The Venue

The Collective Seattle, 400 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109-5094. Building community in Seattle and fostering experiences for a diverse group of movers, shakers, explorers, professionals, thinkers, and doers.

The Crowd

The Northwest’s smart, fun, creative, innovative tech community – software and application developers, company owners, startup founders, recruiters, hackers, job seekers, executives, investors, community leaders, and people who are new to the area.

The Agenda
5:00pm – Neighborhood block party style networking with appetizers, beverages & a cash bar
6:00pm – Welcome! Time to start the show
6:05pm – Sponsor Shoutouts
6:10pm – Community Connections; quick shares with your neighbors
6:15pm – Community Shoutouts; quick shares of cool events, resources & meet new Seattleites
6:25pm – Fireside chat
7:10pm – Thank you & goodnight, …or
7:15pm – Afterparty in The Collective’s High Tide community space
The Vibe

Neighborhood block party – fun, friendly & relaxed with complimentary food & drinks. You’ll laugh, smile, and have a fun night out. Come share what you’re up to, be curious and helpful to others, and make some new friends in the tech community!

The Experience

Discover innovative, creative and inspirational new technology (or smarter use of old tech). It could be VR, IoT, Apps, Fintech, Mobiletech, Healthtech, Cloudtech… you get the idea.

The After Party

Continue connecting to fantastic people in our community after the show ends around 8:30pm.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Startup 253

Startup 253

City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle




Parking There is a parking garage below The Collective and street parking around the area at your own expense. If you decide to park in the parking garage, the entrance is at the back of the building along a back alley. It’s a one-way street, enter the alley from Harrison Street.

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$12 before the event and $20 if purchased the day of the event.


Raji Raj

Raji Rajagopalan, Author and Partner Director of Software Engineering, Windows & Devices, Microsoft

Raji Rajagopalan believes that your ‘differentness’ can be your differentiator. In her day job, Raji is a Partner Director of Software Engineering at Microsoft. In her last 20 years in the tech industry, her work has spanned building startups, turning around unsuccessful projects, growing global teams, and creating products used by a billion+ customers. She currently runs an organization across five countries and four continents. Raji was born in Chennai, India, and is a first-generation immigrant in the US. She is the author of the book “Daring to be Different: Stories and Tips from a Woman Leader in Tech”. You can learn more about the book and about Raji on her website,

Olivia Neal Howell, Founder of The Olivia Neal Experience, Inc

Olivia Neal Howell is an art + design enthusiast with a BFA in Fashion Design and Minor in Art History from CCAD. After a 16-year corporate retail design career, Olivia pivoted to pursue her true passions–building relationships and taking risks. Founder of T.O.N.E., a global Design + Talent Agency, she offers a wide variety of creative services with a goal of becoming a one-stop shop for all things creative. Her mantra, CONNECT + CREATE, reflects her ultimate goal of bringing people and concepts together to create something unique and memorable. Olivia is currently bringing her passion to WiT REGATTA because of the shared values that both organizations hold near and dear to their hearts: building community, disrupting the norm, and inspiring new ways of thinking–even when it’s not popular.