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TAO Event: 2021 Oregon Technology Awards

September 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) is honored to announce that Jarvis Sam, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion with Nike will serve as the emcee for the thirty-seventh annual Oregon Technology Awards. Rachel Arnold, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head Endeavor Fund at Vista Equity Partners will join Cara Turano, TAO’s Chief Operating Officer, for a fireside chat keynote.

Each year, the Oregon Technology Awards celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry by recognizing individuals with the Sam Blackman, Lifetime Achievement, and Tech Champion Awards. Company Awards include Technology Company of the Year (based on seven different size categories), Influential Technology Company Not Headquartered in Oregon, Most Disruptive Technology, and the People’s Choice Award.

The winners will be revealed at the Oregon Technology Awards ceremony on Friday, September 17th at The Nines in Portland.
2021 EMCEE

Jarvis Sam
Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion
Nike, Inc.

Recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 in Sports class of 2021 Jarvis Sam, oversees a team of people focused on driving diverse representation, inclusive leader and social justice education, professional development and the ecosystem of promoting and creating a culture of belonging inside and outside of Nike.

Prior to his current role, Jarvis held various positions focused on acquiring new talent capabilities for the company and driving large programs, partnerships and initiatives aimed at impacting representation and accelerating the flow of Nike’s diverse talent pipelines.

Rachel Arnold
Senior Managing Director
& Co-Head Endeavor Fund
Vista Equity Partners

Rachel Arnold is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of the Endeavor Funds at Vista, a leading global investment firm which invests exclusively in enterprise software, data and technology-enabled organizations across private equity, permanent capital, credit and public equity strategies.

Rachel has two decades of experience investing in and scaling growth at top software companies. She serves on the firm’s governing and decision-making body for the overall management of Vista’s private equity platform and on the boards of various Vista portfolio companies. Rachel works with CEOs and senior management teams of market-leading enterprise software companies to help them accelerate growth and develop more efficient operations.

In anticipation of continuing restrictions on in-person events in 2021, the Technology Association of Oregon is limiting the number of in-person attendees at the 2021 Oregon Technology Awards to a maximum of 250 people.  Priority will be given to finalists, honorees, and attendees from regional technology companies.

We acknowledge that this is a very big change from years past, and it’s one we did not take lightly. We expect that the 2022 Oregon Technology Awards will be back up and running at full capacity.

TAO Member Technology Company

Non-Member Technology Company

A free live stream of the 2021 Oregon Tech Awards
will be available on Friday, September 17th.


September 17, 2021
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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