You can find me speaking in the world here: 

FUTURE
May 25, 2016: User Experience Lisbon

PAST
April 9, 2016: TEDxPortland
December 10, 2015: Hatch Innovation
October 15, 2015: NavigateIT
August 20 - 21, 2015: TechfestNW
June 25, 2015: YESPdx
June 15, 2015: Portland’s Women Founders Forum 
April 2, 2015: PSU Graphic Design Show & Tell Series
January 13, 2015: Bay Area ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction  (Palo Alto, CA)
December 4, 2014: Warm Gun Conference (San Francisco, CA)
November 15, 2014: Portland Startup Weekend (judge)
October 24, 2104: PIE Demo Day (introducing Supportland!)
October 17 - 18, 2014: Crowdsource Summit (Portland, Oregon)
October 16, 2014: GoGreen Conference (Portland, Oregon) 
September 29, 2014: Aggregate Conference (Louisville, KY)
September 23, 2014: EdTech Meetup (Portland, Oregon)
August 15 - 16, 2014: TechFest Northwest (Portland, Oregon)
July 9, 2014: PDXTech4Good Meetup
June 20, 2014: Creative Mornings (Portland, Oregon)
June 10, 2014: Higher Ed Live (online)
May 7 - 9, 2014: Webvisions Portland
April 25 - 27, 2014: Portland Startup Weekend 
April 10, 2014: i3PDX,  Portland Development Commission
April 8, 2014: Demolicious (update: victory!)
March 13, 2014: Technology Association of Oregon Ignite
February 8, 2014: Working Weekend
January 19, 2014: Paideia
January 16, 2014: Refresh Portland


"I love the way Mara engages with the audience. She has this unique ability to appear utterly at ease on stage, conversational, and eloquent. All while conveying ideas and concepts with a strength and approachable simplicity. Whether in a large conference presentation or an intimate setting. Best of all, she never talks down to the crowd. She has a conversation with them."
-Rick Turoczy, Founder, TechFest Northwest

Mara gave a fantastic talk in front of a packed audience of women entrepreneurs at Portland's Women Founders Forum on "Sex and Startups." Her innovative, refreshing and provocative perspective threw some new light on some of the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. Mara is an independent thinker and was able to convey new ideas on some of the topics near and dear to this audience. She is amazing in how she connects with the audience and is able to engage people in an ongoing conversation, while at the same time touching on subjects that are simply not easy to cover in public speaking. The feedback from the group was superlative, quite frankly one of the best speakers we have ever had.
-Paola Moretto, Founder, Portland Women's Founders Forum

"Mara gave a stellar presentation at WarmGun 2014. In conversations with other attendees, I was impressed how many others mentioned that her talk was a standout among a very stellar roster of speakers. Given the impact she had there, I invited her to speak at the SiliValley chapter of the professionals engaged in human-computer interaction. In front of a packed audience of designers, product managers, and more technically inclined developers, I was impressed (but not surprised) by how immediately Mara engaged the spectrum of diverse professionals. As I'd expected, her presentation was accessible, interesting, and full of interesting ideas. I've invited 100s of speakers to present to our group, and I'd place Mara in the top tier."
-Paul Sas, behavioral economist, speaker coordinator for BayCHI


I will gladly speak about:

  • Building trust online

  • Commerce and community

  • Sex and startups

I can also speak about the perennial favorite: women in tech. Of over 1,700 reviews of Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In mine is most helpful critical take. 

I spoke on the theme of minimalism for Creative Mornings in Portland in June, 2013. Not depicted is the superhero and organizer Tsilli Pines leading the audience in call and response Israeli hip hop during 10 minutes of technical difficulties.

I spoke about "Death to Directories" at the Technology Association of Oregon's Ignite 5 show. I made a Tori Amos playlist to atone for intimating my high school love of her was embarrassing in any way. Read the backstory of this talk here.

Here's my presentation at PIE Demo Day. Yes, I was standing on carpet-covered mulch. "Fiddler on the Roof" was the evening performance. And yes, I am a hand talker.


Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some books that I most often refer to in my presentations. You can find other books I'm reading on the nightstand

If you are involved in a startup in Portland, please use Portland Startups Switchboard. There is a community of people there waiting to help. 

If you are interested in learning more about masculine and feminine values in business, please visit The Feminine Economy and reach out to Jennifer Armbrust, who speaks, writes, and advises about the topic. 

Masculine/Feminine
David Deida, Intimate Communion
David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man
Carl Jung, Aspects of the Feminine

Communication/Leadership
Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organizations
Marshall Rosenberg, Non-Violent Communication
Ari Weinzweig, The Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to... (a three book series) 

Economies & Environments
Lewis Hyde, The Gift
E.F. Schumacher, Small is Beautiful
Wendell Berry, It All Turns on Affection
Bo Burlingham, Small Giants: Companies that Chose to be Great Instead of Big
Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language, A Timeless Way of Building, The Oregon Experiment