Are you having the diversity conversation in your office? Are there initiatives around gender bias, equal pay, increasing the diversity on your teams and how to be a place people want to work?
If so, you will want the diversity conversation to continue at your sales events, corporate retreats, annual conferences and trade show events. The best way to lead the conversation is a speaker who is also focused on the diversity conversation.
Maria Keenan and her team at Tito (Dublin) have put together a Speaker Diversity Guide to help those planning meetings to ensure that the diversity conversation takes place at their event. First she did a little research to find out what event planners were seeking when they looked for speakers:
“We looked into 105 independent, open Calls for Speaker Proposals to see how many mentioned diversity. We wanted to get a view of how managers are using this to diversify their speakers. The answer? They aren’t really.”
Then Maria talked to speakers to get their take on the diversity conversation:
For this guide, we spoke with seasoned speakers from diverse backgrounds as well as specialists in the areas of diversity and inclusion. We wanted to get into what their most important considerations are when they decide to go to events or not. Between this and some practical tips, we’ve tried to enable event managers to source, connect with, and delight more diverse speakers so that they can create more diverse events.
JJ DiGeronimo, a speaker, author and thought-leader for Women in Tech and Girls and STEM, empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract Women in Technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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