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249 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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EVENT OVERVIEW

Join us in Philadelphia for a local edition of Global CFP Diversity Day — a worldwide event designed to help more people from underrepresented groups in tech put together their very first talk proposal.

Speaking at conferences, meetups, and other events can boost your career, inspire innovation in your company, and even spur your entire field forward. It’s also a great way to deepen your expertise, gain confidence, and help new engineers or designers grow. But it’s scary to hit send on that first proposal—especially when you’re not used to seeing people like you on stage.

In this workshop, you’ll hear from experienced speakers in tech and design, and learn how they developed their ideas into talks, built their profiles, and overcame barriers. Then, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step process that takes you from “I don’t know where to start” to having a draft proposal, a place you want to pitch it, and the confidence to make it happen.

Over the course of the day, we will:
  • Brainstorm talk ideas, and identify the unique expertise you bring to the table
  • Develop one idea into a specific topic that's authentic and memorable
  • Draft a talk proposal and bio that commands attention and resonates with your audience
  • Decide where you want to pitch your talk and get started
  • Get feedback on each stage of your work from a team of experienced speaking mentors—and from your peers


AGENDA

10:10 - 10:30 - Welcome and Opening Activity

10:30-11 - Mentor Panel
Facilitated by Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Content Strategy Consultant, Author, and Principal @ Rare Union
Panelists:
11-11:30 - Developing a Topic
We’ll use a guided process to brainstorm topics and consider our audience.
11:30-12:15 - Turning a Topic into a Talk
We’ll take one idea from the brainstorm, and develop it into a talk proposal.
12:15 - 1 - Lunch
Kindly sponsored by our friends at Linode!
1-1:15 Identifying Conferences, Meetups, and Other Events
Working in small groups, we'll identify events that are a good fit for your talk.
1:15-1:50 Peer Feedback and Revision
We’ll share our proposals, gather feedback, and revise them to be clearer and more memorable.
1:50-2:15 Bios
We’ll help you draft a bio that celebrates your personality and communicates your unique expertise.
2:15-2:30 Closing
We’ll close the day by discussing what’s next for your speaking career!


MEET YOUR ORGANIZING TEAM
  • Sarah Gray, Software Development Manager @ Linode
  • Jenn Voss, Software Engineering Lead, Precision Medicine @ Elsevier
  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Content Strategy Consultant, Author, and Principal @ Rare Union
  • Karin Wolok, Program Manager of Community Development @ Neo4j
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
AND OUR PARTNERS!
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