Hold your own Drupal Speaker Diversity Workshop (November 16)

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An online training to learn how to hold your own Drupal Speaker Diversity Workshop for your Drupal community

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Have you ever had trouble getting speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at your Drupal events?

We have a Drupal Speaker Diversity Workshop that you can run for your local group that helps folks:

  • bust through impostor syndrome
  • find a topic
  • create their title, pitch, bio, and outline
  • learn about how to become a better speaker
  • practise speaking if they want to give this a chance
  • build confidence

We are offering a Train the Trainers online workshop on how to run the Drupal Speaker Diversity Workshop at your local events. This will allow meetups and DrupalCamps to offer the workshop all around the world!

This workshop includes the following:

  • A three hour online workshop
  • PDFs with Dos and Don’ts for running an event that supports people from marginalized and underrepresented groups

The Drupal Diversity and Inclusion group has partnered with Jill Binder on this effort, as she successfully pioneered this approach within the WordPress community. By both offering direct speaker training workshops herself and teaching communities how to run these workshops, she’s been able to make a huge difference in the WordPress community since she began this outreach in 2018. In 2018 alone the workshop has been run by twelve WordPress meetup groups in the US, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Venezuela.

All of the communities that held this workshop experienced a real change in the speaker roster for their annual conferences; many of their WordCamps went from having 10% women speakers to having 50% or more women speakers in less than a year. In 2017, Seattle had 60% women speakers and in 2018, Vancouver had 63%.

- “Want to See a More Diverse WordPress Contributor Community? So Do We.”, Automattic blog post

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that we can start on time.

In order to encourage attendance, we are asking folks to secure their spots with a small ticket price. The suggested donation with your ticket is $5USD, which is a donation to Drupal Diversity & Inclusion. If you can afford a donation of $10USD with your ticket, you will be supporting one of your peers to also attend.

Organized by: Drupal Diversity & Inclusion ( @drupaldiversity)

Facilitator: Jill Binder from Diverse Speakers In Tech ( @jillbinder)


Thank you to our partner: Pantheon

Thank you to our corporate sponsors, Lullabot and Kanopi Studios, and to our individual sponsors, Dries Buytaert and Drew Griffiths.

Thank you to all of the other individuals and organizations who donated to help make this initiative possible.



Drupal Diversity & Inclusion, Organizer:

Our purpose is to continue the conversation about diversity and inclusion within Drupal. This includes:

To provide a safe space to discuss issues of d&i within the Drupal community.

To provide support for people who are marginalized in technology

To provide strategies for increasing d&i of communities and organizations

To share resources/education about social justice issues in our technological communities - d&i, equality, inclusion, accessibility, etc. @drupaldiversity

Jill Binder, Facilitator:

Jill Binder is the Diverse Speakers in Tech Founder and Chief Consultant/Trainer. She leads the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training working group in the Community Team which encourages underrepresented people to speak at WordPress events. She helped organize the first BuddyCamp and for three years co-organized WordCamp Vancouver. She was named one of the top 100 Influencers of WordPress in 2014 by Torque Magazine and one of the top 10 Women of WordPress by CloudWays. She is excited to be bringing this impactful workshop to more technologies. @jillbinder

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