What is Women Talk Design?
Women Talk Design is on a mission to empower organizers to create more diverse events, both on stage and off. We do this by elevating brilliant talks by women and non-binary individuals, training new speakers, connecting speakers in an online community to share advice, speaking engagement opportunities, etc. and empowering event organizers with tools, approaches, and information to engage more diverse speakers.
We were founded by Christina Wodtke in 2013, and are the product of a lot of incredible individuals who have contributed. Learn more here.
Why is it important to have more women speaking on stage?
You can check out the original text from our founder, Christina Wodtke, about why she started Women Talk Design.
There are many articles and studies out there on this topic, and why it’s so important to have women speakers, and leaders (we believe they are correlated). Here are a few:
- The Role Model Effect: Women Leaders Key To Inspiring The Next Generation, Forbes, 2012
- New Data Shows Only 25% of Speakers at Tech Events Are Women, 5050pledge, 2015
- The Easiest Possible Way to Increase Female Speakers at Conferences, The Atlantic, 2014
- Improving Gender Balance at Conferences, Eventgrid Blog, 2016
How can I follow along with Women Talk Design updates?
Subscribe to our email list at the bottom right of our website. You can also follow along on Twitter, where we try to highlight women speakers, share updates, and resources, daily. You can also find us on Facebook, and Instagram (where we post stories during our events).
How can I get added as a speaker?
You can nominate yourself as a speaker on our site. We recommend adding at least one video example, as we specifically feature talks. Once you submitted the forms, we’ll follow up to let you know if they’ve been published, or if we need more information.
How can I recommend a speaker?
Know a brilliant woman or non-binary individual who talks design we should be featuring? You can nominate her/them here. Please link to a speaking example if you can.
How can I contribute?
Nominating a speaker for the site is a great first start! To contribute financially to our operations, workshops, and events, you can donate to our ongoing GoFundMe campaign, or reach out about larger sponsorships. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find your Code of Conduct?
We believe it’s so important to create an environment where everyone is safe, welcome and included. We are thankful to everyone who has put in so much effort crafting thoughtful Code of Conducts. We borrowed parts of ours from those who came before us, but are committed to continuing to evolve and improve it. We are a young organization and welcome you to reach out with any constructive feedback, and advice on how to make sure we are in fact creating the most inclusive, welcoming environment possible.
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