The Women Speaker Initiative
The Women Speaker Initiative aims to increase the number of underrepresented speakers speaking at conferences, as well as ensure that speakers of all backgrounds are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues.
About The Women Speaker Initiative
In my three years as a professional public speaker, I have experienced two consistent trends that I’m trying to change: 1. There are still way more white men speaking at conferences and companies as keynotes and panelists than women and people of color, and 2. Many women and POC speakers are paid far less than their white male counterparts with similar experience.
The Women/Womxn, BIPOC, and Inclusivity Speaker Initiative aims to increase the number of underrepresented speakers speaking at conferences, as well as ensure that speakers of all backgrounds are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues.
The Women/Womxn, BIPOC, and Inclusivity Speaker Initiative achieves this by connecting professional or aspiring speakers with other speakers, so that they can share resources and guidance with each other about: how to book more gigs and gain more speaking experience, how to negotiate higher speaking fees, and how to price your talks competitively in an industry where women are consistently underpaid.
Interested in participating in this initiative? Please join our list and Facebook group of 1300+ speakers. It is free to participate. Anyone (anyone) who is dedicated to supporting underrepresented voices in the speaking industry is welcome.
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Resources for Women Speakers
Facebook Groups and Videos
FACEBOOK GROUP - WOMEN SPEAKER INITIATIVE
Private Facebook group for speakers and mentors in The Women Speaker Initiative. Please join.
VIDEO: How to Build Your Speaking Business - DREAMERS/DOERS
Video interview about the basics of building a paid speaking business. Learn more about the Dreamers/Doers community.
VIDEO: TED Speaker Application Tips - DAWN J. FRASER
Webinar about TED speaker application tips hosted by Story to Speech's Dawn J. Fraser.
VIDEOS, LINKS, ARTICLES - WOMEN SPEAKER INITIATIVE
Links to videos, articles, and other helpful resources about building your speaking business, shared by members of The Women Speaker Initiative.
Lists of Women Speakers
LIST OF WOMEN SPEAKERS - CURATED BY SMILEY
A list of speakers from The Women Speaker Initiative. Please add your information!
LIST OF WOMEN SPEAKERS - CURATED BY AUGUST
A list of women speakers curated by the team at August. Please add your information!
LIST OF 1000 TECH AND SCIENCE SPEAKERS WHO AREN'T CIS MEN - CURATED BY MIC
A list of 1000 women speakers from Mic reporter Melanie Ehrenkranz. Please email melanie at mic.com to add your information!
LIST OF 200 WOMEN INFLUENCERS IN CRYPTO & BLOCKCHAIN - CURATED BY MICHELLE TSNG
Need an awesome speaker for your next event/panel on blockchain or crypto? This list will help.
MORE WOMEN'S VOICES - CURATED BY SARAH PECK
A list of women entrepreneurs, business owners, authors, podcast hosts, and speakers. It is not an exhaustive list, but it is a start. If you want women to feature in your panel, this website should make it even easier to find them.
A list of women speakers in tech.
Networks, Pledges and Speaker Diversity
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Events and membership organization that hosts talks and workshops where you can connect with other women on a mission.
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A job board and community for women in tech.
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Pledge to not be a part of all-male panels.
Pledge to not be a part of all-male panels.
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