The Women Speaker Initiative

The Women Speaker Initiative aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and POC speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. 


About The Women & POC 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 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 Speaker Initiative aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and POC speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues.

The Women Speaker Initiative achieves this by connecting professional or aspiring speakers (specifically women and people of color) 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/POC are consistently underpaid. 

Interested in participating in this initiative? Please join our list and Facebook group of 1000+ speakers. It is free to participate. Anyone (anyone) who is dedicated to supporting women and POC in the speaking industry is welcome.


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 women speakers in future of science/tech/work. 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.

 

FEMALE TECH SPEAKERS

A list of women speakers in tech. 

 

Networks, Pledges and Speaker Diversity

STILOBOX

A resource for women aspiring to lead. Every week, Stilobox shares speaking opportunities, stories of inspirational female leaders, & events focused on empowering women. Sign-up here

 

50/50 PLEDGE

Works to showcase an equal share of men's and women's voices at the top technology industry conferences. Join their private directory of professional women in tech! 

 

#UPFRONT

Making stages around the world more diverse and accessible, by inviting audience members to share the stage during a keynote.

 

DREAMERS/DOERS

A high-impact membership community of trailblazing, entrepreneurial women. 

 

LADIES GET PAID

Women's professional development organization working to close the gender wage and leadership gap, with 20k members and 18 chapters across the country. Provides education, resources and community for women to advance at work.

 

THE MARGIN

The Margin makes space for people of color at gatherings everywhere. 

 

WOMEN CATALYSTS

Events and membership organization that hosts talks and workshops where you can connect with other women on a mission. 

 

TECH INCLUSION

Exploring innovative solutions to tech diversity and inclusion.

 

LESBIANS WHO TECH 

A community of queer women in and around tech. 

 

TECH LADIES

A job board and community for women in tech. 

 

FRESH SPEAKERS

A speaking agency representing a diverse range of new voices.  

 

OWEN PLEDGE

Pledge to not be a part of all-male panels.

 

SPEAKER DIVERSITY

Pledge to not be a part of all-male panels.

 

 

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