Recap of the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training meeting on March 21st, 2018

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Attending:  @jillbinder @cguntur @sheilagomes @larryswanson @Angela Jin @AfshanaDiya

Today’s Agenda

  • Reporting which places have run the workshop since our last meeting
  • Promotions we’ve done and can do
  • Update on where our train the trainers team is at
  • Get your thoughts and ideas on anything else relating to our team

The places that have run the workshop since our last meeting 2 weeks ago:

  • São Paulo
  • Online for remote, small cities in Italy
  • Milan

A special shout out goes to @sheilagomes and @simo70. Between them they have run 5 of the 7 workshops (that have been run at official WordPress things) this year, and they both have more planned to do as well!

Our goal was 27 meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. and some of these are at non official meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. spaces. There are WordCamps, events related to WordCamps, etc. If a corporate place is WordPress, then I’ve been counting it.

We have a list of 21 who have run it or are planning on running it. Our list is here:


A good handful of folks have retweeted the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US tweet, including WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. – thanks!

@miriamgoldman and @caroleo both talked to participants about it at WordCamp Miami while they were networking.

@jillbinder was a speaker at a local, fun, Vancouver event where she promoted this workshop to general public, that had some WordPress, other tech, and non-tech folks in it. In addition to getting the word out to WordPress folks, it was also to further her next goal of spreading this work beyond WordPress.

@sheilagomes has been spreading the word among the translators’ and developers’ groups that she is part of including a python devs group.

@larryswanson has been re-tweeting and sharing posts. He is the speaker wranglerWrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors. for WCSEA18 and said they will be doing the training in Seattle. He is also planning to reach out to local PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML., JS, and other communities.

We got featured in the first WordPress Meetups newsletter last month from @andreamiddleton and their team, and we’ll be featured again in the one going out shortly. We are going to send out in each newsletter which places ran it since the last newsletter, to show people our momentum and to give people incentive to want to see their city/place on this list.

@jillbinder is now doing public speaking to non-WordPress specific groups and she has created a url that points to the workshop –

The description that we created on can be used as a boiler plate for the promo materials. That is the link that we’re promoting in all our WordPress promotions.

@AfshanaDiya said many girls seems to be interested in the diversity training in Dhaka, but not many women are attending the meetups. She is trying to increase the number of women attending the local meetups. She is planning to start a small initiative using FB communities similar to @miriamgoldman

We as a group suggested creating a women’s only meetups to encourage more women to attend the meetups similar to the women’s meetup in Seattle.

We also discussed about promoting on Facebook. The following is one suggested format if you would like to promote the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training on Facebook:


Have you ever had trouble getting women and other underrepresented groups to speak at your meetups and WordCamps?

There’s a workshop for this that really works, and we want to bring it to as many WordPress communities as possible.

Interested? Fill out this form:



@AfshanaDiya said she will take on a project to interview people about how to reach more women. She said she can write a post about this for Make WordPress Community. If you are interested in volunteering to be interviewed for this, please leave a comment.

Update on our train the trainers team

We’re still working on running the first official, to be recorded for widespread use train the trainers session. We need it soon as there are workshops running soon, and @jillbinder and I are hard at work at setting this up.

Thoughts and ideas on anything else relating to our team

We talked briefly about similar initiatives in other tech communities. One of the biggest ones is @jillbinder is in touch with the creator of that and they are sharing material and promotion ideas.

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