Recap of the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training meeting on Aug 22, 2018

Attending: @jillbinder @angelasjin @andreamiddleton @dianewallace @meher @webrite @cguntur



  • Reports on what folks are working on
  • Our Trainings coming up
  • 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. newsletter
  • Email follow-ups after workshops
  • Status of our Build a Diverse Speaker Roster doc
  • Workshop timeline
  • And! A new Diversity group is being formed. What that’s about and how we may be coordinating with them.
  • Running our workshop


Seattle held a diversity speaker training 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. about two weeks ago, and we’re planning on making them a more regular occurrence. Next Wednesday, I’ll be doing a train the trainers session with Jill.

I’ll be joining you to @angelasjin

Yay @angelasjin and @webrite! I’m looking forward to that. We have one Meetup signed up so far for that, and I’m expecting more to come in. That is the “Train The Trainers” training for Meetups to run our workshop.

Spoke about our group in her talk at 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. Montreal. It was really well received. People were surprised and pleased to learn about all the different ways they could get involved. Nobody asked about our group specifically, but Miriam did highlight it in the talk.

In addition to replying to our HelpScout queue every workday, Chandrika is also now reaching out to the Meetups who would like the training and is coordinating who is taking which training.

@jillbinder: It looks like we have 2 sign ups so far, I think. One for each — Sat the 25th and Wed the 29th.

I still mean to go through the speaker training – then hopefully be able to help out.

That would be wonderful, @dianewallace. Let us know if we can support you with that.

@dianewallace and @miriamgoldman
Are on hold on following up with groups after they have run the workshop, waiting for @jillbinder to finalize the goals and questions for that. I will talk about where that project is at in a bit.

Meetup newsletter

We are announcing our two August trainings in the newsletter, in addition to our regular “hey come get training with us” call-out.

@andreamiddleton is hoping to get it out this week, which would be great as it’ll be before our Saturday training.

@larryswanson and @miriamgoldman scheduled running a Sept training later in the month so that we’ll be able to be in the September newsletter for that as well.

Follow ups after Meetups have run our workshop

Currently it feels like we give them a lot of support up until they run it, and then no support after to check in how it went, giving them the chance to give us feedback, etc. Also there are some stats we’d like to collect for a report at the end of the year.

@dianewallace created a great draft, and when I showed it to @andreamiddleton I realized we need to put a lot more thought into the goals of what we are doing with this data.
After the initial convo with Andrea I have been giving it a lot of thought, and now together we are creating the next version of it.

I think it /might/ be close to done, and we’ll be able to start sending it out soon. Possibly! Depends a bit on my client schedule too, as I have been quite swamped this summer and that has delayed some things. It does look like I have some time opening up, so I hope to finish it.

I will keep everyone posted on the status of that.

Building A Diverse Speaker Roster

@tinat started working on a great draft for our “Building A Diverse Speaker Roster” document for the WordPress community at WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event..
I have done the next draft of it recently, and now @andreamiddleton and I are working on the next version of that.

I think after a bit more work it’ll be ready for feedback from our team.

Workshop timeline

@anchen, one of our Train the Trainers participants, has taken the timeline that Vancouver used to run all 5 modules in 4 hours and has written it up in a format that anyone can use. I need to talk to the #training team to see where would be appropriate to put it in our training.

This timeline is ready for our team’s feedback. Please take a look and let me know any changes you think there should be:

Big Announcement: Global Diversity Working Group

@Laura from Germany is creating and leading a new Global Diversity Working Group.

It’s very exciting stuff!

The concept and how our group will connect with it are still in discussion… But this is what they and I are thinking so far:

Their group is going to be to connect people around the world to work together on getting the WordPress events like the Meetups and WordCamp to be more diverse and inclusive. <3 <3

It’ll likely be an umbrella working group that all the Diversity groups and projects will fall under, such as the Community Code of ConductCode of Conduct “A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the norms, rules, and responsibilities or proper practices of an individual party.” - Wikipedia and our Diversity Outreach Speaker Training team.

If it goes the way we are envisioning, there will likely be cross-over opportunities for people to work on the diversity topics they are currently passionate about at any time. That means that we’ll have access to more people to work on ours, and you’ll have more opportunity to contribute to the diversity of WordPress in many areas, if you wish!

And of course to continue to help further the diversity of speakers, always. 😉

I think this is going to really help forward our team as well as put a spotlight and solutions on some much needed issues.

It is still in discussion if this is the right way to get more people involved. There are a lot of diversity projects that are possible and we would love to see as many folks passionate about this topic, as we all are, working on them.

It will be great to expand the resources available to community organizers as they work toward the goal the community team sets for all our people: to create welcoming, inclusive, and participatory events


Currently they are working on their mission statement and self concept. There is no action to take yet and no changes to our group yet.

However if anyone would like to help them with these initial parts, reach out to @Laura.
Currently their meetings are at 6:30am PT / 9:30am ET / 14:30pm UTC on the same days as ours. I believe that will be changing.

Running Our Workshop

Last official item for today is to chat about folks in our group running the workshop in their own cities and/or online, and then for those who feel inspired, run more trainings for the Train The Trainers.

How are folks doing with setting them up in their own cities? I know a handful were thinking of doing one this Fall…

With respect to setting up trainings in Seattle, we’ve talked about hosting more regular workshops, but summer is definitely keeping everyone busy. I’m hoping that we’ll have a more defined plan over the next couple of months.

Yes, excellent. I know you just ran one, and it’ll be great to start having more throughout the year.

Ok, wrapping up for today. If anything else comes up, you can reach out here or reach out to me after.

Thanks again everyone for all the group work you’re doing and that we are going to keep doing.