Recap of the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training meeting on Feb 27, 2019

Attending: @jillbinder @miriamgoldman @angelasjin @amyjune @webrite @bhargavmehta @cguntur


As I’ve told folks privately, today’s meeting will likely be shorter because I am doing less on the project this month while I look for funding so I can continue leading this project, as well as I’m launching my business doing this work for more technologies — my business launch night is in a week and there is a lot to do for it.

So our agenda today is short:

  • Reports on what you’ve been working on in our group
  • Open discussion / questions / obstacles / etc.

I will continue to help with anything that is in the way of what you are working on, so please do let me know about that.

I know @jamieschmid and @laryswan will need my help soon to continue working on the Communication Strategy piece.


I don’t have much to report, as the musical took up my time lately. I’m going to be scheduling a “Train the Trainers” onboarding call soon, and I’m looking as to when I can hold another training. I’m going to do one in the AM UTC one weekend.

Those will be excellent for us to have. Thanks, @miriamgoldman!

I don’t have much to report either, just that I did a training last week which went well

I do not have anything to report, as this is a fresh start for me. I’d like more information on the training outreach program (training to be a trainer, hahaha)


Yeah Amy. We can definitely talk about that!

A little background for those who dont know.. I am an open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. community ambassador who works in the drupal and wp space… I regularly attend 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., camps and conferences. I do not have “client” work, community is my focus.

Amy, that is amazing. I am so honoured that you would like to use some of your community work time with us.

So we have a workshop that we offer to WordPress meetups to run, that helps women and other underrepresented folks who are feeling stopped by Impostor Syndrome work through that in a hands-on way and come out feeling motivated to do a talk.
We recommend that all members start with leading it in their own city.

We have the material all ready to go.

Just like the process with meetups, you can either just take the material and run it, or you can request training from us.

(A bonus to getting training from us is if you’d like to become a trainer too, you should attend at least one.)
And then we also have a special Onboarding training where you get more of the background info on how to run a Train the Trainers session. I believe that is the piece that @miriamgoldman is talking about. She is now spearheading that process.

Yup, that’s correct @jillbinder.

sounds good. I live in the San Francisco bay area – there are a lot of meetups here.

Oh that is excellent!
So the first step would be the same as meetups, and then you can see what it is like from their side, which is to fill out our form:
(That url will change after Jamie and Larry have helped us with our rebranding exercise. We started with a focus on only folks who identify as women but we’ve widened our scope to all diversity inclusively since.)

yes diversity is broad.
In fact my talk today is about Inclusive Content Strategy
I do have some experience leading trainings, so I might be an easy pupil.

@amyjune , one of our projects for this year will be to improve our training, so that will be one of the opportunities to help!
I’d love to hear more from you about Inclusive Content Strategy, Amy. It might even be relevant to the rebranding exercise that our Communications team is doing.

I love it!! I can hep where-ever and however.

And then we usually have a new Trainer co-lead with an established trainer, and then let us know when you feel ready to go on your own.
Currently we run them once (sometimes twice) a month.

As we scale up to reach more meetups, we will increase the frequency.

It’s great to get more Trainers ready now for when we start later in the year.

The other way to dive in deep fast is to either watch the video of our 2019 kick off or read the recap of it.

I don’t really have a “home” 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. space, I am pretty much in a circle of 8 groups
I can watch the video.

Last year we were starting everything for the first time and this year we are maintaining and improving – so there is opportunity to take on roles that you’d like to do. (edited)

Now is this the sort of thing we can take to spaces like the Pantheon offices, for example?

Unofficially outside of this team, absolutely yes.
That is part of what I am doing in my new business, in fact.
And I know there are several companies who did our material within their teams last year.

I am thrilled to get started!!

Another great thing with the video is I do a recap of what we accomplished last year before getting into the goals and opportunities for this year. ^_^

Thanks for being here, everyone. See you on the second Wednesday of March!