Recap of the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training meeting on March 13, 2019

Attending: @jillbinder @angelasjin @bhargavmehta @jamieschmid @cguntur, Meet Makadia, @lidarroy


As the team knows, I have been on pause in our team while wrapping up the stressful last part of business school and looking for funding so I can continue this team. So today’s meeting will again be short, just reports on if you’ve been doing anything in the group, and open time for discussion/questions.

First I’ll just give a quick recap of what our team is about, for the new folks joining today and lurkers who may be watching.

We help WordPress 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 WordCamps attract and develop more diverse speakers.

We do this with a hands-on workshop that we have available for everyone in WordPress. We also offer training on the workshop.
It can take anywhere from 1 – 4 hours to run it, depending on how many modules you run and what your time restrictions are.

The 6 countries who ran it last year went from approx 10% of fewer speakers of underrepresented groups to most of them 50% or more!


I know that most of us have been doing less while I’ve been on pause, but here is your chance to tell us if you’ve been working on anything, if you’ve got obstacles, etc.

Nothing much to report from my side. HelpScout going well as usual

Thanks for your great work on that as always, @cguntur!

I will be submitting my communication and domain content when I get back from wcmia!

@miriamgoldman wasn’t able to make it today. I have a report from her:
“I’ve set up Calendly to have one-on-one train the trainer onboarding meetings. I’ve had to postpone today’s due to workload. I also need to schedule a training for morning UTC time, which I’ll schedule soon and follow up with Maria in helpscout.”
She’s speaking about bringing on new trainers to our team to train the meetups on running the workshop.
And the item about Maria is one of the folks in our Helpscout queue who would like a training.
I’ll leave reports open if anyone wants to add anything while we go on to the next section.

Open discussion: Questions, comments, obstacles, anything relating to our group

Meet Makadia
i want to speak in 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. but i don’t know about topic ?
so how can team help me ?

Great question!

We have a whole workshop that helps you find a topic. Check out our first module here:

May I ask what part of the world you live in, Meet?

Meet Makadia
In Ahmedabad , gujarat, India

Do you think you or anyone in your community might like to run the workshop for your meetup?

Due to lined up meetups I was not able to conduct.
April I have submited summary
Also have requested for One training session to recap the things. @miriamgoldman is planning out time to do that.
We allow to speak in local language you can connect with me or Ronak for more details.

That sounds great, @bhargavmehta. Let us know if there is any other way we can support you.

In the meantime, Meet, here is a quick answer:

Thinking back to what you’ve learned in WordPress so far or what you’re going to learn soon, do you have a story to tell? Something you created that you’re proud of? Mistakes you made when you learned how to do something? An interesting way you discovered how to do something? Business or life challenges in the way of doing WordPress? The first time you did something?
@lidarroy, do you have any questions about how our team can help your meetup, about joining our team, or anything else?

Meet Makadia
this questions are help me lots and thanks @jillbinder. Thanks for solving doubts.

Thanks all for joining today. Get in touch with me for joining the team or any team questions. See you for our next meeting the 4th week of March!