#WPDiversity Workshops in July: Different this month!

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops this summer to support diverse voices to share knowledge and stories at virtual WordPress meetups and WordCamps.

Our schedule in July is different!

  • We have an event for women in Latin America (Saturday, July 11)
  • We are holding an event for WordPress meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers (Saturday, July 18)
  • We have a change to our regular workshop series for people of marginalized or underrepresented groups in WordPress. This month, one of the 3 workshops will be a special class on “Answering Tricky questions“! (Tuesday, July 28, Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30)

Action requested: Please invite people you know to attend these events!

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Training: Empower Women Speakers For your WordPress Events in Latin America

Saturday, July 11, 1-5pm in Costa Rica time

Have you ever had trouble getting women to speak at your WordPress meetups or WordCamps in Latin America? Currently, there aren’t enough female-identified speakers in Latin America.

We are teaching women of WordPress meetups in Latin America how to run the Diverse Speaker workshop for the women of your communities!

It will also be a fun networking event at the start and end.


Training: WordPress Meetups: Hold Your Own Diverse Speaker Workshop

Saturday, July 18, 5-7pm UTC

Have you ever had trouble getting speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at your WordPress meetup and 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.?

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has a workshop for your community members that has been proven to increase how many speaker applications you receive from speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups!

We will teach you how to use the workshop material for your own group.

Anyone from all WordPress chapter meetups around the world are welcome to attend!


Workshop: Who am I to be speaking? & Finding a topic that people would love to hear

Tuesday, July 28 @ 5-6pm UTC

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? Are you intrigued at the thought of speaking at a WordPress event online but are thinking things like, “What would I talk about?” “I’m not an expert, who would want to hear from me?”

In this workshop, we will dispel some myths about being a speaker and answer your questions about speaking. Together we will work on overcoming the thought, “But I’m not an expert in anything”.

Via hands-on exercises and small group discussions, we will help you come up with topics and show you how to choose one. Everyone has something they can talk about – let’s find yours.


Workshop: Creating a great pitch

Wednesday, July 29 @ 5-6pm UTC

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? Do you want to submit a talk to a WordPress meetup or WordCamp but aren’t sure how? Or you know how and want to work on writing a pitch that has a better chance of being accepted?

Together we will write a meetup description or WordCamp pitch for your talk. This also doubles as helping you start to write your talk!

Prerequisite: Please come with an idea for a talk. If you don’t have one, then please make sure you attend Tuesday!


Workshop: What if someone asks me a difficult question?

Thursday, July 30 @ 5-6pm UTC

Do you identify as part of a marginalized or underrepresented group in WordPress? Do you feel nervous about being asked tricky questions at your WordPress talk?

With events moving online, there has been a wider audience. As a result, some of the questions during the Question and Answer (Q&A) period at online meetups and WordCamps have been harder for presenters to answer or even off-topic.

We will discuss strategies for answering and give you scripts you can use for these and other tricky questions. We may also practise, if there is time.


You are encouraged to attend all sessions that you are eligible for, but you are also welcome to attend only the sessions you wish.

P.S. Others who like to attend these sessions because you want to learn how to be good allies, please note that this is a closed workshop for members of marginalized or underrepresented groups only. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion material is not covered in these workshops. If there is enough interest, we could hold a different workshop for you in the future.

We do have a few resources available for you: Building A Diverse Speaker Roster, Inclusive and Welcoming Events, and (new!) Encouraging Diversity in Meetups and WordCamps.