Diverse Speaker Training Group (#wpdiversity) 2020 Year-End Report

Hello everyone! Every year we calculate our results accomplished since the previous State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/.. Here is October 2019 to November 2020:

In late 2019 and early 2020, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) was operating as usual. In the Spring of 2020, we shifted our strategy online.

We produced a series of workshops, “train the trainer” sessions, and discussion groups that helped 242 participants from marginalized and underrepresented groups, across 87 cities in 26 countries, to be speakers at online WordPress events.

People from marginalized and underrepresented groups face extra challenges in getting on stage, but after spending at least one hour in the workshops, they reported a 20% increase in public speaking confidence!

We held the following events:

  • 8 three-part workshops between April and November 2020
  • 8 Group coaching / practise sessions between April and November 2020
  • 5 Discussion groups between October and November 2020
  • 11 Train the trainer sessions for 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. between October 2019 and November 2020
  • 7 Meetups held workshops themselves between October 2019 to November 2020

This year, we reached  these countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Buenos Aires
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Canada
  5. Colombia
  6. Costa Rica
  7. El Salvador
  8. Greece
  9. India
  10. Indonesia
  11. Italy
  12. Japan
  13. Kenya
  14. Mexico
  15. Netherlands
  16. Nicaragua
  17. Nigeria
  18. Panama
  19. Peru
  20. Philippines
  21. Serbia
  22. Spain
  23. Thailand
  24. Ukraine
  25. United Kingdom
  26. United States

We had 7 meetups or WordCamps in 5 countries run the workshop themselves for their communities between October 2019 and November 2020:

  1. Canada, Calgary
  2. India, Ahmedabad
  3. Japan, 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. Ogijima
  4. Netherlands, Leiden
  5. United States, Houston
  6. United States, Minneapolis
  7. United States, Oakland

Congratulations to the groups who did this during a difficult year for event organizers.

Did we miss any? We look through all of the meetups events that were run in this period to confirm the ones that are self-reported to us and to look for more, so it is quite possible that we are missing some!.

 We definitely want to count everybody, so tell us: Who did we miss? Please comment on this post to tell us!


“Before taking the workshops, I didn’t have the confidence for public speaking. Thanks to these sessions, I can relax, gather my thoughts, and proceed with my presentation. I would recommend this workshop to people of color in the WordPress ecosystem. You belong here; it’s a no-judgment zone where you can find your authentic voice.”
– TC, Learner Advocate, @codebrother1, USA

“LOVED the #WPDiversity Workshop! It really inspired me to bring this type of content to the WordPress Mexico community and bring more diverse groups into speaking at our Meetups and WordCamps. ¡Muchas gracias!”
– Maryl Gonzalez – Co-Founder / Lead UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it./UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. Designer | Scrum/Agile PM – The App Chefs