Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) on February 10, 2021

Summary:

  • Looking for more volunteer and participant signups for the “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity: An Interactive, Transformational Watch Party” on February 18th.
  • Shanta is looking for help from our team with promoting the “Great Lakes area: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events” live workshop on March 4.
  • Our “Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space” workshop videos are up on Learn. Oneal and Katie are working on items for it.
  • Our team will be holding a work party for people working on items for our group Thurs, Feb 11, 2021 @ 4-5pm Pacific (Friday 12-1am UTC)!

Attending: @jillbinder @tantienhime @oneal @katiejrichards @angelasjin @wpfangirl @webcommsat @nalininonstopnewsuk

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Agenda:

  1. What are you working on? How is it going? Do you have any obstacles? With colour:
  • Green: On plan. No help needed.
  • Yellow: Not on plan but I have a strategy to get there
  • Red: Not on plan, no plan to get there, I’m lost!

2. Feb 18th “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party”
3. March 4: Live workshop for the Great Lakes Area, including Ontario and New York
4. Learn WordPress evergreen workshop: Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space
5. Added mid-meeting: Work Party

1. Reports:

What are you working on? How is it going? Do you have any obstacles? With colour:

  • Green: On plan. No help needed.
  • Yellow: Not on plan but I have a strategy to get there
  • Red: Not on plan, no plan to get there, I’m lost!

@tantienhime
Green: Our Great Lakes Area workshop is green: on track. Only thing I might need is spreading the social.

@wpfangirl
Need to promote the watch party in my 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. and to be sure to attend myself. Working on signing up a diverse range of speakers for 2021, and making some progress.

@oneal
Yellow: trying to get back on track with my input on the #Diversity workshops. working on a plan but will call for help if needed by the weekend.

2. Feb 18th “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party”!

Eventbrite link

We are at 6 registrations currently:
4 WordPress event organizers
2 community members

I would love it if more people on our team attend.

My thoughts of in which capacities you could be in attendance:

  1. As an event organizer. Preferably bringing members of your community with you! (But it’s also ok if you show up and they do not.)
  2. As a volunteer to help mentor people’s topic ideas
  3. As a “model participant” — If we have people participating in the ice breaker and exercises, then if we have all shy participants that day, they are more likely to join in.

Also, the #marketing team has a great plan laid out for promoting on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. There are a couple of posts for us to share. One today on LinkedIn, and one will be on Twitter on Feb 17th.

@jillbinder: Here is a post from Marketing on LinkedIn from today for us to share, please!
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/make-wordpress-marketing-team_how-to-own-your-expertise-start-speaking-activity-6765275368975802368-Il_a/

@webcommsat: There are more going out tomorrow too via 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. to also be promoted at WordCamp India. @nalininonstopnewsuk @OGlekler @meherand @lmurillom with me have also been promoting the work of this group at and around WordCamp India, WordFest and WordCamp Sevilla.

3. March 4: Live workshop for the Great Lakes Area, including Ontario and New York

@tantienhime has initiated having a live workshop, the same content as our Feb 18th workshop, for all of the meetups in her area for March 4th: The Great Lakes Area, including Ontario and New York meetups. To name a few: Hamilton (hosting), Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Kingston, Durham.

@tantienhime: Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/WPHamOnt/events/276270767/

@jillbinder: @volkswagenchick and @sparklingrobots will be facilitating.

@tantienhime: Some reasonings for this:

  • Give organizers a break from having to find a speaker. One of the local meetups has just gone on hiatus, because they are burnt out. Even we’ve had trouble finding volunteers with the increasing demand on our time.
  • Saves our community members from having to attend multiple events. So far, we’ve been making sure we don’t step on each others’ toes, but this gives all of the communities and all of the members to be on the same page at one time.
  • The members attending have similar issues, not only in diversity, but in language and locality. Seeing friendly faces I think will bring the community closer together if they see people they recognize locally and know they aren’t alone.

@tantienhime: Can the team help take the meetup link and publicize at the appropriate time (i.e., after Feb. 18) and target the appropriate region? Maybe some help from Central in contacting other meetups in our region that I may not know about? Or ensuring that I have included all of them?

@jillbinder I will ask!

4. Learn WordPress evergreen workshop: Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space

It is exciting for us to get this workshop up! They are an important part of our focus for the next while. Not only helping groups with speaker diversity but also how to be good allies.

https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/creating-a-welcoming-and-diverse-space-part-1/
https://learn.wordpress.org/workshop/creating-a-welcoming-and-diverse-space-part-2/

@oneal is working on the learning objectives and comprehension questions. We will have a work party tomorrow to work on those.

@katiejrichards is getting started on cleaning up the caption text in Otter.ai!

5. Added item: Work Party

A few of us decided to have a work party tomorrow!

Others on the team or folks who would want to do work on our team are welcome to attend.

We are going to have an hour on Zoom where people are working on items for our group. It’s a chance to have some energy from our team, and also I and others would be available to answer immediate questions.

Thursday, February 11th @ 4-5pm Pacific / 12-1am UTC
(Friday/ February 12th @ 8-9am GMT+8)

Please contact me if you would like to attend!

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