Report: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops August 2021

This month we launched our inaugural Allyship workshop from the new Allyship program, and we offered our monthly-ish Diverse Speaker workshop.

August 2021

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA, August 19, 2021

Facilitator: @jillbinder

We are running the new Allyship program in quarterly cohorts. This was the first workshop for the first cohort.

It was an interactive watch party of the “Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space Part 1” and Part 2 on Learn WordPress. We paused the video for doing exercises in the workbook and having discussions.

Number who attended: 13
Out of how many who had registered: 68%! (19 registered)
From number of cities: 13
From number of countries: 6 (Canada, Nigeria, Philippines, Serbia, UK, USA)
Self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 52%!


“I love how actionable the workshop is.”


“I loved being with other organizers and hearing what they’ve done. The checklists in the workbook are helpful in terms of tracking what I have done and what I can still improve. I’d love to see ALL THE ORGANIZERS go through this. This felt like a great complement to other material that WordPress has about not disparaging people; the focus of the Allyship workshop was on how to be actively welcoming.”

– Sallie Goetsch, organizer, East Bay WordPress 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.

“I learned a lot from the discussions amongst the attendees. I can’t wait for the next one!”

– Oneal Rosero, Community Contributor, The Philippines

“I thought I was holding inclusive events already, and this workshop showed me ways to make things even more inclusive that I hadn’t thought of before. I especially liked learning that changing just a few words can make my 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 even more welcoming to more people.”

– Shanta R. Nathwani, President & CEO, Namara Technologies Inc., Canada

“This is an important issue for me. I’m glad to have solid steps to take and ongoing support to keep improving. Thank you for holding these workshops.”

– Susan Smylie, 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. Organizer, Web Developer, San Antonio, TX

“The content was great and I really loved the workbook!”

– Megan Rose, WordPress Community DeputyProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook., USA

Diverse Speaker Workshop AMER/EMEA, August 27, 2021

“How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events”

Facilitator: @onealtr

The only people in attendance were Oneal, myself, and a volunteer from our working group, @danitto. No participants attended.

Thank you

A lot of people contribute to making these workshops successful. Thank you to each and every one!


Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Watch for our next workshop announcement.

If you are holding a WordCamp this year, we would like to help you get more great speakers. Please get in touch with @jillbinder on the WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at and we will arrange a #WPDiversity speakers workshop for you.

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