Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) AMER/EMEA on September 14, 2022

Attending: @jillbinder, @katiejrichards, @kcrockett, @leogopal, @metalandcoffee, @onealtr, @robinwpdeveloper, @santanainniss, @sc0ttkclark

Facilitator: @katiejrichards




1 Attendance and check-ins (everyone)

2 First time here

3 Comments, questions, ideas (anyone)

4 Plan for the next 3 months! ( @jillbinder )

  • Under the More link at the end of this post

5 Workshops (Speaker & Inclusion) ( @jillbinder )

  • Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community
    • Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 2022
    • 9:00am to 11:30am India time (IST)
  • Looking for women (people who identify as women some or all of the time) volunteers during the workshop:
    • If you’ve done public speaking or are a WP event organizer, you can mentorEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. people on their talk topics, descriptions, outlines, etc.
    • If you haven’t, there are some behind the scenes admin items that we need help with (letting people in from the waiting room, muting people, checking for questions in the chat that I might miss, etc.)
  • We have 27 signed up. We are aiming for about 35 to register, so help with spreading the word would be much appreciated.
  • October Inclusion workshop: The group started the discussion on what format workshop should be to be able to cover more of the material:
    • 2.5 hours on one day
    • 2 days (1h 30m each)
    • 3 days (1h each)

6 APAC WPDiversity Network Building ( @onealtr )

  • @onealtr shared upcoming WordCamps in APAC, and shared about the APAC WPDiversity Network Building meeting later that day:

7 Diverse Speaker Support channel (@kcrockett, @juliarosia, @jillbinder )

8 Marketing ( @santanainniss )

  • @santanainniss shared that she’s been posting about:
    • Creating Inclusive WP Events content (2 parts on different weeks)
    • India Women’s Training
    • APAC meeting

      with really great engagement and click-through numbers!

9 Other Updates + Next meeting facilitator (anyone)

  • @onealtr and @santanainniss are collaborating on a new post describing the APAC WP Diversity meeting. This will be an improved place to drive social media posts to to help bringing more community engagement.


Plan for the next 3 months:

Program 1: Diverse Speakers Program

  • 1 Diverse Speaker workshop – with co-facilitator(s)
  • Up to 1 hour community facilitator “Helpdesk” a week

Program 2: Inclusion Program

  • 1 Inclusion workshop – with co-facilitator(s)
  • 1 follow-up Inclusion SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at chat – with co-facilitator(s)

Program 3: Diverse Speaker Support Program

  • Speaker placement: At least 1 person applies to speak, gets accepted to speak, or gets mentorship in our channel each month
  • At least 20% workshop participants registration in the #diverse-speaker-support Slack channel (but trying to aim for 25% or more, if possible)

Running the Group

  • Bi-weekly group meetings – with volunteer facilitators
  • At least 1 new volunteer joins


A big focus for this year is going to be helping our team and the community (event organizers and anyone who is interested) facilitate our two workshops, especially our speakers workshop.

In order to do this, I will hold our workshops quarterly, and invite people to co-facilitate and/or attend the workshops in order to start learning how to run them.

I will also be answering everyone’s questions about how to hold the workshop on #diverse-speaker-support.

Of note: The Inclusion program, instead of being 3 months for each cohort that we were doing previously, we will now have a 2- month cadence: