Report: Diverse Speaker Workshop September 2022

In September 2022, the #WPDiversity group held a speaker training workshop to empower WordPress women in India across two days.

September 2022

Diverse Speakers Program

Speaker Workshop For Indian Women in the WordPress Community, September 24 and 25, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended or who watched the recording after: 24
  • From number of cities: 13
  • From number of countries: 2 India, United States

Average self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 137.5%


“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn. Even if you may be confident in public speaking, this workshop can be useful – understanding how to narrow down a topic, how to pitch, and the do’s & don’ts of public speaking. Thank you to the organizers for supporting this & Jill for conducting it and involving all participants.”

– Akshaya Rane, Software Developer, Thane, India

“The feedback process was great. It was a great balance between constructive criticism and praise, so it helps build confidence. The environment is inclusive and the exercises done together help refine our thought process, which is hard to do on your own and without feedback.”

– Karishma Sundaram, Content Strategist

“Thank You Jill, Anna, and Ericka for doing this!”

– twitter/@MeherBala (Meher Bala)

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel (#diverse-speaker-support) in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsEvent 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.
  • finding out about WordPress speaking opportunities from WordPress 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
  • getting to know other WordPress speakers and organizers

Wins this month: 7

  • Flagship WordCamps:
    • 1 spoke at WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event.
    • 2 sent in speaker applications to WC Asia
  • 2 spoke at 3 other events
  • 1 got speaker mentorship


“I truly appreciate the existence of the Diverse Speaker group. Definitely wouldn’t have done a successful talk at 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. US without it. I guess I can’t say that I suck at public speaking anymore!” – Ebonie Butler, Senior Software Engineer, Philadelphia USA

Thank you

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

Upcoming Workshops

October 29, 2022 @ 10am-6pm CST: WordPress #WPDiversity Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in Latin America 

New! The list of upcoming #WPDiversity events is posted on the Diverse Speaker Group (#WPDiversity) page in the Community handbook. Please check there for upcoming events.