Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) 2022 Year-End Report

Hello everyone! The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) helps WordPress event organizers diversify their speaker lineups and create more inclusive and welcoming events.

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 December 2021 to December 2022.

A few highlights:

  • This year we continued carrying out the 3 programs that we launched in 2021.
  • We launched an APAC branch of our group, the APAC WPDiversity Network Building meetings
  • We translated our speaker workshop material into more languages
  • We put a lot of focus on getting more contributors to participate in the group this year, and that number went up significantly
  • We held our first day-long in-person workshop (except for the facilitator over Zoom), which was a lot like producing a 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.
  • We held fewer events to make room for more of the other things that our group needs to do, and yet all of our results went up! More people in more places with higher results.
  • We had #WPDiversity initiatives at WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event.
  • We advised people on their questions and initiatives ideas when the surge of interest in WordPress diversity that happened earlier this year
  • We launched a calendar of events that we keep updated on our handbook page

And now, let’s talk numbers

Program 1: Underrepresented Voices Speaker Workshops

  • Participants self-reported an increase in public speaking confidence of: 54%

Program 2: How to Organize Inclusive and Welcoming WordPress Events

  • Participants self-reported an increase in feeling prepared to run an inclusive event of: 40%

Program 3: Speaker support and speaking opportunities (#diverse-speaker-support SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel)

  • 225+ speakers, speaker 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., event organizers, and allies in the Slack channel so far


Our 15 events (workshops and group coaching sessions) in 2022 impacted:

  • 248 participants
  • from 117 cities
  • in these 27 countries:
  1. Bangladesh
  2. Bhutan
  3. Bolivia
  4. Canada
  5. Cabo Verde
  6. Costa Rica
  7. England
  8. Germany
  9. Greece
  10. India
  11. Indonesia
  12. Italy
  13. Luxembourg
  14. Netherlands
  15. Nigeria
  16. Philippines
  17. Portugal
  18. Rwanda
  19. Serbia
  20. Slovakia
  21. South Africa
  22. Spain
  23. Switzerland
  24. Uganda
  25. United Kingdom
  26. United States
  27. Marked as “Unknown”

Increased number of contributors in the team:

  • 2020-2021: 5 contributors
  • 2021-2022: 32 contributors!

Our speaker workshop materials are available in:


“I truly appreciate the #WPDiversity programs. I wouldn’t have done a successful talk at WordCamp US 2022 without them. I guess I can’t say that I suck at public speaking anymore!”

– Ebonie Butler, Senior Software Engineer, Philadelphia USA

“The reason that our WordCamp 2022 organizers are a diverse team is as a direct result of your #WPDiversity Speaker training. This group’s composition is no accident. The 2019 group was kind of a diversity nightmare. Of our 14 organizers in 2022, 9 are from underrepresented groups (gender, ethnicity, neurodiverse). Our speakers are similarly diverse.”

– A WordCamp Organizer Co-Lead, United States

“I’d love to see ALL THE ORGANIZERS take an Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events workshop!”

– 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.

You can read more testimonials in our monthly reports.

With the return of in-person events, we are looking forward to continue being of service to 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 to in 2023!