Report: #WPDiversity Inclusion and Diverse Speaker Workshops October and November 2022

In October and November 2022, the #WPDiversity group held an Inclusion workshop and follow-up coaching session, and a full-day in person women speakers event in San José, Costa Rica.

 

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events 

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events Workshop, October 13, 2022

We held a watch party workshop to help 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. and 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. organizers, or anyone in WordPress who would like to champion this work, hold diverse and inclusive events.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended online: 12
  • From number of cities: 12
  • From number of countries: 8 (Bhutan, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Philippines, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States)
  • Self-reported increase in preparedness to run an inclusive event: 30%

Testimonials

“The Inclusion workshop helped me to acknowledge even more how important diversity is and to see where diversity is lacking. I saw how important it is to listen and to learn, and to be ready to create safe places so more people will join and stay in the community. The content was good. The workshop felt like a comfortable and safe space for us to learn. — Carlos Moreira, WordPress Developer, Portugal

Organizing Diverse and Inclusive WordPress Events Follow-up 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/. chat, November 17, 2022

As a follow-up to our October 2022 Inclusion workshop, we held a follow-up Slack chat in November to celebrate successes, discuss challenges, answer questions, and have diversity discussions.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

Guest coach: D. Squinkifer

Number who attended: 15

From number of cities: 15

From number of countries: 8 (Canada, England, India, Phillippines, Luxembourg, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States)

Diverse Speaker Workshop

WordPress #WPDiversity Speaker Workshop for Women Voices in Latin America, October 29, 2022

We held our first day-long in-person workshop! It was in San José, Costa Rica. The facilitator was over Zoom and spoke English. There were two live translators translating to participants in Spanish and back to the facilitator in English over wireless headsets.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

Number who attended: 35

From number of cities: 9

From number of countries: 1 (Costa Rica)

Self-reported increase in public speaking self-confidence scores: 52%

Testimonials

There were a lot of amazing testimonials spoken at the event and provided in the feedback form after. This report will need to be properly updated after the new year along with who said them. In the meantime, here is a preview:

“Before attending, I could not speak or present a topic of my own for fear of what people will say or because of nerves and in this workshop I have achieved it, it is something that I will keep in my mind and I will continue practicing it.”

“I liked the space to speak and learn calmly without judgment. I can speak more confidently and calmly, I learned how to stay calm.”

“The workshop deals with a topic that empowers. I recommend attending, as it is a safe space and at the same time gives a valuable tool.”

Diverse Speaker Support Channel

We have a Slack channel (#diverse-speaker-support) in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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

We are experimenting with effective ways to invite workshop participants to the channel. In September and October, a handful signed up mostly because it was not clear what a Slack username was when we asked for it. Also we offered to help people create their Slack accounts, but everyone whom we did this for got stuck in the middle of process and no one completed it.

We worked on these and in December we had a very high rate. This will go into the December report to be released in January 2023.

Thank you

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

Upcoming Workshops

Keep an eye on the list of upcoming #WPDiversity events is posted on the Diverse Speaker Group (#WPDiversity) page in the Community handbook.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports

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%

Testimonials

“The workshop is a great first step in making an amorphous desire to speak at an event more concrete. The environment is inclusive and the exercises help refine thought process together, which is hard to do on your own and without feedback.” – Karishma Sundaram, Content Strategist

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn. Even if you may be confident in Public speaking, you can still attend. It helps in understanding different possibilities where we can speak, How to narrow down a topic. This covers How to pitch, Do’s & Don’t during Public speaking. Overall it’s good to learn & thank you organizers for supporting this & Jill for conducting it and involving all participants.” – Akshaya Rane, Software Developer, Thane, India

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a 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 (#diverse-speaker-support) in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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

Testimonial

“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.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports

Report: Inclusion and Diverse Speaker Workshops June 2022

In June, we held one “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events” discussion.

June 2022

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events – coaching, accountability and discussion

Facilitator: @jillbinder

As a follow-up to our May 2022 workshop discussions, we held a coaching, accountability and discussion session on 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/. on June 14th, 2022.

Number who attended: 10

From number of cities: 10

From number of countries: 5 (Bangladesh, Luxembourg, Philippines, Spain, United States)

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a Slack channel (#diverse-speaker-support) in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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

  • 2 spoke at a WordPress event
  • 2 spoke at a different tech event
  • 1 applied and got accepted for a WordPress event (2 wins)
  • 1 got a talk accepted at another tech event

Thank you

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

Upcoming: September and October 2022

September 24, 2022 and September 25, 2022 @ 9am-11:30am IST: Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community

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

Follow https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for our next workshop announcement.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Report: Inclusion and Diverse Speaker Workshops May 2022

This month, we held two “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events” discussions.

May 2022

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events – Discussions

Facilitator: @jillbinder

To accommodate the WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. organizers, we held short discussions on two different dates (May 10 and 14, 2022) about the videos on Learn WordPress. Also invited: All event organizers, contributors, and the mentorsMentor 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. in the #diverse-speaker-support channel.

Total number who attended both: 21 

From number of cities: 23 (one person represented 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. in 3 cities/countries)

From number of countries: 8 (Bolivia, India, Nigeria, Philippines, The Netherlands, Portugal, Cabo Verde, United States)

Self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 23%

Testimonials

“I grew from the experience of attending the #WPDiversity workshop. What I took away is that we are stronger together when creating diverse spaces. We see each other’s blind spots and through collaboration we can ensure everyone feels included.” – Winstina Hughes, Community Contributor, US

“This session offered new methods to make events even more inclusive. We absolutely loved discovering that simply changing a few phrases may make meetups & wordcamps even more open to more people.” – WP Swings

“I found the Inclusion training for 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. organizers inspiring and helpful. If you’re involved in events in any way, I recommend it.” – Jonathan Wold

“Five minutes in, I felt inspired to start trying some of these ideas as we restart in person meetups. No matter your goal, there are so many applicable basics for community building in this workshop that anyone attending can take something away that they can use immediately in their community.” – Cate DeRosia, WCUS 2022 Lead Trio, Grand Rapids, MI

“I have a better understanding of real inclusion resources.” – Mike Straw, WordPress Code WranglerWrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors., Athens, Ohio

“Every bit of training helps!” – Anon

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a 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 #diverse-speaker-support in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentors
  • finding out about WordPress speaking opportunities from WordPress Meetups and WordCamps
  • getting to know other WordPress speakers and organizers

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in May 2022: 2 

Wins this month: 2

  • One speaker got accepted to speak
  • One speaker got feedback on her presentation

Thank you

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

Upcoming

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for our next workshop announcement.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Report: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops April 2022

In April 2022 we held an Allyship discussion, particularly for WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. and WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. organizers. We also held a speaker workshop for Nigeria.

April 2022

Allyship for WP Event Organizers Discussion and Accountability – April 14, 2022

Facilitators: @jillbinder, @onealtr, @juliarosia

A 1.5 hour, hands-on, interactive workshop for people who have been thinking about speaking at 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. in Nigeria.

Number who attended: 18
From number of cities: 18
From number of countries: 7 (Canada, Greece, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, and United States)

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at Nigeria WordPress Meetups – April 24, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

A discussion on creating welcoming and inclusive events. People were asked to bring what they’ve tried and how it has gone, ideas they are considering, and any questions. 

Number who attended: 38 (live or watched recording after)
From number of cities: 12
From number of countries: 4 (Indonesia, Nigeria, Rwanda, United States)
Self-report increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 40%

Testimonials

“My public speaking fear has reduced! The organizers were friendly and understanding. I give this workshop a 5 star rating.”
— Web Developer, Nigeria

“The session was excellently packaged.”
— Onose Oghenevwogaga, 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. Organizer, Warri, Nigeria

“The facilitators gave us ideas on how topics can be generated and how we can speak on what we love to do best or what we do best. This approach of explaining and brainstorming idea with us made me feel comfortable in getting started with public speaking.”
— ALABI, Abdulhafeez, WordPress Design & Project Manager, Kaduna, Nigeria

“This session has helped to dispel my fear of feeling like I don’t know enough to give a talk.”

“My fear of public speaking is broken!”

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have a 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 in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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 Meetups and WordCamps
  • getting to know other WordPress speakers and organizers

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in April: 4

In our first month of focusing on community engagement in the channel (lead by @juliarosia and @kcrockett), conversations and wins have been taking off!

Wins this month: 10!

  • 5 members applied to speak at WCUS
  • 1 member applied to give a workshop at WCUS
  • 2 members got feedback on their WCUS applications and outlines from the channel
  • 1 spoke at an in-person 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.
  • 1 got accepted to speak at another WordPress-related online conference

Thank you

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


Upcoming: May 2022

Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events

(Was: Allyship for WP Event Organizers)

Join us Tuesday, May 10, 2022 or Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2pm-3pm Eastern (6pm-7pm UTC) for a discussion of videos on Learn WordPress. This discussion is for WP event organizers and contributors. The focus will be on what actions you can take now.

Register on Eventbrite 

WPDiversity is Expanding to APAC!

Members of the #WPDiversity team are starting up a second meeting that will be more accessible to those in the APAC time zones. The first meeting will be Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Read more and express your interest here: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2022/04/22/wpdiversity-is-expanding-to-apac/

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Report: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops February 2022

In February, #WPDiversity held a speaker workshop for Switzerland and a 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/. conversation in the Allyship for WP Event organizers program.

February 2022

Switzerland – Underrepresented Voices: Confidence and Topics for Speaking at WordCamps, February 10, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

A workshop for underrepresented people in Switzerland on February 10, 2022

Number who attended: 6

From number of cities: 6

From number of countries: 3 (Germany, Switzerland, and United States)

Self-report increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 52%

Two people from the workshop volunteered to translate the videos into French.

Allyship Program

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA accountability Slack chat,  February 16, 2022

Facilitator: @jillbinder

In our 3-month Allyship program, we hold support chats in the WordPress Slack #community-events channel in months 2 and 3. This was our month 3 chat.

We invite the current and previous cohorts to attend (cohorts 1 and 2).

Number who attended: 11

From number of cities: 10

From number of countries: 5 (Canada, England, Luxembourg, Philippines, and United States)

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have set up a brand-new Slack channel in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • networking
  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in February: 5

Thank you

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

Upcoming:

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for our next workshop announcement for April soon.If you are holding WordPress Meetups or are holding 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. this year, we would like to help you be welcoming diversity stewards. Please get in touch with @jillbinder on the WordPress Slack and we will arrange #WPDiversity workshops for you.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

#WPDiversity Report: Allyship chat January 2022

January 2022

Allyship Program

In our 3-month Allyship program, we hold support chats in the WordPress 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/. #community-events channel in months 2 and 3. We invite the current and previous cohorts to attend (cohorts 1 and 2).

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA coaching and accountability Slack chat, January 19, 2022

Month 2 of the three month program.

Facilitators: @alliennimmons @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 14
  • From number of cities: 13
  • From number of countries: 7 (Bangladesh, Canada, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Philippines, UK, United States)

Thank you

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

Upcoming: February 2022

February 10, 2022 @ 8pm-10pm CEST: Switzerland – Underrepresented Voices: Confidence and Topics for Speaking at WordCamps

February 16, 2022 @ 6pm-7pm UTC: Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA discussion Slack chat on #community-events

February 23, 2022 @ 5pm-6pm UTC: #WPDiversity Volunteers Zoom chat – all in WP are welcome!

February 27: Pacific Northwest – How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events – Even though it will be lead by #WPDiversity, this workshop is open to all.


If you are holding a 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. or 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. this year, we would like to help you get more great speakers. Please get in touch with @jillbinder on the WordPress Slack and we will arrange #WPDiversity speakers workshop for you.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Reports: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops November 2021

In November 2021, the #WPDiversity group:

  • Held a special train the trainers workshop for empowering WordPress women speakers in Latin America
  • Held the first workshop for the cohort number two of the new Allyship program
  • Held a Diverse Speaker workshop for Southern to Southeast Asia
  • Invited past workshop participants to join the new #diverse-speaker-support channel.

Train the Trainers (for Diverse Speakers program)

Empower Women Speakers For your WordPress Events in Latin America, November 6, 2021

By special request, a training for empowering WordPress women in Latin America held as a hybrid event both in-person and online.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended in person and online: 25
  • From number of cities: 4
  • From number of countries: 3  Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua
  • Languages: Spanish and English. We had two live translators: One doing verbal translations live and the other doing text on the Zoom chat.

Testimonials

Thanks a lot for the super useful information that was shared in the event, I feel that now with the right tools I will be able to replicate this in my beloved country (Mexico) and bring more women into tech who also want to succeed in their careers by learning the right tools to communicate and be more confident about their skills.

— Maryl Gonzalez, Co-Founder @ The App Chefs, Guadalajara, Mexico

Thanks to Ericka and Jill for the great job that you have done. Thank you for all of the organization and community work you have put into this. It’s great to see you collecting the fruits of your work. It is extremely important for women to support women. I’m very happy to see this community of women together in person and help each other grow. This workshop initiative is a very important thing for us.

— Gabriela Salas

Allyship Program

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA, November 17, 2021

Facilitator: @jillbinder

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

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

Number who attended: 9
From number of cities: 9
From number of countries: 6 (Bangladesh, Canada, Luxembourg, South Africa, Sweden, and United States)

Self-reported increase in preparedness to help create more inclusive WordPress event after taking the workshop: 52%

Testimonials

“Diversity is something that needs to be shared more and discussed more. It helps people understand differences and embrace the true meaning of inclusivity. That is why I highly recommend this workshop to everyone to attend at least once and see how it can help your perspective towards bringing awareness to your WordPress community.”

— Earl Cruz, Customer Success Manager, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

This workshop was super helpful for me. After the workshop, I left with so many ideas on how I can make my events more diverse and accessible. 

Farhan Sabir – Web Developer – Växjö, Sweden

Diverse Speakers Program

Diverse Speaker Workshop Southern to Southeast Asia, November 27, 2021

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

Facilitator: @onealtr

Number who attended: 3
From number of cities: 3
From number of countries: 2 (Indonesia, and Zimbabwe)

Languages: English and Indonesian. Thank you to @devinmaeztri for translating back and forth for one of the attendees from Indonesia.

Self-reported increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshop: 27%

Diverse Speaker Support Program

We have set up a brand-new 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, diverse-speaker-support, in the Make WordPress Slack for past participants of our Diverse Speaker workshops to:

  • Network
  • Workshop talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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.
  • Find 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

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in November: 5

Thank you

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

Upcoming

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for our next workshop announcement in the new year.

If you are holding 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. in 2022, or looking for more speakers for your 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. this coming year, we would like to help you get more great speakers. Please get in touch with @jillbinder on the WordPress Slack and we will arrange a #WPDiversity speakers workshop for you.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Reports: Allyship and Diverse Speaker Workshops September and October 2021

In September and October 2021, #WPDiversity held:

  • a special train the trainers workshop for empowering WordPress women speakers in India
  • the first two 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/. chats for the new Allyship program
  • a Diverse Speaker workshop for India

And we invited past workshop participants to join the new #diverse-speaker-support channel.

Train the Trainers

Empower Women Speakers For your WordPress Events in India, September 24 & 25, 2021

By special request, a training for empowering WordPress women in India.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 9
  • From number of cities: 7
  • From number of countries: 2 (Indonesia and India)

Testimonials

“I have attended many workshops, but I must say that this workshop was especially useful for me. I want to involve more women in the community and inspire them to speak at our events. Thank you so much for facilitating this workshop. I’m glad I could attend this and I definitely learned a lot.”

– Pooja Derashri, Contributor to WordPress Training, Polyglots, and TV Team, Ajmer, India

“This workshop was more than just empowering because now we are equipped with tools we can start using right away. We also got an immediate support system of people we can go to for consultation and brainstorming. It really helps to know that we are not alone, that there are people in different parts of the world doing the same thing.”

– Devin Maeztri, Contributor to WordPress Community and Polyglots, Jarkarta, Indonesia

“It’s really great to learn how to improve diversity for our conferences and 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..”

– Aris Setiawan, Web Developer, Indonesia

Allyship Program

In our new 3-month Allyship program, we hold support chats in the WordPress Slack #community-events channel in months 2 and 3:

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA coaching and accountability Slack chat, September 16, 2021

Facilitators: @alliennimmons @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 10
  • From number of cities: 9
  • From number of countries: 5 (Philippines, UK, South Africa, Canada, and USA)

Allyship for WordPress event organizers AMER/EMEA accountability, October 28, 2021

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 7
  • From number of cities: 7
  • From number of countries: 4 (Canada, USA, Nigeria, and South Africa)

Diverse Speaker Workshop

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events India, September 18, 2021

Facilitator: @onealtr

  • Number who attended: 3
  • From number of cities: 2
  • From number of countries: 2 (India and USA)
  • Increase in public speaking confidence after taking this workshop: 25%

Testimonial

“I have done a lot of public speaking before, but not about tech. I have many ideas of what I could talk about, and this workshop helped me zero in on the kinds of subjects I would like to talk about at WordCamps or Meetups. I’m looking forward to getting more tips from the other parts of the workshop series on Learn WordPress!”

Duane, California

“The workshop is good. It’s great to think of a specific topic to speak about — one that is targeted to your audience!”

– Rahul Sarker, 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. and 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 Kolkata

diverse-speaker-support channel

We have set up a brand-new Slack channel in the Make WordPress Slack for:

  • networking
  • workshopping talks with each other and with mentorsMentor 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 Meetups and WordCamps

We started sending out invitations to past workshop attendees in mid October.

Number of past #WPDiversity Workshop participants who joined in October: 19

Thank you

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

Upcoming: November 2021

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Allyship for WP Event Organizers AMER/EMEA
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6pm-8pm UTC

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events Southeast to Southern Asia 
November 27, 2021
7am-8:30am UTC

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events AMER/EMEA
To be held during first two weeks of December.
Date announced here soon: https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports

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%!

Testimonials

“I love how actionable the workshop is.”

Anonymous

“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 DeputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy 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!

Upcoming

Love this? Come attend a workshop!

Watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ 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 https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and we will arrange a #WPDiversity speakers workshop for you.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity