Report: #WPDiversity Inclusion and Diverse Speaker Workshops July to August 2023

In July and August 2023, the #WPDiversity group held several DEI workshops and knowledge-sharing events.

July 2023

July 2, 2023:  “How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events APAC”

We held a 2-hour interactive watch party to help boost speaking confidence, which included exercises for speaking topics and real-time feedback. The attendees were supported by 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. who shared their expertise through the experience.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 15
  • From number of cities: 12
  • From number of countries: 9 (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Egypt, India, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, USA)
  • Self-reported increase in public speaking confidence: 72%!

July 20, 2023: “Organizing Diverse & Inclusive WordPress Events #WPDiversity

An interactive 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, as well as anyone in WordPress who would like to champion this work, create diverse and inclusive events. We added new material: 1. Why do we care about diversity in WordPress?  2. What does diversity look like in your part of the world? 3. How do we move towards that?

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended: 21
  • From number of cities: 21
  • From number of countries: 11 (Canada, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, United States)
  • Self-reported increase in preparedness to run an inclusive event: 32%

This material is available online:

  1. Diversity in WordPress: Why and what is it in your part of the world?
  2. Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space Part 1
  3. Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space Part 2


“I recommend that you attend this workshop if you want to expand your understanding of what diversity means and how to begin to think about it.”
~ Dave Margowsky, Project Manager, Washington, United States

“This workshop is a safe place for people of all creeds to be they’re utter, vulnerable selves and to be heard and listened to! It’s too easy to get caught up in the technical and business aspects of WordPress, forgetting the greatly diverse human element that makes the WordPress Community really stand out.”
~ Christos Paloukas, Proud Weird Human, Athens, Greece

“My point of view was broadened, and I’m more aware of what we’re trying to do as a community to improve DEI in WordPress events. We all got personal insights on what we’re trying to do as a community, which tools are available and what’s our general approach about improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at WordPress events, and ultimately make our community even more friendly and welcoming.”
~ Piermario Orecchioni, Web Designer, Olbia, Italy

“I really liked the new section on what diversity looks like in WordPress. It was important for setting the stage. Many of us were surprised when we looked up our region’s actual diversity data! All meetup organizers should attend this workshop – you’re missing out if you don’t!”
~ Sallie Goetsch, WP consultant and meetup organizer, California, USA

“This workshop was fantastic. It is tailored for WordPress event organizers, but it would also be helpful for sponsors and volunteers on WordCamps to attend a similar workshop.”
~ Birgit Olzem, Freelancer, #DEIB advocate, Germany

“In two short hours, I learned tools I’ll use for a lifetime to make events better by being more diverse, inclusive, and welcoming.”
~ Eric Amundson, Web Developer

“This a great starting point to open up to being more inclusive and helping diversity flourish.”
~ Wendie Huis in ‘t Veld, Lead Organiser WordCamp Europe 2024

July 30, 2023: Contributor Mentorship: A Primer for DEIB at WordPress Events (#WPDiversity)

@jillbinder held a workshop for @harishanker‘s Contributor Membership Pilot program to talk about: what does diversity mean in the context of WordPress and why does it matter?

This workshop is available online: A Primer for DEIB at WordPress Events (#WPDiversity) (video)

August 2023

August 17, 2023: Inclusion Follow-up SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at Chat

We hold a “Follow-up Slack chat” a month after the Inclusion workshop to help people with their diversity efforts at WordPress events ongingly.

Facilitator: @jillbinder

  • Number who attended online: 8
  • From number of cities: 8
  • From number of countries: 5 (Cameroon, Germany, India, Spain, USA)

August 30, 2023: #WPDiversity Resources Walk-Through Workshop

@jillbinder held a walk-through of all of the #WPDiversity workshops, systems, and resources available on

This information is available now and is good for:

  • Event Supporters
  • #WPDiversity Members
  • WordPress Meetup and WordCamp organizers
  • Translators
  • Community organizers of any workshop in WordPress
  • Anyone who cares about diversity in WordPress

The video will be available online soon. This post will be updated with the link when it is available.

Thank you

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

Upcoming Workshop

Speaker Workshop for Indian Women in the WordPress Community
Saturday, September 23, 2023 and Sunday, September 24, 2023
9:30am-12:00pm IST
For women in India
Register now:

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.