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/

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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.

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#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.

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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

Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops June 2021

During the pandemic, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has been delivering our Diverse Speaker workshop to the global WordPress community online directly.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops are going.

June 2021

Speak up! Black Speakers In WordPress Workshop, June 5 & 12, 2021

By special request, we held a workshop for people in the WordPress community who identify as Black or African American and are based in North America or Europe.

Facilitators: @alliennimmons, Tarsha McCormick, and @jillbinder

Number who attended: 13
From number of cities: 12
From number of countries: 1 (United States)
Self-reported increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 13%

Testimonials

“Before I took this workshop, I was unable to identify other African-American/Black speakers in various areas of WordPress (Development, Design, Marketing, etc). Thanks to this workshop, I was able to make connections and encourage the next wave of storytellers of our Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Project and its Community. I would DEFINITELY recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking to achieve the necessary confidence level and tools to effectively put together submissions for events in tech. I wish that a hands-on workshop like this was available before I submitted my first topic for consideration!”

– Joe A Simpson Jr, UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it./A11YAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Advocate, Castaic, CA

“As a repeat speaker 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., I’m always thinking about how to make my presentations better. I came away from the Speak Up! workshop with some practical ways to make my speaker submissions and presentations more effective.”

– Ray Mitchell, Owner – Made for You Media, Winston-Salem, NC

Diverse Speaker Workshop AMER/APAC, June 30, 2021

Facilitator: @volkswagenchick

Number who attended: 4
From number of cities: 4
From number of countries: 1 (Canada, India, Philippines, United States)
Self-reported increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 36%

Testimonial

“I felt like you were reading my mind on some of these points about what holds us back from speaking. And the brainstorm prompts are all really, really good. I walked away with a ton of ideas and newfound confidence. I’m excited to talk now. This workshop works!”

– Erika Lewis, WordPress Dev, Washington DC

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 and we will arrange a #WPDiversity speakers workshop for you.

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports

Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops May 2021

During the pandemic, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has been delivering our Diverse Speaker workshop to the global WordPress community online directly.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

Report: May 2021

Workshop / “Learn” Watch Party Hybrid (Philippines / APAC)

Facilitator: @onealtr

In May, Oneal Rosero followed the 1.5 hour “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party” format that we did in February. He played the video on Learn, paused for group exercises out loud, and held discussions in the text chat.

We once again got a great response from attendees. They let us know that they liked the content and this format!

Number who attended: 4
From number of cities: 4
From number of countries: 1 (Philippines)

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking this workshop: 12.5%

Testimonial:

“As 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. organizer, it is important to have confidence in public speaking. Before I took this workshop, I was only certain that I can talk publicly but was not really had a clear list of the things that I can speak about. I would recommend this workshop for those who are trying to gain/gain back their confidence and would like to start speaking at WordPress events.”

– Pie T, WordCamp Organizer, Cebu, Philippines


Upcoming: June 2021

Live workshop for Americas, APAC, Australia/Oceania

Watch for a post coming soon. For now, a quick notice that this free workshop will be on:

June 30, 2021 @ 7-9pm ET (11pm-1am UTC):

Info and registration

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops February and March 2021

During the pandemic, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has been delivering our Diverse Speaker workshop to the global WordPress community online directly.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

February 2021

Workshop / “Learn” Watch Party Hybrid

In February, we tried out a new format for the first time: A 1.5 hour “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party” for WordPress event organizers and their underrepresented community members. We played the video on Learn, paused for exercises on camera, and held discussions in the text chat.

We got a great response from attendees. It was a successful format!

Number who attended: 7

From number of cities: 7

From number of countries: 3 (United States, Philippines, and Italy)

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 40%

March 4, 2021

Workshop for Ontario and New York (Great Lakes)

For March 4, 2021, I worked with Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 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 @tantienhime to put on an event for the Great Lakes Area, including Ontario and New York 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.. (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Kingston, Durham, and any other meetups that may wish to include their members).

Members of the Diverse Speaker Training group @volkswagenchick and @sparklingrobots facilitated the live workshop.

Number who attended: 13

Not all let us know where they are from, so this is the info we were able to gather:

From number of cities: 5

From number of countries: 2 (United States and Canada)

March 18, 2021

Impromptu Panel / Discussion

We scheduled the workshop / watch party hybrid again for March 18, 2021. The only attendees were 3 volunteers from the Diverse Speaker Training group. We turned it into a panel / discussion about what organizers can do to help more people from marginalized and underrepresented groups to speak at events, especially regarding:

– what immediate actions organizers can take
– reaching more people with our team’s workshops
– helping to create a more direct path from our workshops to speaking at meetups/WordCamps

Plans for May 2021: Philippines

In May 2021, Diverse Speaker Training team member @onealtr is planning to hold a hybrid workshop / watch party for the Philippines and countries that work in similar time zones!

How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events

The potential date may be Sunday, May 16, 2021 in the afternoon.

Please watch https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/wpdiversityworkshops/ for this workshop announcement soon!

Thank you

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

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Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops November 2020

The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) normally trains 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. organizers how to hold their own Diverse Speaker workshop in order to increase how many speaker applications they get from people from marginalized and underrepresented groups.

During the pandemic, the team is delivering the workshop to the global WordPress community online ourselves. We are also starting to slowly reintroduce the original trainings for organizers as people’s bandwidth is slowly increasing.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

Workshop series

In November, we ran our second “Intermediate” speaker three-part workshops series for individuals.

Number who attended: 8
From number of cities: 8
From number of countries: 3 (United States, Philippines, and Nigeria)

Number who attended all 3 workshops: 4

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking the workshops: 100% (!)

These are the stats for the events run by @jillbinder. Others have been facilitating discussion groups for our recordings up on Learn WordPress as well. (The stats for the others are not yet available at this time.)

Testimonial

“The workshops were surprisingly really helpful to improving my sense of confidence and ability in creating talks from scratch!”
– Time Darden, Software Developer, Brooklyn, NY

Thank you

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

Input Requested

We are re-imagining our group’s work for 2021 and we’d love to hear your thoughts:

[Input Requested] Re-imagining the work of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity)

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