We care about diversity of conferences and events because we want them to be better for everyone.
Sign the diversity charter to show that you care too.
All too often we see conference and event lineups full of the same or similar people, we don’t want that anymore. We want diversity.
Diversity refers to a wide range of visible and non-visible characteristics; it’s about valuing variety, welcoming a range of backgrounds and opinions and embracing the benefits that differences bring. We believe that a diverse set of people on stage and in audiences will improve events and will ultimately change the industries they represent for the better.
We know that it takes more effort to increase diversity at events and we will show our commitment to making that happen by signing this charter.
This charter is for event organisers, speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues. By signing this charter, you are committing to highlighting where there is a lack of diversity at events and doing what you can to make things better.
You can make better events for your participants by working harder to create a more inclusive environment. By signing this charter, you are committing to seeking ways to create better events by increasing the diversity of the people on stage as well as in the audience. You can use these ideas to help you. Once you sign the charter, you’ll get a logo to add your website to show your commitment to everyone.
Event speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues
Influence diversity at conferences by being mindful of who is speaking and what the conference is doing to promote diversity. By signing this charter, you are committing to encouraging event organisers to consider making events diverse, highlighting when they aren’t and helping where you can.
Choose not to speak at events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose not to attend and/or fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose to not send employees to as audience members, speakers or panel members to events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Choose not to fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events. You make sure you have a diverse range of people representing your organisation at events you sponsor.
Work with event organisers to ensure you are meeting diverse needs. Choose to not host events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
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Check the diversity of events before signing up to attend - and highlighting diversity gaps when I spot them
I organize a testing conference with a gender balance. I coach new speakers with emphasis on women, without excluding men who ask my help. I facilitate #TestGems as a webinar platform open for new speakers that offers support when needed. I speak personally a lot in conferences around the world.
Erwin van der Koogh
As a speaker I refuse to speak at events that don't make an effort to include diverse people and opinions. Often I offer to help out reaching out to a more diverse set of speakers.
As an organiser I go out of my way to attract speakers if diverse backgrounds.
As a speaker, I speak only at conferences with a Code of Conduct (which I believe helps diversity) and I work on becoming more aware of the different kinds of diversity and call out if I see lack of it.
As me I do my best to make everyone feel welcome and included; and safe.
Help out with the diversity group.