We care about diversity at 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 diversity.
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. (We encourage giving people the benefit of the doubt and working with them rather than calling them out publically)
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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I run a local tester meet up and want to invite more under-represented voices to speak next year.
Were have had a reasonable diversity of speakers in the past 3 years, but I can do more by actively inviting more diverse speakers and being aware of diversity issues.
Anh N. Tran
International Women's Connection
We want to foster and empower women at work and facilitate an interdisciplinary platform to exchange, support and inspire each other.
Everyone from all genders (men are welcome, as well), from straight and LGBTIQ people, from 18 to 64+ ... is welcome to join our event.
We believe that the world looks much better in color!
Because we want…
…to see more diversity in society and in the workplace.
…women to be more visible and represented in leadership positions, executive boards and involved in decision-making processes to bring forward women-related matters.
…to support women to become even stronger and more connected.
…women to support and empower each other.
Alberto Calderón Queimadelos
I need to learn more about diversity and how to improve it, at least around me at work and hobbies.
We organise many events and we aspire to commit ourselves fully to diversity. Of course we can always do better and this charter provides a marker for us - not to mention some useful advice and a network to help us be the best we can be.
AWMUG - the Amateur Wardley Mapping User Group
We care about diversity for our events, to the extent that in addition to following as many of the guidelines and pointers as we can here, we're committing to having at least a third of our attendees at our events coming from diverse backgrounds from now on.