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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We are working in a number of area across the country to engage our partners and our work force in recognising, celebrating and promoting difference and diversity through work place charters, wellbeing and open exchanges of beliefs, aspiration and traditions, we call this "makebetterhappen"
I will only speak at/attend events where contribution is from a diverse group
I am Onkwehonwe female working in the tech industry for 25+ years. I will continue doing all I can to respect all of creation - right now alot of people need more folks to acknowledge the bias as a place to start. I will continue acknowledging the biases even while I may not personally experience negative impacts from the bias. I will continue supporting, promoting, creating and cheerleading for diversity in the tech industry.
Program Chair at TechWell conferences
I am committed to, along with my program team, of crafting programs and inviting/selecting speakers that represent as much diversity as possible. But beyond the program part, I want to help mentor & guide folks into becoming better and more comfortable with public speaking. I view this not as a goal, but as a journey that will take energy, effort, and focus. Please hold me to count on my journey and help me as well...
I am working on inclusion programs, including events, at Mozilla. And I volunteer with four organizations who are specifically committed to public good and/or diversity in tech.