More than 30 years ago, I attended some of the first Interop events. This independent event for the IT community is still running today and does a great job with diversity and inclusion. This year the MAJORITY of keynotes at Interop in Las Vegas were women! So, we were extra proud to hear that Innovation Women Claritza Abreu, the founder and CEO of LatInc, was invited through our platform to speak at the 2018 InterOpITX. And thrilled to realize she was invited to speak by one of our other Innovation Women speakers, Katy Tynan.
“I was so excited and honored to host two sessions at the 2018 InterOpITX conference in Las Vegas, NV,” said Abreu. “Through the Innovation Women website, organizers contacted me and we found each other to be a great match! I was talking about our employee engagement and diversity social media platform, Areitos. Our technology helps companies facilitate their diversity and inclusion efforts. As an immigrant myself, I brought my most passionate and entertaining immigrant stories to the stage!”
Claritza also recently received an Innovation Women speaking invite from the Ellis Project, another place where her immigrant story is relevant.
According to Katy Tynan, “Claritza was great! Innovation Women was the first place I turned when I was looking for an inspiring, engaging speaker. It’s great to have such an easy way to find smart, talented presenters in the technology field.” Tynan, the founder and chief talent strategist at Liteskip Consulting Group, is the leadership track chair for InteropITX. She says she “really loves the Interop program. They are one of the few non-vendor conferences out there and the leadership track (where she placed Abreu) is always the most popular track.”
“That’s my passion,” Tynan continued. “I spent 10 years in tech, truly love the industry and the people but I know that there are still so many challenges with diversity and work-life balance. I want tech to become the destination field for everyone. It’s not just the industry that has ‘opportunity that comes with baggage.’”
That’s what Tynan was trying to showcase, and “Claritza was so perfect for that.”
Every week hundreds of events continue to promote All Male Panels and you’re still sitting on the sidelines. If you would like to be an Innovation Woman speaker but need help convincing the boss, our Justification Toolkit is here to help! Simply copy and paste the verbiage you’d like to use and send it to your manager.
SXSW (South by Southwest), the annual film, music and interactive festival in Austin, TX is one of the world’s largest and most eclectic conferences and events. With hundreds of official panels, speakers and dozens of simultaneous events, it’s a great microcosm of the events and conference world.
Recently my friend and I submitted a topic to a local group. It was rejected and now we’re awaiting feedback on why. What makes a good speech proposal? How can you shape an idea to best fit the audience? Any suggestions? Sandra
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There are lots of speaking opportunities that speakers need to apply for. (Our weekly speaker newsletter lists more than 100 every week!) There are formal calls for speakers as well as the proposals we do to conference and event managers when we have speakers to speak at their events.
Here are some suggestions on creating great speaking proposals.
This week, we worked with BrightTALK to produce a webinar for their Women in Tech channel. We called it Public Speaking: The Career Game-changer. (Check it out if you want to learn more about how speaking opportunities can help your career.)
During the webinar, we received quite a few questions on how to get started in public speaking. Since we are frequently asked to guide novice speakers – both younger people and more mature people who haven’t previously gotten on the speaking circuit – we decided it was time to revisit “How to get started in public speaking”. We’re going to kick off a Getting Started series with seven questions to ask yourself on your way to public speaking success.
While many conference managers are well aware of the issues with #allmalepanels, there is still one type of speaking engagement that remains stubbornly immune to diversity: the sponsored event. Many conferences and events are funded by selling speaking slots and the speakers tend to cluster around the male and pale category. And event managers tend to feel like they cannot ask a sponsor to consider sending a different speaker.
With this in mind, we’ve assembled a helpful little note that you can share with your sponsors.