Magento Community Diverse Speaker Training: What’s Coming Up in The New Year
Let’s start the new year filled with optimism and energy. While it was full of challenges, there were also many highlights. One of the most important is Magento’s ongoing dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion.
We are continuing to support diversity within our Magento community. This past May we hosted a “Train the Trainers” online workshop to help event organizers host Magento Speaker Diversity workshops. Jill Binder, Diverse In Tech, led the session that enabled Magento meetup organizers and conference organizers to offer this workshop to people from 17 cities and 10 countries.
The workshop was a great opportunity to have a global impact based on the testimonials of participants.
A diverse speaker program is essential for all Magento events. This training has allowed me to help more women overcome the annoying imposter syndrome. It is a great training that I recommend to anyone looking to have a minimum 50/50 mix of women and men at their events. – Chantal Schinkels Customer Success Manager, The Netherlands
Anyone who wants to understand the reasons that underrepresented groups don’t submit talks and how to make it happen is going to love this training! Jill provided me with the tools and guidance I needed to become a good speaking mentor. Anyone who is interested in improving their speaking diversity, but doesn’t know where or how to begin, I recommend this workshop.
Eric Hileman CEO MageMojo New York, New York
I struggled to overcome my imposter syndrome before I attended the workshop with Jill Binder. I didn’t understand why I would be appreciated as a speaker. Adobe and Sherrie helped me see the value I bring to the community, and I have gained confidence in myself.
Thien-Lan Websiteer, Marketing at OneStepCheckout
Many people want to be part of diversity, but don’t know how. Your program can help them.
– Anonymous participant
Other initiatives that promote diversity in Magento speakers have also helped members of our community achieve new heights in speaking careers. The Magento Community Speaker Workshop, and the Magento Community Diverse speaker workshop in 2020 and 2019, respectively, are now complete.A follow-up survey revealed that 67 percent of respondents went on to speak at events in person.. These events include Meet Magento NY, MageUnconference and SEOBenelux.
What’s next for the Magento community after all the great work? We’re taking it one step further and offering a new workshop for 2021. We will teach event organizers how they can create inclusive and diverse events that make speakers and participants from underrepresented and marginalized groups feel welcome and included in the community.
March 4, 2009, 5 to 7:30 PM UTC (9:00 to 11:30 AM PT): Workshop Creating a Diverse and Welcoming Magento Event Space.
Are you frustrated that only one person attends a Magento event? There is a lack of diversity in your group. People either don’t show or don’t return to the event. How can you foster, promote and support diversity?
This workshop will cover five topics:
1. Mindset shift: How to change the way you view diversity
2. How to foster and attract a diverse community
3. Environment: Create a welcoming environment both online and in-person
4. Speakers and Leaders: How can we encourage more people of diverse backgrounds to become speakers and leaders
5. How to be a better ally
Interactively, we will use a PDF workbook to guide us. You will leave with an action plan to get started on making improvements right away.
This workshop is not only for event organizers but anyone who wants to promote a welcoming environment for all groups, both now and in the future.
Live participation is the best way to get the most out of your event. Register even if you are unable to attend the event live. You will receive recordings and invitations for future organizer support sessions.
It is vital to host events that are friendly and welcoming. The whole Magento community can grow stronger by creating and holding space that is accessible to members from underrepresented communities. Encouragement of different perspectives and experiences will help us gain new insights together.
We have other exciting things in the works. You can keep an eye on our speaker training sessions in May and September 2021.
We are grateful for your participation in the Magento community. Let’s make the new year successful for all members of our community.
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