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You care about diversity and inclusion in WordPress. Contribute to a team that is transforming the WordPress community worldwide in a massive, impactful, and tangible way.

My name is Jill Binder. I have been leading the Diverse Speaker Training group in the WordPress Community Team since 2017. We help WordPress meetups and WordCamps attract and develop more diverse speakers.

We do this with a short, 4-hour hands-on workshop that busts through Impostor Syndrome. Groups all around the world are experiencing the lack of diversity among their speakers and don't know there is a way to solve it with proven results. Our goal is to let all the meetups know that our workshop solution exists and train them how to run it themselves.

WordPress meetups around the world are hungry for this work. We have given support to 64 meetups in 27 countries, and that number is always growing.

The results speak for themselves: The 21 chapter meetups in 9 countries who have run it so far had started at 10% or fewer speakers from underrepresented groups, and within months, most had 50% or more. Can you imagine? Incredible. But even more so, achievable!

It takes $50K/year for me to dedicate 20 hours a week to this work. This is my passion and talent. Automattic is sponsoring 50% of my work at $25K/year. Will you be the forward-thinking company that sponsors the other half?

This work furthers the goals of WordPress.org, so yes, it counts in your Five For The Future.

By funding my leadership, your sponsorship dollars will:
1. Scale our efforts to reach more of the 800+ chapter meetups
2. Create sustainable systems to create a better experience for the meetups, especially as we scale large!

This team’s results help WordPress maintain its web space leadership and grow its market share. Diversity of voices positively impacts the end-product: The broader range of perspectives brings about improvements in innovation as well as in serving more people’s needs.

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What people are saying

  • Testimonial

    Jill’s work helps the WordPress contributor base become more diverse.

    Matt Mullenweg, Co-founder, WordPress; CEO, Automattic

    Automattic is sponsoring Jill Binder’s work on the WordPress Diverse Speakers Training Group. I would love to see the WordPress contributor base become more diverse, and training people from marginalized communities to speak at WordCamps is a great way to help that along. Read Matt's blog post

  • Testimonial

    Jill’s work has done a lot to further the diversity and inclusion effort in WordPress.

    Andrea Middleton, WordPress Community Organizer

    Jill's work has done a lot to further the diversity and inclusion effort in WordPress. I would heartily recommend her. The initiative she helped develop has already had a powerful impact on WordPress communities.

    Read full letter from Andrea

Sponsor thank yous
The primary benefit to sponsoring companies is impact, rather than marketing. Programs that are proven to 'move the needle' of diversity and inclusion, a problem that is famously difficult to address in a substantive manner (rather than just lip service), are rare. There is a halo effect for companies that can tie their brand to this important work, but highlighting your company’s efforts here is best done holistically, and through your existing marketing channels.

As social proof for you, sponsorship acknowledgement of my contributor work happens in four spaces: through the WordPress.org Five for the Future program, on my business site, via my social media channels, and via my public speaking engagements.

If you prefer to support my work on these initiatives anonymously, you are of course welcome and invited to do so, secure in the knowledge that it is transformative for WordPress and our community!

Sponsor

$8K-$10K

  • Business website sponsor page: Listed as a sponsor with logo
  • Thank you in a post on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Five for the Future: 2-4 hours a week

Exclusive Offer

Partner

$20K-25K

  • Listed in Jill’s bio on her business website, Twitter profile, LinkedIn profile, Facebook Business Page About section
  • A thank you in Jill’s public speaking engagements, web show appearances, and podcast appearances
  • Business website sponsor page: Listed as a Partner with large logo
  • Five for the Future: 8-10 hours a week
  • Limited to 3 sponsors; exclusivity package available upon request
Leadership Team

Who we are

Jill BinderFounder and Chief Consultant / Trainer

Jill Binder

Founder and Chief Consultant / Trainer

Jill Binder is the Founder and Chief Consultant/Trainer of Diverse Speakers in Tech. She leads the Diverse Speaker Training group in the WordPress.org Community Team (with a 50% sponsorship from Automattic) which encourages folks from underrepresented groups to speak at WordPress events. She helped organize the first BuddyCamp and for three years co-organized WordCamp Vancouver. She was a Featured Person on WordPress.org in 2019, named one of the top 100 Influencers of WordPress in 2014 by Torque Magazine, and listed one of the top 10 Women of WordPress by CloudWays.

  • Testimonial

    Jill helped us find the strength we needed to overcome our fear of public speaking.

    Simona Simionato, WordCamp Milan Italy organizer 2018

    At WordCamp Milan 2017, we had only 4 women out of 19 speakers. After we ran the workshop as well did some personal outreach, in 2018 45% of applications were made by women and there were 11 women out of 21 speakers! One of them was also an LGBT community member. The workshop helped people find the strength needed to overcome the fear of speaking in public, and helped folks find topics – solving the “I do not know what to say” issue.