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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, WordCamps, and now online WordPress events attract and develop more diverse voices for the speaker lineups.
Groups all around the world have experienced the lack of diversity among their speakers and haven't known that there is a proven, effective way to solve it. Pre-COVID-19, we have been doing this by showing the meetups and WordCamps how to run our short, 4-hour hands-on workshop that busts through Impostor Syndrome. During the events of 2020, we have been adjusting our format as required, and have been just as effective. We will continue to work with the WordPress Deputies to find the best solutions for any given time as the landscape continues to change.
Our reach is wide, and WordPress around the world is hungry for this work. By the end of 2019, we had already given support to 64 meetups in 27 countries, and that number is always growing.
The results speak for themselves: By the end of 2019, the 21 chapter meetups in 9 countries who ran the workshop had started at 10% or fewer speakers from marginalized and underrepresented groups, and within months, most had 50% or more. Can you imagine? Incredible. But even more so, achievable! (Stay tuned for updated 2020 stats! We have pivoted and thrived this year.)
It takes $50K/year for me to dedicate 20 hours a week to this work. This is my passion and talent. Automattic has been sponsoring 50% of my work at $25K/year for two years in a row, so far. Many sponsorship budgets will be considered, with a special challenge issued: Will you be the forward-thinking company that sponsors that matches Automattic's contribution?
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. Help us reach more chapter meetups, WordCamps, and online WordPress events in more cities around the world
2. Create systems for a better experience for all
3. Work with the WordPress Deputies to continue to change as the world is changing
4. Create more marginalized and underrepresented leaders in WordPress (working group volunteers and workshop participants)
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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The Impact Of Our Workshop
What people are saying
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
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.
Highlighting your company’s support for this important work is best done holistically and through your existing marketing channels, but the halo effect ties your brand to the proven positive outcomes.
I can assist your efforts by acknowledging your sponsorship in up to four spaces, depending on your sponsorship tier: through the WordPress.org Five for the Future program; on my business site; via my social media channels; and via my public speaking engagements.
You are invited to support my work publicly or anonymously, secure in the knowledge that it is transformative for WordPress and our community!
- Business website sponsor page: Listed as a Silver Sponsor with logo
- Thank you in a post on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
- Five for the Future: 4+ hours a week
- 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 Gold sponsor with large logo
- Five for the Future: 8 or 10 hours a week
- Limited to 3 sponsors; exclusivity package available upon request
Who we are
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 voted runner-up for the 2020 BraveIT Award, featured as a Person of WordPress 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.
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.