Ecommerce-speakers.com and marketing-speakers.com are evolving from being a resource to help give more exposure to female speakers to being a broader resource for diversity at events to support the DICE (Diversity In Conferences and Events) initiative.
The sites came about initially from my attempt to get female eCommerce speakers for a panel I was chairing at an upcoming event. I was keen to avoid a manel (male only panel). I posted the request on linkedin and was somewhat taken aback with the response – around 20K views and 80+ comments or suggestions.
I had three fantastic male speakers already but I subsequently broadened the panel to include two female and two male speakers.
However, that left me feeling pretty bad about all the great female eCommerce superstars that I couldn’t include. I’m therefore sharing their linkedin profiles on a page as a resource for events organisers to approach.
The response I got seemed to tap into something. I took it to demonstrate how there is a much greater need for us to work together as an industry to ensure that female talent within eCommerce / Digital Commerce gets the same exposure as their male counterparts.
A month later it emerged that one of the biggest marketing conferences in Europe DMEXCO had a staggering 19 manels (as well as I’ve been told a 79: 19 male : female gender split for panels and presenters). I wrote this article about it. I’m of the firm belief that in 2019 no conference should have any manels. After approaching the conference they said it was too late to find additional panelists so I put another post on linkedin to help. Marketing-speakers.com was born to host the responses I got as a sister resource to eCommerce-speakers.com for event organisers.
Please contact me if you’d like to be included on either site and I’ll add you to the list. Also if you’ve suggestions of other speakers that you think should be included please do send them on to me. With their permission I’ll add them to the site too. If at any point you’d like to be taken off the list just let me know via the contact form on either the site and I’ll remove you.
Here’s hoping this plays a small part in manel prevention going forward!