We’re asking event organisers, speakers, individuals, employers, sponsors and venues to support diversity in FinTech. By signing the pledge you are committing to highlighting where there is a lack of diversity at events and doing what you can to make things better.
How can you personally make a difference? It’s about using your leverage to push for progress.
You can make better events for your participants by increasing the diversity of both the people on stage and those in the audience. That’s not just the right thing to do for our industry – it makes events better, more interesting, and more appealing to a wider range of attendees. It makes commercial sense.
You’re organising a FinTech event and keen to have a diverse range of speakers. But this industry is pretty male-dominated – so where do you start? Here’s our advice.
You can choose not to speak at events that will not commit to creating diverse events.
Or you can use your leverage to push for organisers to take diversity seriously. Try to be constructive and help the event organiser rather than calling them out on it in public.
You can choose not to attend events that will not commit to diversity, but explain your reasons why to the organiser.
Vote with your feet – and your conference budget – and event organisers will get the message.
You can choose to not send employees to events as audience members, speakers or panellists to events that will not commit to being more diverse.
You can choose not to fund events that will not commit to creating diverse events. Make sure you have a diverse range of people representing your organisation at events you sponsor.
You can work with event organisers to ensure you are meeting diverse needs. This could be by making the event more inclusive for people with a wider range of needs, such as people with disabilities. You could also choose not to host events which don’t show a commitment to diversity at your venue.