For event organisers

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?

Diverse events don’t happen by themselves. You’ll need to look beyond the ‘usual suspects’ – and that means putting in some legwork.

Be proactive. Traditional calls for speakers are unlikely to produce diverse line-ups. Women, in particular, can be ‘backward in coming forward’. Seeking out and inviting people to speak is likely to work better than expecting them to come to you.

Don’t rely on a Google search or an influencer list. Reach out to your network and ask them to suggest people that will enhance your event with a wide range of experience.

Think about how you can make inexperienced speakers feel more comfortable. This post from Russell Davies has a few helpful pointers.

There’s a heap of organisations who can help you find new speakers from under-represented groups:

And here are some lists of women in FinTech, Finance or Tech you can approach:

You can also help by creating a more inclusive environment for speakers. Here’s a useful blogpost on ways to do that.