To be an ally is to:
1. Take on the struggle as your own.
2. Stand up — even when you feel scared or uncomfortable and to use your privilege to those who lack it.
3. Acknowledge that while you may feel pain as well, the conversation is not about you.
I believe everyone – of all genders, sexualities, religions, ethnicity, abilities, and backgrounds – should be able to attend an event, look up on stage, and see someone giving a talk on stage that looks like them, and think ‘that could be me’.
In a world where it’s about who you know, I found event organisers were selecting the same line-up of speakers. This meant you got the same perspectives only repackaged differently. Frustrated with the lack of balanced representation at events, I founded Keynoteworthy as a way to amplify the voices of the ‘everyday speaker’. There is no shortage of talent out there, so I wanted to make it easier for event managers to find amazing people.
I was disappointed to find that the traditional speaker agency and bureau tended to only feature celebrities and professional speakers (which is why we’re seeing the same people). And so, next minute, (with lots of coffee and wine), I launched Keynoteworthy on the kitchen bench.
Whether you’re an event organiser, a speaker or someone who just wants to make events more inclusive join us for some advice and tips.
Hosted by Bambudda Founder & CEO Anna Sheppard.