Speaker Travel Funds, Compensation, & Mentorship for Tech Conference Talks

Marginalized people have less access to networks of conference organizers & experienced speakers. People already in those networks can dismiss details as too obvious to mention — not realizing how many much of the system is invisible and unknowable from the outside . So we wind up systematically holding marginalized people at a disadvantage when competing against peers who have more privilege; better access to logistical support, morale support, and a mentors' expertise. It matters when we take steps to level the field for marginalized people to compete for speaking opportunities. Conferences benefit from having more candidates, more varied proposals, more opportunities to wow audiences with highly qualified speakers who bring something new to the table.

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