Innovation Women https://innovationwomen.com Innovation Women Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:25:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 https://innovationwomen.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/favicon-55x55.png Innovation Women https://innovationwomen.com 32 32 Innovation Women Speakers: January 17, 2020 https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-january-17-2020/ https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-january-17-2020/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:25:52 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=7157 Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers! Jasmine Williams will be presenting “How to Stop Half-Assin’ It: Leading From the Side” at the Empowering Women in Leadership Conference at Penn State University on April 10.     Kim Miles presents “Who Says a Cup of Coffee Can’t Change Your Life? How the role […]

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Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!

Jasmine Williams will be presenting “How to Stop Half-Assin’ It: Leading From the Side” at the Empowering Women in Leadership Conference at Penn State University on April 10.

 

 

Kim Miles presents “Who Says a Cup of Coffee Can’t Change Your Life? How the role of chance, embracing a shift in mindset, and a cup of coffee can alter your life trajectory.™” at Bryant University Women’s Summit on March 13th.

 

 

Michelle Tillis Lederman presents her webinar Connected Leadership: Fostering and Retaining an Engaged Team on January 23.

 

 

Vanessa Cabrera will be speaking at Keys to Digital Marketing Success on February 5 in Lisle IL, and Midwest Digital Marketing Conference on April 8-10 in St Louis MO.

 

 

Watch Sharon Delaney McCloud‘s TED Talk How And Why You Should Talk to Bereaved Parents.

 

 

LaShawn McCrary will be a Panelist for the WOICS Leadership Conference
on February 8 in Atlanta GA.

 

 

Barbara-Ann Yates presents the Womaneuvers™ Workshop Experience starting on February 2.

 

 

Simone Kotraba presents Wealth Building Workshop for Women on February 4 in Boston, and Wealth Mindset on February 6 at Boston University.

 

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How To Drive Diversity And Inclusion At Conferences And Events https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2020/01/16/how-to-drive-diversity-and-inclusion-at-conferences-and-events/#5b41b52275d9 https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2020/01/16/how-to-drive-diversity-and-inclusion-at-conferences-and-events/#5b41b52275d9#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:30:42 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=7148 As we enter 2020, gender diversity on stage at conferences and events is still an issue. Nearly two-thirds of all speakers globally are still men. Why do we care, aside from the inherent fairness of it all and the fact that events are better when they are diverse and inclusive? […]

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As we enter 2020, gender diversity on stage at conferences and events is still an issue. Nearly two-thirds of all speakers globally are still men.

Why do we care, aside from the inherent fairness of it all and the fact that events are better when they are diverse and inclusive? We care because women and other underrepresented groups need access to the stage to advance their careers and their businesses. When this happens, world economies grow, and we all benefit.

Being a speaker at a major conference can help you advance in your career. Speakers receive more job and board seat offers. They are seen as industry and thought leaders. They are able to share their stories and ideas. They receive more promotions and raises. External visibility can help create internal visibility.

Taking the stage allows you to speak to large numbers of potential partners and customers. And it’s not just the people in the room. Your name and your company name are marketed as the event is marketed. You are featured in thousands of emails, brochures, and social media and website mentions leading up to the event. You become better known in the community at large.

Equality on stage helps us combat unconscious bias by increasing exposure to currently underrepresented groups and countering any stereotypes. Make it normal to see women on stage at conferences and events, and it becomes harder to maintain some of those outdated stereotypes.

But event managers often push back against requests for gender equity on stage. They point to overall industry ratios. Yes, it may be harder to field a balanced panel if your industry segment is only 21% female, but there are strategies you can employ in your quest for diversity and inclusion onstage. Here are a few suggestions:

Create A Pipeline

Keynote speakers don’t just magically appear. People speak for years before they are capable of keynoting. Every conference should be able to offer younger, less experienced speakers the opportunity to practice and grow. Consider different formats (panels, fireside chats, roundtables or side stages) to help build speaker resumes and experiences.

Pay Your Speakers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women are more likely to work for smaller companies and more likely to work part-time, making it harder to leave the office behind and speak without pay. Paying speakers can help balance the scales. According to our proprietary research, half of all event managers say they have zero budget for speakers. This keeps the onstage crowd older and more affluent, further limiting diversity.

Partner For Diversity

The reality is that we all spend a lot of time with people who look and think like we do. Look for other organizations to work with to drive diversity and inclusion. Reach out to different organizations in order to expand your reach. Invite them to work with you to deliver a more inclusive view of the world. Ask them to share your calls for speakers and invite their members to apply.

Plan Ahead

Some event managers say that they invite just as many women as men, but the women say no more often. Women are still more likely to be primary caregivers and responsible for the home, kids and extended family. This means they may need a little more support in order to be able to say yes. Longer lead times on speaker invitations benefit everyone, but women in particular. Ask earlier. You may also see more diverse results if you offer thoughtful amenities like mother’s rooms or day care.

Making the effort to improve the diversity of the speakers at your events not only elevates these speakers’ careers, improving the business landscape for us all, but also makes your event more interesting and valuable to attendees. Use these steps to be intentional about making your events more diverse.

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Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!

Emerald Greenforest presents her free seminar “Prosper with Podcasting” on January 15. 

 

 

Stephanie Smith will be speaking at HSMAI Marketing Strategy Conference on January 22 in New York City, and Hotel Revenue Conference on February 19-21 in Seattle WA.

 

 

Ilhiana Rojas-Saldana will be speaking at Latinos in Tech: Elevating Your Personal Brand in 2020 on January 28 in Boston MA.

 

 

Michelle Tillis Lederman will be speaking at these events: NYC SHRM Webinar: CONNECTED LEADERSHIP Foster and Retain an Engaged Team on January 17The Value of Conflict on January 22 in Charleston SC, and the Webinar: Connected Leadership… How To Get What You Want on January 23.

 

Uche Maple will be speaking at these events: Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM on February 7 in Washington DC, and EMPOWER ENGAGE EXECUTE: The Secret to Career Success on February 29 in Tyler TX.

 

 

Watch Nancy Li‘s video Don’t Ask For A Raise During End-of-year Performance Review! & Why on her YouTube channel. Nancy is sharing her personal system on how to get a raise.

 

 

Caryanne Keenan presents her webinar Mentors Matter: The Whys & Hows of Women Finding Professional Mentors on January 21.

 

 

Myrna Greenfield will be speaking at Winter Warm Up: A Creative Bootcamp for Independent Businesses on January 19-20 in Boston MA.

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Cape Cod Women’s Association To Meet https://www.capenews.net/bourne/briefs/cape-cod-women-s-association-to-meet/article_fad9d4e6-17c4-5523-8759-025bb115f2ab.html https://www.capenews.net/bourne/briefs/cape-cod-women-s-association-to-meet/article_fad9d4e6-17c4-5523-8759-025bb115f2ab.html#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 11:00:54 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6747 Bobbie Carlton, founder of Carlton PR and Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, will speak at the Tuesday, January 14, meeting of the Cape Cod Women’s Association. The meeting is from 5 to 8 PM, Ivy Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, 287 Iyanough Road (Route 28), Hyannis.

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Bobbie Carlton, founder of Carlton PR and Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, will speak at the Tuesday, January 14, meeting of the Cape Cod Women’s Association. The meeting is from 5 to 8 PM, Ivy Room, DoubleTree by Hilton, 287 Iyanough Road (Route 28), Hyannis.

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Innovation Women calls on event organisers & venues to commit to making events no “Manel Zones” https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/innovation-women-calls-on-event-organisers-venues-to-commit-to-making-events-no-manel-zones# https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/innovation-women-calls-on-event-organisers-venues-to-commit-to-making-events-no-manel-zones##respond Thu, 12 Dec 2019 10:47:39 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6681 The new campaign urges conferences, event organisers and venues to support gender-balance, diversity and inclusion on stage. Innovation Women, an online visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and professional women, has announced the launch of a new campaign calling on event organisers and venues to declare their events “No-Manel Zones.”

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The new campaign urges conferences, event organisers and venues to support gender-balance, diversity and inclusion on stage.

Innovation Women, an online visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and professional women, has announced the launch of a new campaign calling on event organisers and venues to declare their events “No-Manel Zones.”

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Innovation Women Speakers: December 6, 2019 https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-december-6-2019/ https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-december-6-2019/#respond Fri, 06 Dec 2019 19:42:45 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6631 Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers! Watch Tracey Welson-Rossman‘s interview on Business Rockstars.       Sharon Delaney McCloud will be speaking at TEDxCaryWomen – Bold and Brilliant on December 13 in Cary NC     Dr. Simone Kotraba is speaking at a Wealth Building Workshop at […]

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Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers!

Watch Tracey Welson-Rossman‘s interview on Business Rockstars.

 

 

 

Sharon Delaney McCloud will be speaking at TEDxCaryWomen – Bold and Brilliant on December 13 in Cary NC

 

 

Dr. Simone Kotraba is speaking at a Wealth Building Workshop at the Boston Public Library on Saturday, December 7.

 

 

wiseHer’s FREE Business & Career Acceleration Summit between December 9-13 will feature these Innovation Women Speakers:

Susan Baracco presents “3 Steps to Writing Your Best Book” December 9, 9:30 am

 

 

 

Ilhiana Rojas-Saldana presents “BeOUTSTANDING: How to Ignite your Personal Brand” December 9, 3:00 pm

 

 

Holly Chessman presents “How To Spice Up B2B Content And Win Your Audience’s Love” December 9, 3:30 pm and “How To Use Social Media To Build The Career You Love”  December 11, 2:30 pm

 

 

Devon Grilly presents “Fearlessness as a Daily Practice” December 10, 9:30 am

 

 

 

Susan Finn presents “Rise Above the Noise – Digital Marketing without the “Ick”
December 10, 10:00 am

 

 

Cat Coode presents “Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Online Brand” December 10, 10:30 am

 

 

Tracey Welson-Rossman presents “Failure Is Not a Dirty Word” December 10, 11:00 am

 

 

 

Minessa Konecky presents “Hack Your Life: Run Your Business. Don’t Let It Run You” December 10, 2:00 pm and “Facebook: Your One Stop Marketing Shop” December 13, 10:00 am

 

 

Ashley Powell presents “Salary Negotiation for Women” December 10, 3:30 pm

 

 

 

Amma Marfo presents “Innie Power: The Quiet Strengths of Introverted Women” December 11, 11:00 am

 

 

Janet Zaretsky presents “Communication Secrets of Influential Leaders: The 5 Conversational Blind Spots to Avoid” December 11, 11:30 am

 

 

Robin Samora presents “15+ Ways to Promote Your Business with Free Publicity”
December 11, 3:30 pm

 

 

Vakassia Niles presents “Ultimate Career Leap: 3 steps to Catapult your Career to the Next Level” December 13, 3:30 pm

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Launch of Innovation Women 2.0 https://innovationwomen.com/launch-of-innovation-women-2-0/ https://innovationwomen.com/launch-of-innovation-women-2-0/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 03:10:51 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6600 Innovation Women Provides 5000 Calls For Speakers to Its Members Version 2.0 of Online Visibility Bureau Makes it Easier than Ever to Gender-balance Events and Avoid “Manels” BOSTON — December 5, 2019 — Innovation Women, an online visibility bureau for technical, entrepreneurial and professional women, today announced the launch of […]

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Innovation Women Provides 5000 Calls For Speakers to Its Members

Version 2.0 of Online Visibility Bureau Makes it Easier than Ever to Gender-balance Events and Avoid “Manels”

BOSTON — December 5, 2019 — Innovation Women, an online visibility bureau for technical, entrepreneurial and professional women, today announced the launch of Innovation Women 2.0, with major enhancements and new functionality. The new features make it easier than ever for event managers to connect with female speakers and avoid embarrassing “manels” (all-male panels).The company has previously connected more than 1,000 speakers with speaking opportunities.

The company today also announced a “No Manel Zone” campaign (NMZ press release) to urge conferences, event organizers and venues to create policies, procedures, guidelines and recommendations that support inclusion, diversity and gender-balance for their speakers and presenters. 

“Without speaking at events, women will continue to be stalled around leadership and expert status, pay equity and job advancement,” said Bobbie Carlton, CEO and founder of Innovation Women. “No event manager can legitimately say they can’t find a female speaker. Innovation Women has speakers with expertise on a comprehensive variety of topics. We’ve helped hundreds of event managers successfully build diverse panels and events.”

With more than 6,000 online members, Innovation Women is committed to providing equal visibility opportunities for women, and to helping event managers ensure diversity onstage. Independent studies show that approximately 70 percent of conference speakers worldwide are male, and that number has not changed appreciably over the last five years.

Latest Successes

Innovation Women has provided more than 5,000 calls for speakers to its members from organizations such as SXSW, IEEE, LiveWorx, Interop, Women in Tech Summit, and the WGBH Boston Talks series. Universities, including Harvard, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, MIT, Emerson, and Northeastern have used the site to find speakers and guest lecturers.

 “As a conference that prioritizes a diverse and inclusive presenter lineup, Innovation Women has been a great asset to our team as the event has grown,” said Rachel Perry, Sr. Event Content Specialist, LiveWorx.  

New Features on Innovation Women 2.0 Increase Opportunities

 With Innovation Women 2.0, event managers create calls for speakers on the site and speakers search for and apply for opportunities by topic, industry and location. Now, instead of waiting for invitations, speakers can pitch their expertise and topics. This makes it easier for both sides. Each speaker now has a public link to their Innovation Women speaker profile for use on their websites or social media. 

The updated Innovation Women 2.0 platform is designed to make filling speaking opportunities easy and stress-free. The upgraded platform allows event managers to post, manage, and promote their own calls for speakers, and potential speakers to seek out and apply for speaking opportunities seamlessly within the platform. Search capabilities have been improved and colleges can easily find their alumni.

About Innovation Women

Innovation Women is an online speaker’s bureau designed to connect entrepreneurial, technical and professional women with speaking engagements at conferences and events. Speaking provides important professional visibility and an opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership. Innovation Women helps event managers find great female presenters and subject matter experts, creating more gender-balanced, inclusive and diverse speaking slates and panels. Follow Innovation Women on Twitter at @WomenInno or visit www.innovationwomen.com 

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Launch of The No Manel Zone https://innovationwomen.com/no-manel-zone-press-release/ https://innovationwomen.com/no-manel-zone-press-release/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 02:54:59 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6597 Innovation Women Calls on Event Organizers and Venues to Commit to Making Events “No Manel Zones” New campaign urges conferences, event organizers and venues to support gender-balance, diversity and inclusion on stage BOSTON – December 5, 2019 – Innovation Women, an online visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and professional women, […]

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Innovation Women Calls on Event Organizers and Venues to Commit to Making Events “No Manel Zones”

New campaign urges conferences, event organizers and venues to support gender-balance, diversity and inclusion on stage

BOSTON – December 5, 2019 – Innovation Women, an online visibility bureau for entrepreneurial, technical and professional women, today announced the launch of a new campaign calling on event organizers and venues to declare their events “No-Manel Zones.”

“Manel” is industry jargon for a panel of featured speakers at a conference or event consisting of all men. The No Manel Zone campaign urges conferences, event organizers and venues to create policies, procedures, guidelines and/or recommendations that support inclusion, diversity and gender-balance for their speakers and presenters. The No Manel Zone campaign also asks other speakers, panelists and presenters to “speak up” when diversity and gender-balance is lacking.

“By working with speakers, presenters and by using tools like Innovation Women, event organizers can usually fix a manel,” said Innovation Women founder, Bobbie Carlton. “They might have to expand their search or change the limiting parameters of the panel, but they can find additional options. We’ve made it easier than ever to connect with female speakers through our self-service platform.” [See related announcement on release of Innovation Women 2.0.]

Carlton added, “Public speaking is an important path to thought leadership, expert status, credibility and career growth as well as better pay, more promotions, board seats, and equal access to funding. But these are the factors event managers weigh before they invite a speaker – we need to get more women on stage at conferences and events so they can be seen as the leaders they are.”

Diverse panels are only part of the equation – conferences also need to consider:

  • The diversity among their keynotes, featured speakers and MCs
  • How they promote their speakers
  • The diversity of participation during roundtables, pitches, hack-a-thons and other event segments.

Event organizers can sign up to receive a free No Manel Zone kit, including a No Manel Zone badge, diverse and inclusive events guidelines, sample codes of conduct and more. More information is available at https://innovationwomen.com/no-manel-zone

“We hope the No Manel Zone campaign inspires event organizers everywhere to take action by creating policies, procedures, and guidelines that support inclusion, diversity and gender balance,” added Carlton. “They benefit too – more diverse and inclusive event programs can attract more diverse (and potentially larger) audiences.”

Charter members of the No Manel Zone campaign include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Hubspot, Mass TLC, Forge, and Capital Network.

“In my experience, historically dominant all-male panels are the accidental result of network effect – men in leadership tapping their relationships which happen to be largely men in leadership – that can be solved for with an intentional, systematic approach to reaching out to and recruiting a more diverse speaker group,” said Laura Teicher, Executive Director of Forge. “At FORGE, where we support dozens of hardware startups and technical founders each year, we take the importance of this seriously, and are committed to our pledge.” 

About Innovation Women

Innovation Women is an online speaker’s bureau designed to connect entrepreneurial, technical and professional women with speaking engagements at conferences and events. Speaking provides important professional visibility and an opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership. Innovation Women helps event managers find great female presenters and subject matter experts, creating more gender-balanced, inclusive and diverse speaking slates and panels. Follow Innovation Women on Twitter at @WomenInno or visit  www.innovationwomen.com 

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Innovation Women Speakers: November 22, 2019 https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-22-2019/ https://innovationwomen.com/innovation-women-speakers-november-22-2019/#respond Fri, 22 Nov 2019 20:22:45 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6490 Check out the latest events featuring Innovation Women speakers! Lindsey Ellison presents “The Cure For Loving a Narcissist” at TEDx BayRidgeWomen on December 15 in Brooklyn, NY.     Padmaja Surendranath presents “What’s Your Question? Fireside Chat” on December 16 in Billerica MA.     Jennifer Willey will be speaking […]

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Lindsey Ellison presents “The Cure For Loving a Narcissist” at TEDx BayRidgeWomen on December 15 in Brooklyn, NY.

 

 

Padmaja Surendranath presents “What’s Your Question? Fireside Chat” on December 16 in Billerica MA.

 

 

Jennifer Willey will be speaking at these upcoming events: AdTech Tokyo on November 28 in Tokyo Japan; IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Women Visionaries Town Hall on December 11 in New York City; and Strategic HR Communications Conference on February 25 in Orlando FL.

 

Dr. Dawn MacLaughlin will be speaking at these upcoming events; “Make Up Your Mindset” on December 5 in Lutz, FL; “Three Simple Steps to a Healthier, Happier You” for First Home Bank’s Trendsetters Club on January 29 in Clearwater, FL; and “The Anti-Diet Plan for Inspired Women Leaders” at the Inspired Women Leader’s conference, March 8-10 in Gainesville FL.

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Lessons from the Road: Keep an Eye on the Clock https://innovationwomen.com/lessons-from-the-road-keep-an-eye-on-the-clock/ https://innovationwomen.com/lessons-from-the-road-keep-an-eye-on-the-clock/#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 12:58:13 +0000 https://innovationwomen.com/?p=6383 The events season is still in high gear in mid-November. I attended 5 events over the last 3 days, a major conference last week and 4 different evening events and a breakfast. As I work with event managers, talk to attendees and watch crowd reactions to speakers, there are many […]

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The events season is still in high gear in mid-November. I attended 5 events over the last 3 days, a major conference last week and 4 different evening events and a breakfast. As I work with event managers, talk to attendees and watch crowd reactions to speakers, there are many takeaways and lessons to be shared. Some lessons are pretty basic, like keeping an eye on the clock:

  • While a good MC is entertaining and informative, you have one primary job, to keep the train running on time. Go the extra mile and remind speakers of their allotted time before they go onstage. Will they have time for questions? Is that time extra or built into their time? Is the train, through no fault of theirs, running late already?
  • Speakers, I know you love to “share the knowledge” but when you are getting the frantic “wrap it up” signal from the MC and event organizers, WRAP IT UP. The attendees have the schedule right in front of them and they know you are going over. You win no fans if you are keeping people from the cocktail hour or lunch.
  • Event managers, double and triple confirm each speaker’s allotted time before they go onstage. An in-demand speaker might have done 20 minutes yesterday, an hour the day before that and may not have internalized your 45-minute request. Also, be clear when you book a speaker. Tell them exactly how long they have on stage so they can plan.
  • Event staff, that program is your bible. If it says that lunch is at 12:15, prepare for the hungry hordes then, not 12:20 or 12:22. When cocktail hour starts at 5 but the bartender doesn’t show up until 5:15, you have a problem.
  • Attendees, you have a responsibility to the clock too. Traffic happens. Your kid’s bus was late. But coming into an event late can be disruptive. While no speaker or event manager likes to see empty seats, you can enter an “already in progress” event without making a big deal about it. If you don’t know, ask which ballroom door leads to the back of the room.

Speakers – want more? See my  post where I provide feedback specifically for speakers.

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