Diversify Public Speaking - One Stage at a Time

Did you know 70% of speakers in the last 5 years were male?

We were shocked too! This was one of many insights attendees walked away with last week after our co-hosted event with Innovation Women at Panviva in Nashua, NH.

Candice Benson, CEO of Benson Consulting, Inc & Cofounder of Diversify Thinking, kicked off our night to share why the mission of Innovation Women to get more women on stage aligns so well with our mission to encourage #diversityofthought and change the culture within organizations. Special thanks to our incredible host Allison Foss, Partner & Association Coordinator at Panviva, who provided a full spread of refreshments and a great space for our guests.

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Innovation Women, educated us on the current state of public speaking and more importantly the steps we can all take to #changetheratio for #genderbalance on the stage.

All male, All pale and All stale

How many all male panels have you seen at a conference you have attended? How many have you seen advertised in event promotions?

Well, you're not alone. It's so common that there are whole sites and apps built to bring attention to it. Check out a few that Bobbie shared with us at our event like https://allmalepanels.tumblr.com/ and https://www.genderavenger.com/ to see how they are trying to raise awareness and call those event managers out for the lack of diversity on their stages.

5 reasons to speak on stage

  1. Connect with your customers

  2. Access to career opportunities

  3. Increase your value

  4. Build your network

  5. Gain credibility

So, the question is, why aren't women taking advantage of this? We think they don't realize they have something worth sharing and they don't know how to gain access to the stage.

If you're on stage, you ARE the expert.