Magento Community Speaker Workshop

May 6, 2019

By: Sherrie Rohde,
Author Title: 
Community Manager
, Magento, an Adobe Company
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I’m unbelievably proud of the members of our community who have started and continued, the conversation around diversity and inclusion over the recent years. It is often uncomfortable to step forward and challenge ourselves and our peers. However, as my friend’s mom always says, “If you want to change the world, change your corner of it first.” With Magento certified individuals in over 88 countries (across six continents), and events in over 35 of those countries—our corner of the world is not small.

In 2017, I delivered a talk on How to Build an Inclusive Magento Community and converted it to a blog post on 6 Ways to be Inclusive in the Magento Community. That same year, we launched a special session at Imagine on Increasing Diversity in Tech, partnered with Women Who Code, and donated the proceeds of MagentoLive India to Women Who Code Bangalore and Girls in Tech India.

Since 2017, we’ve looked for opportunities to grow diversity while adding to the community. We created a space for ongoing planning and conversation in the Magento Community Engineering Slack (look for #diversity-inclusion). Now that we’re part of Adobe, I’m really looking forward to finding ways to bring the Adobe For All mission to our industry.

Our newest initiative in this space is an upcoming Magento Community Speaker Workshop. Having more kinds of folks present from the stage benefits the community and our products. In offering an online speaker workshop, we are aiming to eliminate a barrier to public speaking by creating an opportunity for professional training.

The online training will be offered by Jill Binder, founder of DiverseIn.tech, who has done great work improving speaker diversity in the WordPress space. In 2018, the 12 events in six countries who ran Jill’s workshop started at 10% or less for speakers of underrepresented groups, and within months, most had 50% or more diverse speakers.

The workshop covers:

  • Demystifying public speaking “expertise”

  • Finding a topic

  • Better speaker tips

  • Writing a great pitch

  • Creating an outline

  • Creating great slides

This workshop is a great fit for you if you’ve ever felt uncomfortable about speaking at events or wanted to present but found yourself thinking:

  • “What would I talk about?”

  • “I’m not an expert in anything.”

When I first joined Magento as an employee, I was terrified to jump into public speaking but knew that it was inevitable with my role. A training like this would’ve calmed my nerves and better prepared me for the task ahead, so I am really looking forward to sharing this opportunity with you.

The Magento Speaker Workshop is a two-part series that will take place online on July 13 and July 20. If you’re interested in taking the workshop, please sign up by July 12. Tickets are a donation to Women Who Code and are on a sliding scale starting at $0. The suggested donation is $5 US, and if you can afford $10 US you will be supporting someone else to attend.

If you’re interested in providing a speaker package (transportation and accommodation) to new speakers once they have completed the training, please reach out at shrohde@adobe.com.

If you’re already a speaker, or are looking for speakers, please join our Magento Speaker Directory to connect with opportunities and those in search of a stage.

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