If you’re organising a conference this collection of Tweets highlights a number of inequalities and will help you make the panelists’ and delegates’ experience more equitable and enjoyable.
Women are no longer “unusual” in business, but “manels” (exclusively male panels at Conferences, Seminars, Symposiums – call them what you will) are still in the majority. However, things are changing. Some men speakers are boycotting events that invite only men as panellists and (potential) delegates are increasingly questioning lack of panel diversity, not only in terms of gender, but in general.
However, conference organisers are often unfamiliar with the needs of diverse panelists or diverse delegates.
All too often conference “equipment” and paraphernalia, from bar-stool seating to delgate badges with pins that damage fine fabrics, are designed principally with men in mind.
Just a few things to think about
- seating – type of and height of
- microphones – where to clip the battery pack
- clothing – pockets, belts, skirts vs trousers,
- lecterns – height
- networking – not everyone is happy in crowds