Ep 51: Diversity & Inclusion for Speaker Lineups | ft. Josefina Sanders

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A hot topic in today’s creative industry is the lack of diversity on a lot of the speaker line ups. Our role here at the Creative Speaker Podcast is to elevate education in our industry to make this a more collaborative experience between speakers, organizers, and attendees. Today I've brought in my friend Josefina Sanders who is a fellow Tampa native. I love her! I brought her in to pull back the curtain and have this difficult and honest talk about what it feels like to see that speaker lineup announced and not feel like you're represented. I also brought her in for those of us who have never felt that way, who look like most of the speakers on the lineup and don't know what we can do to change this wave in our industry. Together we’re going to discuss why we’re better together!

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Episode takeaways you don’t want to miss:

  • We are better together

  • It’s hard to relate to an audience regardless of the topic when you don’t see anyone who looks like you

  • The work you do should be “rooted” meaning it should be much bigger than yourself

  • As a minority, it’s hard to support a topic or forum you’re being asked to speak in when you feel like you’re not being represented

  • It’s easy to feel inadequate or like you’ll never have a seat at the table when everyone filling a specific position looks a certain way or does a certain thing

  • The only way to fail or go flying is by trying

  • You should never speak about diversity in a way that makes another group feel bad or guilty. Pity shouldn’t be the goal

  • Diversity isn’t an event organizer having one minority speaker simply to check the box

  • Building relationships is extremely important in growing your business and in life

  • If you feel like you’re not being represented, don’t wait for a hand out. Do the heavy lifting, create valuable content and go out and get that spot on a speaker line up

  • Strong relationships are formed through struggles

  • If you don’t value diversity, you’re missing out on some of the best blessings that being a creative entrepreneur brings

  • Be vulnerable on social media; people don’t want to see a curated life

 

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