A 2018 Bizzabo study found that male event speakers in the United States outnumbered female event speakers nearly 2-to-1. To put it more plainly, 65% of speakers at U.S. events are male, as compared to 35% of female speakers. Additionally, women speakers tended to be more represented at fundraisers, galas and social gatherings than at meetings, conferences and conventions. The company’s survey, which looked across industries and event types, suggests that “manels” — all-male panels — are still the norm.
Having a variety of backgrounds and voices represented at events leads to more meaningful, engaging and accessible discussions – and having diverse viewpoints represented challenges both the audience and the individuals participating in the conversation to think differently, often leading to new and interesting talking points.
Use this directory to find a subject-matter expert for your next event. It includes people of different ages, physical abilities, genders, and more. At every step of the event organization process, there are opportunities for event organizers to promote diversity. Start here!