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“Why Am I The Only Woman Speaker?”


This was a great impromptu type presentation.  Kristina Halvorson was on stage and gave a talk on Web Content.  Then ended her talk and everyone clapped.  I thought wow 15 mninutes that was short. Then she walked back on stage, and said I want to talk about something else.

The title of this post is what the slide said as she told us what she wants to talk about.  This is a great eye opener.  Chris Messina and Ryan Carson are joining her onstage to discus not just the fact that all men are speaking , but they are also talking about diversity.  They are talking now about the "White Boy’s Club".

This is a talk that I want to talk about more and certainly something we are tuned into at Blog World Expo and what we can do about it.  I’m hoping we can get Kristina to agree to talk to us on our radio show.  I will try to flag her down to discuss this very issue.

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  • Annie

    This is such an important issue that doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. Women working in tech seem to be excluded from these sort of presentations – probably not intentionally, but it happens. One thing I really appreciated about BlogWorld Expo last year, though, was that I was able to hear from so many wonderful female speakers and meet so many fabulous bloggers with a wide variety of perspectives.

  • Brenda Young

    Diversity doesn’t mean “one” and, it goes beyond gender and skin color. True diversity also means an acceptance of other types of opinions / thoughts as legitimate input into solving a problem. It is also very important in creating an environment that is open to innovation.

    And, a big thank-you to Kristina for bringing this up.

  • Miky

    It is cool to be a woman and be able to say what you really think and to do what you really want! I wish I could find your speech somewhere… Isn’t it available by http://rapid4me.com/ ?

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