Philadelphia, United States of America

10:00 AM till 14:30 PM March 2nd 2019

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249 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Workshop Information


Speaking at conferences, meetups, and other events can boost your career, inspire innovation in your company, and even spur your entire field forward. It’s also a great way to deepen your expertise, gain confidence, and help new engineers or designers grow. But it’s scary to hit send on that first proposal—especially when you’re not used to seeing people like you on stage.

In this workshop, you’ll hear from experienced speakers in tech and design, and learn how they developed their ideas into talks, built their profiles, and overcame barriers. Then, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step process that takes you from “I don’t know where to start” to having a draft proposal, a place you want to pitch it, and the confidence to make it happen.

Over the course of the day, we will:
- Brainstorm talk ideas, and identify the unique expertise you bring to the table
- Develop one idea into a specific topic that's authentic and memorable
- Draft a talk proposal and bio that commands attention and resonates with your audience
- Decide where you want to pitch your talk and get started
- Get feedback on each stage of your work from a team of experienced speaking mentors—and from your peers


10:10 - 10:30 - Welcome and Opening Activity

10:30-11 - Mentor Panel
Facilitated by Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Product & Content Strategy Consultant, Author, and Principal @ Rare Union
- Sarah Guido, Senior Data Scientist @ InVision
- David Dylan Thomas, Principal, Content Strategy @ Think Company
- Jennifer Voss, Software Engineering Lead, Precision Medicine @ Elsevier

11-11:30 - Developing a Topic
We’ll use a guided process to brainstorm topics and consider our audience.

11:30-12:15 - Turning a Topic into a Talk
We’ll take one idea from the brainstorm, and develop it into a talk proposal.

12:15 - 1 - Lunch
Kindly sponsored by our friends at Linode!

1-1:15 Identifying Conferences, Meetups, and Other Events
Working in small groups, we'll identify events that are a good fit for your talk.

1:15-1:50 Peer Feedback and Revision
We’ll share our proposals, gather feedback, and revise them to be clearer and more memorable.

1:50-2:15 Bios
We’ll help you draft a bio that celebrates your personality and communicates your unique expertise.

2:15-2:30 Closing
We’ll close the day by discussing what’s next for your speaking career!


Sarah Gray, Software Development Manager @ Linode
Jenn Voss, Software Engineering Lead, Precision Medicine @ Elsevier
Sara Wachter-Boettcher, Content Strategy Consultant, Author, and Principal @ Rare Union
Karin Wolok, Program Manager of Community Development @ Neo4j


Linode for hosting us at their venue and for lunch
DevOpsDays Philly for our caffeine for the day

Global Diversity CFP Day
Tech Women Network
Female Professionals Collective





Access Information

Getting to the venue

Public Transport

Is there a public transportation stop near the venue? Yes

Are public transportation stops accessible to people using mobility devices? Yes

Are public transportation stops accessible to people using service animals? Yes

Are public transportation stops accessible to people who are sight impaired? No

Is the area around the venue safe and well-lit? Yes


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Are there costs associated with parking?

Is the parking lot well-lit? No

Is the parking lot gated? No

Is the parking lot guarded? No

Accessing the venue

Is there any building security? No

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Are there steps going into the building or space?

Are there ramps or elevators?

Are elevator buttons of an appropriate height for wheelchair users to reach?

Is there affordable childcare at or near the venue?

The Venue

Is there a quiet room? No

Is there a nursing room for parents with a newborn? Yes

Is the venue safe for small children? No

Is the space easily navigable for people using mobility devices or service animals? Yes

Do chairs in the venue have arms? No

Are food and (non-alcoholic) drinks allowed in the space? Yes

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