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There are nearly 13,000 marketing conferences held annually in the United States and Canada alone. And many more thousands of speakers are hosted by those conferences. That seems like a lot, right? Conferences are a great opportunity for up-and-coming speakers to have their voices heard, and for attendees to connect with influencers. It presents them with the chance to position themselves as thought leaders in their industries. But if you pay close attention, you might notice that the majority of those speakers have one very obvious thing in common: they’re men. In this article, Nadya Khoja looks at 12 different marketing conferences to take a look at just how diverse the speaker lineups are. Disclaimer: Understandably, it is difficult to reach that 50/50 mark when in comes to gender representation at conferences and racial representation. The point is not to shrug the issue off as non-existent, but actively work towards closing the gap.

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    Gigi Rodgers

    over 3 years ago #

    I thought you were going to talk about how everyone is more interested in giving sales pitches and passing out their business cards, than connecting as humans.
    What a well done article. Thank you for writing this! That last line is my favorite.

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    hutor04 Hutorniuk

    over 3 years ago #

    The article is 100% based on false causation. If to follow the ideas: I'm from Belarus, and I participate in marketing conferences, but there are no Belarusians among keynote speakers, and very few participants from the country. So I'm convinced that conference organizers are discriminating Belarusians!!!

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      Nadya Khoja

      over 3 years ago #

      I'm sorry I'm not entirely sure what you are implying here. Are you suggesting that the discrimination cannot exist on the basis that there are not enough qualified female speakers in marketing and tech fields? If that is your accusation then I have to disagree and say this is not based on "false causation" at all. Besides comparing an entire gender to a regional group is not at all the same. If I wrote the article as "there aren't enough torontonians at conferences" that would be far-fetched, but women's lack of equality is an ongoing issue that men simply will never understand based on not having direct experience dealing with the discrimination themselves. I'd be interested to hear how you would elaborate on your statement, however, if you believe that I have wrongly interpreted you.