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.