Diverse Speaker Lineup at GHC 19

Diverse Speaker Lineup at GHC 19

Around 25,000 people from around the world will be joining us in Orlando, October 1-4, including GHC Scholars, 2019 Top Companies winners, Abie Award winners, PitcHER™ Finalists, and many more engaging keynote and featured speakers. We have a fantastic lineup and are excited to provide a platform for these industry experts to share their stories, lessons learned, keen insights, and advice that will inform and inspire thousands of women technologists.

Intentional focus on equity of opportunity for all women of various backgrounds is part of the hard work done to ensure an exceptional speaker lineup that reflects the diversity of our community. As they selected technical speakers, we asked our Committee Co-chairs to consider ways to make GHC a diverse and broadly representative celebration. During our Call for Participation period, we also asked potential speakers to explain how their panels would add diverse perspectives to GHC.

To help us better understand the diversity of our speaker lineup, many of our speakers voluntarily identified their race and/or ethnicity. Check out the diversity breakdown of our speakers in the chart below.

GHC 19 to Feature Diverse Keynotes, Featured Speakers, and Sessions

Race/Ethnicity 2017 Percentage of Speakers* 2018 Percentage of Speakers* 2019 Percentage of Speakers*
African American/Black 5.90% 5.02% 5.92%
Alaska Native or American Indian/Native American 1.40% 0.72% 0.74%
Asian 39.0% 33.0% 39.70%
European or Euro-American/White 46.70% 45.48% 43.40%
Hispanic or Latinx 3.70% 4.45% 5.18%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.00% 0.29% 0.74%
Decline to State 6% 14% 5%

*Percentages do not add up to 100 — 5% of speakers declined to state their race/ethnicity this year; 6% declined in 2017; and 14% declined in 2018. Speakers were also able to select more than one category.

We will continue our efforts to bring all women of various backgrounds to GHC, as well as our other events taking place year-round.

We are also hosting a number of programs at GHC to promote DEI. These events include our community socials for our Systers affinity groups, which allow women in tech to identify themselves culturally and to offer support to one another, as well as a range of panels and talks on DEI-related issues. Find information about these sessions in our online schedule.

We can’t wait to see you in Orlando!

Learn more about all of our keynote and featured speakers.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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