Women Presenters on Social Media

dreamstime_6241744.jpgWhen The Speakers Group recently posted a Top 10 list of social media speakers they really put their foot in it. Not only were there no women listed, they were accused of moderating out comments critical of the list. NOT mind you, that the list didn’t have some amazing speakers on it, or that women should have been included whether they were worthy of the honor or not.

The fact is there are some amazing women who speak about social media. Some are members of The Speakers Group like Jennifer Leggio, who was told in this interview that “Women will be better represented” in the list in the future and more women are being added to the roster. Good.

Yesterday (8/11/09) I listened in on the BlogTalk Radio show- Social Media Hour and a really good discussion (at around 30 min in) around why women are not well represented as presenters on the topic of social media and what we should be doing about it.

Overall I’m impressed the discussion wasn’t to say women have to be represented at all costs, but that women should gain visibility based on their skills and knowledge of the industry so we start finding more women on the rosters of conferences in our field. We need to earn our chops and make sure we are represented when conference organizers are putting together their lists. We need to recommend each other and it would be great if other speakers also stepped up and suggested more women to round out the roster at events. We also need to be creating an environment where women can learn from and help each other grow as presenters and leaders in our industry.

The discussion sparked me to take action and set up a Linkedin group for women presenters where we can share opportunities and help educate each other on techniques, find inspiration and mentor younger speakers as well. If you’d like to support seeing more women presenting, join us! Here’s a short list of women I admire who should have been on that list (in no particular order). I invite you to think of them the next time you’re building a presentation roster, and to add other names to this list.

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Sarah Jo Sautter (@pedalprincess)

Great idea! I’d like to add another to the list. Marta Stickland presented at the Web 3.0 Conference earlier this year. (http://www.web3event.com/speakers.php#strickland)
She tapped me to help run our company blog, http://www.threeminds.com and she’s a social media rockstar in my eyes. Great mentor!

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Rachel Happe

Hi Janet –

What a great list and thank you for including me here – a couple of people I would add: Diane Hessan (I just presented with her last week and she was great), Nancy White, KD Paine, Sandy Carter, Patricia Anklam, Leslie Poston, Susan Scrupski… I’m sure I could come up with others if I was not on vacation and having a lobster hang-over but certainly, plenty of interesting, thought-provoking women that are fantastic presenters.

Rachel

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Yulimar Chiu

Great list you’ve got so far, Janet!

I’d love to recommend the founders of BlogHer – Lisa Stone, Elisa Camahort Page & Jory Des Jardins – as deserving additions. Who better to speak on social media than three women who have built the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online? They’ve not only shared their insights at a number of conferences over the years, but also host an annual conference exploring a wide variety of social media topics.

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Janet

Thanks for the wonderful response. So many awesome presenters I’d let slip by! I’ll add to the list above with links as we go so people can contact these speakers too. Join the Linkedin group and add to the discussions or start your own.
http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2192858

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siliconcowboy

You go Janet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Catherine Juon

I’ll second the votes to add Marta Strickland and Nancy White, and nominate Linda Girard. She’s spoken to many an Ad Club, and twice at the Internet User Experience conference (http://www.iue2009.com/), and is ready for her big break. She’s an amazing visionary, puts a ton of research into her speaking engagements and is incredibly passionate about sharing her love of the internet and its ability to make the world a better place. (And yes, I’d say that even if she wasn’t my co-founder. 😉

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Janet

FYI Telle Whitney CEO of the Anita Borg Institute wrote a post after her interview with Tim O’Reilly about what he’s doing for the Web 2.0 and other conferences. http://techher.blogspot.com/2009/08/women-speakers-for-conferences.html

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Leslie Poston

Thanks for the shout out, Rachel! I love speaking, and I appreciate knowing you think I bring value. It means a lot! I enjoyed your presentation at SMB as well – nicely done.

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Stephanie Booth

Thanks for the pointer to the LinkedIn group — good idea, I just joined it! Also, there is a site for women speaker profiles in tech (dunno how well it's doing, but it's there): http://www.geekspeakr.com/

Can't hurt to have your profile on there if you're a speaker, and look through the speakers if you're organizing a conference.

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Stephanie Booth

Thanks for the pointer to the LinkedIn group — good idea, I just joined it! Also, there is a site for women speaker profiles in tech (dunno how well it's doing, but it's there): http://www.geekspeakr.com/

Can't hurt to have your profile on there if you're a speaker, and look through the speakers if you're organizing a conference.

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Stephanie Booth

Thanks for the pointer to the LinkedIn group — good idea, I just joined it! Also, there is a site for women speaker profiles in tech (dunno how well it's doing, but it's there): http://www.geekspeakr.com/

Can't hurt to have your profile on there if you're a speaker, and look through the speakers if you're organizing a conference.

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maggiefox

Thanks for the shout-out Janet – there is some amazing distributed activity going on (and on…!) about this issue, which is fantastic. Now, if we could only organize ourselves, the impact would be exponential.

I'd also like to point to the SocialText SpeakersWiki, which has a section featuring women speakers, as an additional resource.

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maggiefox

Thanks for the shout-out Janet – there is some amazing distributed activity going on (and on…!) about this issue, which is fantastic. Now, if we could only organize ourselves, the impact would be exponential.

I'd also like to point to the SocialText SpeakersWiki, which has a section featuring women speakers, as an additional resource.

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maggiefox

Thanks for the shout-out Janet – there is some amazing distributed activity going on (and on…!) about this issue, which is fantastic. Now, if we could only organize ourselves, the impact would be exponential.

I'd also like to point to the SocialText SpeakersWiki, which has a section featuring women speakers, as an additional resource.

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Janet Fouts

Thanks for the link Maggie, and please, join us on the Linkedin group and let's get it buzzing with ideas!

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Janet Fouts

Thanks for the link Maggie, and please, join us on the Linkedin group and let's get it buzzing with ideas!

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Janet Fouts

Thanks for the link Maggie, and please, join us on the Linkedin group and let's get it buzzing with ideas!

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Janet Fouts

Hmm, interesting post on Brian Solis's blog by Cathy Brooks. Are women not stepping up to the plate? http://www.briansolis.com/2009/08/gauntlet-toss

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Janet Fouts

Hmm, interesting post on Brian Solis's blog by Cathy Brooks. Are women not stepping up to the plate? http://www.briansolis.com/2009/08/gauntlet-toss

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Janet Fouts

Hmm, interesting post on Brian Solis's blog by Cathy Brooks. Are women not stepping up to the plate? http://www.briansolis.com/2009/08/gauntlet-toss

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Wayne Sutton

Awesome list, I think this a good idea and a great list to start off with.

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Wayne Sutton

Awesome list, I think this a good idea and a great list to start off with.

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Janet Fouts

Thanks Wayne, who are we missing? You know everybody!

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Janet Fouts

Thanks Wayne, who are we missing? You know everybody!

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Raychel

Janet, you aren't on your own list! I heard you at the SD Forums event and again you were awesome. Thank you for supporting other women as you do. I like Leslie Poston too. She's very good.

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geechee_girl

Raychel, thank you for the kind words 🙂

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Raychel

No, thank you both. Keep at it gurlz, and get more women to the podium!!!

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Trish Sutter, PMP

And I thought the good-old-boys were restricted to the Detroit's big three and southern Gentlemen. Guess it's still alive and well and in SM.

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6thgradeparent

Thank you for taking action to form a group!

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6thgradeparent

Thank you for taking action to form a group!

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6thgradeparent

Thank you for taking action to form a group!

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