Today I declined an invitation to speak at the 2019 San Francisco @lesbiantech Summit because they don't pay their speakers and ask their speakers to buy a ticket in order to speak. https://t.co/wtn8ANekCa
1. Public speaking is work.
2. A for profit org asking people to work for free is bad.
3. That org asking people to pay (buy a ticket) to work for free, is worse.
4. That org asking people whose work is already undervalued to pay to work for free? Just wrong. pic.twitter.com/kEkpxbY3sn
Our society doesn't need help in devaluing the work of Women, NB people, or URMs.
I hope to see @lesbiantech change course and set a good example of valuing work by, at minimum, comping *all* speaker tickets, and/or paying speakers to speak. Even a small honorarium is meaningful.
Full disclosure: I spoke at the SF @lesbiantech Summit last year. They asked me to pay for a ticket and I told them I wouldn't speak under those conditions and I told @lepitts exactly why (a longer version of the tweets above). They waived the price of my ticket.
In those discussions last year, @lesbiantech said they would waive the ticket price for any speaker who asked.
I'm not sure if that's still the case this year, but if you've agreed to speak at @lesbiantech, ask to have your ticket comped. You should not have to pay to do work.
The problems with this approach are plainly evident, but I'll lay them out:
1) It presupposes speakers will have a company to buy their ticket for them.
2) In the case a speaker does have a company to buy them a ticket, they are then limited to saying Company Approved™ things.
Eric Meyer @meyerweb
Wow. I’m used to seeing that kind of setup at academic conferences, but at a for-profit? No bueno, as the kids say.
LWT is sponsored to the moon and back. Here's a sampling of past sponsors (via https://t.co/KoxJg20rWC).
Obviously there are plenty of places at @lesbiantech for companies to "receive tremendous value." On stage shouldn't be one of them. pic.twitter.com/rXYg4US4D6
Mark Noonan @marktnoonan
Yeah, that's not good. Even community conferences seem to always be able to "pay" you with free access to the conference, workshops, goodies, meals, maybe travel and accommodation, even if there's no speaker fee. That's not a horrible deal in many cases! But this is.