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Speaker Equity Assessor™

How do we increase diverse representation at conferences and events around the world? That’s the mission behind this first-of-its-kind tool. Created for events of any size, it provides organizers with a comprehensive look at the representation of their speaker lineup.

Organizers input their event’s speaker data using a provided template. From this raw data, the SEA creates a holistic overview of speaker representation across a variety of characteristics, including gender, race, sexual orientation and core expertise. Users can then drill down into the results to find even deeper insights. For instance, you might have high representation among Black speakers, but are those speakers being placed mostly on DEI-related panels? Using these insights, you can create a tailored action plan that leads to better speaker representation.

The Purpose

To ensure there is diverse representation on stage, and that audiences aren’t hearing from speakers that all look and sound the same.

The User

Conference and event organizers, corporate communications, internal event managers, diversity and inclusion teams.

The Takeaway

You will receive a customized report that will illustrate the diversity of your speaker lineup based on selected variables that include gender, race, age, sexuality, education, disability, and a variety of other factors. Additional outputs include a comparative look at all events entered, saving each to use as a benchmark to record progress moving forward.

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Julie Hogan, Global Marketing Director at Facebook, says it best: “When audiences see themselves reflected in panels, they are more dialed into what the speakers have to say, the content resonates and has meaning, and they feel inspired to take a speaker’s words beyond the stage and implement them into their own lives and businesses.”

McKinsey & Company’s recent study also shows that diversity is directly correlated to increased financial performance in organizations. By showcasing inclusivity at events, you are not only increasing your companies financial performance, you’re also attracting the brightest talent to your organization.

Any organization can use the Speaker Equity Assessor. The tool has a variety of use cases. Events, panels, meetings, podcast conversations, the Grammy’s, your pilates class (maybe not that last one, but you get the point).

To get on your way with the Speaker Equity Assessor, you’ll need some important demographic information from your speakers. We’ve created a very simple survey (in Google forms and Microsoft forms) that you can send to the speakers at your event to collect that data. You can find the survey inside the tool!

Your data is stored on a secure server and is not publicly accessible. Additionally, all data transmitted to and from the Speaker Equity Assessor™, when and where applicable, is encrypted using industry standard security measures. Access to the Speaker Equity Assessor™ is secured over a HTTPS protocol with a strong SSL Certificate. All connections and transferred data is encrypted. We have a strong password policy for accessing a Speaker Equity Assessor™ account, and users’ passwords are stored in a hashed format using algorithms and iterations to ensure maximum security. We also have Two Step Authentication to maximize security.

Yes! The Speaker Equity Assessor measures for a variety of different diversity variables, including military status, education level, religion, expertise, and more! 

The Speaker Equity Assessor is completely, totally, 100% free to use. The Female Quotient is dedicated to creating more diverse stages, and the SEA is our way of helping you through that first step of diagnosing your event.

You can email us at sea@thefq.com or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and one of our team members will respond as soon as possible.

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