By Natalie Warnert Looking back on the five years of the Women in Agile (social movement turned nonprofit) partnership with the Agile Alliance is a wild ride. Starting out with our first event in 2016 in Atlanta, we had no idea that the event would triple in size in two years and continuously sell out […]
What an adventure we had in New York City at our March 10th event that partnered with the Business Agility Conference! Agility might have been in the name of the conference, and it was never more important as during an ever changing pandemic situation.
By Cheryl Hammond
On the Sunday afternoon before Agile2019, the 300 people (our largest audience ever – sold out) in the Women in Agile community convened in Washington, D.C. for our annual, international, half-day conference. Read more about our keynote speaker, activities, and new voices launched!
Women in Agile and its members frequently receive requests to recommend female speakers because apparently they are hard to find. While I appreciate the effort and attention to gender parity, I feel like asking for female speakers is the wrong approach. It feels more about a quota than caring about the quality and the expertise of the speakers themselves. As a conference organizer I wouldn’t want to get called out for not having enough diverse speakers on a panel, but as a speaker I also don’t want to feel that the token reason I was chosen was because of my gender. Conferences need to challenge themselves to consider what their outcome is for a more diverse lineup of speakers, not just diversity for diversity’s sake.
Recap of our March 2019 Conference Allyship event, BAI Presents: Women in Agile in NYC! Here you can find the keynote Fabiola’s slides as well as more details about the wonderful event. We look forward to seeing you at one of our next events soon!
Another great podcast with Ryan Ripley, Joanna Vah1sing, Jenny Tarwater, Billie Schuttpelz, and Cheryl Hammond discussing the Launching New Voices program for Women in Agile at Agile2018