Announcing SpeakEasy 2.0

SpeakEasy is a technical conference diversity initiative. It focuses on new voices from testing community to bridge the gap, in particular with number of women speakers. Founded by Fiona Charles and Anne-Marie Charrett, SpeakEasy operates through forming alliances with conferences and pairing new speakers with mentors helping them succeed with their talks. Over its existence, Speak Easy has been a significant contributor of new voices and high-quality content to international testing conferences.

SpeakEasy is about to start a new chapter under a new leadership team, that wishes to pay tribute to the great initiative.

SpeakEasy 2.0 will:

One way we are supporting people is by identifying the different stages on their journey as a speaker. We are currently looking at 3 different levels of experience:

SpeakEasy Speakers: 1st timers in international conferences
SpeakEasy Practitioners: 2-5 timers, building experience but feeling mentor, perhaps a new one, is necessary. These may also be people who submitted successfully without a mentor, and now do their first one mentored.
SpeakEasy Professionals: building up to regular speakers and keynoters.

For partner conference submissions, mention you are with SpeakEasy if you are either SpeakEasy Speaker or SpeakEasy Practitioner, if you have been assigned or requested a mentor but are awaiting a mentor assignment.

New leadership team is Ash Coleman (USA), Kristine Corbus (Germany), Abby Bangser (UK) and Maaret Pyhäjärvi (Finland). Join us in helping take SpeakEasy forward. We are looking to work with speakers, mentors, and organizers of conferences, meetups and webinars. Get in touch!