Hello Inner Circle readers! I have some exciting news to share!
Innovation Women was founded in 2015 to provide gender balance onstage at conferences and events. The bureau handles opportunities for both paid and unpaid speakers, providing visibility for themselves and their organizations. Unlike a traditional speaker bureau, invitations go directly to members of Innovation Women. Speakers keep any fees accrued. Innovation Women offers a variety of opportunities, including featured speakers, panelists, fireside chats, startup pitch judges, day mentors, among others.
“More than 60 percent of retail workers are female, but look onstage at leading industry conferences and you see far fewer women,” notes Innovation Women Founder Bobbie Carlton, in a press release hitting the wires this morning. “By working with the WIRLC team, we can make it easy for event managers to easily find great speakers. Meanwhile, the women speakers get the visibility they need to advance their careers and drive success in their businesses.”
Currently, Innovation Women has more than 4,000 members and has placed speakers internationally at conferences, corporate events, universities and more.
As a benefit to its members, WIRLC is offering access to join Innovation Women at a discounted rate to foster the importance of diversity and inclusion at industry conferences and events.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Innovation Women to give WIRLC members more speaking opportunities, helping them to further advance their leadership development skills,” says Jennifer DiPasquale, president and co-founder, WIRLC, in the press release. “Innovation Women gives female executives access to various speaking opportunities, furthering our mission of propelling women to the forefront where they belong.”
We’re super excited about our partnership with Innovation Women! If you have any questions about the program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members, also feel free to reach out for information about the discounted membership rate. (And nonmembers, here’s the link to apply to become a member of WIRLC so you can get this great benefit, too!)
Women in Retail Leadership Circle
P.S. I read a great article over the weekend about the lack of women speakers on the event circuit (check it out here), and was pleasantly surprised that Innovation Women was mentioned in the piece. Woot woot!