After nearly a year in concept, the No Chicks No Excuses website listing women speakers covering a wide variety of expertise has been launched, so that Australian organisers no longer find it so terribly difficult to find women who know how to speak at a large event.
Catherine Deveny, March 2010: Leslie Cannold and Jane Caro and I have decided to address the common refrain of ”We couldn’t find any women to speak” by setting up a website called No Chicks No Excuse, with a list of women speakers on diverse topics.
As the front page of the website says:
So if you’re looking for more women speakers to balance your event, or you’re a woman who would like more event organisers to know about you, head on over there. They’re listing speakers based on their own network of contacts primarily, so if you don’t know anybody who already knows Leslie, Jane or Catherine then they’ll expect to see a video of you in action before deciding whether you qualify for their list.
I’m not affiliated with this endeavour, although at one time being involved with setting up the website was discussed and ended up not proceeding. I’m thrilled to see that it’s all come together now.