The scenario is not uncommon anymore: you’re a woman in a male-dominated field. Perhaps, like me, English is not your first language. You’re confident in your work, but the thought of public speaking and being documented for the world to see petrifies you. Maybe you’re also thinking, “I could never do that,” or “I’m not experienced enough to speak at a conference,” or “I’ll never get accepted.” That was me, five years ago. Since then, I’ve given over 40 talks all over the globe, from local Meetups to a TED Talk.
I’m here to tell you, YES you can do that, YES you are experienced enough, and YES, you CAN get accepted.
Women, on average, make up only 25% of all keynote or stand-alone speakers at tech conferences. This speaks to the tech industry’s larger gender gap issues, where only an estimated 20% of tech job are held by women.
My mission is to empower women to cultivate the confidence and seek the opportunities to amplify our representation on the speaker rosters in the tech conference circuit. As a seasoned public speaker, I’ve put together the templates, resources, and guidance from my own journey and experiences. What has worked for me won’t always work for you, but we can still learn from each other. If this is a leap you’ve been thinking of taking, wait no more. Take the first step. Don’t let imposter syndrome get in the way of your own success.
After this introductory workshop, you’ll be armed with the information you need to:
- Define a presentation topic
- Find an event to speak at
- Craft a compelling proposal
Upasna is the Product Manager on the E-commerce team at CNN where she develops and optimizes the technological infrastructure that powers the domain. Prior to her Product Management role at CNN, Pas worked in SEO and data science for a decade and has architected and managed the organic search strategies for PCMag, Mashable, Ford Motor Company, Valvoline, Mars Corporation, Mars Pet Food, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Kimberly-Clark. She has presented her thought leadership on product and search optimization at major tech conferences across the globe, including the Digital Summit series, INBOUND, SMX Advanced, Conductor C3, State of Search, and Advanced Search Summit. One of the highlights of her professional career was in May 2019, when she delivered her TED talk in Dallas, titled “Optimizing for the Next Billion.”
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