Speaker Demographics

Question: How well does the speaker lineup for the event represent a diverse set of demographics and can be improved in the future?


Speakers with diverse backgrounds who represent a variety of demographics help an event provide different viewpoints and broader perspectives. Events with diverse speakers allow people from a variety of different backgrounds to feel more included in an event when they see people with similar demographics in important positions within the community.


  • Speakers are from diverse backgrounds.
  • Speakers are diverse when grouped by keynotes, sessions, and tracks.
  • Repeat speakers are from diverse backgrounds (retention).



  • demographics: Some subjective questions should be analyzed in light of the responder’s demographics. Everyone has a different perspective. Investigating the responses for each group of demographics can indicate whether some demographics feel less included than the average.
  • Keynotes, sessions, and tracks

Data Collection Strategies

  • Interview speakers and attendees to understand more about why the speakers did or did not meet their diversity and inclusion expectations. Sample questions include:

    • Interview question: What can we do to improve the diversity and inclusion of speakers at this event?
    • Interview question: Did you feel represented by the speakers?
  • Survey speakers and attendees to learn to what extent the event met their diversity and inclusion expectations. Sample questions include:

    • Likert scale [1-x] item: How well did the speaker lineup meet your diversity and inclusion expectations?
    • Likert scale [1-x] item: In light of your diversity and inclusion experience, how likely are you to recommend this event to speakers?
  • Use the event website, registration data, and other available details about speakers to quantify speaker diversity.

    • Compare proposals submitted by speakers from diverse backgrounds to accepted proposals
    • Explore registration data or contact event organizers to provide data/stats regarding speaker demographics
    • Other details may include speakers’ twitter account, listed pronouns, descriptions, or other speaking engagements.