Project Title 

Ela Community, Conf

Project Description 

I co-founded and co-organize a remote community and annual leadership conference in Philadelphia, PA that provides professional training and support for marginalized genders in tech.

2015 to Present

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It was important to us that this event be as inclusive and welcoming as possible, which started with the design.

My small team and I founded and organize Ela Conf and Ela Community to address the severe diversity gap that exists in tech and to provide a safe community for marginalized genders aiming to advance their leadership skills through speaking, writing, and becoming the best managers possible.

We focus on fostering a healthy community culture through our Slack channel year-round and pay special attention to language used throughout all our materials and sponsor requests; our brand’s voice and tone in crucial to our mission and goals. The event has been referred to as “the conference that launched a thousand talks” and our attendees have went on to speak at national conferences, publish blog posts, and receive promotions; we just couldn’t be prouder or more excited about what this event has become.

Our remote community hosts AMAs, Lunch & Learns, and Office Hours each month, creating a lasting and safe platform for members to learn from and empower one another. 

A recap of 2016 can here found here, including our speaker lineup and their videos, and I recently completed our 2017 prospectus

Requirements 

A fun inviting brand, appeal to all adult women, appeal to beginners, provide childcare stipends, a Code of Conduct, offer diversity and financial grants, recruit volunteers, provide CFP assistance, provide talk prep assistance