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 fun inviting brand, appeal to beginners, provide childcare stipends, a Code of Conduct, offer diversity and financial grants, recruit volunteers, provide CFP assistance, provide talk prep assistance, web and print design, fundraising