How To Make Conference Speaker Fees More Inclusive and Equitable
— June 7, 2021
By Paolo Gaudiano
In terms of representation, DIRC has always been blessed with a highly diverse slate of speakers and panelists: in 2020, out of 31 speakers and panelists, only 7 identified as men, and only 14 identified as white.
In terms of speaker fees, our biggest struggle was allocating honoraria within a modest and somewhat unpredictable budget. In 2018 and 2019 we did not pay honoraria to any presenter, and we only reimbursed travel expenses for a few people who would otherwise have been unable to attend. In 2020, thanks to the reduction in costs from holding a virtual event, we were able to offer a $250 gift card to all presenters.
Read the full Forbes article.
Paolo Gaudiano is an Adjunct Associate Professor.