Speaker Rider

Thank you for considering me for your event

Before I agree to speak at any conference, meetup, or event, I like to do my research to ensure it aligns with my goals of promoting inclusion and diversity in the tech community.

I love speaking at events, and am so grateful to organizers who ask me
to participate! I feel so privileged to be considered, and want to use
that privilege to help the tech community be as inclusive as possible,
where everyone can feel represented.

If I say no to your event (even if you do all of the below), please don't
take it personally - it's likely because I have a conflict, and am usually
able to partipate in a future event you host.

Hosting Accommodations


  • I ask that travel to and from the event is provided (assuming it is not local,
    I'm currently based in Los angeles)
  • I am a member of a bunch of airlines and hotel rewards programs. If
    organizers of an event are booking on my behalf, I ask that you use one of
    those if possible!
  • If I'm booking my own travel/lodging, please reimburse within 30 days of
    purchase. I've had poor experiences with this in the past, and prompt
    reimbursement ensures I we can spend more time crafting a great
    experience for your audience.


  • Unless the event is local, please provide lodging for the length of the
  • For events outside of the US (or just far away from Los angeles), I ask for
    at least one full day of lodging before the event since I'll likely be flying in
    a day or two before.
  • Same blurb as above, if I'm booking my own lodging!

Speaker honorarium

  • I ask for a speaker fee because I value my time (and hope you do too),
    and because I want to normalize people getting paid for their work
    (especially underrepresented groups).
  • For non-profit events, I may choose to waive this based on ticket pricing,
    scholarship programs, etc. If in doubt, please reach out - I'm sure we can
    work something out


  • I ask for a ticket to the full conference with "speaker access" or higher. I
    believe audiences have the best experience when speakers are available
    after the talk to participate in the conference, engage with other
    attendees, and attending talks.


Code of Conduct

  • Long story short, you have to have one. It should clearly detail your a
    set of rules to ensure the safety and inclusion of all attendees, clear
    guidances on where/who to go for help, and it should be enforced for
    all. And no, "don't be a jerk," isn't enough.
  • If you don't have one, here are a few great examples to inspire you:
    JSConfEu and Rust Community

The more diverse the line-up the better

  • No tokenism - I shouldn't be the token person of color at an event-
    the more diverse your lineup, the better event for all attendees.
  • Diverse pespectives * authentic diversity. You lineup needs to feature
    people across races, genders, abilities, and more.
  • Also, underrepresented minorities shouldn't be exclusively invited to speak about their experiences as a minority in tech.

Recordings/Intellectual Property

  • I'm cool with being recorded, just let me know ahead of time and send
    over the appropriate waiver. If you do not have one, you can download
    and use my default waiver. (PDF)
  • Although everything I say will be "Safe for Work", I can't guarantee.
    that everything I say will be "PG". I believe in being real, and although I will always be respectful, my goal.is to challenge your audience to
    think differently and sometimes that means being willing to ruffle a few.
  • I typically use keynote if I am using slides. I regularly post my slides on
    my speaker page, YouTube, and other social platforms. I can provide a
    PDF of my slides for your records and to distribute with attendees
    under a creative commons license (specifically C BY-NC-SA 4.0) which
    enables anyone to remix and share my work as long as they give
    visible credit to me and do not use it for commercial uses without my

Bonus points I would love to see

  • Live captioning is incredibly beneficial to those who are hard of hearing,
    struggle with focus, or prefer to process written information.
  • Gender pronoun identification provided by some method for attendees to
    self-identify if they so choose is awesome.
  • A scholarship program for those who can't otherwise afford to attend is
    huge! Also, to note, be careful about your wording of the scholarship
    program. I've seen some rough ones where the conferences strongly imply
    that "diverse candidates need charity," which is not a good stereotype to
    push out there.
  • The ability to use my own computer/setup is preferred as it ensures a
    more fluid presentation, however, I'm happy to work with your systems if
    they have the relevant software and we have time to rehearse on stage

Final thoughts

Thank you so much for reading through all of this! I hope none of
it is particularly surprising, and that it's reasonable for you. I want
to speak at events that are inclusive, diverse, and accessible to
everyone, and hope to contribute to the community surrounding
them. If you disagree with parts of this, or want to discuss terms
more, I would love to speak further.